Concrete and Clay: The Life and Afterlife of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600

  title={Concrete and Clay: The Life and Afterlife of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600},
  author={R. Guins},
  journal={Design and Culture},
  pages={345 - 364}
  • R. Guins
  • Published 1 November 2009
  • Art
  • Design and Culture
ABSTRACT In September 1983 Atari Inc. buried truckloads of its poorly designed film/game tie-in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a landfill in Alamogordo, NM. The game was buried with the epitaph, “The Worst Game of All Time,” as its design flaws are often cited as a major catalyst of the video games industry crash of 1983–4. Atari's stealthy attempt to dispose of surplus stock has triggered 25 years of curiosity, rumor, doubt, conspiracy theory and archaeological fantasy. This obituary records… Expand
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