Somebody’s digging up those E.T carts

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One of videogaming’s most enduring myths is the story of the hole in New Mexico that Atari supposedly filled up with millions of unsold copies of the Atari 2600 flop, E.T. some are convinced that it really happened, with others saying it’s little more than urban legend. Soon, we’ll be able to find out if it’s true or not.

It’s now thirty years since that infamous video game crash – and a documentary has received approval to dig up the reported burial site in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Sometime within the next six months, they’ll be digging the place up – and we’ll finally get to see what Atari buried out there. While tons of copies of the unsellable E.T are a likely candidate, it’s reported to also contain a number of copies of Pac-Man, as well as hardware – including Atari’s unreleased Mindlink; a controller that would have you playing games using your mind. (Ok, it was really just small muscle movements in your head)

For it’s part, Atari has always denied that anything was buried in New Mexico. I guess we’ll found out.

Last Updated: June 3, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Purple_Dragon

    That will be brilliant if they do find games there. It’s such a big legend with the “older” gamers.

  • Admiral Chief Commander

    This article, while interesting and makes me very curious as to what they will find, does not even compare to the awesomeness that is this pictawr:

    • HvR

      To early for the Local ION girl of the week

    • Admiral Chief Commander


      And I patent this sucka!!!

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew


      • Hammersteyn

        Wish I could dance half as good as John Travolta.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Darryn Travolta*
          Fixed that for you

          • Hammersteyn


      • Rinceandspit…


      • Trevor Davies

        Why do I foresee a Manly Monday ION featuring SuperErwinnnnnnn

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Awesome! I love documentaries! This would be very cool to see 🙂

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    The game responsible for the first Video game crash….in a few years we will be digging up copies of CoD

  • Rinceandspit…

    Engage foil hat!

  • Hammersteyn

    Where did they bury the Atari Jaguar?

  • fred

    Does anybody have a working Atari to test once they dig up a cart or 2 ???

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