Microsoft's Atari "E.T." game cartridge excavation to be open to the public

Microsoft's plan to film the excavation of a New Mexico landfill that is supposed to be filled with millions of unsold Atari 2600 "E.T." game cartridges is now set for April 26th, and the company announced today that those efforts will be free to attend by the public.

The Xbox Wire site says that the event will be held at the Alamogordo Landfill, located at 4276 Highway 54 S in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The excavation and filming for a documentary that will be shown on Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles will happen at that location on April 26th from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm.

The event is the central part of the documentary, which will detail what happened with the 1982 game based on the hit film; Atari ended up with millions of unsold copies of "E.T" and proceeded to bury those cartridges in that landfill.

The documentary is being directed by Zak Penn, best known as a screenwriter for movies like X2: XMen United and Marvel's The Avengers. In addition to Penn, "E.T's" original game designer, Howard Scott Warshaw, will appear at the April 26th excavation; Microsoft said that some members of the public who show up might even be interviewed on camera as part of the documentary.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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I hope everyone realizes that supposedly the carts were covered in concrete when dumped. Better have a jackhammer ready, and don't expect anything to be usable/playable.

Edited by PeterTHX, Apr 11 2014, 2:23pm :

They were supposedly crushed too before covered in concrete and berried. The point is not to find more et games to play but to finally solve this long awaited mystery. Anyone can get the et game for like $5 these days. But the game is often referred to as the worst game ever made.

Believe it or not my family had 2 copies of ET.

My sister & I got it for Christmas of 1982 from my mom (along with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK). The next year my dad gave us his system and all his games (he pretty much bought everything put out by Atari), so that's why we had more than one copy of that terrible game.

Ha! that's funny. at least it wasn't the only game you had and you had no other games to play. you probably had pitfall and other good games to play.

that game was buried for a good enough reason and they want to unbury it?

hope that the curses of this game won't fall into those that unbury it, but i could be wrong...

because they can make money doing it...... It might be more entertaining if the et games don't turn up. I would momentarily laugh out loud .

How can they make money out of this? I can't believe anyone beyond a few nerds cares about this, I'm amazed it keeps making the news on here. It seems like the most pointless waste of time and money to me. 4 people will watch this 'documentary'.

There are millions of proud nerds in the world that's why there are tv shows, movies, events, "toys", etc. marketed toward the nerds because they will in fact pay for such things. Even though it might sound boring to us, many people apparently find it fascinating and are willing to pay to see it.

I have the ET game here - it's pretty crappy, but... I actually like playing it. It's almost bad enough to be good for that very reason.

Hahaha, everyone will be talking about this historic moment for ages to come yet! 'Did you see it?' 'See what?' 'Seen a huge lump of concrete on the highway with lots of copies of that darn awful atari game no-one cared about' 'No?'...

Every time I hear about the ET Atari land fill I think of the AVGN movie... can't wait for it to be released...

FloatingFatMan said,
What's the big deal about digging up garbage? That game was buried for a very very good reason. Leave it buried!

The crappiest game ever, deserve a price.

bigmehdi said,

The crappiest game ever, deserve a price.

E.T. is far from the worst game ever though. It isn't even close to being the worst Atari 2600 game.

I really doubt they'll even find anything. Looking for some crushed up cartridges buried decades ago, mixed together with who knows how many tons of other garbage. Yeah, good luck with that.

Edited by Thrackerzod, Apr 12 2014, 11:35am :