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Video Game Landfill Faces Excavation, Why Not Shoot It And Other Bad Games Into The Sun? [Op-Ed]

Video game landfill with copies of E T faces excavation

An infamous video game landfill in New Mexico has just been excavated. How about we just take those copies of E.T. and other bad games and shoot them into the Sun?

E.T. for the Atari 2600 was one of the first really bad games ever made. You played the alien creature and wandered about, looking for parts of a communication device to phone home. It was based on one of Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster films, and a rush job at that, and paved the way for video games based on movies for decades to come. Movie tie-in games have usually always sucked for the same reasons. Even the ones you might have a little fun with usually end up getting on your nerves after a while.

It’s a simple fact that video games based on movies are made to suck. It may not be intentional, but even the best developers trying to rush a game out for consoles in the span of maybe six months will usually push out crap just to get it on the shelves in time. Just look at Activision, the king of movie tie-in crap-fests.

Developers like Activision may be perfectly fine with making games that are destined for the video game landfill, but that doesn’t mean we need to put them there. Perhaps every ten years we could have NASA take a shuttle full of bad games that have filled the “suckage meter” and eject the whole batch straight into our neighboring star? If we’re going to waste money paying developers to make these bad games, we might as well waste a little more getting those games off the planet.

While we’re at it, how about we take the games we’ve seen featured in videos by Angry Joe and the Angry Video Game Nerd, or even the Irate Gamer, and start with those?

There are so many bad games we don’t need inhabiting a video game landfill, never mind space on the planet, such as Superman 64, nearly every Tomb Raider after 2, and the recent ode to mediocrity, Fast and Furious: Showdown.

What bad games destined for the video game landfill would you like to see shot into the sun?

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