You may recall our reporting on the Atari documentary which is being exclusively produced by Microsoft for the Xbox. The documentary team ran afoul of the New Mexico state government which put the planned excavation on hold. But these issues how now been cleared up and the public is invited to see the dig.
Major Nelson has announced that Microsoft will be giving away t-shirts to the first 250 people and canteens to the first 75 people at the dig site. There will also be a chance to win a free Xbox One:
What’s going on: Prep for the big dig by playing classic Atari games, courtesy of Gamers Anonymous. Enjoy complementary food and soft drinks, and we’ll be raffling off prizes, including Xbox One games and an Xbox One system.
Where: Gamestop 516 1st St, Alamogordo, NM 88310 (map)
When: Friday, April 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Please note, the event is free and open to the public.
Then on Saturday morning, the main event gets underway. Make sure you’re there by 8:30am for check in as we kick off the dig with director Zak Penn at 930am.
An Xbox original documentary series is telling the story behind Atari’s alleged burial of millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in a small town in New Mexico three decades ago. An excavation to find those games will be carried out April 26, and if you’re there for it, you may be interviewed for the film.
Spectators are invited to watch the unearthing to see whether the burial is urban legend or fact. The story goes that in 1983, Atari, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the game, buried those cartridges in the Alamogordo Landfill in the middle of the night.
Xbox Entertainment Studios is producing the documentary series with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”) through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox.
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Source: Major Nelson