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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Oh, The Horror

Yes, yes I've done it. The game that is so bad, its famous. It was so bad that even the Angry Video Game Nerd couldn't create a proper episode out of it; he filmed a damn movie.
If that's not a good way to measure how terrible something is, then maybe this is: The game was programmed in five and a half weeks by one dude to coincide with the 1982 season of spending lots of money. Ie, Christmas.

As you can imagine, five and a half weeks is not enough time to program a (at the time) blockbuster video game, especially when the whole task is pressured onto one poor chap. This resulted in an incredibly buggy game that was broken on release. Since E.T was such a huge trend at the time, Atari went absolutely bangbusters with producing cartridges. It didn't take long for word to get around though on just how terrible the game was, and it's said that millions of unsold cartridges were buried in a New Mexico landfill.
This was such a flop that it's also considered to be one of the main driving points of the video game crash of 1983.

Not many games can attest to that, which is exactly why I wanted it. No matter what way you look at it, this is a piece of gaming history. There's certainly something special to owning, more or less, the worst game ever created.

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