A Look Behind ‘Atari: Game Over’
This article originally appeared in [a]list Daily
By Andy O’Leary
The story is familiar to countless gamers and marketers: Atari, once a pioneering behemoth of the video game industry renowned for innovative consoles like the Atari 2600 and games like “Pong,” saw their fortunes come crashing down in epic fashion in 1983 when holiday-season game “E.T.”’s abject critical and commercial failure brought the entire company, and the video game industry, down along with it. The game was such a catastrophe that unsold copies were sent to a landfill in New Mexico, never intended to see the light of day again. It stands as an oft-repeated cautionary tale for publishers and manufacturers determined to avoid committing the same grave errors with their own products.
Now, a new documentary called “Atari: Game Over,” filmed by Zak Penn, whose story/writing credits include “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Avengers,” has premiered for free on Xbox Live…
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