Worst Video Game Ever was Re: Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100,000
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js at cimmeri.com
Mon Aug 31 13:00:23 CDT 2015
On 8/31/2015 12:56 PM, ethan at 757.org wrote:
>> "3.5 million of the 4 million
>> produced were sent back to the
>> company as unsold inventory or
>> customer returns. Despite sales
>> figures, the quantity of unsold
>> merchandise, coupled with the
>> expensive movie license and the large
>> amount of returns, made E.T. a major
>> financial failure for Atari"
>> Thats not good for Atari, but that
>> doesn't make it the worst game ever.
>> I agree with those who say Pac Man...
>> I mean it looked nothing like the
>> Arcade and it sounded like they
>> sampled a rubber band.
>> Not a good game at all.
> But it was the Atari 2600, at that day
> and age I don't think there was an
> expectation that the game on the home
> system would look like the arcade? It
> was from the era of tennis tv games
> and such? It had a mouth, and a pass
> thru, and ghosts and dots.
> Colecovision and others started to
> change expectations. I guess it wasn't
> too long after ColecoVision that Atari
> 8 bit computers and that brought with
> it pretty good ports of Arcade titles
> -- I was probably late to the 8bit
> atari (800XL here) I guess the people
> with the 400/800 were first to have
> arcade-ish gameplay. The 8bit
> computers still isn't as same as
> playing the real arcade PCB though.
> Just closer.
> That day I got the NES..... I think I
> hit reset 100 times over and over just
> to hear the intro music from the
> Gyromite cart. It had clear drumbeats!
> And multiple part music. It was so
> good. The reset button felt nice and
> quality even.
> Ethan O'Toole
You're right re the expectations of that
time. It's very difficult to put
oneself back in that naive mindset, to
remember how things *first* struck us.
That said, however, I'm still quite
happy playing with my Bally Arcade... ;-)
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