Its 1984 and Atari are amazed at the huge success of Steven Spielberg’s film E.T. They want to produce a game for their home console, the Atari VCS. Problem is, the game’s programmer only has five weeks, instead of months. The game was a commercial failure and unsold copies were buried or so the tale goes…
Here at the Unheard Nerd we’ve been keeping track of the fabled story of hundreds, maybe thousands of E.T. game cartridges buried in a New Mexico landfill site. The story first broke in June of 2013 when a media company producing a documentary on the subject announced they had been trying to obtain permission for two years and were almost there. You can read that on our archive site here.
Then earlier this year the dig finally went ahead to great success. You can read about that here.
Now a trailer for the full documentary has been revealed. It looks to cover not only the story behind the E.T. game but the rise and fall of Atari overall. The Atari 2600 was probable the second ever computer I played on, so I have fond memories of this machine and the company. (I later owned a Atari 520STFM upgraded to 1MB of RAM with a second floppy disk drive!)
The documentary, Atari:Game Over, is part of the XBOX Originals package and will only be available to those with XBOX games consoles.