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2014-04-26 03:34:30 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-26 05:08:10 PM  
Somebody needs to go to jail.
 
2014-04-26 05:15:02 PM  
i301.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-26 05:22:56 PM  
This place is a message...and part of a system of messages...pay attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

This place is not a place of honor...no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here...nothing valued is here.

What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.

The danger is in a particular location...it increases toward a center...the center of danger is here...of a particular size and shape, and below us.

The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

/shamelessly stolen from the article comments
 
2014-04-26 05:25:07 PM  
Pretty sure that was a marker for a nuclear waste disposal site someone put there as a just in case.
 
2014-04-26 05:26:57 PM  
Eddie Torres, The Extra Testicle?
 
2014-04-26 05:30:25 PM  
You know people, we buried those back in '82 for a reason.  That ground is not meant to be disturbed.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-04-26 05:31:39 PM  

Mad_Radhu: This place is a message...and part of a system of messages...pay attention to it!


(...)

Cpl.D: Pretty sure that was a marker for a nuclear waste disposal site someone put there as a just in case.


Cpl. D is correct.
 
2014-04-26 05:33:02 PM  
Was really hoping they'd just leave it there to baffle whatever civilization rises up after us.

"We've seen these sorts of things before, and it's definitely a mass offering of some sort. The only question that remains is who the god adorned on these objects is"
 
2014-04-26 05:34:22 PM  
I still have that game.
 
2014-04-26 05:34:32 PM  
Can this please be the last we hear of it. It would be one thing if this was the greatest game ever made for the Atari, but it's the worst!
 
2014-04-26 05:37:07 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Can this please be the last we hear of it. It would be one thing if this was the greatest game ever made for the Atari, but it's the worst!


But that's why it's so important. It almost single-handedly killed an industry.
 
2014-04-26 05:43:31 PM  
Well, depends on the level of documentation you have on the quantity. A solid mass of one million cartridges would represent a viable ore for recycling. Several tons of copper and a couple pounds of gold.

The reason the mob was into garbage collecting was it really did have recycling value when labor was cheap. And you could scrap what you couldn't fence.
 
2014-04-26 05:54:27 PM  
Those are in amazingly good condition considering they have been buried 30 years. I'd have thought the paper at least would be gone by now and the rumor was they were crushed up by steamrollers. I bet some of those can still be played though.
 
2014-04-26 05:55:32 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Can this please be the last we hear of it. It would be one thing if this was the greatest game ever made for the Atari, but it's the worst!


E.T. was not even remotely close to the worst Atari 2600 game. It was a gem compared to some of the trash that got released on that system.
 
2014-04-26 06:01:25 PM  

RobertBruce: I still have that game.


I had it too. Only fun parts for me were a) getting ET most of the way up out a hole he fell into, only to make him fall again to his eventual death, and b) making ET's corpse "dance."

I was a rather disturbed child.
 
2014-04-26 06:11:08 PM  
E.T.: The Excavated Terrestrial
 
2014-04-26 06:13:38 PM  

433: Mad_Radhu: This place is a message...and part of a system of messages...pay attention to it!

(...)

Cpl.D: Pretty sure that was a marker for a nuclear waste disposal site someone put there as a just in case.

Cpl. D is correct.


I was gonna say "Pet Cemetery". >_>'
 
2014-04-26 06:23:25 PM  
For anyone who may be asking -- how bad was the game?   Really, really bad.
 
2014-04-26 06:29:29 PM  
img.fark.netI was there!  Took a picture with my my kiddo.
 
2014-04-26 06:37:38 PM  
I wonder if James Rolfe will change his movie to reflect this.
 
2014-04-26 06:38:11 PM  

Hand Banana: Those are in amazingly good condition considering they have been buried 30 years. I'd have thought the paper at least would be gone by now and the rumor was they were crushed up by steamrollers. I bet some of those can still be played though.


If it's dry and not exposed to light there's not much scope for rot to set in.

Hand Banana: InterruptingQuirk: Can this please be the last we hear of it. It would be one thing if this was the greatest game ever made for the Atari, but it's the worst!

E.T. was not even remotely close to the worst Atari 2600 game. It was a gem compared to some of the trash that got released on that system.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-26 06:38:17 PM  
The second biggest bomb in the New Mexico desert
 
2014-04-26 06:39:17 PM  

unyon: You know people, we buried those back in '82 for a reason.  That ground is not meant to be disturbed.


They're heeeeeeeeere!

/Poltergeist
 
2014-04-26 06:41:07 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-26 06:43:53 PM  
It is super dry here.  I have a friend who used to work for a moving company that snagged some when it happened 30 years ago.
 
2014-04-26 07:01:25 PM  
Avoid..spilled...juice

Avoid..spilled..juice
 
2014-04-26 07:02:17 PM  
The comments on the link are hilarious.  Apparently MSN planted these now....every once in a while something on the internet is true!
 
2014-04-26 07:02:23 PM  

Paryb: I was there!  Took a picture with my my kiddo.


Good for you!  If I were anywhere in that area I would have gone as well, with my daughter.
 
2014-04-26 07:04:29 PM  

Warthog: For anyone who may be asking -- how bad was the game?   Really, really bad.


And here's the hell of it.  I was a wee tyke when that game was out.  I had the game.  I beat the game.  I even admit I enjoyed the game.  I don't think it was the worst game ever.  I don't even think it'd make the top 100 list.  It didn't make much sense, given the movie, but what atari games did?
 
2014-04-26 07:08:13 PM  
lulz
 
2014-04-26 07:09:46 PM  

NeoCortex42: InterruptingQuirk: Can this please be the last we hear of it. It would be one thing if this was the greatest game ever made for the Atari, but it's the worst!

But that's why it's so important. It almost single-handedly killed an industry.


Oh, did it? I was too busy playing shiatloads of awesome games on my Commodore 64 to notice.
I suppose you think Nintendo single-handedly saved the industry, too. *rolleyes*
 
2014-04-26 07:26:19 PM  
Grab the modded game here  http://www.neocomputer.org/projects/et/
And an Atari 2600 emulator (this ones for Android)  https://code.google.com/p/droid2600/
Enjoy the NON-sucktastic version of E.T.
 
2014-04-26 07:27:22 PM  
WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

The only real answer is to toss the copies back into the fires from which they came.
 
2014-04-26 07:35:25 PM  
This is how horror movies start.
 
2014-04-26 07:57:20 PM  
Exactly where they should've stayed.
 
2014-04-26 08:05:14 PM  
ET is not the worst game ever made for the Atari.  But it was, the most misguided business decision that Atari ever made.  My recollection is that they paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 million to Spielberg for the rights to produce the game, rushed it into production to have it ready for the Christmas buying season, and then to top it off, WILDLY overestimated sales figures in a market that was already beginning to tank.  The end result was millions of returned copies that Atari couldn't sell or give away.  Hence, the landfill option.

Owned the game when I was a kid, and yeah, it kinda sucks.  But it is in no way, the worst playing game ever made.  It just epitomizes how quickly Atari went from juggernaut to death spiral.  Nothing Atari produced after that could match the success of the 2600.
 
2014-04-26 08:15:49 PM  

I Like Bread: NeoCortex42: InterruptingQuirk: Can this please be the last we hear of it. It would be one thing if this was the greatest game ever made for the Atari, but it's the worst!

But that's why it's so important. It almost single-handedly killed an industry.

Oh, did it? I was too busy playing shiatloads of awesome games on my Commodore 64 to notice.
I suppose you think Nintendo single-handedly saved the industry, too. *rolleyes*


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_video_game_crash_of_1983
 
2014-04-26 08:23:56 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-26 08:26:08 PM  

Close2TheEdge: ET is not the worst game ever made for the Atari.  But it was, the most misguided business decision that Atari ever made.  My recollection is that they paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 million to Spielberg for the rights to produce the game, rushed it into production to have it ready for the Christmas buying season, and then to top it off, WILDLY overestimated sales figures in a market that was already beginning to tank.  The end result was millions of returned copies that Atari couldn't sell or give away.  Hence, the landfill option.

Owned the game when I was a kid, and yeah, it kinda sucks.  But it is in no way, the worst playing game ever made.  It just epitomizes how quickly Atari went from juggernaut to death spiral.  Nothing Atari produced after that could match the success of the 2600.


This.... as stated, it is not the worst 'game', if you are looking at just pure game quality.   But, when you figure in everything you mentioned... what they paid for the rights, that the programming was rushed to produce a sub-par product, that I believe if I recall correctly, they made more copies of the game than they'd sold all-time in 2600 systems (now, I never hear if this is based on just 2600 console sales, or also sales of the "Sears Telesystem", which was basically just a Sears branded version of the 2600.  Also by this time I think there were other systems, like Colecovision, that had "2600 adapters" for sale.... but, I think they just hoped that all 4 of everyone's aunts would buy their nephews a copy for xmas), and all the hype that surrounded the movie and then the release of the game... that is the reason why it is the "worst game".
 
2014-04-26 08:27:32 PM  

Close2TheEdge: ET is not the worst game ever made for the Atari.  But it was, the most misguided business decision that Atari ever made.  My recollection is that they paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 million to Spielberg for the rights to produce the game, rushed it into production to have it ready for the Christmas buying season, and then to top it off, WILDLY overestimated sales figures in a market that was already beginning to tank.  The end result was millions of returned copies that Atari couldn't sell or give away.  Hence, the landfill option.

Owned the game when I was a kid, and yeah, it kinda sucks.  But it is in no way, the worst playing game ever made.  It just epitomizes how quickly Atari went from juggernaut to death spiral.  Nothing Atari produced after that could match the success of the 2600.


Didn't they produce significantly more cartriges than there were actual game consoles sold?
 
2014-04-26 08:30:26 PM  
www.tubefilter.com

Can't wait for his movie to come out.
 
2014-04-26 08:31:47 PM  

Paryb: [img.fark.net image 850x637]I was there!  Took a picture with my my kiddo.


I'm jealous. Did they just let you take a cartridge?
 
2014-04-26 08:42:55 PM  

Aar1012: Paryb: [img.fark.net image 850x637]I was there!  Took a picture with my my kiddo.

I'm jealous. Did they just let you take a cartridge?


Oh no, they just let us take a picture with it, and took it back.
 
2014-04-26 08:52:07 PM  
They got the cartridges almost out of the hole...then they all fell back in again.
 
2014-04-26 08:53:28 PM  

Paryb: Oh no, they just let us take a picture with it, and took it back.


They should have handed them out one per person and laughed as ebay was flooded with them.
 
2014-04-26 09:08:57 PM  
I think the biggest problem with the E.T. game was the persepective. It looked like you should be able to walk in front of the pits, but in the game if any pixel of your character touched a pit (even the top of your head) you fell in. If you treated it like a top down game like Zelda it was much easier.
 
2014-04-26 09:21:29 PM  
My headline was better: "Garbage found in landfill"

(And yes, I had that game when I was a kid.)
 
2014-04-26 09:36:12 PM  
static.gamespot.com
 
2014-04-26 09:40:32 PM  
Welcome to Fark.
 
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