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One of the best and oddest stories to come out of the pre-video game crash era is the tale of Atari's E.T. The title was notoriously bad, and Atari decided to bury approximately five million units in the New Mexico desert.
The story, which many believe to be urban legend, is true. According to the New York Times of September 28, 1983, 14 truckloads of cartridges and consoles were dumped in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. Now, someone wants to dig them up (after Atari founder Nolan Bushnell pretended to do just that last month).
Fuel Industries, a marketing company from Alberta, Canada, has struck a deal with the town of Alamogordo. The firm will be filming the excavation for a documentary. The arrangement will give Fuse half a year to complete the project, which includes the 30th anniversary of the dump.
The big question isn't what they'll find, but if all those THQ uDraw units will be lonely if E.T. leaves. That is an urban legend.
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they can dig up all the lost Atari E.T cartridges and replace them with the Documentary about the lost Atari E.T cartridges.
Yeah.....that game can stay buried in new mexico and my distant memories from my childhood.
That'd be an interesting find. If I had the cash and time, it was an expedition I would have loved to make.
Just for fun.
I already have two copies of that game, I don't necessarily need more.
They poured concrete over it? Man, they didn't want that to ever be found again.
On a side note, reading the article from NY times makes it sound like everyone was anticipating the end of the video game era back then. How cute.
I still have that game, but not the cartridge box it came in.
If they do dig these up, you guys have to at least replay it, if not super replay.