What Happens Next To The Exhumed E.T. Atari Cartridges?
A representative from Microsoft has offered some insight regarding the future of the recently uncovered cache of Atari cartridges, but it's mostly still up in the air.
As the cartridges were found in a Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill, the cartridges legally belong to the city and it's up to it to ultimately decide what is to be done with them. The Lightbox team (who helped to begin the search) is taking some of them at the permission of the city, and many others will likely be given to museums. At the moment, those are the only details available.
I am glad some of the trashed cartridges are going to museums, but I hope there is a enough newly recovered inventory where some of the cartridges can be sold to consumers. I wouldn't mind having one of those cartridges mounted on my wall to confuse my relatives who come to visit. When they ask why I have trash nailed to my wall, I will direct them to this story.