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Platform Atari 2600 Publisher Atari Developer Atari Release Date December 1982

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2014 in review: Polygon's best reports cover war, flood, The Hobbit and Satan's schemings

Looking back over a year's worth of news, a lot happened in 2014. Studios fell apart, others rose from the ashes. Game makers worked through war, floods, even — according to one team — the...

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E.T. cartridges from Atari landfill go for more than $1,500 on eBay

The first cartridges unearthed from Atari's legendary landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico have been sold on eBay, with multiple copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 commanding...

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Atari's once-buried E.T. cartridges hit eBay, going for hundreds of dollars

The dirty, crushed and crumpled Atari 2600 cartridges that sat buried in a New Mexico landfill for more than 30 years are now up for auction on eBay, and some of those unearthed treasures are going...

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From Atari to Isolation: A video and written history of Alien games

Alien: Isolation is the latest attempt by video game developers to create an enjoyable, respectful interactive adaptation of the 35-year-old Alien franchise. It rarely ends well. While sneaking...

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Unearthed E.T., Atari games approved for release to museums, auction block

The long-buried collection of E.T. and other Atari game cartridges unearthed in a documentary earlier this year will soon be bound to a museum in Rome, Italy, a series of auctions and storage in a...

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The vintage E.T. ads and commercials Atari used to try and do the impossible

It was supposed to be huge for Atari, but as a landfill in New Mexico recently proved, Atari was as lost as the titular creature from outer space in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The Atari 2600...

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Why E.T. wasn't the worst game in history

Howard Scott Warshaw is a man with many achievements to his name: licensed psychotherapist, published author, award-winning documentarian, former real-estate broker and developer of the supposedly...