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Doc Crew Will Explore Legendary Atari Dump

on Monday, Jun. 3rd

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It is one of the great–and quite possibly true!–urban legends of video games: the Atari E.T. graveyard.

As the story goes, millions of copies of the exceptionally bad video game adaptation of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial were buried in a New Mexico landfill as part of the video game crash of the 1983.

Now a documentary film crew will excavate the game graveyard.

While at least one Atari employee has cast doubts on the plausibility of the story, the burial was reported in contemporaneous reports in the Alamogordo Daily News and The New York Times. The former paper got confirmation from the garbage disposal company that was used, and the latter got confirmation from an Atari spokesperson. So it's pretty unlikely the production company is walking into an Al Capone's vault-type situation.

As the legend goes, those cartridges of E.T. nearly annihilated the video game industry. What we know for a fact is that the game set the precedent for a long tradition of movie adaptation games really, really sucking.

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