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Presumably a version without a mutant chicken voiced by Urkel.

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DarkwingDork, November 15th, 2014, 7:41 am ( Reply )

- The story is well known to video gamers everywhere, but to those not in the know, Atari's launch of "E.T." in 1982 was such a disaster, partly due to the company manufacturing so many game cartridges anticipating it to be a hit, that they secretly buried thousands of copies in the New Mexico desert. The existence of the landfill was an urban legend until Atari finally confirmed it last year and the site was excavated.

Classic example of corporate hubris, with Atari producing more copies of the game then there were Atari 2600 systems in people's houses at the time, because "E.T." had been such a hit movie, they thought every kid in America was going to demand an Atari for Christmas that year just to play the game.

Ended up helping killing Atari and paving the way for Nintendo to take over a few years later.

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He just can't catch a break, and I hate saying it but that joke will run its course faster than you think. So maybe do this sort of thing to him one more time before sticking with a character model for him.

posted by dracone on November 15th, 2014, 9:25 pm





 
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@DarkwingDork: Let me expand a bit more here.

Atari wanted a game based off of the E.T. movie, so they gave a group only a few weeks to create it.

It was released so buggy that people returned the cartridges. Atari ended up dumping them in a New Mexico landfill, before dying off.

However, a group of film makers backed by Microsoft found the landfill, and dug up 1300 copies. Only a portion was sold, netting the city of Alamogordo, NM $37,000.

posted by STrRedWolf on November 17th, 2014, 6:18 pm



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They should be prosecuted for not disposing of that toxic non biodegradable crap in a proper manner - oh wait, in '82 the response to most awkward waste was to bury it....
or give it concrete shoes and let it sing with the fishes....

posted by Arcaton (Guest) on November 18th, 2014, 10:23 am



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@Arcaton: Sleeping with the fishes, not singing.

posted by Dimensional on November 18th, 2014, 6:58 pm



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So, in this universe's movie/videogame E.T., is Elliot the alien?

Next on their checklist, finding where they buried all the DVDs to 1987's "Ishtar"

posted by Garrison (Guest) on November 19th, 2014, 12:26 am



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@Garrison: It's entirely possible that Eliot was just an anthro. There is such a thing as the furless fandom, after all...

posted by Cubist on November 19th, 2014, 2:11 am





 
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@Cubist: That throwaway gag in "Exit: Stage Left" continues to pay dividends!

posted by DarkwingDork on November 19th, 2014, 7:25 am



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