Worst game ever? (PCGH Retro August 18)

Worst game ever?  (PCGH Retro August 18)

from Henner Schroeder
Possibly the worst game ever – that was announced on August 18th. Every day, PC Games Hardware takes a look back at the young but eventful history of the computer.

…1982: Games based on hit movies are a safe bet, even in the early days of the games industry. And so it is a truly great coup that Atari announces on August 18, 1982: the video game market leader secures the worldwide exclusive gaming rights to Steven Spielberg’s alien fairy tale “ET – The Extra-Terrestrial”, the most successful cinema film of its time. The title for the Atari console VCS comes onto the market in time for the 1982 Christmas business – and this hasty development is also noticeable: the game looks decent for the technical possibilities of the VCS, but the lousy gameplay makes it practically unplayable; the character, which is controlled through a crude landscape, constantly falls into holes and comes out extremely slowly, which makes playing an extremely boring procedure. This earned ET the reputation of being the worst video game in history. And it flops, only 1.5 of the 4 million cartridges produced are sold; ET heralds the collapse of the games market, which will be completed in 1984. And what happens to the many games that are not for sale? Most end up in a landfill in the state of New Mexico, where they be crushed and buried. Rightly so.

However, that didn’t stop Microsoft from exhuming the buried treasure again in 2014.

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Video of the excavation of the ET modules in the New Mexico desert