Recently a film production company found buried in a New Mexico landfill thousands of the Atari E.T. game cartridges that made this game and the Atari as a company, centre of attention once again after almost 3 decades.
What was so bad about this game that sank an entire company to the depths of near anonymity?
Tina Amini, deputy editor at gaming website Kotaku, says the game tanked because "it was practically broken." A recurring flaw, she said, was that the character of the game, the beloved extraterrestrial, would fall into traps that were almost impossible to escape and would appear constantly and unpredictably.