PCGH Retro: The worst game of all times
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on August 18?
...1982: Videogames that are based on successful movies are a safe bet – this had been true in the early times of the gaming industry. Therefore it’s quite a big thing as on this August 18 Atari announces: The market leader acquired the exclusive rights to make a game based on Steven Spielberg’s alien fairy tale “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, the most successful movie in those days. The title for Atari’s VCS console is introduced to the markets right in time for Christmas 1982 – this hasty development is recognizable all over the game: It looks quite good within the technical limits of the VCS, but the gameplay is bad and makes it almost unplayable. The character, which is navigated through a crude landscape, keeps falling into holes all the time and it takes ages to get out of them. This makes playing the game a really boring experience. Because of this E.T. is said to be one of the worst games ever. And it is a flop. Only 1.5 million cartridges, of the 4 million produced, are sold. Therein E.T. heralds the collapse of the video gaming industry that will be finished in 1984. And what happened with the unsold games? Most of them were buried in the desert of New Mexico, and deservedly so.
At Youtube there is a funny video review of the game that we didn’t want to keep from you.