The E.T. Atari: Game Over Documentary Airs This Month On Xbox Live

by Kyle Hilliard on Nov 02, 2014 at 01:11 PM

The documentary covering the excavation of the Atari E.T. cartridges from a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico that made headlines this summer has an air date.

The documentary's director, Zak Penn, tweeted that Atari: Game Over will air on Xbox Live on November 20.

The excavation of the fabled cache of Atari E.T. cartridges in the dessert is the aspect of the film that made headlines recently, but the film is also an examination of Atari's success and eventual failure focusing on Howard Scott Warshaw. Warshaw had the unenviable task of designing, developing, and releasing the E.T. game in a matter of weeks.

The documentary was meant to be part of a long-term initiative by Microsoft to create entertainment for Xbox Live under the Xbox Entertainment Studios header. The studio was closed, however, in July.

I had an opportunity to see an early cut of the film at Comic Con this year. It's not a formal review, but you can read some of my feedback on the film by heading here.

[Source: @zakpenn, via Polygon]


Our Take
The cut of the film I saw at Comic Con was entertaining and contained a suprising amount of humor and some unexpected cameos. I'm looking forward to seeing how the final film came together later this month.