E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (video game)

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ET's graphic system stands the test of time - putting many modern games to shame

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 video game developed by Atari Inc. It is an important title in the evolution of games, and single-handedly averted the video game crash of the 1980s and ended the cold war before the Soviets could finish project Tetris. A player controls E.T. navigating maps and avoiding the pesky FBI (as E.T. was being pursued for CP related charges, Elliot did more than was let on in the movie). To complete the game E.T. had to collect all three phone pieces to phone home. The pit feature of the game was acclaimed for it's key role in game play, improving on the complex physics engine of Pitfall.

The game was based on a cherished family movie about a kindhearted, oddly phallic-shaped alien that became an instant success. Thus, when the masterminds of Atari decided to create a video game based on the classic movie, fans were expecting the best game in history. What they received turned out to be the greatest game that could ever be.

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Long ago, in the magical era of 1982, the world was preparing for the joy of Christmas - having heard rumors of an ET game being released for the Atari system, many were skeptical and felt it would be a horrible, annoying and unfaithful piece of crap: thankfully their fears were soon disproved when the game was released to universal fame and applause as households across the world enjoyed the glory that was ET. Unfortunately the glory of ET was simply too much for some to bear and many families were compelled to return it to the very Congolese conflict mineral mine from which it's metals had arisen, their mortal minds unable to take the sheer awe and wonder that came from the pixels of perfection.


many stages had ET fleeing the ever-vigilant Immigration Officers

After a while, many copies of E.T. were interred in a nuclear testing ground atop a Native American graveyard, fulfilling the earths hunger for plastic. Some were found arranged with the bones of mechanical sharks. Most startling of all were reports of several families engaging in an ancient Meso American ritual not seen since the days of the Olmecs - in which they would set the divine ET cartridge into a fire to watch it burn. The spiritually possessed saw it as a sacrificial offering to the great old ones, by ripping off E.T's extendable head they could play something that was actually fun with it, the Meso American ball game.

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ET continues to inspire people long after it was stopped being produced and many view it as the best video game to ever be produced - the American Psychological Association considers this a sign of demons.

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