In the early 1980’s the American video game industry bombed so spectacularly, that it was rumored Atari just dumped their unsold copies of E.T. in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. It’s been a longstanding folk tale of the modern video game industry. And now it’s been proven true.
Microsoft (of all companies) teamed up with a documentary filmmaker to go and explore the desert in the hopes of uncovering this legendary landfill of shitty games. And it looks like they were successful. www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…
As cool as this is... I can’t help but feel a little... disappointed. And more or less it’s because the hard working Angry Video Game Nerd left his post of doing regular updates to start filming an actual feature film with the plot being uncovering the mystery around the legendary E.T. landfill. The AVGN uprooted his home life, moved to California for a year, hired actors, purchased permits to film, and spent such a long time making his movie... only to be stuck in the post-process stage that has taken even longer to finish.
An update from the AVGN on the state of the movie:
It kinda depresses me that longtime independent filmmaker James Rolf’s fantasy and sci-fi filled film is going to come out in the wake of a documentary crew sponsored by one of the largest video game companies out there unceremoniously dispelling the rich myth of the legendary tale.
And the sad thing is.... it’s likely because of James Rolf’s AVGN movie announcement that so many people got re-interested in this myth that probably sparked the documentary film crew to go out and uncover it.
I dunno... I guess I just feel kinda bad that James didn’t get there first knowing how much time and effort and work he’s put into making his movie. It would be like a documentary film crew going out and spending millions to find Big Foot, only to have the guy who perpetrated the hoax to come out and say “ha-ha” right in the middle of their filming. The timing just sucks.
Still looking forward to seeing the AVGN Movie when it finally is finished. And it’s great knowing that the myth was actually true. I just wish they hadn’t announced it so early.