in about 100 words or less
US 66m, Colour
Director: Zak Penn; Cast: Seamus Blackley, Nolan Bushnell, Ernest Cline, Manny Gerard, Mike Mika, Andrew Reinhard, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez, Howard Scott Warshaw
ET: the Extraterrestrial game cartridge for the Atari 2600 has long been heralded as the worst video game ever produced. It is also blamed for hastening the demise of Atari, the industry leader in home computer video games during the early 1980s. This nerd-powered documentary provides a surprisingly interesting and detailed history of Atari management practices, its successes and failures, and the role that this infamous game cartridge played in the company’s economic misfortunes. The culmination of the film is the 2014 archaeological excavation at the site of an estimated 700,000 Atari game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill, which finally helped lay to rest 30 years of speculation and urban legend (Klaus Ming April 2015).