Conan O'Brien Finds Other Horrible Games Buried With E.T.

We know E.T. wasn't the only game excavators found in the Atari landfill dig last weekend. But according to Conan O'Brien, there were even more movie-based flops buried in the New Mexico desert. » 5/06/14 9:20am 5/06/14 9:20am

Meet The Guy Who Says He Buried The E.T. Cartridges

Last month, thousands of copies of ET (along with other Atari games) were found buried beneath the New Mexico desert. James Heller was the man responsible for that. » 5/04/14 8:00pm 5/04/14 8:00pm

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials: The Winners!

Last week's discovery of the for-some-reason-fabled E.T. landfill was so exciting I completely forgot it happened. Imagine my surprise as I prepare to post the winners of last week's 'Shop Contest and discover 20 million entries based on the subject. Luckily for my sanity, there can be only a couple dozen. » 5/03/14 9:00pm 5/03/14 9:00pm

Some People Think The Atari Landfill Dig Is Fake

The excavation of Atari's game graveyard—which unearthed many copies of the infamous failed E.T. game—definitely happened. There are pictures. There are trustworthy witness reports. But somehow, some folks are still skeptical about it. Not everyone actually believes the entire thing happened, amusingly enough. » 4/29/14 4:30pm 4/29/14 4:30pm

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

The Infamous Atari Landfill Dig Is Finally Happening

Come April 26, 2014, one of gaming's greatest mysteries will finally be solved. Or maybe it will just be get even more convoluted and confusing. In either case, that is the official date Microsoft just announced for when someone is finally going to break ground on the infamous New Mexico landfill that's allegedly… » 4/10/14 12:30pm 4/10/14 12:30pm

Can Video Games Be So Bad That They're Good?

I'd wager it's safe to say that, when it comes to entertainment, we all enjoy at least a few things that we really shouldn't. Who hasn't gathered their friends around for a joyous viewing of something like "Troll 2" or "Plan 9 From Outer Space"? Personally, I adore terrible movies and music. Whether it's waiting for… » 1/27/14 12:01pm 1/27/14 12:01pm

Wonderfully Odd Japanese Museum Has "Face Rocks"

What do E.T., Nemo, and Jesus have in common? They all apparently look like stones housed in one of Japan's most peculiar (and charming) museums: the Hall of Curious Rocks. » 8/16/13 4:30am 8/16/13 4:30am

Jimmy Fallon Doesn't Want You To Play These Games. With Good Reason.

Courtesy of Late Night's Video Game Week, here we have a list of games Jimmy Fallon wants us to avoid. Personally, I'm convinced. » 6/18/13 5:00am 6/18/13 5:00am

Someone's Going to Dig Up Atari's Infamous New Mexico Landfill

Alamogordo's city council has granted an excavation permit for the infamous landfill said to hold thousands of copies of E.T. and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600—two titles blamed for the mid-1980s crash of console gaming—and yes, the permit-holder is digging out the site specifically to find those games' remains. » 6/01/13 12:00pm 6/01/13 12:00pm

The Atari 2600 E.T. Video Game Is Still Terrible, Even When It's…

You know the story. Almost everyone who wielded a joystick in the 1980s does: the tie-in game for Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was so unplayably bad that it almost single-handedly sank the first wave of video game infatuation. » 11/05/12 9:30pm 11/05/12 9:30pm

E.T.'s Mission Continues 30 Years Later in The Green Planet

It's been three decades since Steven Spielberg enchanted the world with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, changing the way a generation thought about potential alien life and Reese's Pieces. Chillingo and Universal celebrate 30 years of friendly aliens next week with E.T.: The Green Planet, or as I like to call it, E.T.… » 10/02/12 12:45pm 10/02/12 12:45pm

How to Beat the Worst Video Game Ever Made

While that's a subjective boast, has any other game been so terrible that copies of it were taken out into the middle of the desert and buried » 5/24/12 11:30pm 5/24/12 11:30pm? No. So I'm sticking with it.

1.4 Million Unsold Video Games Won't Be Buried in the Desert

Yesterday, we learned that the video game publisher THQ is sitting on 1.4 million unsold copies of uDraw, a hugely unsuccessful game designed around a tablet peripheral. uDraw was such a disastrous investment—it cost the publisher around $100 Million on production and lost revenue—that it is almost singlehandedly… » 2/03/12 1:00pm 2/03/12 1:00pm

Thanks, Hollywood, For These "Summer Blockbusters"

Summer means sun. Weeks off school, days off work, Coronas under a palm tree as a sea breeze washes over you. But it also means it's time for Hollywood's big shebang: the summer blockbusters. » 7/15/09 1:40pm 7/15/09 1:40pm