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Old June 14 2013, 01:25 AM   #16
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Re: The legendary "E.T. landfill" to be dug up for documentary

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I recall them saying that the game wasn't meant to be finished or make much sense. It was coded enough to get it out the door and that's it.
I can believe that. My brothers and I were big into the 2600, and they released games at a pretty fast clip, and they were expensive for the day too. I remember playing the ET game, I think one of my neighbors had it, but I don't recall it being as horrible as described.
I think if you know what you're doing the game isn't super horrible. It's still pretty bad though.

The only problem is the goals of the game are so vague that it's not exactly clear what you're supposed to do. Compared to Pitfall where you ran your guy left and right and collected points.
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Old June 14 2013, 05:38 PM   #17
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IIRC wasn't the development cycle for this game something insane like eight weeks? Basically the movie was a surprise smash hit and they decided they needed a videogame NOW to capitalize on it.
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Old June 17 2013, 03:04 AM   #18
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This interview with Howard Scott Warshaw should shed some light on E.T. as well as Atari in general. Howard was the designer of E.T and several other major Atari titles from the 80s era.
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Old June 17 2013, 05:24 PM   #19
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Re: The legendary "E.T. landfill" to be dug up for documentary

^ Ah yes, HSWWSH from Yar's Revenge!
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Old June 17 2013, 05:38 PM   #20
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Ah, those were the days. You had to account for every byte of code with a hard memory ceiling and ensure you didn't exceed 32767 lines. Back when coding discipline was mandatory, rather than the quaint idea it's become in the past 2 decades.
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Old June 17 2013, 10:04 PM   #21
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So they're going to do this 'live'? I'd love to see them take a hack at the "Atari" landfill and find out that it's full of Intellivisions.
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If so, I might make a day-trip to Alamogordo. I do need to stock up on pistachios.
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