Plutonic Rainbows

The worst video game in history

The video game of Steven Spielberg’s ET is considered to be one of the worst of all time and has even been blamed for triggering the collapse of Atari. Howard Scott Warshaw, the gifted programmer who made it, explains how it was rushed out in a matter of weeks - and how he feels about those events in California now.

“Things just started to unravel,” says Warshaw. “It’s awesome to be credited with single-handedly bringing down a billion-dollar industry with eight kilobytes of code. But the truth is a little more complex.”

I remember hearing about the landfill story many years ago. I had no idea it was true.