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The 1982 ‘E.T.’ Game Was So Bad, Atari Just Buried The Cartridges In The Desert

How bad does your video game have to be to be considered the worst of all-time? Pretty bad, as this YouTube video demonstrates. However, when you take into account that Atari paid around $25 million to get the rights to the game (the rights to a shapeless blob and a 4-bit rendition of the theme?), it’s a total disaster.

Now it’s becoming clear just what Atari thought of their failure. Thousands, if not millions (but probably just thousands) of E.T. cartridges have turned up in a landfill in the New Mexico desert after Atari apparently just decided to cut their losses and bury the damn things.

Now that games are trending towards streaming and virtual, we’ll likely never have the awesome metaphor that is thousands of dirty video games turning up in a New Mexico desert, buried in shame.

It’s pretty awesome when you think about it.

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