howard warshaw

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The man who made 'the worst video game in history' - BBC News
The video game of ET has been blamed for destroying the tech company, Atari. Here the programmer, Howard Scott Warshaw, gives his personal account of the fiasco.

“It was the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything in my life,” says Warshaw, who was the game’s sole programmer. “I started working at the office but after a while I realised there was a problem; I still have to go home to sleep and eat occasionally.

"So we had another development system installed in my house so that I would never be more than two minutes away from working on the code except when I was driving.

"There was a manager who was assigned to make sure I was eating so that I’d be able to keep going.

"When it came to the end of the process, my reaction was, ‘Wow, I did it!’”

On making E.T.