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article imageCrazy bad Atari games dug up from landfill fetch $37,000 on eBay

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 16, 2014 in Odd News
A cache of old Atari video games, pioneering videos games known to be bad, have been selling like hot cakes on eBay. The games were dug up from a landfill last Spring after word of their being buried there over 30 years ago somehow got around.
Atari games dug up from landfill
To date $37,000 worth of the old games and consoles have been sold. The landfill is in the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, so the games are now owned by them, and it is the city that is selling them off. The dig cost some $50,000 and was financed by LightBox Entertainment along with Fuel Entertainment for a documentary to be released next Thursday.
Consoles and over 1,300 games were dug up, all buried likely sometime in 1982 after the Atari company realized their product wasn't going to sell. The Atari games are famously known to be one of the worst, if not the worst, video game ever mass-produced.
There are still games and consoles left that will be auctioned off. The highest selling game to date is a game cartridge still in its original box of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial." Someone in Canada paid $1,537 for the privilege of owning it.
Consultant to the film companies on the dig, Joe Lewandowski, is rather stoked about the interest in them on eBay. "It's really gratifying to see that happening because again to everybody it was a bunch of garbage in the landfill," he said.
The had buyers from many countries, including Germany, Sweden and Italy, and there has already been an exhibit on the dig in Rome. It even included dirt from the landfill in which the games lay, unwanted, for over 30 years.
People still buying Atari Games
He said people thought they were "kind of nutty to go dig it up" but he had faith the project would be worth it, and judging from the response it was. "I keep getting messages from people around the world asking me if there's any more left, it's crazy," Lewandowski said. "The people that lost the bids are demanding more but I keep telling them they have to keep checking."
The Atari company has gone through many changes, owners, and collectives since the early-80s and is no longer in the game industry.
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