1982: A satisfied Howard Scott Warshaw in slippers immediately after completing the video game for Atari 2600 inspired by E.T. The Extraterrestrial.
It should be pointed out that, despite his appearance, Howard Scott Warshaw was an excellent coder, author among other things of a great commercial success like Yar’s Revenge. Unfortunately he was literally forced to work on E.T. having only 2 (two) days to carry out the gameplay and five weeks to complete the code.
The poor Warshaw, also thanks to the presence of Spielberg in person during the first meeting with Atari, went completely into confusion proposing the realization of a very complex gameplay, inspired by the most significant scenes of the film. Then, with a signed contract, he returned home and remembered that he only had 8k of memory to do everything. At that point, he probably curled up in a corner and cried all night.
E. T. is considered by many to be one of the worst video games ever made and by far the largest commercial flop of Atari, costing the company millions of dollars in losses.
Tons of unsold cartridges were found in the famous dump of Almagordo, New Mexico.