The recent excavation of dozens of copies of Atari games buried in the New Mexico desert served to validate an urban legend that had swirled about in the gaming community for years. The saga that spawned that mythos will be given its day in the limelight with a new documentary from Xbox Studios, the now defunct attempt by Microsoft to get into the television production business. The documentary, Atari: Game Over, will cover the nearly mythic tale of how Atari rose to fame as one of the industry’s first real giants and its eventual demise that brought about a crash so mammoth in proportion that it nearly took the entire video gaming industry with it. Viewers will also get a look at how the Atari video game adaption of E.T. contributed to the crash, and how the eventual decision to dump all unsold copies of the game in the desert came to pass.
The film will also cover the aforementioned excavation effort and the media circus that surrounded the attempt to find the truth behind one of gaming’s biggest urban legends. The documentary will premiere on November 20th exclusively on Xbox Live.
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