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Digging Up E.T. After 30 Years!

Everyone knows E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial is one of the most successful films ever made; before Jurassic Park came along, it held the title of Highest Grossing Picture of All-Time for a solid decade.

What you might not know if you aren’t a video game aficionado is that the E.T. video game for the Atari 2600 is arguably the worst video game ever made. How bad was it? So bad it nearly destroyed the entire video gaming industry.

So bad, in fact, that nearly everyone who purchased it sent it back to the company for a refund. No, seriously. This game sucked. I mean, take a look for yourself:

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The tons and tons of copies consumers angrily sent flying back to the company, paired with the millions of unsold copies that Atari foolishly made–anticipating the biggest movie ever to result in the biggest game ever–left Atari with a plummeting market value and a whole lot of cartridges to destroy.

Since the early 1980s, an urban legend has persisted that, somewhere in the desert of New Mexico, millions of copies of E.T. were unceremoniously crushed and buried as unwanted and unloved casualties of an overly-aggressive move by a fledgling company in a fledgling industry.

So, are they buried there? We’re about to find out. On April 26th, an official excavation is set to take place as part of a documentary being made about the crazy history of the game and its role in video game culture.

Who knows, maybe while they’re out there, they’ll find some of Walter White’s barrels of cash?

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