Atari: Game Over

Atari: Game Over

SBS2  |  November 12, 2015

This fascinating documentary explores the popular urban legend known as 'The Great Video Game Burial of 1983'. As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to their ET video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. For decades, the myth of Atari and these 'ET' cartridges was whispered about among game fans everywhere. Director Zak Penn and his team head to the landfill where the videogames were supposedly buried to determine whether the story has merit.

This fascinating documentary explores the popular urban legend known as 'The Great Video Game Burial of 1983'. As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to their ET video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. For decades, the myth of Atari and these 'ET' cartridges was whispered about among game fans everywhere. Director Zak Penn and his team head to the landfill where the videogames were supposedly buried to determine whether the story has merit.

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