Atari 2600 “E.T.” Landfill Update

You may have noticed for previous posts, and the fact that my editorial is called “Retro Monday“, I like old games. So the story about Atari putting thousands of unsold 2600 cartridges of  “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” in a New Mexico landfill.

In a past post, I talked about the plans to have an excavation in the now disused landfill where the cartridges are meant to have been buried had been approved by the appropriate local authority’s and was going ahead. The dig was also being film for a documentary.

Now the story can now move from the ‘urban legend’ section and into sold truth.  Today, via the Twitter of Major Nelson, (AKA Larry Hryb, AKA Microsoft, one of the backers of the documentary so a sponsor of the dig,) showed the long lost cartridges. Some are in fairly sold condition too.

The ‘E.T.’ is often seen as the worst game of all time and is often attributed to the 1983 video game market crash. Most of the cartridges where returned and ended up in the hole. The game is now a collectable because of whole shityness so the landfill may be holding a fair amount of money. So, I predict there may be a few of the cartridges appearing as auction pieces in a time not long from now. It makes send. Film makers want to make money, right?

Either way, this should bring the history of one of the most remembered games in history to a close. Although, I have to say that I would never of expected to see “E.T. Found In Landfill” as a actual headline used by actual journalists.

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The “E.T.” Diggy-Diggy-Hole Documentary

Some of you may remember the “Retro Monday” I wrote a few weeks back about the 1980’s game “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” for the Atari 2600. Long called the ‘worst game of all time’, most of the game cartridges where buried near Alamogordo, New Mexico as no one else wanted them. A group of companies, (Xbox Entertainment Studios, Fuel Entertainment, and LightBox Entertainment) now want to dig-up where they where supposedly buried and film their exploits to make a documentary.

Their plans however came to a screeching halt in March after their ‘waste excavation plan’ was denied by New Mexico’s Sold Waste Bureau due to a lack of detail. They had until the 17th March to file a new plan that satisfied their regulations for the plan to be cleared and for the dig to begin.

The plan now, according to Alamogordo News, has been cleared and the dig can begin as long as they tell the New Mexico Environmental Department 5 days in advance. In addition, if they find anything they have to register with the New Mexico Environmental Department as a waste hauler before then can remove anything from the site. A lot of red tape when looking for a 20-year-old game that reportedly caused the 1983 video game crash.

I am very intrigued by all of this. The “E.T.” game is one that will always be remembered because how astoundingly bad it was. What they may found may vary from a few hunks of decomposed plastic and microchips to quite a few artifacts for the gaming history archives. After 20 years, it more likely they will find the former then the later. Either way, I will be checking out the documentary if or when it gets finished, no matter the outcome.

My Thoughts on “Goat Simulator “

By now, most of you would have seen, heard or player  “Goat Simulator”. When I saw the gameplay of it (was ‘EatMyDiction1’ gameplay if your interested,) I was pulled back into the era of the PlayStation 1 and the early PlayStation 2 “Tony Hawk: Pro Skater” games. Your given the controls, a world and objectives and nothing else. At least that’s what I thought…

In the ‘Pro Skater’ games there are many levels. Even in the first one there where levels a plenty, giving you lots of space to go around in and, by the fourth and ‘Underground’ installments, lots to interact with as well. In “Goat Simulator” there isn’t. At least the developer is hopping there will be. The Steam Workshop connection is where the extra levels will come from with a tainted and asterisked ‘maybe‘.

At the moment, the game is a one-trick-goat. If/when I get it I will have fun but after I’ve done all the objectives there isn’t anything left.  You can get it but there is no guarantee that you will be playing it next week let alone next month or next year. Staying power it what games want. “Goat Simulator” is finding a new way of staying, it stays on YouTube.

‘TotalBiscuit’ made a good point in his review;

YouTuber bait“.

YouTuber bait is game that can last a few gameplay episodes of the few hours that make up a livestream, but doesn’t have the longevity that means it will be remembered as more than a joke. It like most primetime TV, its funny to watch but it forgotten as soon as it finished.  Easily digestible entertainment that is nice filling but lacks the zest that would make it great.

I moving into (or back into depending on perspective) the realms of YouTube and “Goat Simulator” looks designed for it. But whether it is a good game, in my mind is yet to be decided. The bones are to bare at the moment.

It’s still pretty funny.

So, The New CoD

So, there is a new Call of Duty out. From what I’ve seen it doesn’t swing to far from the tree. Campaign is short, but eventful, Multiplayer is the stand out with hit-and-miss game modes and the addition of a Black Ops style zombies mode called “Extinction” is always welcome.

If you don’t like fast-paced shooters it doesn’t look like its going to change your mind. But if you’ve thought about it, it’s worth a shot. Ghosts looks like the best chance to get into the series. Plus it’s not those darm Commie Ruskies this time.

At least this time it has peaked my interest in getting it rather than it just been another expansion pack on the series.

PlayStation Adverts Abound!

The time when you can get your mitts on the PlayStation 4 is only a few weeks away. But lets delve, and by delve I mean search in YouTube, into the past and remember the adverts that came before for the PlayStation 1, 2, and 3. Yeah, Sony just went with numbers for new consoles. Their not that creative.

PlayStation:

This one hits the gamer stereotype harder than someone not using a parachute. Although it starts makes the line that ended up in the film “xXx”. (“Start thinking PlayStation!”) We love you Vin.

PlayStation 2:

The starting of when the Sony ad’s team started to go very arty. It’s not that bad art wise but that was a sign for what ad was coming next.

PlayStation 3:

I’m pretty arty-farty and I have no freaking idea what the hell is going on! Advertising a new console with the spawn of Chucky was never a good idea. It just freaked the hell out of people.

Getting away from the arty stuff, Sony did a string of “Dear PlayStation” ad’s that where just for fun then anything else. And to advertise the other stuff like individual games and the Blu-Ray movie Player. Least people knew what they where advertising.

This is the point when Sony realised that the gaming community made the console. So this was the start of Sony thanking the gaming community that help make them. This would come back when than advertised the soon to be announced PlayStation 4.

PlayStation 4:

Sony saw that people wanted to see games on the new console, especially since Microsoft got a lot of flack because it was concentrating on the Kinect 2.0 when the Xbox One was first announced. Sony did a lot to rub salt in the wound, mostly with adverts like this and with their pre-owned policy skit.

The Machinima live action films where doing well so Sony thought they would make it own for an ad. Well, when I say film I mean a reference to 2 games and a Napoleonic fight in “Killzone Shadowfall”. Least it had good production quality.

This advert I love. It show a commitment to the fans that have stuck with them for 3 generations. Maybe soon 4 generations. I probably love the ad because I’m one of them. (Except for the 4th generation thing. I’m waiting a year.) But still, thank you Sony for recognising the fans that have stuck with you for nearly 2 decades.

YouTube Update [29th Oct 2013]

Some of you may have seen on my YouTube, (if you haven’t seen, what you doing here to and watch my videos) I am posting a web game review a day till Friday. Big backlog, and I asked if I could so I really should.

Yesterdays:

Todays:

Keep watching my YouTube one, everyday, till Friday.

And you should watch my “Nerdcrafteria Builds” videos too. It from a nice charitable server so share it round. The server deserves it.

Another X:COM Post

I don’t really need to explain my self anymore do I?

The Aftermath” Of ‘The ‘Pima Incident’

These movies are brilliant and it wouldn’t be surprising if 2K had plans for a series of these in a more full, filmic basis. Hell, if they don’t I’d write them and send it to them. You head me 2K! I await your email.

The Bureau: X:COM Declassified” comes out August 20th for PS3, 360 and PC.

#ERASEtheTURTH