Picture this: It's 1982. You're a young, hot-shot video game designer. You get a phone call from ATARI who just aquired the rights to Steven Spielberg's mega-hit "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" - and he hires you to design the video game based on the movie.
They tell you Spielberg, one of your heroes, has asked for you directly. A $200,000 paycheck and an all expense paid vacation to Hawaii is what awaits your completion of the game.
Ideas flow - this is it...this will be your white swan...your masterpiece.
Or will it?
Join us this week as we dive into E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL for the ATARI 2600. Learn why it's considered by most to be the "worst video game of all time". We'll answer questions like:
How did the combination of one of the most innovative directors plus one of the most innovate game designers end up creating the video game that everyone loves to hate?
Did this game almost kill the video game industry entirely?
How did Scott Warshaw (the video game designer) still manage to be innovative with this game, despite the guardrails he was given?
Why do some people call video game levels "boards" and not "levels"?
Who developed the very first video game "easter eggs", and what are some infamous easter eggs we remember from video games we've played?
So pop in your favorite cartridges, grab some snacks, and let's talk about some retro video games.
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