Will the World’s Worst Video Game Remain Buried in a New Mexico Dump Forever?

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March 21 2014 4:20 PM

E.T.’s Curse

The strange saga of the world’s worst video game.

Released in 1982 for the Atari 2600, E.T. the video game was an epic financial and critical disaster, but the game has been lovingly reclaimed as the worst of its kind.

According to legend, truckloads of unsold cartridges are buried in a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M.—and it increasingly looks like they may stay there.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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