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The Legends Were True: Copies of Atari’s E.T. Unearthed in New Mexico

Posted on 26 April, 2014  in Atari 2600

Photo of a dig team member with a copy of Atari's

Put it back! PUT IT BACK (Credit: IGN)


Well, if that don’t beat all. IGN is reporting the long-awaited dig in the New Mexico desert proves Atari really did bury tens of thousands of unsold copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the game that is often cited as the commercial flop leading to the Video Game Crash of 1983 – 1984 and the end of American dominance of the industry for decades after.


Xbox owners were able to watch a live stream of the event today; a documentary film is forthcoming. No word on what, if any, impact this will have on the upcoming Angry Video Game Nerd movie very loosely based on these events.


I was mildly surprised this dig turned up anything at all, but the burial of unsold video games that led to a corporate bankruptcy was certainly plausible. Now we know!


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