The Atari 2600 E.T. Video Game Is Still Terrible, Even When It's Finished in Less than 30 Seconds

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.


An experience like that needs to be put in its place. That's exactly what speedrunners Adelikat & Cardboard do in this tool-assisted speedrun, smashing through the terrible Atari 2600 game in 25.25 seconds. Impressive as this run is, just watching this game run dredges up all sorts of bad memories. Ugh.



It's weird because I actually loved this game as a kid. I spent an entire summer figuring out how to beat it and was proud as hell when I finally did. Growing up I never really had any friends who had video games so it wasn't till I was waaaay older that I found out this game is supposed to be the worst of all time.