History Trivia / ETTheExtraTerrestrial

26th Mar '17 9:08:09 AM SamMax
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* KillerApp: ''Inverted''. The poor reception of this game, along with others, served to turn people away from the Atari 2600 as well as all other video game consoles for a few years.
20th Feb '17 9:55:36 PM rwe1138
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** Michael was originally going to lure E.T. into his house using [=M&M's=], but this proposal of ProductPlacement was ''rejected'' by the company's executive, who perceived the movie as having an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Instead, Reese's Pieces were used, and the company that manufactured them sold so many Reese's Pieces that they were able to become a major competitor to the company behind [=M&M's=]. [=M&M's=] are still used in the novelization.

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** Michael Elliot was originally going to lure E.T. into his house using [=M&M's=], but this proposal of ProductPlacement was ''rejected'' by the company's executive, who perceived the movie as having an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Instead, Reese's Pieces were used, and the company that manufactured them sold so many Reese's Pieces that they were able to become a major competitor to the company behind [=M&M's=]. [=M&M's=] are still used in the novelization.
4th Feb '17 7:09:00 PM Prinzenick
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* ApprovalOfGod: Surprisingly, Steven Spielberg not only signed off on the games concept, he actually ''liked'' the final game.
1st Feb '17 1:46:55 AM DeadlyAssassin
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* ObviousBeta: To a certain extent. It's complete and there are no major bugs, but it suffers from a lack of playtesting. A [[http://www.neocomputer.org/projects/et/ third party patch released decades later]] fixes many of the problems.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Fans of ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' will recognize Andre Gower ("Sean") in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41PcEEJEQec this TV commercial]] for the game.

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* ObviousBeta: To a certain extent. It's complete and there are no major bugs, but it suffers from a lack of playtesting. A [[http://www.neocomputer.org/projects/et/ third party patch released decades later]] fixes many of the problems.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Fans of ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' will recognize Andre Gower ("Sean") in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41PcEEJEQec this TV commercial]] for the game.
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18th Dec '16 7:06:31 PM TheNerfGuy
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* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames: [[EndOfAnAge Practically ended it]], though that was due more to circumstances. See The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 below.
* UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983: Considered a cause of it. Even though it was one of the best selling games on the 2600, Atari produced millions more cartridges than were sold, hoping it would drive additional console sales. It didn't.
** It sold well because it was a hotly anticipated ''E.T.'' video game and consumers hadn't been introduced to TheProblemWithLicensedGames yet; quality wasn't even part of the equation then. ''VideoGame/{{Asteroids}}'' and ''VideoGame/PacMan'' were the other titles to join ''E.T.'' in the landfill (even though ''Asteroids'' is considered one of the better titles, it was simply overproduced).
28th Oct '16 9:13:54 AM gjjones
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* CrossDressingVoices: Played straight with E.T. in the original version and in the Japanese dub, but averted in the Mexican Spanish dub.

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* CrossDressingVoices: Played straight with E.T. in the original version and in the Japanese dub, but averted in the Mexican Spanish dub.dub, where he is voiced by Héctor Lee.
8th Sep '16 2:07:05 PM TheMisterSonic
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* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of it's former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up. It's also part of the reason some other Hollywood studios, most notably Creator/{{Disney}}, hesitated in the gaming market and fumbled several times (one of the men who got to witness ''E.T.'' the video game's nuclear failure up close was Warner exec Frank Wells, who, along with Michael Eisner and future Spielberg partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, took over Disney two years after ''E.T.'' imploded on store shelves).

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* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of it's its former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up. It's also part of the reason some other Hollywood studios, most notably Creator/{{Disney}}, hesitated in the gaming market and fumbled several times (one of the men who got to witness ''E.T.'' the video game's nuclear failure up close was Warner exec Frank Wells, who, along with Michael Eisner and future Spielberg partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, took over Disney two years after ''E.T.'' imploded on store shelves).
29th Aug '16 9:54:59 PM BlackBaroness
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* FranchiseKiller: In addition to being one of the ultimate GenreKillers in entertainment as far as video games go, this game also severely affected the status of Spielberg's classic film, and the ''E.T'' video game is rumored to be the reason why it took MCA/Universal another 6 years before they released ''E.T.'' on home video (it got a later reissue in theaters instead, and then [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it got pulled entirely for a couple of years]] after that run ended). This game didn't quite kill off other ''E.T'' games in utero, but guaranteed those games would be small projects, and none have been produced since 2002.

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* FranchiseKiller: In addition to being one of the ultimate GenreKillers {{Genre Killer}}s in entertainment as far as video games go, this game also severely affected the status of Spielberg's classic film, and the ''E.T'' video game is rumored to be the reason why it took MCA/Universal another 6 years before they released ''E.T.'' on home video (it got a later reissue in theaters instead, and then [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it got pulled entirely for a couple of years]] after that run ended). This game didn't quite kill off other ''E.T'' games in utero, but guaranteed those games would be small projects, and none have been produced since 2002.
29th Aug '16 9:54:20 PM BlackBaroness
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* MagnumOpusDissonance: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. As seen from the quote on the main page, Howard Scott Warshaw considers it an honor that this is the worst-received game on the system, as in comparison to his best work, ''VideoGame/YarsRevenge'', he has "the greatest range of anyone ever on the machine."
18th Aug '16 12:44:01 PM jameygamer
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* FranchiseKiller: In addition to being one of the ultimate GenreKillers in entertainment as far as video games go, this game also severely affected the status of Spielberg's classic film, and the ''E.T'' video game is rumored to be the reason why it took MCA/Universal another 6 years before they released ''E.T.'' on home video (it got a later reissue in theaters instead, and then [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it got pulled entirely for a couple of years]] after that run ended).
* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of it's former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up.

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* FranchiseKiller: In addition to being one of the ultimate GenreKillers in entertainment as far as video games go, this game also severely affected the status of Spielberg's classic film, and the ''E.T'' video game is rumored to be the reason why it took MCA/Universal another 6 years before they released ''E.T.'' on home video (it got a later reissue in theaters instead, and then [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it got pulled entirely for a couple of years]] after that run ended).
ended). This game didn't quite kill off other ''E.T'' games in utero, but guaranteed those games would be small projects, and none have been produced since 2002.
* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of it's former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up. It's also part of the reason some other Hollywood studios, most notably Creator/{{Disney}}, hesitated in the gaming market and fumbled several times (one of the men who got to witness ''E.T.'' the video game's nuclear failure up close was Warner exec Frank Wells, who, along with Michael Eisner and future Spielberg partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, took over Disney two years after ''E.T.'' imploded on store shelves).
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