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Atari Landfill

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2013-06-05 06:26:19

Atari Landfill

Fuel Industries, a Canadian film company, is going to excavate the Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill for a documentary. Atari purportedly dumped up to twenty tractor trailers full of unsold and/or damaged inventory, including an urban legend worthy volume of the execrable E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

This thing was SO awful, even as a small undiscerning child I could tell it was garbage. It involved falling into pits, then SLOOOOOWLY floating back up, only to inadvertently fall right back in. Or into an adjacent pit. Repeat.

To compound the problem, Atari manufactured four or five million cartridges of the fetid, hot mess - becoming one of the key contributors to the 1983 Video Game Crash. We take video games for granted, but it was so bad that if Mario hadn't come along, maybe we don't have them today.

Software Slump has been busy, covering Tokyo Jungle and an exclusive interview with Gears for Breakfast.

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