A much-maligned console flop of 1982 ET the Extra-Terrestrial video game, has been exhumed from its sandy grave and presented back to the world.
While ET the movie was a solid hit, the same could not be said of the Atari 2600 game that followed it. Slow, weak, confusing and frustrating, it was bought by punters but then quickly returned to stores. It was a massive unplayable flop and someone decided that the only way to deal with it would be to, literally, bury it and forget all about it.
Some people did not forget it, though, and since those dark days of digging and dumping game fans have been searching for the missing movie tie-in.
Fuel Entertainment, an entertainment company, was first to act, and this weekend it finally broke ground in New Mexico at the appointed site in Alamogordo having announced its plans to do so last year.
Mike Burns, CEO of Fuel Entertainment, said at the time: "ET was one of the first video games based on a licensed property, and one of the earliest and most poignant examples of mass over-hyping in digital entertainment."
Now the dig is dug and the earth has thrown up copy after copy of the 22-year-old title. We do not know if the games are playable – if they ever truly were – but there are apparently reams of them.
The dig has been filmed for a documentary that is directed by Zak Penn, who co-wrote the script for X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand and he produced photos from the excavation on Twitter.
Check it out. pic.twitter.com/e7R8rdw3GX— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) April 26, 2014
The documentary will be released later this year.
This is not the first earthy reveal of the year, and back in February a Steve Jobs time capsule, which included an old mouse of his, was uncovered.
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