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.
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 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.