Atari: Game Over Documentary Will Premiere Later This Month Exclusively On Xbox Devices, Free For Xbox Live Members

By Connor Sears , Updated Nov 04, 2014 04:06 PM EST
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Earlier this year, a group of excavators confirmed one of the game industry's most well-known yet bizarre myths. A huge collection of unsold E.T. Atari cartridges were found buried in a New Mexico landfill. The documentary Atari: Game Over is the story of both the excavation and the game itself, often considered among the worst games in history. The documentary will be premiering on November 20, and it will do so only on Xbox devices.

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The documentary will be premiering exclusively on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and xboxvideo.com, according to a post on the Major Nelson blog. The documentary will also be offered for free to all Xbox Live Silver and Gold members.

According to the post, the documentary will make use of Xbox's social functions. You'll be able to leave comments on certain moments of the film that your friends will be able to see when they watch for themselves. The documentary's director, X-Men 2 writer Zak Penn, will also be leaving his own comments on the documentary.

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Xbox viewers will have access to various outtakes and behind-the-scenes clips for the film as well.

Atari's infamous E.T. game is surprisingly important for the game industry as a whole. The game's astounding commercial flop is often seen as a factor behind Atari's subsequent fall, which in turn led to the entire industry crashing in 1983. Atari: Game Over takes a close look at not only the excavation of the secret store of Atari cartridges but also the story of Atari as a company and how it went from an industry innovator to the creator of such a universally panned game.

Atari: Game Over will premiere on Xbox devices on November 20.

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