The legend is real: Hundreds of lost Atari game cartridges found in the dump
Hundreds of old Atari game cartridges have been found in a New Mexico landfill in the search for what some call the “worst video game ever made.”
A documentary film crew recovered “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” Atari game cartridges in a garbage dump deep in the desert near Albuquerque.
The “E.T.” game bombed during the 1982 holiday season.
Company executives expected to sell millions of the games but in fact, they sold just a fraction of that.
A lot of gamers suspected Atari dumped thousands of cartridges in the landfill, but didn’t have proof until this discovery.
A former Atari manager was invited to the dig site. He says in the 1983 the company asked him to find an inexpensive was to get rid of 728,000 cartridges that were stored in a warehouse in El Paso, Texas.
The discovery of the cartridges will be featured in a documentary about Atari.