Xbox Live Documentary Goes Digging for Missing Atari E.T. Cartridges

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fung0

You're missing the important point here...

From Microsoft's page: "The series will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014 and will be available globally in all markets where Xbox Live is supported."

This seems harmless enough, but it's something entirely new, and REALLY ugly: TV content that will only play on one particular brand of device.

Imagine if you needed a Sony-brand Blu-ray player to watch certain movies. Or if Netflix only worked on Toshiba TVs. Unthinkable...? Not in the console world. Console gamers don't think it's odd that they have to own two nearly-identical hardware devices to play all the latest game software. In fact, they actually rejoice when 'their' platform has the best exclusives, never noticing that this is fundamentally against their own best interests as consumers.

Microsoft is banking that console gamers are ready to accept video content on the same basis. Next step: creating must-see content with wider appeal (maybe with the collaboration of a major producer, like Steven Spielberg). Presto... when the next 'Game of Thrones' comes out, viewers need not only a subscription to a content service like HBO - or Xbox Live - but also a Microsoft-brand box to play it.

Clearly, this is a marketer's wet dream... but an absolutely hideous precedent for the entire content market. TV has been based on open standards since its earliest beginnings. The Internet promised to open it up even further... but now Microsoft is moving to lock it down, right to the hardware level.

Even if the XB1 was actually a great gaming platform, exclusive video content ought to be a show-stopper for rational consumers.

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Cy-Kill

'the great video game burial of 1983.'

There's a great problem with this, as I bought the game at Toy's R Us in Montreal, Canada in 1985, so they couldn't have been buried. I did return the game a few days after buying it.

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John Pombrio

Wow! Amazing that a Google search for XBox will still bring out the dredges of Microsoft and XBox haters to a site. Paul, do yourself a favor and avoid any mention of XBox or PS4 on any story by you at least for the next few months. There is still all this bad blood on the internet over the console wars that spills out on any site that dares mentions the X or P consoles.

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timprovphilly

I think X-play on G4 did the exact same thing a few years ago, they never found the landfill from what I remember.

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Rift2

Some guy bought a bunch of old Atari games from Atari and stores them in a cave they are all unopened he bought like 150,000 in Atari games not sure who the guy is but he sells them.

I often have dreams of software on the sides of clifs just leaching out of the ground with broken copies of old Ultima and Amiga games.
Might be the NSA

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maleficarus™

I remember the game as a kid. I used to have it with my Atari 2600. I got it for Christmas and it sucked. I think it set my parents back $40 back in the 80's. If I remember correctly this game and many others was the whole reason behind Nintendo's "game guarantee" program. The crash of the game market has this game and many others to blame!

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PCWolf

I also had this game for my Atari 2600. It wasn't that bad. I mean, most games on the system were bad due to the systems horrible limitations. Also, it was called the "Nintendo Seal of Quality", & the only thing that did was to let you know that the 3rd party publisher paid their fees to Nintendo in full for that "Batch" of cartridges. As it did not protect consumers because Nintendo NEVER rejected any crappy games. LJN games were more than enough proof of that fact.

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MAIZE1951

Microsoft is probably going to make an XBONE version of "E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial" as soon as they can find the Atari version.

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Nixon

Huh, the Angry Video Game Nerd was making a movie based off of the Missing Atari E.T. Cartridges.

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Mikey109105

Docmentary, huh? I guess the editing staff were asleep on this one? Lol.

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jgrimoldy

This game was bad. Very bad.

However, Atari's port of PacMan was reprehensible.

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PCWolf

I think Atari 2600 Pacman was by far worse than ET. At least E.T was new & innovative. Pacman was left you with that "WTF is this SH!T" feeling.

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IFLATLINEI

New and innovative? Are you crazy? The game didnt even work! That was the problem. Youd go around collecting parts for a telephone and eventually (actually rather quickly) yoiu get stuck. No more parts but obviously incomplete.

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Random

In yet another ill conceived publicity stunt Microsoft goes digging for Atari game cartridges but instead finds thousands upon thousands of copies of Windows 8 install media placed in a mass grave by ex-Windows users.

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PCWolf

Along with all the unsold issues of MaximumPC telling users how great & wonderful the Windows 8 is.

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Ghost XFX

Yeah, those won't sell very soon. I saw a stack of them sitting on a shelf at Wal-Greens

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praack

yeah i guess the microsoft money ran out now- the latest mag actually says that 8.1 is not what people want.... REALLY? NO WAY??

you mean we have been screaming in the dark this long and someone actually woke up???

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satanforaday

I second that, I am so sick of windows 8.... My PC should be a whole different OS than one for the tablet or Smart Phone...

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Ghost XFX

Pretty much what I was thinking...

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vrmlbasic

lol.

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strykyr

Docmentary...

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jphoto

I look forward to seeing this docmentary.

(I guess you guys turn off spell-check for the titles)

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markstrelecki

That's just how Paul submits his stuff.

Non-spellchecked and evidently not vetted by anyone prior to publishing.

Merry Christmas, Paul. Maybe Santa brings you a real word processor this year?

MARK STRELECKI
Atlanta, GA. USA