Did ET ruin Atari?

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 was a commercial flop and a gaming disaster. Based loosely on Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster of the same name, the game was a confusing mess that left players frustrated and disoriented.

Did they find the ET Atari games?

A long-buried copy of the infamous Atari game “E.T.” is worth more than $1,500. The desert city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, finally sold off its buried treasure of ancient Atari games, raking in more than $100,000 from nearly 900 games.

Where is the Atari landfill?

Alamogordo
In September of 1983, Atari found itself with a surplus of game cartridges that they needed to remove from its warehouse in El Paso, Texas. They decided to bury the games in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, to prevent people from scavenging them.

Why was ET Atari so bad?

According to The Video Game History Foundation, reviewers from the era found the game confusing, clunky, and hard to learn, with bad graphics even for the time. Apparently, children had an easier time playing than adults, but people did not like constantly falling into pits.

What caused Atari to fail?

In 1986, Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi noted that “Atari collapsed because they gave too much freedom to third-party developers and the market was swamped with rubbish games”.

Why is ET for Atari so bad?

Is ET landfill real?

It was a warehouse dump by a company in trouble. It wasn’t about millions of unsold ET games – not here anyway. The majority of those had been disposed of in a dump near Atari’s California HQ. But the myth was real enough.

Why is ET a bad game?

Why was ET so bad?

What caused the video game crash of 1983?

The crash was attributed to several factors, including market saturation in the number of game consoles and available games, as well as waning interest in console games in favor of personal computers. Revenues peaked at around $3.2 billion in 1983, then fell to around $100 million by 1985 (a drop of almost 97 percent).

What happened to Atari after ET?

Atari video game burial Atari officials and others gave differing reports of what was buried, but it has been speculated that most unsold copies of E.T. are buried in this landfill, crushed and encased in cement.


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