Date Set For Atari 'E.T.' Games Dig

Apr 11, 2014


A search in a New Mexico landfill for a rumored stash of what some call the worst video game ever made by Atari is set to get underway this month.

Microsoft-owned Xbox has announced that a dig of the Alamogordo landfill, where Atari reportedly discarded millions of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in 1983, is scheduled for April 26.

Xbox officials say the excavation will be open for public viewing.

Xbox and two other entertainment companies are making a documentary about the project.

City officials tell the Alamogordo Daily News that the city has rights to any discovered games.

"E.T." the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, was a commercial dud said to have contributed to Atari's decline.

Information from: Alamogordo Daily News. 

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