'Atari: Game Over' Doc First Trailer About 'E.T.' Video Game Fiasco

July 29, 2014
Source: Xbox

Atari: Game Over

If you're more than a casual video game fan, then you might already know about the infamous attempt at an Atari game that was E.T., based on Steven Spielberg's modern classic sci-fi film of the same name. The game is regarded as one of the worst ever made, and one of the biggest blunders ever by any tech company in history, one that almost sank the entire video game industry back in the 80s. If this sounds familiar, that's because the film just made the news recently after being behind the dig into a New Mexico landfill where millions of unsold copies of E.T. were buried. Now the documentary Atari: Game Over from director Zak Penn dives into the story of Atari and this failed game and the first trailer has arrived. Watch!

Here's the trailer for Zak Penn's documentary Atari: Game Over, direct from Xbox:

Atari: Game Over is directed by Zak Penn (director of The Grand, writer of The Avengers, Last Action Hero) and is the first in a feature documentary series called "Signal to Noise" from Xbox Entertainment Studios. The documentary ells the story of Atari, which went from being the fastest growing company in American history, to the producer of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, a game that failed so miserably Atari ended up burying thousands of unsold copies of it in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Game creator Howard Warshaw and more are interviewed in the film arriving on Xbox sometime this fall. Cool?

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Love love docs. Growing up with THAT xmas, yes, I did get that ET game and it was shit. Looking forward to this!!

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jul 29, 2014


I had that game. Wow has it been that long???

theslayer5150 on Jul 29, 2014


Poor guy. I laughed at the Microsoft sting at the end.

DAVIDPD on Jul 29, 2014


Wait. They unearth hundreds of copies of a game that sucked...and people cheer at the end?

Daniel Welsh on Jul 29, 2014


My question too. Why do they need to see a pile of the game they hated? Still excited to see it though.

Jonathan on Jul 29, 2014


That's the modern world. 🙁

Carpola on Jul 30, 2014


Love it! I'm gonna have to go watch King of Kong again to get my retro-game doc fix till this comes out. I'm excited to see the struggles that actually went on behind the worst game of all time, it'll be nice to have a different perspective.

jay on Jul 29, 2014


Check out Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade also if you haven't seen that one. It's good as well.

Antiaaron on Jul 30, 2014


Obligatory comment mentioning the long-awaited Angry Video Game Nerd Movie which was simultaneously being filmed on the same topic, and was also shot on location where the games were buried, coincidentally around the same time. Info and trailers at his site,

MichaelSquintsPalledorous on Jul 30, 2014


Maybe it's because I was 6 years old, but I liked the ET game....

TheOct8pus on Jul 30, 2014


Wait...XBOX Originals? Did I miss something? BTW, I'm not a gamer.

Why? on Jul 30, 2014


Fantastic stuff. Like ESPNs 30 for 30 docs, this could be one of a pretty great series of docs....hopefully I can find a way to watch em! Keep us updated, especially on ways to view....

NicelyBuilt on Jul 30, 2014

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