<p>Thought Atari was all about Blasteroids and Paperboy? Think again.</p>
I suspect that the sense of excitement and anticipation among those alive for the opening of Al Capone’s vault was similar to what I felt when filmmakers recently went on a quest to prove the urban legend of a landfill in New Mexico filled with the failed video game E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. If you haven’t been watching the news of late, yes, unlike the letdown of Capone’s vault, roughly 750,000 game cartridges were found buried in the ground. Unfortunately, excavators were only allowed to dig for a few hours, but a documentary covering the events leading up to and the day of the dig will be shown as an Xbox origina under the working title Atari: Game Over in the upcoming months.
The thought of a game so awful its cartridges had to be buried got me wondering what other games might have been forgotten in the past. What came up when I started doing some digging myself was none too surprising. A few adult XXX video games were made specifically for the Atari 2600. Since everything back in the 1970s was like one pixel (I’m only being half-sarcastic), the explicit images on the screen were no doubt dated, but surprisingly cruder than I could’ve imagined. There were about 12 erotic games made for the Atari 2600, although we are only going to touch on a few of the most hilarious ones since a handful of them were a little on the narrow-minded side.