Success, Buried Atari “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” Cartridges Unearthed At New Mexico Landfill

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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 was carried out April 26. Spectators were 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.

In the process, workers unearthed Atari game cartridges as expected.

Today’s excavators went to Alamogordo hoping to provide closure to this legend, perhaps make history and get some awesome documentary footage for the upcoming original film by Xbox, “Atari: Game Over” (working title).

And, lo and behold, they hit paydirt. The findings started out very promising, with an old, dusty Atari 2600 joystick buried in the landfill. Then an “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” cartridge. A box. An instruction manual. And the confirmation of “a lot more down there.” How many more, we don’t know just yet — but at this point, we can safely report that those long-buried cartridges are actually, 100 percent there. Crazy, isn’t it!? And it sounds like some other games are down there, too: Centipede, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and possibly more. “Lots of boxes” is what we’re hearing.

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  • Danny Dodge

    Mental lol

  • ZappyKins

    It’s so bizarre! And what do you do with them now?

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Maybe donate them to a museum, sell them on eBay as collectibles, or keep ’em yourself, there is so much you can do with that, it’s a piece of American history and culture… garbage (like anything else that falls into that category), but it’s still an object of desire.

    • hysonmb

      take a few for history, leave the rest. They’re there for a good reason 😀

    • Tom

      Recycle all the metals, semiconductors & plastics, one would hope. Regulations these days don’t let you just dump electronic parts the way they did when these were originally buried. Heavy metals in the ground, other than in their original ores, are generally not a good thing.

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    I really hope that they’ll donate those things to global gaming musea, this is one of the largest corporate blunders in history, and the largest in U.S. American, Canadian, and Mexican video-gaming history so there truly is a lot that they can do with them. :-)

    • ZappyKins

      Next someone should did up some New Coke!

  • NGM123

    Ummmmmmm, why???

    • alukard

      For fun!

      • NGM123

        Oh, right, this is fun, OK than.

  • ZloiYuri

    Good example how crap turned into treasure

    • lolmonster

      Maybe if they bury Windows Phones, they too will be worth something in 30 years lololo

      • Guest

        I have to give you credit, that was funny 8-D

      • ZloiYuri

        Hehe, sure. But following that logic – the crapier things will bury – the treasurier they became – if to bury your innocent and so young corpse – after 30 years states will fight in global wars for such precious.

        • ZappyKins

          Zap and Burn! LOL, I would want you on my team if there was a burn competition.

          • ZloiYuri

            I’m thinking slow. So your team will laugh about yesterday mentions. 😛

          • ZioZLoi

            You are a dumb russian I think ??? you are more stupid than windows phone !!!

          • ZloiYuri

            Wow, some imperialistic ho here! Even mimicked to somebody smarter than you 😀 You know, racist ho, I’m pretty sure – you are fat and stupid and you weak aggression will kill you one day. Just because you got nothing except that one. And it rusting. Bye, corpse)

          • Dave

            Learn to speak English or go away you idiot…………..