Legendary Atari Landfill Excavation Uncovers Carts & Hardware

Atari-Landfill-ExcavationAfter flooding the market with low quality products and contributing to the American 'Video Game Crash', Atari had a large bulk of unwanted stock they needed to get rid of. Rumour has it that they dumped millions of items into a New Mexico Desert landfill site, a location whereby a team of documentary diggers have begun an excavation.

Despite only starting their dig recently, it would appear that the team behind this excavation have already uncovered the treasure they were looking for. Photographs were soon posted online showcasing film director Zak Penn proudly holding one of the infamous E.T. cartridges, along with other images displaying the other contents of the landfill such as shipping boxes, copies of Centipede, Missile Command, and even part of an Atari Joystick.

While proof seems to have surfaced that this really was no urban legend, some Atari fans online have become rather sceptical about the entire project, especially since Microsoft got involved. According to Chris Kohler on Twitter, some have even suggested that the entire dig was faked.

Believer or not, the upcoming documentary on this Atari landfill dig is no doubt going to turn a lot of heads. Both those looking for a fantastic insight and discovery into our gaming past, along with sceptics hoping to spot some inaccuracies on tape.

Source: The Guardian

Last Updated ( 27 April 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) flaminsham 2014-04-27 19:58
Great to hear the legend to be true but I think millions let alone thousands is a bit of over exaggeration. Yet to see pictures of more than 4 or 5 carts..... :eek:
(Link to this comment) suzzopher 2014-04-28 10:42
This sounds like a huge hoax, if you read http://www.amazon.com/Atari-Inc-Mr-Curt-Vendel/dp/0985597402/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370634730&sr=8-1&keywords=atari+inc+business+is+fun the carts were crushed and covered in concrete, not just E.T but lots of Atari cartridges. I can't believe so many people have fallen for this :(
(Link to this comment) Mayhem 2014-04-28 11:52
They weren't digging in the concreted area. Originally Atari dumped items at the site in one area, and it got picked over by people breaking into the dump site. In response, Atari ended up digging a bigger hole in another area of the site, put the rest of the dump items there and then concreted it. Only about 10% of the dumped items were unconcreted by my reckoning. So there's still a lot of pieces they never touched. According to one ex-Atari plant manager, it was around 700k items in total.
(Link to this comment) T Moleman 2014-04-28 15:45
This is just a bullshit Microsoft publicity stunt.... yeah there's some ET cartridges but they're far outweighed by other games...

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