New Mexico Clears Way For Atari Games Dig

Apr 3, 2014

A planned dig into a New Mexico landfill for a rumored cache of what some have deemed the worst Atari video game of all time is one step closer to happening.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports state environmental regulators have approved the excavation of an Alamogordo landfill that reportedly was the dumping ground for "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in the 1980s.

New Mexico Environmental Department officials say the three companies organizing the dig must notify them five business days before any work begins.

Officials also say companies who plan on removing anything from the site must register as certified or commercial haulers of waste with the state.

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

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