How much would you pay for the world's worst video game?
How much would you pay for the world's worst video game? Workers sift through trash in search for decades-old Atari "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in Alamogordo, N.M. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
How much would you pay for the world's worst video game?
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A collection of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months.
 
The April 2014 dig ended rumors surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games. They included "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," introduced more than 30 years ago, reported The Alamogordo Daily News.
 
A film crew documented Joe Lewandowski as he dug up the Atari cartridges. In addition to the "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" cartridges, Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles.
 
Those included Asteroids, Missile Command and Warlords. It included Defender, Star Raiders and Swordquest. And also, Phoenix, Centipede and Super Breakout.
 
Atari's E.T. game was based on the Steven Spielberg film. It was released in 1982. It was released after only 34 days of development. It is often thought of as the worst video game ever created.
 
It never lived up to its financial goals. It is considered by many to have added to Atari's downfall, as shown in Zak Penn's documentary "Atari: Game Over."
 
The 881 games sold on eBay brought in close to $108,000, Lewandowski told the Alamogordo City Commission. Buyers came from 45 states and 14 countries.
 
Twenty-three games also made their way to museums around the world. Those included the Smithsonian in Washington and the Deutsches Film Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
 
Lewandowski said there are hundreds more cartridges.
 
"There are 297 we are still holding in an archive that we will sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them," he said. "But for now, we are just holding them."
 
The city will receive about $65,000 from the sale of the games. About $16,000 will go to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society.
 
And about $26,000 will go toward expenses such as shipping fees.

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Why are people buying these games if they're so bad?
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COMMENTS (138)
  • kristinaj-ric
    9/08/2015 - 03:49 p.m.

    People are buying these games because they most likely enjoyed these games in their childhood. Also they are pretty old and most likely worth a lot of money. According to the seventh paragraph where it says "The 881 games sold on ebay brought in close to $108,000, Lewandowski told the Alamogordo City Commission.I know my dad enjoyed these games in his childhood. So most likely quite a few people like theses games.

  • elizabeths1-ric
    9/08/2015 - 03:52 p.m.

    The Atari game E.T was found in a landfill in New Mexico.There were " 881 sold and bought on Ebay." The Atari Video Game Dig up was in 2014. The Reason Why The Call It The Worlds Worst Video Game because it says in the text, " It was Released in 1982 after 34 days of development."

  • afrikab-ric
    9/08/2015 - 03:53 p.m.

    People are buying the games because they want to check them out. Even though they're bad people still want to see how are they are. Also since they were just found people are eager to get them.

  • jaylaw-ric
    9/08/2015 - 03:56 p.m.

    Its a really interesting story or passage. I think that i would never play this game because it sounds really useless. i would not really consider this a good game ok

  • addiey-ric
    9/08/2015 - 03:58 p.m.

    People are buying these games because they are like antiques (to hardcore gamers) They were kind of the heart of atari and kind of what got them started. I mean, they were known for how bad their games were, but at least they were known!! And people also buy them so they can sell them to people who actually want them, because they can sell at a very good price.

  • saml-ric
    9/08/2015 - 03:58 p.m.

    I think this was a great article about the games. These are the very first video games that were played on in arcades and later on your tv, I love retro games, i've played a lot of them and love their simplicity.I can personally see why someone would pay so much for a old retro game. A lot of people love thoes games more than I do and would make a gamer's collection look a bit more awesome. to support my answer I have gathered this from the text,"the 881 games sold on eBay brought in close to $108,000".

  • briannap1-ric
    9/08/2015 - 04:00 p.m.

    I can't believe that people are actually digging up old games and selling them to make money, and it was thought of as the worst videogame ever created. People are probably buying these games because they are probably considered somewhat ancient. People probably want an old game that was found from years ago, maybe just to have it as decoration.

  • jonathanm1-ric
    9/08/2015 - 04:02 p.m.

    People are buying these games even though they're so bad because, one of the games called,E.T. The Extraterrestrial. It was based on a, Steven Speilberg film. Also because, it never met its financial goals.

  • levanted-ric
    9/08/2015 - 04:21 p.m.

    People are buying these games because they're worth a lot of money. People are selling these games on ebay which is about $10,000. Even though they are bad games, they are still worth a lot. The evidence is located in paragraph 1,and paragraph 7.

  • micaht-ric
    9/08/2015 - 06:06 p.m.

    In the article it says that the game people will receive about $65,000 dollars. To me that is not a lot of money. These games are very old my mother use to play centipede all the time. I also found this article interesting about old games.

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