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80s, Bad, and Christmas: Chris Kohler @kobunheat 18m We have ET. WE HAVE ET pic.twitter.com/fIPTXgsyoo Expand 4, Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More Chris Kohler @kobunheat-4m Close up. pic.twitter.com/inSKukib24 ATARI 75 Expand Reply Retweet FavoriteMoe lightspeedsound: videogamesarepurehappiness: maqdaddio: ask-gallows-callibrator: vergess: coelasquid: derples: raisehelia: cavebae: estpolis: mrdappersden: They did it, they fucking did it. holyfducjk HISTORY holy shit! can someone explain this to me Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true. I don’t think people fully grasp just how awful it was. This one game, by the sheer merit of its unmatched shittiness, destroyed the video game and console market so thoroughly that the at home video game nearly went the way of the 8-track player. It was literally so awful that it nearly changed the entire course of technology. how can a video game possibly be that bad People don’t really understand why it was terrible though, and the reasons why are extremely important and relevant especially today. The game itself is bad, yes. It was built up to be an exciting hit for kids to play at Christmas in 1982. So much in fact, that retailers bought WAY more stock then could every be sold based on the hype. However, people at the time liked the game. It looks bad now, but the game itself was pretty on par with the times. It wound up selling 1.5 million copies. Which would be great, except Atari was expecting to sell 4-5 million. While initial reception was positive, critics started panning the game as critics do. While it was no worse than most other games at the time, it was stil frustrating and hard to play. It could not live up to the hype that had been built and negative press built up quickly. But what was ALSO happening was a flood of cheap imitations on the market. ET is a licensed game, and like all licenses comes at a higher markup. So if you wanted to buy a game for yourself or your kid, would you buy 1 game, or 2 for the same price? Atari was also screwing around with how they handled their distributors. Just before the game went to public, but AFTER the game had been bought and shipped, Atari announced that they were cancelling every existing contract with distributors and signing with only a select few. So distributors, now pissed off and with an abundance of games that were NOT selling and with prices slashed horribly to sell games that people were quickly losing interest in, retailers put their claims to return a collective 2.5-3.5 million copies back to Atari. Atari, unable to recycle the cartridges or resell them in any way, wound up burying them in the Nevada desert. This caused the Video Game Crash of the early 80s that put a dark mark on video games until Nintendo (and in some small part other game companies) to revive later.   It was the perfect storm. An over-hyped overpriced game sold to an increasingly frustrated and over-saturated market with retailers scrambling to make a dime while Game Devs blame the market for poor sales. Some say the proverbial planets are aligning again, with way too many consoles putting way too samey games on the market at way too high a cost with a strong dependence on Pre-orders and pre-order exclusives. Wanna give the game a shot?  Internet Archives actually has a copy of it at this link: https://archive.org/details/E.T._The_Extra-Terrestrial_1982_Atari_NTSC this is like the dutch tulip bubble of our times
80s, Bad, and Christmas: Chris Kohler @kobunheat 18m
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They did it, they fucking did it.

holyfducjk

HISTORY

holy shit!

can someone explain this to me

Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true.

I don’t think people fully grasp just how awful it was. This one game, by the sheer merit of its unmatched shittiness, destroyed the video game and console market so thoroughly that the at home video game nearly went the way of the 8-track player.
It was literally so awful that it nearly changed the entire course of technology.

how can a video game possibly be that bad

People don’t really understand why it was terrible though, and the reasons why are extremely important and relevant especially today.
The game itself is bad, yes. It was built up to be an exciting hit for kids to play at Christmas in 1982. So much in fact, that retailers bought WAY more stock then could every be sold based on the hype.
However, people at the time liked the game. It looks bad now, but the game itself was pretty on par with the times. It wound up selling 1.5 million copies. Which would be great, except Atari was expecting to sell 4-5 million.
While initial reception was positive, critics started panning the game as critics do. While it was no worse than most other games at the time, it was stil frustrating and hard to play. It could not live up to the hype that had been built and negative press built up quickly.
But what was ALSO happening was a flood of cheap imitations on the market. ET is a licensed game, and like all licenses comes at a higher markup. So if you wanted to buy a game for yourself or your kid, would you buy 1 game, or 2 for the same price?
Atari was also screwing around with how they handled their distributors. Just before the game went to public, but AFTER the game had been bought and shipped, Atari announced that they were cancelling every existing contract with distributors and signing with only a select few.
So distributors, now pissed off and with an abundance of games that were NOT selling and with prices slashed horribly to sell games that people were quickly losing interest in, retailers put their claims to return a collective 2.5-3.5 million copies back to Atari. Atari, unable to recycle the cartridges or resell them in any way, wound up burying them in the Nevada desert.


This caused the Video Game Crash of the early 80s that put a dark mark on video games until Nintendo (and in some small part other game companies) to revive later. 
 It was the perfect storm. An over-hyped overpriced game sold to an increasingly frustrated and over-saturated market with retailers scrambling to make a dime while Game Devs blame the market for poor sales.

Some say the proverbial planets are aligning again, with way too many consoles putting way too samey games on the market at way too high a cost with a strong dependence on Pre-orders and pre-order exclusives.

Wanna give the game a shot?  Internet Archives actually has a copy of it at this link:
https://archive.org/details/E.T._The_Extra-Terrestrial_1982_Atari_NTSC

this is like the dutch tulip bubble of our times

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College, Music, and School: Bax Kapital Follow @bax_up Found this in a book- Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975 $152.50 SCHEDULE FeES STATEMEN UNIVERSITY oF HouSTON U7 23 39 84 Fieat Cly National Bam 18 175 DATe 1 75 TR 77012 נ52. STUDENT COPY PAY THE AMOUNT. * 9:04 PM-13 Aug 2018 8,473 Retweets 22,474 Likes SCHEDULE FEE STATEMENT UNIVERSITY oF HoUSTON 180970 (CC 7-12) STUDENT NUMBER AND NAME (CC 13.36) TIME DAYS ROOM BLDG SECTION COURSE 11 2 211 212 331 6938 DEPT GR. HOURS SPA SPA SPA MTH MTH 3034 3063 5505 3884 4054 11130 1230 1 0100 0200 PM 11230 0130 PM T 3 0700 0830 PM T. TH 3 0530 0700 429 AH 1 28 427 A H 249 CO S R TOTAL 9 First City National Ban 16 1975 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON DRAWING ACCOUN GENERAL FUND 18 CC 37-39 THIS STATEMENT MUST BE RETAINED IN YOUR POSSESSION AT ALL TIMES NOTE DATE 0 14 75 MAJOR BİOPHY GR COLLEGE NSM SEMESTERSPRING 1975 AMOUNT 50.00 22 50 2) REGULAR FEE DESCRIPTIONN CR TUITION STUDENT SERVICE FEE ACADEMIC BLDG. USE FEE HOUSTONIAN (OPTIONAL PARKING FEE CONTRACT 忘1WAIVERS LOANS 01 14 75 ATHLETIC TICKET BOOK (optional) tl CASH □ CHECK p-sis2.yo LATE REGISTRATION FEE STUDENT TEACHING FEE LABORATORY FEE TOTAL I$ 1S2-SD Date REQUIRED P. E. FEE e 00 M. S. UNIFORM FEE PRIVATE MUSIC FEE CO-OP ENGINEERING FEE TEX-PIRG TUPPERLAKE DR HOUSTO N TX 77042 152 50 ACTIVITY PAY THIS AMOUNT STUDENT COPY 2 3 4 567 8 Elisha @discountkyrie Follow Boomers really got an education for pennies and had the nerve to turn around and charge us 5-6 figures, Wow Found this in a book- Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975: 152.50 Show this thread 2:00 PM - 14 Aug 2018 73,023 Retweets 201,662 Likes I Am Your Khaleesi @TheDejaKing Follow Just to put this in perspective... In 1975 the minimum wage was $2.10/hr. Today, while minimum wage is now about 3x higher, the cost of just one year of school is now 164x more expensive than the price in this picture. 霾:(sa same n san, nisu Bax Kapital E @bax-up Found this in a book- Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975: $152.50 Show this thread 8:26 AM 14 Aug 2018 22,031 Retweets 43,077 Likes e%)A80D smoochuu: gahdamnpunk: This is why baby boomers think we can pay for school while having a part time job im so mad
College, Music, and School: Bax Kapital
 Follow
 @bax_up
 Found this in a book-
 Cost of attending the University of
 Houston in 1975
 $152.50
 SCHEDULE FeES
 STATEMEN
 UNIVERSITY oF HouSTON
 U7
 23
 39 84
 Fieat Cly National Bam
 18 175
 DATe
 1 75
 TR 77012
 נ52.
 STUDENT COPY
 PAY THE AMOUNT. *
 9:04 PM-13 Aug 2018
 8,473 Retweets 22,474 Likes

 SCHEDULE FEE STATEMENT
 UNIVERSITY oF HoUSTON
 180970
 (CC 7-12) STUDENT NUMBER AND NAME (CC 13.36)
 TIME
 DAYS
 ROOM
 BLDG
 SECTION
 COURSE
 11 2
 211
 212
 331
 6938
 DEPT
 GR. HOURS
 SPA
 SPA
 SPA
 MTH
 MTH
 3034
 3063
 5505
 3884
 4054
 11130 1230
 1 0100 0200 PM
 11230 0130 PM T
 3 0700 0830 PM T. TH
 3 0530 0700
 429 AH
 1 28
 427 A H
 249 CO
 S R
 TOTAL 9
 First City National Ban
 16 1975
 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
 DRAWING ACCOUN
 GENERAL FUND 18
 CC 37-39
 THIS STATEMENT MUST BE RETAINED
 IN YOUR POSSESSION AT ALL TIMES
 NOTE
 DATE 0 14 75
 MAJOR BİOPHY GR
 COLLEGE NSM
 SEMESTERSPRING 1975
 AMOUNT
 50.00
 22 50
 2) REGULAR
 FEE DESCRIPTIONN
 CR TUITION
 STUDENT SERVICE FEE
 ACADEMIC BLDG. USE FEE
 HOUSTONIAN (OPTIONAL
 PARKING FEE
 CONTRACT
 忘1WAIVERS
 LOANS
 01 14 75 ATHLETIC TICKET BOOK (optional)
 tl CASH □
 CHECK p-sis2.yo
 LATE REGISTRATION FEE
 STUDENT TEACHING FEE
 LABORATORY FEE
 TOTAL I$ 1S2-SD
 Date
 REQUIRED P. E. FEE
 e 00
 M. S. UNIFORM FEE
 PRIVATE MUSIC FEE
 CO-OP ENGINEERING FEE
 TEX-PIRG
 TUPPERLAKE DR
 HOUSTO N
 TX 77042
 152 50
 ACTIVITY
 PAY THIS AMOUNT
 STUDENT COPY
 2 3 4 567 8

 Elisha
 @discountkyrie
 Follow
 Boomers really got an education for pennies
 and had the nerve to turn around and charge
 us 5-6 figures, Wow
 Found this in a book-
 Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975:
 152.50
 Show this thread
 2:00 PM - 14 Aug 2018
 73,023 Retweets 201,662 Likes

 I Am Your Khaleesi
 @TheDejaKing
 Follow
 Just to put this in perspective...
 In 1975 the minimum wage was $2.10/hr.
 Today, while minimum wage is now
 about 3x higher, the cost of just one year
 of school is now 164x more expensive
 than the price in this picture.
 霾:(sa same
 n san, nisu
 Bax Kapital E @bax-up
 Found this in a book-
 Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975:
 $152.50
 Show this thread
 8:26 AM 14 Aug 2018
 22,031 Retweets 43,077 Likes
 e%)A80D
smoochuu:

gahdamnpunk:
This is why baby boomers think we can pay for school while having a part time job
im so mad

smoochuu: gahdamnpunk: This is why baby boomers think we can pay for school while having a part time job im so mad

College, Music, and School: Bax Kapital Follow @bax_up Found this in a book- Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975 $152.50 SCHEDULE FeES STATEMEN UNIVERSITY oF HouSTON U7 23 39 84 Fieat Cly National Bam 18 175 DATe 1 75 TR 77012 נ52. STUDENT COPY PAY THE AMOUNT. * 9:04 PM-13 Aug 2018 8,473 Retweets 22,474 Likes SCHEDULE FEE STATEMENT UNIVERSITY oF HoUSTON 180970 (CC 7-12) STUDENT NUMBER AND NAME (CC 13.36) TIME DAYS ROOM BLDG SECTION COURSE 11 2 211 212 331 6938 DEPT GR. HOURS SPA SPA SPA MTH MTH 3034 3063 5505 3884 4054 11130 1230 1 0100 0200 PM 11230 0130 PM T 3 0700 0830 PM T. TH 3 0530 0700 429 AH 1 28 427 A H 249 CO S R TOTAL 9 First City National Ban 16 1975 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON DRAWING ACCOUN GENERAL FUND 18 CC 37-39 THIS STATEMENT MUST BE RETAINED IN YOUR POSSESSION AT ALL TIMES NOTE DATE 0 14 75 MAJOR BİOPHY GR COLLEGE NSM SEMESTERSPRING 1975 AMOUNT 50.00 22 50 2) REGULAR FEE DESCRIPTIONN CR TUITION STUDENT SERVICE FEE ACADEMIC BLDG. USE FEE HOUSTONIAN (OPTIONAL PARKING FEE CONTRACT 忘1WAIVERS LOANS 01 14 75 ATHLETIC TICKET BOOK (optional) tl CASH □ CHECK p-sis2.yo LATE REGISTRATION FEE STUDENT TEACHING FEE LABORATORY FEE TOTAL I$ 1S2-SD Date REQUIRED P. E. FEE e 00 M. S. UNIFORM FEE PRIVATE MUSIC FEE CO-OP ENGINEERING FEE TEX-PIRG TUPPERLAKE DR HOUSTO N TX 77042 152 50 ACTIVITY PAY THIS AMOUNT STUDENT COPY 2 3 4 567 8 Elisha @discountkyrie Follow Boomers really got an education for pennies and had the nerve to turn around and charge us 5-6 figures, Wow Found this in a book- Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975: 152.50 Show this thread 2:00 PM - 14 Aug 2018 73,023 Retweets 201,662 Likes I Am Your Khaleesi @TheDejaKing Follow Just to put this in perspective... In 1975 the minimum wage was $2.10/hr. Today, while minimum wage is now about 3x higher, the cost of just one year of school is now 164x more expensive than the price in this picture. 霾:(sa same n san, nisu Bax Kapital E @bax-up Found this in a book- Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975: $152.50 Show this thread 8:26 AM 14 Aug 2018 22,031 Retweets 43,077 Likes e%)A80D sushinfood: smoochuu: gahdamnpunk: This is why baby boomers think we can pay for school while having a part time job im so mad this is why they should all shut the hell up forever
College, Music, and School: Bax Kapital
 Follow
 @bax_up
 Found this in a book-
 Cost of attending the University of
 Houston in 1975
 $152.50
 SCHEDULE FeES
 STATEMEN
 UNIVERSITY oF HouSTON
 U7
 23
 39 84
 Fieat Cly National Bam
 18 175
 DATe
 1 75
 TR 77012
 נ52.
 STUDENT COPY
 PAY THE AMOUNT. *
 9:04 PM-13 Aug 2018
 8,473 Retweets 22,474 Likes

 SCHEDULE FEE STATEMENT
 UNIVERSITY oF HoUSTON
 180970
 (CC 7-12) STUDENT NUMBER AND NAME (CC 13.36)
 TIME
 DAYS
 ROOM
 BLDG
 SECTION
 COURSE
 11 2
 211
 212
 331
 6938
 DEPT
 GR. HOURS
 SPA
 SPA
 SPA
 MTH
 MTH
 3034
 3063
 5505
 3884
 4054
 11130 1230
 1 0100 0200 PM
 11230 0130 PM T
 3 0700 0830 PM T. TH
 3 0530 0700
 429 AH
 1 28
 427 A H
 249 CO
 S R
 TOTAL 9
 First City National Ban
 16 1975
 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
 DRAWING ACCOUN
 GENERAL FUND 18
 CC 37-39
 THIS STATEMENT MUST BE RETAINED
 IN YOUR POSSESSION AT ALL TIMES
 NOTE
 DATE 0 14 75
 MAJOR BİOPHY GR
 COLLEGE NSM
 SEMESTERSPRING 1975
 AMOUNT
 50.00
 22 50
 2) REGULAR
 FEE DESCRIPTIONN
 CR TUITION
 STUDENT SERVICE FEE
 ACADEMIC BLDG. USE FEE
 HOUSTONIAN (OPTIONAL
 PARKING FEE
 CONTRACT
 忘1WAIVERS
 LOANS
 01 14 75 ATHLETIC TICKET BOOK (optional)
 tl CASH □
 CHECK p-sis2.yo
 LATE REGISTRATION FEE
 STUDENT TEACHING FEE
 LABORATORY FEE
 TOTAL I$ 1S2-SD
 Date
 REQUIRED P. E. FEE
 e 00
 M. S. UNIFORM FEE
 PRIVATE MUSIC FEE
 CO-OP ENGINEERING FEE
 TEX-PIRG
 TUPPERLAKE DR
 HOUSTO N
 TX 77042
 152 50
 ACTIVITY
 PAY THIS AMOUNT
 STUDENT COPY
 2 3 4 567 8

 Elisha
 @discountkyrie
 Follow
 Boomers really got an education for pennies
 and had the nerve to turn around and charge
 us 5-6 figures, Wow
 Found this in a book-
 Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975:
 152.50
 Show this thread
 2:00 PM - 14 Aug 2018
 73,023 Retweets 201,662 Likes

 I Am Your Khaleesi
 @TheDejaKing
 Follow
 Just to put this in perspective...
 In 1975 the minimum wage was $2.10/hr.
 Today, while minimum wage is now
 about 3x higher, the cost of just one year
 of school is now 164x more expensive
 than the price in this picture.
 霾:(sa same
 n san, nisu
 Bax Kapital E @bax-up
 Found this in a book-
 Cost of attending the University of Houston in 1975:
 $152.50
 Show this thread
 8:26 AM 14 Aug 2018
 22,031 Retweets 43,077 Likes
 e%)A80D
sushinfood:
smoochuu:

gahdamnpunk:
This is why baby boomers think we can pay for school while having a part time job
im so mad

this is why they should all shut the hell up forever

sushinfood: smoochuu: gahdamnpunk: This is why baby boomers think we can pay for school while having a part time job im so mad this is why...