“Atari: Game Over” is a telling of the history of the video game industry through the lens of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” widely considered to be the worst video game ever made. The scene is set by the beginnings of an excavation at a landfill in New Mexico. Allegedly, Atari produced a game so bad that the only way to deal with its millions of unsold copies was to bury them in a landfill and cover them in concrete. This documentary explores the rise of the video game industry, the big-name designers of the 80’s, and the circumstances surrounding the 5-week deadline to take the E.T. video game from concept to final product. “Atari: Game Over” is informative, interesting, and exciting in its storytelling through unique characters. Whether you are a video game junkie or merely someone who is interested in history, you will love the details of this quirky piece of pop culture.
[Pictured: The mere presence of this game on my blog makes me so happy]