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Published on November 1st, 2014 | by Technable


Xbox-Produced Atari Documentary Gets a Release Date

Atari: Game Over, the Xbox-Produced documentary about the rise and fall of Atari, will release on Xbox and on November 20, the movie’s director Zak Penn has announced.

The Documentary tells the story of Atari, which went from being the fastest growing company in American history, to the producer of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, a game that failed so miserably Atari ended up burying thousands of unsold copies of it in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The movie features interviews with the creator of the game, Howard Warshaw, other Atari employees, and various people involved with the dig that unearthed the buried copies of the game back in April.

Atari: Game Over is part the documentary series Signal to Noise produced by Xbox Entertainment Studios, the division responsible for original Xbox programming, which Microsoft announced it’s shutting down earlier this week.

Initially, Microsoft said that president Nancy Tellem and executive vice president Jordan Levin will “stay on and remain committed to original programming already in production,” but it later confirmed that both executives have been let go.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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