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#1 +timster

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 19:49

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One of the most infamous urban legends in video games has turned out to be true.

 

Digging in Alamogordo, New Mexico today, excavators discovered cartridges for the critically-panned Atari game E.T., buried in a landfill way back in 1983 after Atari couldn't figure out what else to do with their unsold copies. For decades, legend had it that Atari put millions of E.T. cartridges in the ground, though some skeptics have wondered whether such an extraordinary event actually happened.

 

Last year, Alamogordo officials finally approved an excavation of the infamous landfill, and plans kicked into motion two weeks ago, with Microsoft partnering up with a documentary team to dig into the dirt—and film the results.

 

Today, it's official. They've found E.T.'s home.

 

Top image via Microsoft's Major Nelson.

 

 

More photos via Wired's Chris Kohler:

 

 

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source: http://kotaku.com/e-...fill-1568100161




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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:05

i bet it still works too :laugh:



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:11

How many were found?

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:15

They could sell these on eBay now and make more money than they were originally worth.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:15

And here I thought it was just an urban legend. Hopefully this time around they get recycled a bit more responsibly.

i bet it still works too :laugh:

Heh probably, just blow the thing out and it's as good as new. Sometimes miss ye olde cartridge days.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:27

That is totally awesome that they found them! Quickly, to the Smithonian!



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:48

Will this work on my Atari 800 ? :shifty:

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:49

I find it amazing they knew exactly where to dig... someone must of known the exact location to get it so fast.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:53

I find it amazing they knew exactly where to dig... someone must of known the exact location to get it so fast.

 

Or there are thousands of them, and I do believe someone knew the approx area where they were buried.



#10 Brian M.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 20:54

I have one of these carts upstairs - it's one of those games that's so bad it's actually good!

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 21:00

completely awesome



#12 HawkMan

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 21:09

I find it amazing they knew exactly where to dig... someone must of known the exact location to get it so fast.

 

the location wasn't a secret. 



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 22:06

Thankfully they didn't rely on the cloud back then, otherwise the gameplay would now be ruined, and the graphics would be crap.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 22:17

the location wasn't a secret. 

The general location wasn't a secret, but to be able to find it that fast is amazing. And this happened a good bit of time ago now, peoples memory can fade even when there are a bunch of people in the know.

 

Part of the legend was that they buried them in concrete... that part apparently isn't true?



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 22:22

They have no idea what they've done.

 

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