'X-Men' Writer Is Making a Movie About the Long-Lost 'E.T.' Video Game (Update)

'X-Men' Writer Is Making a Movie About the Long-Lost 'E.T.' Video Game (Update)

May 05, 2014

ET Atari title screen

Update: The highly publicized dig was completed last week and a treasure trove of E.T. cartridges were exhumed from the landfill. Scroll down for pics. It's pretty amazing the carts are in such good condition. Apparently, some of them are still playable three decades later. 

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It’s one of gaming’s most infamous stories – back in 1983, as part of the great video game crash, Atari buried millions of unsold copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in a New Mexico landfill. Did it really happen, though? We’ll find out for sure in two weeks, when filmmaker Zak Penn films a documentary wherein they open the landfill in search of the fabled games.

E.T. remains one of the worst video games in the history of the medium, and a shining example of Atari’s hubris – the company created more copies of the game (12 million) than there were systems to play it on (10 million). Needless to say, this didn’t end well – and the company nearly destroyed the fledgling video game industry before it really hit its stride.

Penn will film the excavation of at the Alamgordo Landfill on Saturday, April 26 between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you’re in the area, swing by and watch this century’s equivalent of Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone’s vault. Here’s the address in case you want to be part of video game history:

Alamogordo Landfill
4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310

Here are pics from the buried games that were discovered.

Atari ET cartridges from landfill

[via Xbox Wire]

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