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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Toys and Games ➔ Video Game, Atari 2600, E.T.

Identifier:
2018.25.35
Description:
This 1982 video game was developed by Atari and created by Howard Scott Warshaw. The game is based upon the Stephen Spielberg movie "E.T." and involves an the eponymous, extra-terrestrial character moving through various screens in a cubic world in order to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone needed in order for the E.T. character to "phone home" or rather, to contact its home planet.

The game was often regarded as the "worst video game of all time" and is sometimes cited as a significant contributing to the 1983 collapse of the the video game industry.
Date:
1982
Materials:
Plastic, Electronic Components
Dimensions:
3 3/4"" h 2"" w 1/2"" d
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Museum Purchase
Links:
https://www.npr.org/2017/05/31/530235165/total-failure-the-worlds-worst-video-game;https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/05/31/187606960/atari-dump-will-be-excavated-after-nearly-30-years;https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35560458
Exhibit/Program
TOYS! (2018 – 2019)
The Grand Rapids Public Museum will present an interactive, multi-generational exhibition of toys and games sure to rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones.  This GRPM original exhibit will feature toys and games from the museum’s collections in meticulously crafted displays representing childhood in different eras.
Makers/Donors
Atari

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