Project To Find Atari’s Hidden ‘Treasure’ In New Mexico Landfill Put On Hold By Authorities

et2600Remember the news last year that a group of film makers were aiming to dig up a landfill site in New Mexico hoping to find the many Atari 2600 games rumoured to be buried there - ‘worst game ever made’ E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial amongst them?

Well it sadly looks as if the kibosh has been put on this dream to dig up the truly terrible treasure for the time being, with environmental regulators from the area blocking the proposed excavation earlier this week.

For those unaware with the truly amazing tale, Atari bet everything on E.T. on the Atari 2600 back in 1982 – but when a significant number of the 5 million copies produced were returned or unsold the company had to cut it's losses, and fast.

This meant that consoles, various equipment, and copies of both Pac-Man and E.T. were allegedly buried in an American landfill in Almogardo, New Mexico.

The aforementioned group of filmmakers’ plan was to confirm or disprove these fabled item’s existence, but New Mexico environment department spokesman Jim Winchester has said that an approved waste excavation plan (WEP) is needed before any dig can begin.

So the dream is on hold, for now at least. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this news though and let you know of developments if and when they occur!

Source: Alamogordonews


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+1 (Link to this comment) craig... 2014-03-22 00:36
I hope to doco plays out like an episode of the x-files.... Trust no one.
(Link to this comment) Turkish 2014-03-22 08:56
+1 (Link to this comment) rnrguitar222 2014-03-23 04:05
Hopefully they get do dig man, i always wanted to know if they were there or not.
(Link to this comment) Aegelis 2014-03-24 17:45
Boo hiss EPA! It would SAVE the environment to pull up all that plastic; I really don't know what my country is thinking some days. I'd like to see those cartridges to be worth even less than the $3 found in stores by flooding the market :lol: .

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