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Old June 10 2013, 02:39 AM   #1
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The legendary "E.T. landfill" to be dug up for documentary

I figured this would be better suited for TV/Media rather than Gaming.

Remember E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600? For those unfamiliar with it, it was a god-awful game (which I've actually had the displeasure of "playing") that's considered to be both one of the worst games of all time and one of the biggest flops in video game history. Legend says that millions of unsold copies were buried in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Now, thanks a Canadian company called Fuel Industries, we will soon find out how much truth there is to the story...

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) - 1982 brought a video game so bad it's credited with nearly taking down the entire industry.

The Atari 2600 version of the hit movie E.T. was so unplayable, millions of copies went unsold with millions more returned.

Legend has it Atari needed to dump the extra merchandise and extra consoles as the industry crashed in 1983.

So they made a deal to dump at least nine semi trucks full of that merchandise from its El Paso plant in an Alamogordo landfill in late September 1983. The games were crushed and buried under concrete.

The Alamogordo Daily News ran a number of stories on the Atari dump, but what was exactly buried there wasn't confirmed.

Joe Lewandowski, who ran a garbage company at the time, claims he knows where the dump site is in the 100-acre landfill and that he spotted what was in the truck.
"It was the game systems, actually the game systems themselves it was actual cartridges and games, ET and so on," Lewandowski said.

Nobody's ever made a serious attempt at digging up the burial site.

Until now.

On Tuesday, Alamogordo's City Commission approved a deal with Canada-based film production and entertainment company Fuel Industries to excavate the Atari dump site and create a documentary surrounding the Alamogordo landfill legend.

It should be noted though that it isn't just ET cartridges that are said to have to buried there, but also actual Atari consoles, as well as other games such as the 2600 Pac-Man port. So the documentary will probably not focus solely on the ET legend, but rather the burial in general.
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