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Atari: Game Over (2014)

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A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

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... Himself - Narrator
Joe Lewandowski ... Himself - Waste Disposal Expert & Historian
Robert Rentschler ... Himself - Former Mayor, Alamogordo
Paul Sanchez ... Himself - Mayoral Candidate, Alamogordo
Manny Gerard ... Himself - Co-Chief Operating Officer, Warner Communications Inc.
Nolan Bushnell ... Himself - Co-Founder, Atari
Seamus Blackley ... Himself - Co-Creator, Xbox
Howard Scott Warshaw ... Himself - Game Engineer, Atari Inc.
Son Huffmon ... Himself - Construction Division Manager, Mese Verde Enterprises
Pat Magill ... Himself - Director of Engineering, Mese Verde Enterprises
Mike Mika ... Himself - Game Designer & Preservationist
Susie Galea ... Herself - Mayor, Alamogordo
Andrew Reinhard ... Himself - Archaeologist, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Raiford Guins ... Himself - Associate Professor of Culture & Technology, Stony Brook University
... Himself - Screenwriter & Novelist
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A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

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Fun Documentary on the Legendary E.T.
4 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Atari: Game Over (2014)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Entertaining documentary from director Zac Penn about the fall of Atari and how many people blamed the disaster sales of the video game E.T.. The documentary talks about the rise of Atari and of course it's fall from grace as well as goes into details about the making of the video game based on the Steven Spielberg movie. We also get current footage of them digging up a landfill where legend has it contains millions of copies of the game that didn't sell.

The term video game nerd is used several times throughout this documentary but you certainly don't have to be one in order to enjoy this film, which is without question a fun little gem that makes you realize how the truth is often very far from the legend. We're told about the history of this video and we get interviews with video game experts as well as the man who designed the game. They discuss what kind of pressure was on for it to be released by Christmas and why something just went wrong along the way.

If you're a fan of video games or familiar with the legend of the E.T. game then you're really going to love what's offered here but I think those unfamiliar with the legend will probably enjoy it even more because it's just fascinating to think that one video game brought down a billion dollar industry. Of course, the truth is eventually revealed. Video nerd or not, this is a very entertaining documentary that's worth watching.


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