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E.T.’s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill

Turns out the legend was true.

From NPR:

For decades, it was mere legend: an “Atari Dump” rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on.

But now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of game cartridges has been declared a success. Helped by heavy machinery, a crew found some of the games today, in a dig that inspired the Twitter hashtag #DiggingET.

The Atari 2600 gear was found in a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., where the city council voted in 2013 to allow gaming media company Fuel Industries to search for unsold boxes of games and other items that were allegedly dumped there by 14 trucks in 1983.

Fuel is making a documentary about the search for E.T. It also organized a hunt for the game consoles at the landfill Saturday.

“We found something,” film director Zak Penn told an excited crowd at the dig site this afternoon. “We found an intact ET video game. The actual cartridge is still in there.”

That’s from video of the discovery that was posted to the IGN website. Those taking part in today’s search for say there are many more copies of the E.T. game in the area being excavated.

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