Latest North American video game crash Stories
Longtime video game enthusiasts who believed in tales that thousands or even millions of unsold Atari 2600 cartridges were buried in a New Mexico desert some 30 years ago have been vindicated, as an excavation crew has discovered the first evidence that the urban legend is true during a Saturday morning dig.
There’s an old story often told by video game fanatics about Atari, a New Mexico landfill and the worst game ever made. As the story goes, when the bottom fell out of the once-booming video game market in 1983, Atari was left with millions of unsold copies of the E.T. game for the 2600 console.
Image Caption: An Atari 2600 four-switch "wood veneer" version, dating from 1980-1982. Shown with standard joystick. Credit: Evan-Amos/Wikipedia The Atari 2600, originally named VCS, was released in October 1977 by Atari Inc. It is a video game console using cartridges for game play instead of having the software built into the system. In 1978 only 550,000 units were sold out 0f 800,000 that were manufactured. Once the public realized pong was not the only video game to play, enthusiasm...
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