Gamers may have hated this game so much when it released that its maker had to get rid of them at the earliest. But now, they perceive it differently. Because it’s not just any game, it’s a vintage one and, more importantly, touted as the worst one ever.
A documentary film crew has reportedly found a hoard of Atari’s E.T. video game cartridges – in a landfill! That’s right. A landfill, or dumping ground in New Mexico in the US has become the burial ground for all the cartridges of this game. As of now, lovers of vintage games are on the roof due to this discovery.
So how were they found? Apparently a backhoe was used to lift mounds of dirt at the landfill, until the cartridges were found. Film director Zak Penn showed one E.T. cartridge retrieved from the site and said that hundreds more were found in the mounds of trash and dirt scooped by a backhoe. Though the landfill was also covered in concrete, almost ten lakh copies of the game were found buried.
The find attracted nearly two hundred residents of New Mexico, as well as gamers who just wanted to watch those at work dig out all those cartridges. However, as the cartridges were being taken out, strong winds started blowing. These raised dust into the air, along with the garbage at the site. This deterred people there, so most went away, save for a dozen.
Once the massive pile of game cartridges were found, everyone was confused with what had to be done with them. So a few people decided to try the game on their consoles. And voila – it still worked!
The game was touted as the worst game ever. According to gamers, it was broken – the character would get trapped with no escape. Although the game, for that time, was okay, the glitches made gamers return it.
But the question remains: why was this discovery made in the first place? Well, gamers have always been curious to know more about the game and how it contributed to Atari’s fall as a company. This landfill search was, as mentioned, done by a documentary team, and they will now make a film on Atari.
The most curious of all facts was that the people over at Atari themselves had no clue why these games would have been dumped in such a manner. Basically, word got out through local reports that cartridges were being thrown into the landfill. When the team members of the documentary investigated, authorities allowed them to take 10 per cent of the cartridges. Now, the authorities are hoping that the find will attract more tourists to the place!
The game was based on Steven Spielberg’s E.T., which focused on a boy who became friends with an extra-terrestrial. After the movie released, it became a tremendous success, and the game rights were bought by Atari. Bad move.
But, despite being a despicable game, it was still one of the best-selling games from the company. And now, gamers still have a chance to check it out, thanks to the discovery.