QUICK LINKS: Vending Videos  | Micromarkets  |

VT Classifieds

|

Buy a Classified Ad

|

Editorial Calendars

|

Circulation Data

|

Downloads

|

Bookstore

|

Operators Date Book

Search:    

Bookmark this site




Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014, Posted On: 4/27/2014


Legendary Atari Videogame Found Buried In New Mexico


Hank Schlesinger
swag@earthlink.net
TAGS: video game excavation, worst video game, Atari's E.T., E.T. video game, videogame history, Alamogordo New Mexico video game find, Atari demise, Atari 2600 home system, video game mystery

ALAMOGORDO, NM -- Frequently called the worst offering in videogame history, a massive stash of cartridges of Atari's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial have been found in a landfill in Alamogordo, NM, by a documentary film crew.

The game, which was released in 1982 for the Atari 2600 home system, became legendary for its poor play, mysterious disappearance and contribution to the demise of the once-great game manufacturer. The search for the cartridges will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the biggest videogame company of the early 1980s.

Rumors swirled around the millions of unsold E.T. cartridges. Game nerds speculated that the cartridges were buried in a New Jersey landfill; more imaginative conjectures said they were dropped into volcanoes, buried at sea or shipped to developing nations. According to reliable sources, however, approximately 14 truckloads of the cartridges were dumped at the Alamogordo site.

The documentarians who discovered the buried videogame trash are partially funded by Xbox Entertainment Studios. Their film is due for release later this year on Xbox game consoles.


Topic: Music and Games Features

Articles:
  • Game Exchange Of Colorado Becomes Official MEI-CPI Service Center
  • Live Oak Bank Arranges Funding For GameTime's Flagship Entertainment Center
  • Golden Tee Prize Play Payout Passes $50 Million Mark
  • Shaffer Distributing Kicks Off TouchTunes Service Schools
  • NDA Implements Prepaid Electronic Dart Tournament Fees To Meet Player Demand

Copyright © 2014 Vending Times Inc. All rights reserved. 
P: (516) 442-1850 | F: (516) 442-1849 | subscriptions@vendingtimes.net
55 Maple Ave. - Ste. 304, Rockville Centre, NY 11570