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Posted on Feb 17th 2008 at 10:17:45 PM by (Tondog)
Posted under Classic Gaming, Movies, Documentary, ET, Atari, 2600, Most Epic Documentary EVER

We all know about E.T., the infamously bad Atari 2600 game. But did you know that Atari buried thousands of unsold copies of the game in a Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill in September of 1983?

Many have doubted this event's authenticity, however a team of four enterprising Auburn University students have decided to team up and make E.T.'s March, a documentary about them trying to locate the landfill where Atari buried all these games. Together, the four students will travel from Auburn, Alabama to El Paso, Texas, which is where the Atari plant was located. From there, they will travel from El Paso to the landfill in Alamogordo, recreating the path that the semitrucks took, while in the meantime taking in the video game culture of the United States.

Judging by the website, they seem very determined to locate this goldmine of video gaming history, and the documentary should prove to be a very interesting watch. Now, I haven't seen King of Kong, the other video game documentary that's been making waves lately, but I can imagine that E.T.'s March must have been inspired by it and the critical acclaim it has been receiving.

The filming of the documentary will take place from March 15-23 and will be released over the internet sometime this summer. There are no plans for a theatrical or DVD release stated on the website, but I assume that they would be willing to do something like that if the right distributor steps in and funds them.

While you're waiting for the film to be released, here's a great, well-researched site all about the E.T. burial story: http://atari.digital-madman.com/

E.T.'s March Official Website

Posted on Jan 4th 2008 at 10:20:27 PM by (Marriott_Guy)
Posted under The RFG Pulse, RCA, Pioneer, Nintendo, Bally, Amstrad, Gakken, Manavox, Atari

As I was writing my next System Overview article, I found myself asking the question "What in the world were they thinking?" when looking at some of the console designs in my Room of Doom. Some are very unique and others are just plain elephant-man ugly. With that image in mind, who will take the home coveted Joseph Merrick Award for worst-looking video game console? The contenders:

Magnavox Odyssey 2

Just what I need - 15 million
keys to play a game.

Amstrad GX 4000

Space-age design or just a cheap rip-off
of the Land Speeder from Star Wars?

Cast Your Vote!!

  Magnavox Odyssey 2
  Amstrad GX4000
  Atari 5200
  Gakken TV Boy
  Nintendo GameCube
  RCA Studio 2
  Bally Professional Arcade
  Pioneer LaserActive


Free polls from Pollhost.com

Atari 5200

Hmm... make it bigger and
they will love it - NOT.

Gakken Compact Vision

What in the heck am I supposed
to do with those funky handles?

Nintendo GameCube

Simple design or
designed by simpletons?

RCA Studio 2

Brutal, just plain brutal.

Bally Professional Arcade

Bally should have stuck
to designing arcade machines.

Pioneer LaserActive

"Customer needs assistance in aisle 3.
Fork lift will be required."

Posted on Oct 4th 2007 at 01:57:14 AM by (OatBob)
Posted under List em, Top 5, Atari, 30 years, 1977

30 years ago this month the first of the Atari VCS systems started rolling off the factory lines in time for the holiday shopping season.  The Atari VCS turned out to be the first "popular" cartridge based game system that families could play in the comfort of their own homes.  With a lifespan of 14 years and a library of nearly a thousand titles, surely there is something for everyone.

Reviving a dead feature, this is List 'em.  I list my favorites and you list yours.  Here's my top Atari 2600 games:
  • Asteroids - An arcade favorite that also hit it it big at home.  The gameplay is simple; fly your spaceship in any direction trying to clear out the Asteroid field.  Fly too fast and you crash, and shooting larger asteroids makes them break into multiple smaller ones.  I think most people will find this one to be fun with an easy difficulty level.

  • Space Invaders - Fortunately in the 1980s there were two "baddies" in gaming, film, and comic books that were impossible to be politically incorrect as the arbiters of leading world faiths hadn't covered them... Aliens and Zombies.  Well, here's another mindless alien blaster that needs little introduction.  Move your ship along the base of the screen shooting vertically, and taking cover as needed behind destructible shields.  The invading ships are arranged in a grid with the higher ones being worth more points for scoring.  Occasionally, a bonus ship will chirp and fly across the top of the screen for big points and maybe extra life.  The sprites are not the same as the arcade, but the spirit is there and it feels much alive.

  • Pitfall! - Play as a jungle explorer, Pitfall Harry, in search of untold fortune.  Obstacles along the way include scorpions, crocodiles, and quicksand, so you better be ready to jump into action or else you'll fall short.  Activision (the first "third-party" developer) really nailed it with this one.  Unfortunately the difficulty level eventually plateaus, and the only world records to be had are timed "perfect play" runs.

  • Adventure - Wander the world from a top-down viewpoint through mazes and castles.  Find keys to unlock newer areas to explore and slay dragons that stand in the way of progress.  This game was truly revolutionary in terms of mechanics and general scope and size.  A similar but far more refined game titled The Legend of Zelda came out on the NES a few years later and blew the world away.  To this date I still enjoy playing both games.

  • Missile Command - Move the cursor to trigger a mid-air explosion.  Use this to destroy all incoming missiles heading towards your bases.  This game gets to be tough after a while, with a fair, but gradually increasing difficulty with each wave. 

Wow, five is too short for listing all the great games for such a classic system.  There's always other goodies like Q*Bert, Pole Position, Breakout, , Yars' Revenge, Frogger, Combat, and multiplayer sports games like Basketball.  Expect simple gameplay and don't forget the RF switch.  Stay tuned on channel 3.

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