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(MMGM)   The Great Atari Landfill Expedition, intended to dig up thousands of copies of the worst video game ever made, will begin on April 26. This would be a good time to leave New Mexico. Actually, it's always a good time to leave New Mexico   (mmgn.com) divider line 389
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2014-04-14 08:08:21 AM
Sometimes... dead is better.
 
2014-04-14 08:09:38 AM
I fear they will unearth a great evil which will bring upon the apocalypse.
 
2014-04-14 08:37:24 AM
They're digging in the wrong place!

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2014-04-14 08:44:31 AM

basemetal: I fear they will unearth a great evil which will bring upon the apocalypse.

G

reat Atari Landfill Expedition = GALE.

Expect extreme weather events when they open the portal to The Nether.
 
2014-04-14 08:59:20 AM
Are there any copies of Custer's Revenge buried there?
 
2014-04-14 09:27:18 AM
I miss New Mexico.
 
2014-04-14 09:36:29 AM
4.images.gametrailers.com

Is this man leading the expedition?
 
2014-04-14 09:46:42 AM
G reat
E xtra
T errestrial

B urial
E xcavation
N ews
T ournament

I prefer this acronym.
 
2014-04-14 09:49:08 AM
Because of all the anal probes, amiright subby?
 
2014-04-14 09:49:47 AM
I was so fired up for ET the video game.  I don't think we played it for more than an hour.  It sucked that bad.  Atari's Pac-Man port was garbage too.
 
2014-04-14 09:50:16 AM
As this site is blocked at work, anyone care to share what this is about?
 
2014-04-14 09:50:37 AM
You might be inclined to think that the ET video game isn't actually as the reputation it has gotten would lead you believe. That we're just sort of lookigna t it through the prism of today's games, and if you look at it on its own terms, compared to Atari 2600 games of the time, it's not so bad.

You'd be wrong. It was a piece of shiat even by 1982 standards. I remember my parents bought it for me because I loved the movie E.T. It was my first taste of truly bitter disappointment, the first lesson that something you really want might turn out to be crap after all.
 
2014-04-14 09:50:58 AM
I am pretty sure I had the ET game back in the day. I don't remember it that well other than remembering that falling into the ditch and trying to get out was a gigantic pain.
 
2014-04-14 09:51:48 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com

I know what you're thinking! Leave them buried! Sometimes dead is bettah!
 
2014-04-14 09:51:59 AM

basemetal: I fear they will unearth a great evil which will bring upon the apocalypse.


E.T.?
 
2014-04-14 09:52:42 AM

garandman1a: As this site is blocked at work, anyone care to share what this is about?


Some guys want to go to NM and dig up the landfill where Atari purportedly buried thousands of copies of the terrible 'E.T. the Extraterrestrial' game.
 
2014-04-14 09:53:16 AM
*squinting my eyes, making sure this isn't from I-Mockery*

Oh, there's worse games out there. I vaguely remember playing the ET game as a kid, but Legend Of Kage and any of the Ultima games are even worse, IMHO.
 
2014-04-14 09:53:43 AM
I just looked this game up on eBay, looks like it sells for around $5 to $12 and they have not been buried in a landfill. I think it would be easier and less expensive for the people trying to dig these up, just bid on copies on eBay.
 
2014-04-14 09:54:30 AM
Why? If you want the experience of playing the game, just smash your head into the wall at full speed until you can't anymore. You'll have the general idea.
 
2014-04-14 09:54:40 AM

jake_lex: You might be inclined to think that the ET video game isn't actually as the reputation it has gotten would lead you believe. That we're just sort of lookigna t it through the prism of today's games, and if you look at it on its own terms, compared to Atari 2600 games of the time, it's not so bad.

You'd be wrong. It was a piece of shiat even by 1982 standards. I remember my parents bought it for me because I loved the movie E.T. It was my first taste of truly bitter disappointment, the first lesson that something you really want might turn out to be crap after all.


I remember playing it as a little kid on my folks' 2600, and even as a little kid I knew it was bad. A few years ago I ran across an emulator and decided to give it a whirl to see if the first time I played it was just a fluke, maybe my little kid reflexes and problem solving was bad. Turns out, I was a fairly astute kid and the game was just that horrible.
 
2014-04-14 09:54:56 AM
I feel like playing Combat and bouncing some white shells off walls and killing your tank.
 
2014-04-14 09:56:55 AM
ageeksblogdotcom1.files.wordpress.com
tread lightly
 
2014-04-14 09:57:13 AM
The fewer people like subby in NM, the better.

www.naturephotoworks.com
 
2014-04-14 09:57:30 AM
I didn't think the game was that bad. Once I figured out the symbols and goal, it was fun.
 
2014-04-14 09:58:12 AM
As a former resident of Albuquerque... you're not missing much.
 
2014-04-14 09:58:34 AM
Fuel Entertainment needs visibility, Lightbox is a partner with a game to hawk, the "film crew" includes one of the guys who wrote on X-Men 2, they're taking archeologists along (for a modern landfill loaded with what can only be considered trash) -- all this to dig up plastic cartridges of zero value containing a "game" who's ROM has been available on the net for years.

Pass. Watching people play in a landfill doesn't sound like a good time. Corporate-branding festival.
 
2014-04-14 09:58:37 AM

Noticeably F.A.T.: jake_lex: You might be inclined to think that the ET video game isn't actually as the reputation it has gotten would lead you believe. That we're just sort of lookigna t it through the prism of today's games, and if you look at it on its own terms, compared to Atari 2600 games of the time, it's not so bad.

You'd be wrong. It was a piece of shiat even by 1982 standards. I remember my parents bought it for me because I loved the movie E.T. It was my first taste of truly bitter disappointment, the first lesson that something you really want might turn out to be crap after all.

I remember playing it as a little kid on my folks' 2600, and even as a little kid I knew it was bad. A few years ago I ran across an emulator and decided to give it a whirl to see if the first time I played it was just a fluke, maybe my little kid reflexes and problem solving was bad. Turns out, I was a fairly astute kid and the game was just that horrible.


Agreed.  It was total crap then, but yet absolutely EVERYONE I knew owned it.  If you had a 2600 in the early 80s, you had this game.
 
2014-04-14 09:59:22 AM
Eddie Torres?
 
2014-04-14 09:59:43 AM
This is happening in the town I grew up in, and subby is absolutely right - great place to see in your rear view mirror.
 
2014-04-14 09:59:54 AM

mechgreg: I am pretty sure I had the ET game back in the day. I don't remember it that well other than remembering that falling into the ditch and trying to get out was a gigantic pain.


The trick was to exit a pit towards the right, or left, or down. If you kept pushing up to exit the pit that way, you'd fall back in. Unfortunately, there was some timing involved. It didn't take much to miss the window.

/   ET was _not_ the worst game ever made. Extreme Paintbrawl and that crap big rig simulator from some years back still share that dishonor.
 
2014-04-14 10:00:27 AM

jake_lex: You might be inclined to think that the ET video game isn't actually as the reputation it has gotten would lead you believe. That we're just sort of lookigna t it through the prism of today's games, and if you look at it on its own terms, compared to Atari 2600 games of the time, it's not so bad.

You'd be wrong. It was a piece of shiat even by 1982 standards. I remember my parents bought it for me because I loved the movie E.T. It was my first taste of truly bitter disappointment, the first lesson that something you really want might turn out to be crap after all.


Well when the normal development time for games back then was 6-8 months and you ask for the game to be completed in 45 days, you're gonna have some issues
 
2014-04-14 10:01:12 AM
 Ok, I don't know why people keep hating on the E.T. game. I don't remember it being that bad. In  fact I think it was the only Objective based Atari game I played. Everything else just went on and on running up a score.
 
2014-04-14 10:01:30 AM
So prediction:
This is what will cause the Zombie Apocalypse (or the Zombie Uprising/Revolution, if you prefer)
*or*
This is what will piss God off enough to smite us down.  Not gay marriage.  Not abortion.  Not Dancing with the Stars.  This.  This shiat right here.
 
2014-04-14 10:02:38 AM
Careful not to dig up this guy:
d2nh4f9cbhlobh.cloudfront.net
 
2014-04-14 10:03:57 AM
Rapmaster2000

I was so fired up for ET the video game. I don't think we played it for more than an hour. It sucked that bad. Atari's Pac-Man port was garbage too.


Pac-Man for Atari pissed me off, I was expecting something similar to well Pac-Man not what ever the hell they shipped. I actually beat E.T... don't really remember how but I did it.
 
2014-04-14 10:05:23 AM

gilatrout: The fewer people like subby in NM, the better.


I have several friends that went to St. John's in Santa Fe. Based on everything they've told me, subby needs to troll smarter.
 
2014-04-14 10:06:45 AM
First thought I had after reading the article was: why werent these things thrown in a chipper to be recycled?
 
2014-04-14 10:07:50 AM
What's with all the hate for ET?  I loved that game.  I also loved the one where you used the round knob controllers, instead of the joystick, to bounce little clowns on a see-saw to jump up and hit a row of balloons across the top of the screen.  I can still remember the sound it made when bouncing and hitting the balloons.  And my brothers and I loved the Hide and Seek game, where one kid would leave the room while the other controlled a really crappy person-icon through a little house to hide.  I usually picked behind the sofa or under the bed.  That game rocked!
 
2014-04-14 10:07:52 AM

HypnozombieX: I think it was the only Objective based Atari game I played. Everything else just went on and on running up a score.


You never played Adventure?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-14 10:08:06 AM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Rapmaster2000

I was so fired up for ET the video game. I don't think we played it for more than an hour. It sucked that bad. Atari's Pac-Man port was garbage too.


Pac-Man for Atari pissed me off, I was expecting something similar to well Pac-Man not what ever the hell they shipped. I actually beat E.T... don't really remember how but I did it.


With a baseball bat, if you had any sense.
 
2014-04-14 10:08:30 AM
There were a lot of BAD 2600 games. It seemed like there for a while there were a dozen or so companies pumping out games.

I remember some game based on the Porky's movie that was just horrible...

ET was bad for sure but look at Atari Adventure? It's laughable now but back I when it first came out I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

/old
 
2014-04-14 10:09:48 AM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Rapmaster2000

I was so fired up for ET the video game. I don't think we played it for more than an hour. It sucked that bad. Atari's Pac-Man port was garbage too.


Pac-Man for Atari pissed me off, I was expecting something similar to well Pac-Man not what ever the hell they shipped. I actually beat E.T... don't really remember how but I did it.


Was it with a hammer or a baseball bat?
 
2014-04-14 10:09:49 AM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Rapmaster2000

I was so fired up for ET the video game. I don't think we played it for more than an hour. It sucked that bad. Atari's Pac-Man port was garbage too.


Pac-Man for Atari pissed me off, I was expecting something similar to well Pac-Man not what ever the hell they shipped. I actually beat E.T... don't really remember how but I did it.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

wasn't much better, and that was a highly anticipated game as well.
 
2014-04-14 10:10:03 AM
Jesus, 5 follow-up headlines in a row. WTF
 
2014-04-14 10:10:58 AM
www.themonolith.com
 
2014-04-14 10:12:36 AM
My late friend, Emru Townsend wrote an article for PC World back in 2006 on this subject.   http://www.pcworld.com/article/127579/article.html?page=2

Worth a read.
 
2014-04-14 10:12:53 AM
Subby's never had a soak in the Jemez, I take it.
 
2014-04-14 10:13:45 AM

MilesTeg: There were a lot of BAD 2600 games. It seemed like there for a while there were a dozen or so companies pumping out games.

I remember some game based on the Porky's movie that was just horrible...

ET was bad for sure but look at Atari Adventure? It's laughable now but back I when it first came out I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

/old


Yeah, but how many other games were so bad they recalled all copies, dug a hole in the desert, put them in, set fire to them, capped the remains in concrete, had a Catholic priest, a Rabbi, a Muslim cleric, two Native American medicine men, and a Buddhist monk put a holy seal on it to keep the evil contained, back filled over the concrete, and then shot and killed everyone who knew of the location of the burial site?
 
2014-04-14 10:13:55 AM

Sybarite: They're digging in the wrong place!

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it belongs in a museum.
 
2014-04-14 10:14:08 AM

gilatrout: The fewer people like subby in NM, the better.

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Thank you, it needed to be said.
 
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