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Plans to dig up desert in search of millions of copies of E.T. for Atari gets final approval

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Apr 2014 19:13 User comments (4)

Plans to dig up desert in search of millions of copies of E.T. for Atari gets final approval Last year, we reported that a documentary crew had received preliminary approval to dig up a site in New Mexico where Atari allegedly buried millions of unsold Atari 2600 consoles and games.
The urban legend of the desert site has been around for at least two decades, and gamers (and former gamers) have been following the story, us included.

As of this week, the New Mexico Environmental Department has given final approval, pending some stipulations. Fuel Entertainment (the documentary crew), Xbox Entertainment Studios and LightBox Entertainment will be allowed to dig up the site, but must notify the NMED "five working days before any excavation begins and the companies who haul the waste must register as certified or commercial haulers of waste with the NMED before they can remove any waste from the site."

The alleged games and consoles, which supposedly include millions of copies of the awful E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, were buried in September 1983. That year, the video game industry saw a large downtrend due to greater market factors, leaving Atari with millions of unsold and sealed consoles and games, including over 3 million copies of E.T. The company then, according to the myth, dumped the unsold merchandise in the Alamogordo landfill which was later covered by concrete.

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4 user comments

111.4.2014 13:13

this is utterly insane

212.4.2014 0:13

They should get Geraldo to host the docu.

Here's a video link for the kids that don't get the reference:

312.4.2014 12:10

I still remember when Geraldo got his nose broke by some skinheads on national TV. That was epic before epic was cool.

412.4.2014 13:00

Yeah...Geraldo should do it for sure; the only thing more disappointing than finding nothing would be finding 10,000 copies of E.T.

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