First original Xbox TV series launching in 2014

Documentary series will investigate the events surrounding the 1983 burial of millions of copies of Atari's famously unsuccessful E.T. movie tie-in.

A documentary chronicling the mystery of the "great video game burial of 1983," where millions of copies of failed movie tie-in E.T the Extra-Terrestrial were reportedly buried in a New Mexico landfill, will debut in 2014 exclusively on Xbox, Microsoft announced today.

The documentary is the first original Xbox TV series from Xbox Entertainment Studios, the media group established last year with former CBS TV executive Nancy Tellem leading the outfit.

After an overwhelmingly negative response to E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, Atari reportedly buried copies in the middle of the night in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Fuel Entertainment secured the rights to excavate the site in June, and then approached Xbox to arrange a publishing deal.

The E.T. documentary series, which will document not only the excavation but also the urban legend surrounding it, will be directed by Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Avengers). Two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chin (30 Days, American High) are on board to produce through their multiplatform media company Lightbox.

Shooting will begin next month and the first episode in the series will be available sometime in 2014 on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

85 comments
megakick
megakick

The STEAM BOX is going to be buried right  beside the Atari's E.T. landfill.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Microsoft will be burying millions of worthless Xbones in the desert before too long.

meatz666
meatz666

Already started wrong. They overproduced Pacmans. 

omar_q
omar_q

I wouldn't mind a channel all about video game history and development. In fact I love the 'all your history belongs to us' series on machinima.

Ereheru
Ereheru

Zak Penn was credited with the "story" of X2 and The Avengers, the movies he actually directed were Incident at Loch Ness and The Grand.

rasterror
rasterror

Another article about the Xbox One just to get the Sony fanboys to come rushing in and getting the site clicks because they have nothing else better to do

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I love that these fake ass Sony "gamers" come to a legitimate article about  how Microsoft is producing an Xbox exclusive documentary about ET, one of the biggest legends ever in gaming, and all they can do is say "Xbox blows, I've never played it but it blows."


If you were a real gamer you'd at least be slightly interested in the greatest failure in gaming history.


Pathetic.

csward
csward

 "Documentary series will investigate the events surrounding the 1983 burial of millions of copies of Atari's famously unsuccessful E.T. movie tie-in."


I'm sorry, but this topic has been done to death over the years and the documentary about excavating garbage sounds extremely boring. Just sayin'.


Hopefully, it will be good.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

although i plan on getting an x1 eventually, you can still add this as one of the "top 1 things that i could give a shit about"

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

I still have my copy of E.T. for the Atari 2600. Works perfectly, which means it perfectly sucks.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

You know the coolest part about the Bone. They said it takes 13 seconds to boot from standby. What they didn't mention is it takes over a minute to boot if it's not in standby. How is that an acceptable boot time at all? Even my crap gaming PC boots in 20 seconds.

humoungousmoth7
humoungousmoth7

Xbox is pretty cool.  I really enjoy mine but would like to have a PS4 also!

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

E.T is one of the worst games of all time and xboned720 is one of the worst game consoles of all time . great documentary/s

humoungousmoth7
humoungousmoth7

When is Sony going to start shipping units?  I missed the Walmart release on Sunday.  I wish they would stop farting around and ship them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

XBoned720 has inferior graphics VS PS4. But at least it has TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV

broly180
broly180

XBOX ONE STILL SUCK......

Restivus
Restivus

Also exclusive, you start play by saying: "Xbox phone home"

thefriendlydude
thefriendlydude

I feel sorry for PS4 fans not able to have their own documentaries like the xbox one users have. Xbox one is so much better than playstion 4!

pszone
pszone

Well ET was worst game all time  and Xbox1 not great console than xbox360 .

traitor_651
traitor_651

 Isn't Cinemassacre and the Angry Video Game Nerd already doing this?

ryanc22
ryanc22

Aww man if Sony was doing the exact same thing this would be the greatest show ever, but it's Microsoft, so no thanks. Fanboiz 4 life #yolo

awhite33
awhite33

Xbox ," You paused this show please give us $10 to continue your program. 

sofalover
sofalover

They should still use wood to make consoles with levers on.

shreddyz
shreddyz

Who let eddie near a keyboard again?

meatz666
meatz666

@rasterror  Another article about the Xbox One just to get the Xbox fanboys to come rushing in and getting the site clicks because they have to defend a piece of electronics like you defend your family 

Blazen702
Blazen702

Still boots faster then the PS

rasterror
rasterror

@Grenadeh My Xbox One does not take anywhere near a minute to start up. Nice try fanboy.

xhawk27
xhawk27

@Grenadeh 


Unless your PC has a SDD I doubt it can boot in 20 secs using Windows. 


evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

I own both 360 and original Xbox and I will never buy that garbage XBoned720. 100 bucks extra for kids toy kinect and half a powerful as PS4. all multiplayer games are superior on PlayStation 4 and i hate Microscam first party bro games .

rasterror
rasterror

@pszone Because a console not even 1 month old is supposed to be better than a console 8 years old. I love my Xbox One and feel MS went in the right direction and didn't limit its possibilities. To me it's truly a next gen console and not just a specs bump.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

@ryanc22If Sony were doing this show it would be filled with lame product placement reminiscant to the James Bond series.

rasterror
rasterror

@evil_snuggles Multiplayer is better on a PS4? Sure, and a BMW is faster than a McLaren around a race track. Why do idiots like you even bother? Nothing to play on the PS4? Why don't you play another round of Knack.

humoungousmoth7
humoungousmoth7

@evil_snuggles I own the Xbox 360 and bought an Xbox One.  I have 90 days to return it and had every intention on  doing so. I hooked it up and was waiting for the first little thing to go wrong or the first thing I didn't like.  I waited to pounce on it but as I got familiar with the apps, Kinect and games I really began to like it.  I really enjoy it and plan on keeping it but I love games and want the PS4 also.  To me the Xbox took steps in the right direction to make it a next generation console.  I love how I can play COD, Snap and watch the Monday night football game all in one.  It's really cool evil and I had every intention on jumping ship to the PS4.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Idiots pay a extra hundred dollars to jump around in front of a live cam with inferior hardware. Lol lol lol

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Yes I'm killer instinct Is 720p last gen like 80% of xBoned720. All but a couple of sports games and Racing game.