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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 10:14:14 AM

kling_klang_bed: *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.


True, but E.T. was one of the games that helped bring about the Video Game Crash of 1983. It was a terrible game that chose an even worse time to drop. Those two ingredients help vault it to the top of terrible video games.
 
2014-04-14 10:15:20 AM

Caffeine Induced Diarrhea: First thought I had after reading the article was: why werent these things thrown in a chipper to be recycled?


Because it was 1982. Recycling anything basic (newspapers, cans) was barely even a thing in 1982. Recycling plastic cases with electronic components inside? That is only now catching on.

The other lesson, of course, is that gaming consoles and games actually used to be manufactured in the US. The reason they went to this landfill in the first place is because it wasn't far from the manufacturing plant in El Paso.
 
2014-04-14 10:15:43 AM
Super Cool Story Bro 64 Time!: The largest part of my video game collection is my Atari 2600 game collection (29 games)...the problem? I don't own an Atari 2600!

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Is this man leading the expedition?


After seeing the trailer for the movie, I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who thought of that.
 
2014-04-14 10:16:06 AM
IIRC, Raiders of the Lost Ark had a really bad Atari game also.

And yes, let ET stay buried.
 
2014-04-14 10:16:36 AM
Great, now we're gonna have to deal with thousands of copies of Superman for the Atari...
 
2014-04-14 10:16:52 AM
www.yellowecho.com
 
2014-04-14 10:17:37 AM
In future news, group of video game nerds digging up old Atari E.T. games accidentally find Jimmy Hoffa. :P
 
2014-04-14 10:18:27 AM

buzzcut73: Because it was 1982. Recycling anything basic (newspapers, cans) was barely even a thing in 1982. Recycling plastic cases with electronic components inside? That is only now catching on.

The other lesson, of course, is that gaming consoles and games actually used to be manufactured in the US. The reason they went to this landfill in the first place is because it wasn't far from the manufacturing plant in El Paso.


Well, there's also always been issues with recycling anything that's considered intellectual property.
 
2014-04-14 10:19:01 AM

Solty Dog: I didn't think the game was that bad. Once I figured out the symbols and goal, it was fun.


Same here.  At least that was the opinion of 7-year old me.
 
2014-04-14 10:19:09 AM

Atomic Jonb: IIRC, Raiders of the Lost Ark had a really bad Atari game also.

And yes, let ET stay buried.


It was impossible to win.
 
2014-04-14 10:19:37 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.


Me too.  I wanted desperately to like it.

I kept thinking that I was missing something, doing something wrong.  Then I realized the game just sucked that much.
 
2014-04-14 10:20:22 AM
I guess I was easy to entertain as a little guy, but I must have played that game for hundreds of hours and enjoyed just about all of it. More than some of the more popular games at the time, even.
 
2014-04-14 10:20:23 AM

Uzzah: 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?

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Yeah, man.  I found that golden dot that lead to the hidden room way back in the day.  Also it was fun to get eaten by a dragon that was then picked up by the bat.  Good times.
 
2014-04-14 10:21:26 AM
I never played ET, but if you make a list of really bad video games, the Gameboy port of Mortal Kombat needs to be on there. Glitchy, slow, and just sooooooo frustrating to try to play.
 
2014-04-14 10:21:53 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.


Isn't there another landfill somewhere with all the Pac-Man cartridges? If I remember right - by the time Pac-Man was about to hit shelves, they were already set to ship Ms. Pac-Man (which is a great 2600 game). So they did the same thing as ET - dumped all the secondary shipments instead of letting them go to retail.
 
2014-04-14 10:22:30 AM
Mmmmm - Green Chilis.

I'll always love Mew Mexico because they put green chilis on everything....

www.nmgastronome.com
 
2014-04-14 10:24:25 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


The two are hardly comparable.  Adventure did a number of things that were seen for the first time ever in video games, and while laughable compared to games 40 years later it was innovative at the time.  ET was just bad even by the standards of that day.  Not to mention that it nearly crippled the game industry at the time giving the consumer and retailer backlash to the overproduced piece of junk.
 
2014-04-14 10:24:34 AM

UNC_Samurai: 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.


There are parts of NM (north-central, mostly) that are some of the most gorgeous places in the world.

There are also plenty of lousy places. Pretty much like anywhere else.

On the plus side, Albuquerque PD probably won't be shooting as many people going forward.
 
2014-04-14 10:25:54 AM

clkeagle: 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.

Isn't there another landfill somewhere with all the Pac-Man cartridges? If I remember right - by the time Pac-Man was about to hit shelves, they were already set to ship Ms. Pac-Man (which is a great 2600 game). So they did the same thing as ET - dumped all the secondary shipments instead of letting them go to retail.


If I remember correctly, Atari was so sure that Pacman was going to be a huge hit that they made more game cartridges than the number of consoles that existed to play them. Talk about hubris.
 
2014-04-14 10:26:12 AM

buzzcut73: Caffeine Induced Diarrhea: First thought I had after reading the article was: why werent these things thrown in a chipper to be recycled?

Because it was 1982. Recycling anything basic (newspapers, cans) was barely even a thing in 1982. Recycling plastic cases with electronic components inside? That is only now catching on.

The other lesson, of course, is that gaming consoles and games actually used to be manufactured in the US. The reason they went to this landfill in the first place is because it wasn't far from the manufacturing plant in El Paso.


I dont get to say this much anymore, but thanks for making me feel young.

/born in '82
 
2014-04-14 10:26:55 AM
I'm driving over there right now.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-14 10:28:04 AM

BalugaJoe: Atomic Jonb: IIRC, Raiders of the Lost Ark had a really bad Atari game also.

And yes, let ET stay buried.

It was impossible to win.


Raiders?? I beat it.

It was, in fact, the first game I used a walkthrough for.
 
2014-04-14 10:28:57 AM
If they find seven barrelfuls of cash, that'd be cool also.
 
2014-04-14 10:30:35 AM
The sad part will be when they dig down the cartridges & then cant climb back out of the pit.
 
2014-04-14 10:30:39 AM
Dig them.out of a landfill.... why? Do they expect them to still work?
 
2014-04-14 10:31:07 AM

myrrh: UNC_Samurai: 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.

There are parts of NM (north-central, mostly) that are some of the most gorgeous places in the world.

There are also plenty of lousy places. Pretty much like anywhere else.

On the plus side, Albuquerque PD probably won't be shooting as many people going forward.


And if they do, there's a really good Witness Protection program in Albuquerque.
 
2014-04-14 10:31:09 AM
I have a Game.con handheld game on the shelf in the closet.  Within that evil device is the worst game ever made: "Batman and Robin".

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2014-04-14 10:31:36 AM
Why are they bothering to dig this up?   The cartriges are not particulary valuable, as danteman195  pointed out.

 Is the whole point to make a documentary movie about digging in a landfill for something with the dubious distinction of being the worst ever? Or is there something more nefarios going on?
 
2014-04-14 10:33:13 AM
I think you could make a better documentary out of how 'E.T.' was the biggest thing in 1982 and now all we remember is a crappy Atari 2600 game and awkward pictures with Michael Jackson.
 
2014-04-14 10:33:25 AM

Uzzah: 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 image 480x315]


Sadly no.
Although it was circled in the catalog.
 
2014-04-14 10:34:38 AM
I didn't own it and don't remember ever playing it. This was my game for a long time
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and I was the by God master of it too.
 
2014-04-14 10:36:01 AM
yves0010


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?


I was 8.. .I didn't know any better.
 
2014-04-14 10:36:18 AM

AxL sANe: Mmmmm - Green Chilis.

I'll always love Mew Mexico because they put green chilis on everything....

[www.nmgastronome.com image 444x261]


5 Star in Taos?
 
2014-04-14 10:37:37 AM
Too late.
sciencefiction.com
 
2014-04-14 10:38:06 AM
Everyone hates ET, but then there's this guy, who learned how to hack Atari code and then tried to fix the gameplay problems as a challenge.
 
2014-04-14 10:38:17 AM

Carousel Beast: BalugaJoe: Atomic Jonb: IIRC, Raiders of the Lost Ark had a really bad Atari game also.

And yes, let ET stay buried.

It was impossible to win.

Raiders?? I beat it.

It was, in fact, the first game I used a walkthrough for.



Yep.  Beat Raisers and E.T.
 
2014-04-14 10:38:40 AM
i.crackedcdn.com

It's booting up!!!!
 
2014-04-14 10:38:50 AM
You mad bro?

www.toplessrobot.com
 
2014-04-14 10:38:54 AM

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Is this man leading the expedition?


I dunno, I hope so.  Its such a weird story with such a legend behind it, you'd think someone would make a movie about it!
 
2014-04-14 10:38:56 AM
 
2014-04-14 10:39:06 AM

AugieDoggyDaddy: Why are they bothering to dig this up?   The cartriges are not particulary valuable, as danteman195  pointed out.


It's about seeing game history. It can be nicely woven with the Crash in the 1980s and how something can become infamous. It's interesting and ranks up there with finding a cheap Nintendo World Championship cart or Genesis version of Tetris.
 
2014-04-14 10:41:32 AM
Why?
 
2014-04-14 10:42:57 AM
s3.amazonaws.com

In the author's case, "the worst game I've ever played, so it only applies to my opinion and is not a universal standard"

E.T. was bad, but there are worse.  MUCH worse.
 
2014-04-14 10:43:07 AM
ET and Raiders of the Lost Ark were not bad games. The adventure/RPG games of today are direct descendants. ET got a bad rap because it was rushed and was at the limits of what the 2600 could do. The games showing up in arcades were far beyond it.

I still have fond memories of playing and beating Raiders. Timing the parachute openings around that branch to get into the opening of the cliff was an actual accomplishment.
 
2014-04-14 10:43:59 AM

theorellior: Everyone hates ET, but then there's this guy, who learned how to hack Atari code and then tried to fix the gameplay problems as a challenge.


Came here to say this.  There's just a few tweaks that make it the game it should have been.

Also, yes, Pac Man for the 2600 sucked terribly, but Ms. Pac Man on the 2600 more than made up for it and was a thing of wonder and beauty.
 
2014-04-14 10:44:30 AM

AugieDoggyDaddy: Why are they bothering to dig this up?   The cartriges are not particulary valuable, as danteman195  pointed out.

 Is the whole point to make a documentary movie about digging in a landfill for something with the dubious distinction of being the worst ever? Or is there something more nefarios going on?


To burn them a second time and then BURY THEM DEEPER.
 
2014-04-14 10:44:58 AM

Sybarite: They're digging in the wrong place!

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That was a crappy game, too.
 
2014-04-14 10:45:04 AM

FatherChaos: [s3.amazonaws.com image 200x200]

In the author's case, "the worst game I've ever played, so it only applies to my opinion and is not a universal standard"

E.T. was bad, but there are worse.  MUCH worse.


Historically, it's considered the worst game ever made. Sure, you can argue games like Superman 64 or Sonic 2006....but it's a solid pick that's been on the list for decades.
 
2014-04-14 10:45:43 AM
well....
 
2014-04-14 10:46:59 AM
Why? Terrible as it is it's available on emulator for free and who wants a broken game cartridge that's been buried in a landfill for 30 years?
 
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