Ask fans of video game lore what the worst game of all time is. Nine times out of ten, you’ll get the same answer: E.T. the Extraterrestrial.
The rushed 1982 adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster has become an unparalleled symbol of slapdash movie tie-ins. In the modern geek culture landscape it serves as a cautionary tale of artless corporate cash grabs. It is a universally derided punchline.