ET- The Extra Terrestrial

Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014


Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014

June 10th is when E3 2014 will begin. We will hear about new technology, and most importantly new next-gen games. E3 2013 seemed to be all about the new consoles (and rightfully so), but a lot of the new games were glossed over. Many games announced last year have been delayed such as “The Witcher 3,” “The Division,” and “Halo 5: Guardians” game.  So expect to hear more about all of these and less about distant future titles. (more…)

Video Game Analysis: The Discovery of Buried Treasure


On April 26, 2014 – Some ancient artifacts were uncovered. It’s a relatively well-known tale that dates back to the beginning of video game history. “E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial” is considered one of the worst video games of all time. It was the first of many films to be accompanied by a hackneyed cut-and-paste video game title. The legend says that Atari buried the unsold copies in a landfill in New Mexico. Well that “legend” is no longer a “legend” anymore.

It was hard to get into a conversation about video games in 1983 without bringing up Atari. In 1982 other companies began to enter the video game market, so even before ET was released the company was struggling. The game is reported to have had a $536 million loss and some say it lead to the company being divided and sold in 1984. The game was not only considered one of the biggest mistakes in video game history, but it is also cited as the video game industry crisis of 1983. (more…)

Video Game Analysis: Games based off movies – the rise and fall

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When compiling the lists for the greatest video games of the 80s and 90s, many video games adapted from movies were in contention. “Star Wars,” the 80s arcade game, placed 7th on the 80s list and “Goldeneye 007” placed 7th on the 90s list as well. They use to be everywhere; we had “Jurassic Park,” all the Disney films of the time – “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.” Some of them were pretty good too.

It’s hard to call this a “rise and fall” when, at the dawn of video games, a direct adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s “ET” was released to the Atari 2600 and was held accountable for the great video game crash of 1983, and the unsold copies were dumped into a landfill in New Mexico. “ET – The Extra Terrestrial,” for the Atari, is still widely regarded as one of the worst video games of all time. Still, movie adaptations found a new life in video games and it has been devolving through the years, but why?