Rest in peace Atari. The positive thing is this iminent and much awaited death, might release the D&D licence they have, which no one is too happy to see captive of the bunch of morons that lead Atari into the wall.
As others have said, loads of clueless managers and noone able to compile hello_world.c ...
I didn't know about the ET story from the link below:
Interesting, and how does it compare with some recent disappointments. NeverWinter Nights 2, for example, crippled with performance problems and neverending bugs for one year now, because rushed for christmas 2006.
Last time I checked the NWN2 forums (more in flames, by the way, than any plane in hell), there was a thread started by a dev of the title "What's the most buggy character class". Erm.
And of course, to be sure to upset people, it's been found out the performance problems were largely due to ... Securom, the famous and extremely moronic DRM, for which only the editor (Atari) can be accountable, not the developper.
See how they managed to have a one year running (and over 1600 posts) in a petition thread here, where many people claim to boycott the mark:
PS: PH icon also for me, to illustrate the amount of stupidity of Atari mgrs.