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article imageAtari landfill to be dug up in search for smashed ET games

By Oliver VanDervoort     Jun 5, 2013 in Technology
An Atari landfill that is supposed to house dozens of one of the worst video games ever made is going to be excavated in the near future.
A Canadian documentary film crew, Fuel Industries, received approval yesterday to go looking for what is supposed to be at least nine semi-trucks worth of discovered and destroyed copies of the 1982 title E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.
The dumping ground is supposedly located in Alamogordo, New Mexico and the Atari 2600 copies of the game as well as several actual consoles are supposedly buried underground. Over the last 30 years those discarded copies of a game that some claim almost brought the gaming industry to its knees have become near-legendary.
The Atari landfill has added to that legend because no one is quite sure where the video game graveyard is specifically located in the Alamogordo dump. Because of this, Fuel Industries is going to have to do a little more digging than some might expect in order to find the crushed relics of the past.
Adding to the story is that no one seems to know exactly why the film company wants to find the games. Certainly the story of the company burying so many copies that it could not sell raises eyebrows. The city of Alamogordo certainly hopes that the documentary is able to shed some light on the town.
The film company will have access to the Atari landfill for the next six months. That period of time will cover the 30th anniversary of the burial.
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