‘Atari: Game Over’ Trailer Uncovers the Legend of the Notoriously Terrible E.T. Video Game

By July 30, 2014

It’s perfect urban legend material: a video game company makes a disastrous game but the public hates it, so they have to get rid of all of their unsold cartridges somewhere. What do they do? Bury them in the desert. Sounds crazy, right? If you’ve been following video game news for long enough, you’ll know that this is what happened to the E.T. video game after it was released on the Atari back in 1983. Zak Penn, the screenwriter of The Incredible Hulk, Elektra, and X-Men: The Last Stand, directed a documentary called Atari: Game Over that dives deep into this story to separate fact from fiction. Check out the first trailer below:

Pretty great, right? This is a unique story filtered through the lens of a typical redemption storyline you’ve seen in hundreds of movies, and because there are still some out there who don’t know the truth, this seems like a cool way to get to the bottom of the legend and take a look back at one of the biggest rises and falls in video game history along the way. If this film is half as good as its trailer, maybe Penn should consider making documentaries full time. (Dude. Elektra? Yikes.) I kid, but he’s actually already working with Guillermo del Toro (who we just interviewed at Comic-Con) on Pacific Rim 2, so we’ll have to wait until 2017 to see how that project turns out.

Atari: Game Over, despite the recent closing of Xbox Entertainment Studios, will be available on Xbox and XboxVideo.com this fall.

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