I owned E.T. for the Atari 2600. Like many kids at the time, I was suckered into that little son of a bitches web of lies and begged my parents to waste perfectly good money on one of the worst games conceived by man. Don’t ask me how I did it but I did manage to beat the game.

Beating a game back in the day usually meant a hearty pixelated “Congratulations” or “Good Job, Sport!” awaited you only to have the fleeting moment pass as the title screen reloaded to remind you that these games never end.


Raiders of the Lost Ark is another Atari 2600 game that haunts me to this day.


Commenters: Which games linger in your mind as something so horrible, the idea of returning to it (or being forced to in some Saw-like scenario) keeps you awake at night?