Perfectly captured in forlorn sepia tones is the fate of the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial game by Atari, infamous for helping sink the company and its flagship console the 2600, and thus the rest of the U.S. video game industry in 1983 – 1984. Created by artist Pauline Acalin, these 6×6 digital prints feature the rejected 8-bit fugitive wandering a landfill, while the ghosts of slightly more popular electronic aliens look on mourning his fate. The work is simply titled “1983”.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the videos from The Angry Video Game Nerd, aka James Rolfe, but you should. In a vast web series, the AVGN tortures himself by playing the crappiest games ever made, and inevitably becomes enraged that such dross was ever foisted onto an unsuspecting public.
Just released is the trailer for a feature-length film made by and starring Rolfe, and it looks like it won’t disappoint the fans. The movie details the Nerd’s attempt to uncover the fabled burial site where, as the bottom was falling out of the video game industry in 1983, Atari took millions of unsold cartridges of their excremental E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial game and dumped them into a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They then covered the whole thing in concrete and walked away like nothing happened.
Rolfe and his team expect the movie to be released in 2013, but there’s no promises. Be sure to check out Rolfe’s other tirades as well.