Xbox Unearths a Release Date for ‘Atari: Game Over’
You will soon get to watch Atari and Xbox investigate one of the longest standing myths of the video game industry.
Zak Penn has Tweeted the release date for 'Atari: Game Over,' his documentary about the excavation of the landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico containing hundreds of buried copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and other craptastic games for the Atari 2600 that no one wanted in the 1980s. Why did no one want these games? Because the market became oversaturated with mediocre games and companies were just churning out titles with minimal development thinking that consumers would buy them, especially E.T., since it did so well in theaters, right? We mean, what could possibly go wrong with doing a video game for one of the most popular and memorable movies of the 1980s just as long as it has E.T. on the cover?
This documentary will go into the history of Atari, why E.T. and many other Atari 2600 games were so poorly made (it was programmed and developed by one person in less than a month, which was a horrible attempt at not caring and shoveling out a product without a care for customer quality). Ultimately, many of these subpar Atari games never sold, and got sent to a landfill, until Atari and Xbox teamed up to dig them out almost three decades later. Zak Penn, one of the writers of ‘X2: X-Men United’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and 'The Avengers’, will help tell the story.
'Atari: Game Over' will launch on Nov. 20 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Also, here's a trailer for 'Atari: Game Over' to help get you hyped up to watch a bunch of guys excavating a trash site to find one of the worst games made in the 1980s with Atari spending more time talking about it than they ever did developing it.
One of the Greatest Video Game Myths, solved!