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Digging Up Part of Atari’s Past

Companies love to make money. Sometimes the desire to make money outweighs good sense, and that’s supposedly what happen when Atari did the mother of all rush jobs, putting out “ET: The Extra Terrestrial” in an effort to capitalize on the wild success of the beloved Steven Spielberg film. This is where we get to the stuff video game legends are made of. Apparently the game was so bad, and sold so poorly that Atari supposedly took millions of copies and dumped them in a landfill southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


Now, more than three decades after the games release and supposed burial, video game historians are digging up the site and filming it for a documentary being made exclusively for Xbox Originals programming. As it turns out, the legend was true! Hundreds of copies of the game have been unearthed, though for now it is unclear how many copies were discarded.


The game itself retailed for $29.99 at it’s launch, and can now be found on eBay for around $5.00. The actual value of these cartridges is more historical in nature, especially since most of them are broken. The history of the video game industry is one that many are interested in, including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The duo who brought us This Is The End in 2013 is currently working on a new film titled Console Wars that will chronicle the war between Nintendo and Sega in the 90’s.

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Justin North
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