The Edsel. The Hindenburg. "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Pink Lady and Jeff. Van Halen with Gary Cherone. E.T. the game. All these things are synonymous with disaster, and as Atari's adaptation of the '80's blockbuster proved, the gaming world certainly wasn't immune from it.
"E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and Atari came together at a great time in history. In 1982, "E.T." was the biggest money maker in cinema history, and with video games at their peak, there was no company hotter than Atari. The number one game company making a game based on the number one film in cinema history seemed like a surefire bet.