Permission Officially Granted To Excavate E.T. Atari Cartridges

by Kyle Hilliard on Apr 05, 2014 at 11:16 AM

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 publishing our original story, Xbox Entertainment Studios has joined the group of excavators. A letter received from the NMED Environmental Protection Division Solid Waste Bureau granted permission towards the dig as long as it is notified five days prior to the dig, and the company relocating the waste is a certified commercial hauler. The initial application for the dig was deemed to vague.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Alamogordo News that it was, "finalizing plans as we speak."

[Source: Alamogordo News, via ArsTechnica]


Our Take
I'm very curious to see what they uncover. I'm still not convinced this cache of cartridges is a real thing, but I really hope it is. I also hope if they do find them, it doesn't just look like a disgusting pile of garbage.