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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 06:44:09 PM

WordsnCollision: Miss my Colecovision.

[www.colecoboxart.com image 400x476]

/not really
//hall monsters!!


Venture is one of my favorite early 80s arcade video games... nothing complex, but, a fun game.
 
2014-04-14 07:16:28 PM
Ivan the Tolerable:
Sounds like someone was mad that they didn't get an intellivision as a kid. Only pissed 5th grader sour grapes could ever diminish the impact or quality of those Mattel games had on the aging 2600

Uh, no. We could have had one. We chose to get an Atari 800 computer instead.

/Intellivision was the Mac to Atari's PC.
//complete with whatever the early-'80s version of hipsters were called fawning over it
 
2014-04-14 07:16:56 PM
Didn't they crush them all before dumping them? Even if they didn't, after 30 years buried in a landfill I can't imagine any would be in usable condition.

For those who really want to play that turd of a game, it's widely available for emulators and making repro cartridges is easy.
 
2014-04-14 07:20:24 PM
I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.

//Still hate that movie 30 years later.
 
2014-04-14 07:20:37 PM

Kinetic King: Anybody else remember Missile Command?  IIRC, the Atari 2600 version was almost as good as the arcade version.  It was a very grim game in which you tried to prevent six cities from getting nuked by firing anti-missile missiles at incoming ICBMs.  But what would you expect of a video game that came out while the Cold War was still raging?


The console version was not even close to the arcade version. Playing it with a joystick was almost impossible compared to the trackball on the arcade machine.

My friend had a clone of it on his Mac in the 90s that was very close, except it was B&W.
 
2014-04-14 07:22:29 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.

//Still hate that movie 30 years later.


I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.
 
2014-04-14 07:23:05 PM

James10952001: Didn't they crush them all before dumping them? Even if they didn't, after 30 years buried in a landfill I can't imagine any would be in usable condition.

For those who really want to play that turd of a game, it's widely available for emulators and making repro cartridges is easy.


Obviously this has nothing to do with trying to "play the game"... it is more of just a retro "hey, lets do it" thing.
 
2014-04-14 07:23:36 PM

sendtodave: 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.

No, the author is stating fact.  It is literally the worst game ever.

Your opinion doesn't change the fact of the matter.


http://www.somethingawful.com/game-reviews/

Even a casual glance through that list brings out several which are astronomically worse than E.T., completely lacking plot, gameplay, win conditions, on and on and on.
 
2014-04-14 07:26:08 PM

James10952001: Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.

//Still hate that movie 30 years later.

I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.


I didn't catch ET until well after it had been in the theaters for a while, but was still drawing people.  So, while visiting a friend that summer, we decided to catch it after his brother, sister, and mother were in total shock that I hadn't seen it yet.

Afterward, his sister about blew a gasket when I said I didn't like it.  She tells her mom, and mom summarily argues with me that "You did like it".

Uh, no, it was stupid.

Stop saying that.  It was a great movie and you know you liked it.

(Under my breath) It sucked.
 
2014-04-14 07:34:07 PM

James10952001: Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.

//Still hate that movie 30 years later.

I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.


It's extreme success (see also...Titantic). Meh becomes hate when mixed with popularity.
 
2014-04-14 07:34:46 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: James10952001: Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.

//Still hate that movie 30 years later.

I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.

It's extreme success (see also...Titantic). Meh becomes hate when mixed with popularity.


*Its
 
2014-04-14 07:38:35 PM

yukichigai: sendtodave: 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.

No, the author is stating fact.  It is literally the worst game ever.

Your opinion doesn't change the fact of the matter.

http://www.somethingawful.com/game-reviews/

Even a casual glance through that list brings out several which are astronomically worse than E.T., completely lacking plot, gameplay, win conditions, on and on and on.


I am going to repeat what I said again, because it is WHY E.T. and Pac Man get mentioned in this way.....

What makes E.T. (and the 2600 Pac Man) get some of the brunt of being the "Worst Ever" is not that they were the absolute "worst", but, they had EXTREMELY high expectations and debuts, and were tied to the biggest movie of all time at the time, and the biggest arcade game at the time.

Yeah, a bunch of 3rd rate developers put out much crappier games than E.T. and Pac Man... but, not many people bought them, and they didn't get that much attention at the time.   E.T. and Pac Man had HUGE spotlights on their debut's, and they did not deliver on the hype of the releases.  Which was proven by Ms. Pac Man for 2600.... if that had been the Pac Man release (minus the Ms Pac additions), that would have been a much better reception.   E.T.'s issues was mostly gameplay issues with how it was coded, vs. the overly crude display issues with Pac Man.

As far as comparing it to "worst games of 2007", that is hard to even compare.... and nobody is really trying to compare them.   E.T. and Pac Man were just really bad "major" releases of the early 80s, that led to what is termed the "Video Game Crash of 1983", and they are fairly reflected in that way in video game history.   Just like anything, putting "Worst video game ever game" on something is going to be subjective, just like "Best baseball player" ever, or "Worst movie ever".
 
2014-04-14 07:54:37 PM

James10952001: I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.


It's a very manipulative movie on the primal fears of children being left behind by their caregivers. My younger brother freaked out in the movie theatre when ET died and my mother had to take him outside for him to chill out. You might be picking up on some of that.
 
2014-04-14 08:33:40 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: James10952001: Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.

//Still hate that movie 30 years later.

I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.

It's extreme success (see also...Titantic). Meh becomes hate when mixed with popularity.


I was just a little kid though, I didn't know anything about its success. I'd heard it was "good" but that's about it.
 
2014-04-14 08:36:05 PM

WordsnCollision: 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.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 500x513]


Gahan was way ahead of his time.
 
2014-04-14 08:51:12 PM

James10952001: Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.
//Still hate that movie 30 years later.
I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.


My first time attempting to see it was a double feature at the drive-in with the He-Man/She-Ra movie. Fell asleep five minutes into it. I think it gave me some kind of subconscious block for the movie.. because I was never able to sit through it any time I tried watching after tha tnight.


WordsnCollision: Miss my Colecovision.
[www.colecoboxart.com image 400x476]
/not really
//hall monsters!!


Excellent game - i had the 2600 port.


MylesHeartVodak: Yet, there were also many amazing titles such as Yar's Revenge, H.E.R.O., Dig Dug, and River Raid.  Activision ended up making the best games for the 2600.  Then again, their core crew were all former Atari employees.


Imagic did a good job too. Played Subterranea and Demon Attack as often as I did Pitfall and River Raid.
 
2014-04-14 08:56:55 PM
Northridge Mall
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Radio Shack
Apple 2E

GORGON

I Win the Internets
 
2014-04-14 08:58:05 PM

clkeagle: James10952001: Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.
//Still hate that movie 30 years later.
I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.

My first time attempting to see it was a double feature at the drive-in with the He-Man/She-Ra movie. Fell asleep five minutes into it. I think it gave me some kind of subconscious block for the movie.. because I was never able to sit through it any time I tried watching after tha tnight.


WordsnCollision: Miss my Colecovision.
[www.colecoboxart.com image 400x476]
/not really
//hall monsters!!

Excellent game - i had the 2600 port.


MylesHeartVodak: Yet, there were also many amazing titles such as Yar's Revenge, H.E.R.O., Dig Dug, and River Raid.  Activision ended up making the best games for the 2600.  Then again, their core crew were all former Atari employees.

Imagic did a good job too. Played Subterranea and Demon Attack as often as I did Pitfall and River Raid.


Activision app for Android has both Demon Attack and H.E.R.O..... good stuff.
 
2014-04-14 09:44:45 PM

MylesHeartVodak: No, Raiders of the Lost Ark was simply Haunted House with different sprites.


?
www.theultimategamer.com
www.mobygames.com

Seems legit.

Loan Starr: When I was in 5th grade in 1982 I got an Intellivision for Christmas (still probably the best gift I ever received) and I was the hit of the neighborhood. Space Battle, Space Armada, Astro Smash, Utopia, Night Stalker, Micro Surgeon, Armor Battle, Pitfall, you name it. I loved those games. Then in 1984 my friend got a Coleco Vision and we all sat around playing Pole Position nonstop and forgot about the previous consoles.


Pole Position was never released for Colecovision.  The Intellivsion nor the Coleco ever replaced the 2600 because they never had wide adoption.  Intellivsion sold 3 million consoles, Coleco 2.  2600?  30 million.
 
2014-04-14 09:49:13 PM

mjbok: Pole Position was never released for Colecovision.  The Intellivsion nor the Coleco ever replaced the 2600 because they never had wide adoption.  Intellivsion sold 3 million consoles, Coleco 2.  2600?  30 million.


He was probably thinking of Turbo or Pitstop.
 
2014-04-14 09:57:48 PM

dletter: He was probably thinking of Turbo or Pitstop.


Probably.  I believe Pole Position was made by Atari, or at least licensed by them and had a lock on that property for that generation.
 
2014-04-14 10:51:12 PM

Ambitwistor: MylesHeartVodak: Stick your little finger in your ear and wiggle it slowly.  Pac-Man noise.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 450x268]


+

Seriously!

So, uh....what's like the best version of Pac-Man to play on Windows 7?

wabumwabumwabumwabumwabum
 
2014-04-14 11:10:50 PM

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]


I played Adventure. I never did figure out what the fark the point was. I'm a duck. I think? I'll grab this key and shove it into a castle. Everything flashes. Sound effects - bomp bomp bomp bomp! Do it all again. Hey you know what? fark this, let's get out your electronics experiment kit and build an AM radio.
 
2014-04-14 11:27:22 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: I played Adventure. I never did figure out what the fark the point was. I'm a duck. I think? I'll grab this key and shove it into a castle. Everything flashes.


Get the chalice to the Golden Castle.  The ducks were the dragons.  You were the dot.
 
2014-04-15 07:20:28 AM
Adventure 3D!

o.onionstatic.com
 
2014-04-15 07:30:23 AM

yukichigai: completely lacking plot, gameplay, win conditions, on and on and on.


So...pretty much every game made in the last ten or fifteen years then?
Got it, thanks for the info.
 
2014-04-15 08:00:11 AM

theorellior: James10952001: I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.

It's a very manipulative movie on the primal fears of children being left behind by their caregivers. My younger brother freaked out in the movie theatre when ET died and my mother had to take him outside for him to chill out. You might be picking up on some of that.


Spoiler alert!
 
2014-04-15 09:03:39 AM

mjbok: Fuggin Bizzy: I played Adventure. I never did figure out what the fark the point was. I'm a duck. I think? I'll grab this key and shove it into a castle. Everything flashes.

Get the chalice to the Golden Castle.  The ducks were the dragons.  You were the dot.


Ah? Well now I feel like Grandpa Simpson. No wonder it didn't make sense.

/Wait...aren't the pitcher and the batter on the same team?
 
2014-04-15 11:37:57 AM

TaskMan: Little CSB-



I feel the same way about Carrier Command on the Atari ST.  I seem to be one of the few people where the message "The enemy carrier has run aground, continue playing for points?" has been displayed; it shouldn't EVER be displayed, the AI carrier basically floats on to islands to capture them it can not run aground.

Yet just once it did.
 
2014-04-15 12:06:43 PM
*deep sniff*

Stinks like the 80s in here.

/is from the one decade that mattered
//the 90s
 
2014-04-15 12:09:29 PM

Marine1: /is from the one decade that mattered
//the 90s


They mattered because they sucked?
 
2014-04-15 02:20:58 PM

mjbok: dletter: He was probably thinking of Turbo or Pitstop.

Probably.  I believe Pole Position was made by Atari, or at least licensed by them and had a lock on that property for that generation.


It was developed by Namco and licensed by Atari.
 
2014-04-15 02:22:10 PM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: Ambitwistor: MylesHeartVodak: Stick your little finger in your ear and wiggle it slowly.  Pac-Man noise.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 450x268]

+

Seriously!

So, uh....what's like the best version of Pac-Man to play on Windows 7?

wabumwabumwabumwabumwabum


Grab MAME and the PacMan rom set and you can play the real deal.
 
2014-04-15 02:25:57 PM

peterthx: Marine1: /is from the one decade that mattered
//the 90s

They mattered because they sucked?


The 90s weren't so bad, highschool and such. The 80s definitely had better console games IMO. In the 90s I was mostly playing PC games, wolfenstein 3d and later Doom. Find the chainsaw, aw yeah.
 
2014-04-15 03:02:28 PM

peterthx: Marine1: /is from the one decade that mattered
//the 90s

They mattered because they sucked?


That's a crud rock! It BELONGS in crud town! *struggles in vain to move the crud rock*
 
2014-04-15 07:15:10 PM

TappingTheVein: WordyGrrl: Bite your tongue, fool! The Ultima series set the standard for RPGs. Would absolutely love to see it back on the market with updated graphics and sound.

Than you'll be glad to know about this.


Woo hoo! Thanks! I'll be looking for it.
 
2014-04-15 10:52:23 PM

dletter: clkeagle: James10952001: Ow! That was my feelings!: I was barely old enough to remember when ET came out.
//Still hate that movie 30 years later.
I remember when it came out. My family rented the VHS and watched it, we all thought it was terrible. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much but to this day I still hate it.

My first time attempting to see it was a double feature at the drive-in with the He-Man/She-Ra movie. Fell asleep five minutes into it. I think it gave me some kind of subconscious block for the movie.. because I was never able to sit through it any time I tried watching after tha tnight.


WordsnCollision: Miss my Colecovision.
[www.colecoboxart.com image 400x476]
/not really
//hall monsters!!

Excellent game - i had the 2600 port.


MylesHeartVodak: Yet, there were also many amazing titles such as Yar's Revenge, H.E.R.O., Dig Dug, and River Raid.  Activision ended up making the best games for the 2600.  Then again, their core crew were all former Atari employees.

Imagic did a good job too. Played Subterranea and Demon Attack as often as I did Pitfall and River Raid.

Activision app for Android has both Demon Attack and H.E.R.O..... good stuff.

Demon Attack

!  I have been racking my brain trying to remember that title.  Thanks!  That was an awesome game and I could not remember it to include in my short list.
 
2014-04-15 10:58:34 PM
Post Script:  A modern remake of H.E.R.O. would be freaking awesome.  Although, I guess the H.E.V. suit in Half-Life comes pretty close, minus the jet pack.
 
2014-04-15 11:00:28 PM
whispers, "Hey, Gabe are you out there?  Are you listening?"
 
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