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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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Zak Penn
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zak Penn ... Himself - Narrator
Joe Lewandowski Joe Lewandowski ... Himself - Waste Disposal Expert & Historian
Robert Rentschler Robert Rentschler ... Himself - Former Mayor, Alamogordo
Paul Sanchez Paul Sanchez ... Himself - Mayoral Candidate, Alamogordo
Manny Gerard Manny Gerard ... Himself - Co-Chief Operating Officer, Warner Communications Inc.
Nolan Bushnell Nolan Bushnell ... Himself - Co-Founder, Atari
Seamus Blackley Seamus Blackley ... Himself - Co-Creator, Xbox
Howard Scott Warshaw Howard Scott Warshaw ... Himself - Game Engineer, Atari Inc.
Son Huffmon Son Huffmon ... Himself - Construction Division Manager, Mese Verde Enterprises
Pat Magill Pat Magill ... Himself - Director of Engineering, Mese Verde Enterprises
Mike Mika Mike Mika ... Himself - Game Designer & Preservationist
Susie Galea Susie Galea ... Herself - Mayor, Alamogordo
Andrew Reinhard Andrew Reinhard ... Himself - Archaeologist, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Raiford Guins Raiford Guins ... Himself - Associate Professor of Culture & Technology, Stony Brook University
Ernest Cline ... 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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Himself - Narrator: [Discussing the chances that the digging of the dump being successful] You're saying that there's a possibility that this could turn out to be a giant waste of time?
Himself - Waste Disposal Expert & Historian: I think I've said it before: I'll bet the car, I won't bet the house.
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Features Yars' Revenge (1981) See more »

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Awesome
2 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

There seem to have been a growing amount of video game documentaries over the last few years (roughly 2012-2015), and many of them understandably focus on Atari and bring up the E.T. story. Most of these are pretty good documentaries. And this is one of them.

This was the first I heard that Atari was filled with drugs and had a party atmosphere. However, knowing what I do of computer geeks in the 1980s and 1990s, this hardly surprises me. Even Steve Jobs had his share of experiments with drugs. (Did Bill Gates?) We also get a cool back story on Yars' Revenge (Atari's best-selling original title for the 2600), but E.T. is really the central focus of this story and it pays off. The truth finally comes out about its promotion, failure, alleged burial and the rumors that the game's notoriety "killed" Atari in 1984. Of course, the brand still exists, but that is a whole other story.


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