It is a common belief that E.T. for the Atari 2600 is “the worst game ever!” — a notion repeated ad nauseum on internet forums — yet this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The following five games are closer to the bottom of the Atari 2600 barrel, and they certainly aren’t alone. In fact, it was difficult just to narrow the list down to five selections.

Between 1982 and 1983, dozens of companies attempted to cash in on the video game craze that was making Activision and Atari wealthy. The problem is that most of them lacked talented programmers that were able to make the Atari 2600 shine, resulting in games that weren’t able to compete with the likes of Pitfall! and Demon Attack.

Had Atari been able to control the chip supply and require licenses of game publishers, as Nintendo later did, perhaps the majority of these games would not have been released.

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