Just a few days ago, Microsoft went on a mission to find E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial videogames buried in the desert, and they succeeded. The video game crash which occurred in the early ’80s spawned the legend of a movie-licensed game for the Atari 2600, developed in just five and a half weeks. However, it was so bad that its publisher decided to throw it all away and cut their losses instead of trying to sell them. And with Microsoft finding them back again, things have come full circle.
We are going to have to wait on the Atari: Game Over documentary on Xbox to get the full story, though you can check out the five-minute video ready to take you through the important moments of the dig and the people behind it, including the game’s designer, Howard Scott Warshaw.