New Mexico landfill site is excavated for Atari materials
26th April 2014
After the videogame crash of 1983, Atari was left with a huge amount of unsold stock as consumers lost confidence in gaming. E.T. being known as a particularly bad game took a lot of the blame for this. This stock was dumped in a landfill site near Alamogordo, New Mexico, in September of that year.
The excavation took place as part of the production of a documentary. Out of the suspected over 700,000 game cartridges buried, only just over 1000 were recovered, due to them being buried deeper than first thought. There were game cartridges other than E.T., as well as peripherals and other items. You can see our E.T. cartridge on display in the museum, along with some sand from the site!
More information: E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (Alamogordo Atari Dig)
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