Atari Documentary Dig Put On Hold by the State Government

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In December of 2013 we reported on Microsoft’s plans for an exclusive documentary for Xbox Live users. The documentary will investigate the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983 that the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”  Millions of unsold game cartridges were buried in the middle of the night in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Two companies, Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive plan on digging up portions of an old Alamogordo landfill located near First Street and White Sands Boulevard to search for Atari “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” game cartridges purportedly buried there in the 1980s.

The documentary is currently in production but has run afoul of typical government bureaucracy.  The New Mexico Environment Depart has halted a planned excavation of an old city landfill so two companies can look for old video game cartridges.

“No one is allowed to dig until the WEP is approved by the [Solid Waste and Ground Water Bureau],” Jim Winchester, a spokesman for the New Mexico Environment Department said. “A WEP must be approved in advance of any excavation and that includes even the city of Alamogordo.”

“We received the WEP on Feb. 13, and Solid Waste and Ground Water Bureau staff completed a review and a letter with our joint findings was sent on Feb. 27,” he said. “This letter noted many items that needed to addressed, included or clarified before the Bureau could approve the plan.”

This may delay the release of the documentary.

Source: Alamogordo Daily News

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