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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
    More: Followup, Atari, Atari video game burial, ROM cartridge, Zak Penn, landfills  
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12287 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Apr 2014 at 9:47 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-04-14 10:26:55 AM  
15 votes:
I'm driving over there right now.

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2014-04-14 10:30:35 AM  
14 votes:
The sad part will be when they dig down the cartridges & then cant climb back out of the pit.
2014-04-14 08:37:24 AM  
13 votes:
They're digging in the wrong place!

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2014-04-14 11:19:37 AM  
7 votes:
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2014-04-14 08:08:21 AM  
6 votes:
Sometimes... dead is better.
2014-04-14 09:51:48 AM  
5 votes:
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I know what you're thinking! Leave them buried! Sometimes dead is bettah!
2014-04-14 09:56:55 AM  
4 votes:
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tread lightly
2014-04-14 01:28:03 PM  
3 votes:
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Here we are, live at the scene of this historic event. We should be coming across thousands of E.T. cartridges any moment now...
2014-04-14 01:06:27 PM  
3 votes:
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The cartridges.  If they are there at Alamogordo.  Then they are something that man was not meant to disturb. Nerds have always surrounded it. They are not worth this effort.
2014-04-14 12:21:41 PM  
3 votes:
I have no idea how Ancient Greece got into the game... or a flasher... but what the hell why not.

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2014-04-14 11:26:40 AM  
3 votes:

Mentat: ET was definitely the worst 2400 game I played.

It was so bad, it downgraded the hardware itself by 8%.
2014-04-14 10:38:40 AM  
3 votes:
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It's booting up!!!!
2014-04-14 10:37:37 AM  
3 votes:
Too late.
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2014-04-14 10:13:45 AM  
3 votes:

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.


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 09:59:22 AM  
3 votes:
Eddie Torres?
2014-04-14 08:09:38 AM  
3 votes:
I fear they will unearth a great evil which will bring upon the apocalypse.
2014-04-14 10:44:30 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:50:37 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:46:42 AM  
2 votes:
G reat
E xtra
T errestrial

B urial
E xcavation
N ews
T ournament

I prefer this acronym.
2014-04-14 08:59:20 AM  
2 votes:
Are there any copies of Custer's Revenge buried there?
2014-04-15 07:20:28 AM  
1 vote:
Adventure 3D!

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2014-04-14 05:39:36 PM  
1 vote:

steve42: Random Anonymous Blackmail: Pac-Man for Atari pissed me off, I was expecting something similar to well Pac-Man not what ever the hell they shipped.

Here's an albeit-verbal earworm for you:  Boo-Dee-Boo-Dee.  Momp-Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp- Momp...

/Hated Atari Pac-Man
//Even Kool-Aid Man was better

Stick your little finger in your ear and wiggle it slowly.  Pac-Man noise.
2014-04-14 04:43:43 PM  
1 vote:

gweilo8888: Kinetic King: Would you believe I spend more time appearing on TV than watching it?  This is Minuta Slavy, the Russian version of America's Got Talent...

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Would you believe you just went down even further in my estimation for having anything to do with the creation of the vapid drivel that is "reality" TV in any country?

/"talent", indeed

Would you believe that I gave a TED talk last year, helped create a game--Stick Storm--that was sold in stores across Europe and America, and don't really give three hoots about what you think of reality TV or my career?  I did nothing to provoke you into making the personal attacks you've made on me--you're not suffering from 'genius envy'* are you?

*Forgive me, Sigmund Freud.

And for you more positive folks out there, here's another geeky thing I do when I'm not making stick bombs, watching old Buster Keaton comedies, dating the women in my artists' co-op, or playing on the local underwater hockey team (it's co-ed, BTW).  Yes, I create mazes.  Enjoy!

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2014-04-14 04:26:20 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-04-14 03:00:59 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-04-14 01:22:56 PM  
1 vote:
260 comments and not one "Leave the Bronx for Enchanting New Mexico" references?

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2014-04-14 01:17:14 PM  
1 vote:

Kinetic King: One of my RCT creations...

R'lyeh, the non-Euclidean architecture of which to drive one mad ...
2014-04-14 12:58:24 PM  
1 vote:
HooskerDoo Lubbock, Texas?

I can tell you what moment Buddy Holly wished he was  back there,,,
2014-04-14 12:22:28 PM  
1 vote:
Rapmaster2000 I remember not really understanding what I was supposed to do in between falling into holes over and over again.  "Oh, I'm in a hole again".

You're thinking of "Custer's Revenge" ;-)
2014-04-14 12:09:18 PM  
1 vote:

sendtodave: 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.

I remember not really understanding what I was supposed to do in between falling into holes over and over again.  "Oh, I'm in a hole again".  That's my enduring memory of the game.
2014-04-14 11:47:09 AM  
1 vote:

Sybarite: They're digging in the wrong place!

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2014-04-14 11:37:19 AM  
1 vote:

MooseUpNorth: The trick was to exit a pit towards the right, or left, or down.

So the game was so bad, that the way to get out of a hole was to keep digging?
2014-04-14 11:33:48 AM  
1 vote:

incrdbil: I played the heck out of Star Raiders, River Raid, and worked so darn hard to get that perfect Pitfall score, so I could take a picture of the screen and mail it in to Activision to be a part of the Pitfall Harry club.

Then I got my Commodore 64......

River Raid was one of the best games produced by a third party manufacturer back then.  We played the hell out of that game back in the summer of '85.  Of course, that was *after* we'd been playing ball and riding bikes outside all day.

Back then, video games were strictly to be played when it was too dark to be outside (or we didn't want to mess around in the dark); the weather outside was bad (snow, rain); or you were sick.  And those rules weren't laid down by the parents.
2014-04-14 11:24:09 AM  
1 vote:
April 26 is my birthday. I got ET for my birthday when I was a wee pup. The expedition begins on my birthday this year. I can't help some sort of circle is complete.
2014-04-14 11:14:53 AM  
1 vote:
I think subterranean expeditions in New Mexico have at least a ten percent chance of initiating a Resonance Cascade.

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2014-04-14 11:11:27 AM  
1 vote:
Will Geraldo be there?
2014-04-14 10:55:36 AM  
1 vote:

Aar1012: 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.

And again...

No one has made a game that is was so bad they had to bury it in the desert, have the hole capped with concrete, and then have the site sealed and blessed by holy men from eight different faiths in order to seal away its evil for all of time.

We've put in less effort to do away with vampires or demons.
2014-04-14 10:53:50 AM  
1 vote:
I'd like to hear the phone call where they pitched this to the game developer.

ms: 'hey! We are working on this exciting project we hoped you would want to be involved with.'

game dev:'oh really? Well what is it'.

ms:'well we were sitting around talking about games and the topic of the worst game ever came up. It was really a short discussion, out of millions of crap games that abortion of code your queefed out in the 80's was the obvious pick. I mean just wow was that horrible. So we talked more and decided to do a documentary about it. We were hoping you'd let us film you and you could tell us a bit about just how you managed to make something so awful'.

game dev:'umm... ok I guess. You want to send a crew to my office or you going to fly me to washington or what?'

ms:'oh no. This is the best part. you remember how you guys farked up so hard on this that you had to bury thousands of carts in some crap hole landfill in the middle of the new mexico desert? We are going to dig those farkers up. Get some construction shoes and a shovel, maybe a mask too its probably pretty stinky there!'

game dev:'sigh'
2014-04-14 10:38:54 AM  
1 vote:

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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 10:28:57 AM  
1 vote:
If they find seven barrelfuls of cash, that'd be cool also.
2014-04-14 10:20:23 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:17:37 AM  
1 vote:
In future news, group of video game nerds digging up old Atari E.T. games accidentally find Jimmy Hoffa. :P
2014-04-14 10:16:52 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-04-14 10:01:30 AM  
1 vote:
So prediction:
This is what will cause the Zombie Apocalypse (or the Zombie Uprising/Revolution, if you prefer)
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 09:59:43 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:54:56 AM  
1 vote:
I feel like playing Combat and bouncing some white shells off walls and killing your tank.
2014-04-14 09:53:43 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:36:29 AM  
1 vote:
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Is this man leading the expedition?
2014-04-14 08:44:31 AM  
1 vote:

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


reat Atari Landfill Expedition = GALE.

Expect extreme weather events when they open the portal to The Nether.
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