Great Job, Internet!: Read This: The guy who made that awful E.T. Atari game explains himself
Everybody has something from their past that they’re not scrambling to include on their resume. Howard Scott Warshaw created one of the most successful games released for the Atari 2600, Yars’ Revenge, but that grand achievement is unfortunately more of a footnote in his personal history. Sadly, he also made the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial game for the same console, which is not only considered one of the worst video games in the history of the field, but it is also widely believed to be a significant factor in the North American video game crash of 1983.
Warshaw talked with the BBC about this blemish of his personal history for a recent feature story, and it certainly was a sore spot. In fact, his failure had such a dramatic impact on his psyche that he left the video game industry entirely to try his hand at real estate.