Copies of Atari E.T. Games found in New Mexico Desert

Zak Penn (Atari 2600 ET)E.T. has been found, well the video game at least. Released on the Atari 2600 in 1982, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was considered a critical and commercial failure, to the point that Atari dumped millions of unsold copies in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico… or so the story goes. As part of an exclusive documentary produced by Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios for the Xbox, Avengers and X-Men 2 writer Zak Penn will helm the documentary to discover whether this actually happened.

It was a story in which many newspapers, such as The New York Times, reported that Atari had driven 14 truckloads of goods to a landfill in New Mexico. However it was something that was heavily denied by employees of Atari in 1983. Whilst over exaggerated, many believed that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was a major player in the video game crash of 1983.

Nonetheless on Saturday 26th April 2014, over 200 residents and game enthusiasts gathered on site to watch the film crew dig up the landfills. Success was achieved when several Atari goods were found. Director Zak Penn stated, “I feel pretty relieved and psyched that they actually got to see something.” What was once considered an urban legend, was proven to be fact.

Although the documentary is being produced by Xbox Entertainment Studios, it does not mean they get to keep everything that they discover. The City of Alamogordo have allocated the documentarians either 10% or 250 cartridges, whichever amount exceeds the other.

Whilst it is a shocking discovery, it is also an interesting one, something many video game enthusiasts are eager to hear more of. 

The series is set to air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 later in 2014.

Source: IGN | The Guardian | ZakPenn’s Twitter

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