World's Rarest Video Game Selling on EBay for $90,000
A seller by the name of gamewizard69 is selling what he calls the world's rarest video game. Here is the description from his listing:
This is the one and only opportunity to get your hands on one of the rarest video games of all time. This is a one of a kind 100% original and authentic Atari 2600 video game called Extra Terrestrials. This is the first time that this game has ever been listed publicly for sale to the world and I am currently the only confirmed private owner of this game right now. The only other discovered copies are held in a museum. One unique fact about this game is that it was first discovered in 2011, but considering its production date in 1984 it has avoided discovery for so long due to its rarity naming it the "long lost video game". The original creator himself, Herman Quast, claimed that the production was extremely limited and only about a hundred or so copies were ever printed.
The game was made in 1984 by a company in Burlington Ontario called "Skill Screen Games". Three family members (Tom Banting, Peter Banting, Maitland Banting) along with programmer (Herman Quast) patented and invested their time and money in the game. Tom Banting owned a media company, Peter Banting was a marketing adviser and Herman was a computer programmer. They all contributed their expertise in order to develop an Atari 2600 game based on the popular E.T. movie by Steven Spielberg.
The team was in the development of finalizing the game targeting the Christmas market of 1983, however, production was delayed due to technical issues and the team lost the opportunity to make sales for Christmas. After finally finishing the game in 1984, the video game crash hit in which consumers weren't interested in home gaming systems since they had expensive price tags and didn't resemble the arcade experience. During this period, video games plummeted in price and big-name distributors were liquidating games by the hundreds just to get rid of inventory. With this bad timing, Herman and his team believed that there was no point in continuing production, consequently, they immediately stopped development in order to prevent further financial loss. By this time the team had already invested around $15,000 of their money and countless hours producing the game. In order to reduce their losses, they decided not to invest more money into marketing the game or supplying it to big-name distributors as they originally intended. Rather, they distributed the game manually door to door near their area to sell whatever copies they could to recoup costs and expenses. This information was provided by the original producer Herman Quast himself who stated in an interview that this was a very bitter time in his life that he wants to forget.
Another unique aspect of this game as Syd Bolton (owner of PC Museum) stated is that it is the only commercially produced Canadian Atari 2600 game. It is an officially patented and approved Atari 2600 VCS and not a homebrew or reproduction of any kind. With it's historical and cultural significance, the method of distribution, unique cartridge size, low print run, it is regarded by many including "Racketboy's Rarest and Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games" as one of the rarest video games of all time. Today only 4 copies of this game are in existence and this copy is the only one in private hands. Furthermore, this game was inspired by the "worst video game ever made" the infamous E.T. for the Atari 2600, adding to its historical value.
I purchased this game from a seller who found this game in the Brantford area close to the site of production. I paid a premium price for it myself and it is very difficult for me to make this choice but I thought I would open the opportunity to the world to get their hands on a truly unique piece of gaming history. Bolton regarded this discovery similar to that of finding an ancient artifact.
The game is labeled as "Acceptable". However, in my opinion, I believe that it is in good shape with minimal wear and use due to old age; but this may be debated based on different opinions, see all pictures and make a judgment for yourself. The label was professionally removed in order to verify contents (board) inside and to authenticate it. The game is 100% original and the real deal. The label can be easily reattached at your own expense.
The game does come protected and ready for display in a professional custom made VGA brand acrylic case ensuring it looks great in your game collection.
If you have the cash to purchase this one of a kind video game, the seller is accepting offers. You can see it by clicking here. We don't get a commission, but if you buy it at least do us a solid and lets us play it just once.