Filmakers Project To Literally Dig Up Atari’s E.T. Past Back On Track

ETwBackdropDespondent about the news last month that an attempt to dig up the rumoured hidden Atari ‘treasure’ for a documentary was put on hold by authorities? Well fear not - the excavation will now happen in two weeks time.

The aforementioned treasure is part of a long-term gaming urban legend, which allegedly saw Atari bury a significant number of games and accessories it had foolishly overproduced for its home consoles. And yes, one of those titles was oft quoted ‘worst game ever made’ E.T: The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600.

You might be surprised to learn that it is Microsoft who has helped revive this digging up of the American landfill in Almogardo, New Mexico too.

The computer software and hardware giant revealed through Xbox Wire that it has teamed with the Fuel Entertainment (the group of film makers behind the documentary) to make this exhumation of gaming history a public event.

History will be made – one way or another – on the 26th of April, and if you live in the vicinity of Almogardo I’d definitely check it out. You can find the address and times the event is open here*.


Simon Reed

An avid collector of retro handhelds since getting a Game Boy Pocket back in the 90s, perhaps his most embarrassing gaming moment was when he got involved in an eBay bidding war...for a Tiger game. Also has a interest in sports and likes to write features connecting them with games whenever possible.

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(Link to this comment) Aegelis 2014-04-13 01:42
Watch them dig up the alien from Roswell, toss it aside and ask, "But where are the GAMES?!!"

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