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  • Blog Post: Unearthed E.T. Cartridges To Be Auctioned Off

    The lost E.T. cartridges that were located and excavated as part of a documentary film will be auctioned off by the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico. The cartridges, which were buried in the desert outside of Alamogordo following the failure of the game and 1983 meltdown of the game industry, had been... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The Trailer For The E.T. Excavation Documentary

    The once buried copies of Atari's E.T. have been dug up and dusted off. Now all that's left to do is make a documentary about them. Oh, that's done now too. Watch the trailer, which examines how Atari went from be biggest new company in America and the leader of the video game industry to... More
  • Blog Post: More Photos Emerge From E.T. Atari Excavation

    Yesterday's planned excavation of E.T. Atari cartridges was successful, and Microsoft has sent over some photos from the event. The dig was helmed by Lightbox Interactive, the developer behind Starhawk on PlayStaiton 3, and Fuel Industries, a marketing agency. Microsoft Entertainment was also involved... More
  • Blog Post: E.T. Atari Cartridge Landfill Excavation Uncovers Fabled Cache

    The project to excavate E.T. Atari cartridges from a landfill in New Mexico has proven fruitful, effectively proving the urban myth to be true. Back in March , Lightbox Interactive and Fuel Industries announced intentions to uncover the fabled cache of Atari E.T. cartridges from a New Mexico landfill... More
  • Blog Post: Science Fiction Author Ernest Cline Making His Way To The Atari Landfill

    Many will be making the pilgrimage to Alamogordo, New Mexico on April 26 to be a part of a film documenting the unearthing of one of gaming's greatest legends. Rumor has it that the fabled "Atari landfill" contains thousands of unsold copies of the E.T. Atari 2600 video game. Among the... More
  • Blog Post: Permission Officially Granted To Excavate E.T. Atari Cartridges

    Late last month, Lightbox Interactive and Fuel Industries announced intentions to uncover the fabled cache of Atari E.T. cartridges from a New Mexico landfill . Their original attempts were initially thwarted, but they still planned to move forward, and now have official permission to proceed. Since... More
  • Blog Post: Efforts To Unearth Rumored Atari E.T. Landfill Move Forward

    Two companies, a video game developer and a marketing firm, are working together in an attempt to unearth the fabled cache of E.T. Atari cartridges that are supposedly buried in a New Mexico landfill. As the story goes, Atari's video game adaptation of E.T. was such a financial failure that the company... More
  • Blog Post: Video Game Documentary Series Coming Exclusively To Xbox

    Microsoft has announced today the first Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) project, which will begin filming in January. The documentary series will kick off with an investigation of the 1983 Atari E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial burial in New Mexico. This is a new partnership that builds on an arrangement... More
  • Blog Post: Conan O'Brien Looks Back At The Atari 2600

    Conan O'Brien's always funny Clueless Gamer series typically looks at the most popular modern games, but for his most recent episode, he looks to the past. Conan tries a handful of Atari games including Missile Command and Pitfall, a game we just wrote a large retrospective on . A fan vote also... More
  • Blog Post: Atari's Long-Buried E.T. Stash Could Be Uncovered

    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... More
  • Blog Post: Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Pretends To Dig In The Desert For E.T. Cartridges

    As the story goes, E.T. for the Atari was such a huge failure, that all unsold and returned cartridges were buried in the desert. In this photo op, Atari's founder Nolan Bushnell pretends to search for the abandoned cartridges in the desert. The photo showed up on Video Game Live's Facebook page... More
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