Xbox Entertainment to debut Atari E.T. documentary

Xbox Entertainment has announced that it will produce a video game documentary series, starting with an episode that will dig up the graveyard of Atari E.T. cartridges.

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In June, we heard of plans for a documentary to dig up the graveyard of Atari E.T. cartridges--one of the more pervasive legends in video game history. Microsoft has apparently jumped on that opportunity, and will present it as part of a documentary series to air exclusively on Xbox systems.

Microsoft has tapped Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (30 Days) to produce the series, through their new company Lightbox. Zak Penn (writer and director of Incident at Loch Ness) will direct the first episode, which will focus on the E.T. excavation. Fuel Entertainment, which announced that it had secured the rights to excavate the landfill, apparently approached Microsoft about the series. Shooting is set to begin in January, and the series will air on Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014.

"Jonathan and Simon Chinn are the perfect team to spearhead this series for Xbox. They are consummate story tellers and they plan to match their creative sensibility with the best talent in the industry," said Xbox Entertainment president Nancy Tellem, in the announcement. "These stories will expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment and commerce, and how it impacts our lives every day."

We recently heard that Microsoft plans to launch its original series in the first quarter of 2014, or the second quarter at latest.

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    December 20, 2013 9:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Xbox Entertainment to debut Atari E.T. documentary.

    Xbox Entertainment has announced that it will produce a video game documentary series, starting with an episode that will dig up the graveyard of Atari E.T. cartridges.

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      December 20, 2013 9:01 AM

      did anybody here actually beat that game?

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        December 20, 2013 9:03 AM

        Once, I got out of one of the pits.

        Once.

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          December 20, 2013 9:06 AM

          For xmas, I'm sending you a huge packet of reese's pieces.

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        December 20, 2013 9:19 AM

        Here's a better question- "Did anyone PLAY that game?"

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        December 20, 2013 9:43 AM

        Not really because it was a horrible fucking game that nobody could ever figure out ever.

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        December 20, 2013 9:47 AM

        It's not that hard if you know what to do. And I'd argue it's a decent game then too, I mean for an Atari game, but the thing that made it suck was how incomprehensible it was.
        There is no way to figure it out from just playing it.

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        December 20, 2013 11:32 AM

        Mutliple times as a kid, and several times the "worst. game. ever." trope sprung up on the internet.

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        December 20, 2013 11:56 AM

        Yes. And only because it pissed me off so much I wanted to beat it out of spite

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        December 20, 2013 3:37 PM

        Many, many times. I was THAT kid who played E.T. to death. Easily the game I played most on the 2600.

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      December 20, 2013 9:48 AM

      This could be interesting.

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      December 20, 2013 11:33 AM

      I hold that game isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Mediocre, yes. It's biggest crime was being was a high profile game that was rushed out the door. Yeah, it's not the most intuitive game, but any 2600 game that tried to be more than an arcade port was pretty much impenetrable without the manual (and often even with the manual).

      Pac-Man for the 2600 was far worse, because everyone knew what Pac-Man was supposed to be like, and it was a far cry from the arcade version.

      I've got a cart for my 2600 that has every game ever commercially released, and it is littered with games that make E.T. look like Half-Life in comparison.

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        December 20, 2013 11:38 AM

        *biggest crime was being a...

        No ability to edit a post? What is this, 1996?

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      December 20, 2013 11:42 AM

      It was a horrible game. Horrible.

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      December 20, 2013 11:42 AM

      So the story of buried cartridges is real?! Whoa

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      December 20, 2013 11:56 AM

      http://chattypics.com/files/shackbrowseUpload_ci5a1i6aq9.jpg


      I've got one right here in my office

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      December 20, 2013 11:59 AM

      I have a copy of ET for Atari here in my office

      I guess ShackBrowse ate my post that had a picture

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      December 22, 2013 10:09 PM

      The noise ET makes when he is in the pit, we'll anywhere actually, as his neck stretches.....still haunts me to this day.