Microsoft Invites Public to View Historic Atari Landfill Excavation

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.

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.

If you are a local in New Mexico, the Alamogordo Landfill Excavation Details:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Alamogordo Landfill

4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310

(Near First Street and White Sands Boulevard)
City of Alamogordo Website:  http://ci.alamogordo.nm.us/
Please let us know if you plan to attend in the comments below.

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Suril is a scientist, journalist and obsessive Microsoft observer. He holds an advanced degree in Biotechnology with minors in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. Send him tips on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/surilamin

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I really hope that they’ll dig up all the ”lost” consoles and E.T. Games. :-D I have always felt that this was a major waste of history, it was just so sad, I hope that Microsoft will donate them to video-gaming musea around the world.

  • torch4x4

    I’m at 40 min. from Alamogordo, NM. consider me there :)