Long-Buried E.T. Cartridges Unearthed at New Mexico Landfill

by Rachel Baker on April 27, 2014

It was true! There were in fact “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Atari cartridges buried in the desert! Its also possible there are more games there.

Can’t you just see all the pop culture references that will come out of this craziness?! I can’t wait to see the movie of the stoners who believe the legend, take a group of friends, a few bags of weed, and some shovels – all packed in their crappy car heading out to the desert. You know they will break down right outside one of the reservations in the area, run into a peyoti smoking Native American who is willing to fix their car for free, as long as they go on a spirit quest, that will turn into an incredibly cool acid trip visualization that will have all the guys meeting and having relations with all the hot chics from their high school, and the one girl in the group will have a hallucination about the rest of the guys in the group, in the best zoolander fashion with way more colors and flowers floating around. But there will be the one that will realize he has a destiny to find the answer to some really big question that has plagued him his whole gaming life and then he will walk out into the desert by himself in the wrong direction of where the games are said to be buried. Long story short, this guy will be the one that finds the games in an abandoned trailer in some abandoned trailer park, and there’s nothing he can do, because he’s tired and dehydrated from his journey into the desert and towards the end of the peyote trip, he threw his cell phone, which hardly worked anyway, at a coyote that was going to kill a bunny that had dude’s mom’s face on it, so he can’t even call his friends; and then when dude is searching something to eat maybe left over from someone who lived there before whatever happened that made them abandon the trailer part, it turns out that Drew Barrymore’s oldest brother in ET is sitting in one of the trailers in his underwear, scruffy as all hell, trying to run a tv and atari on a generator with the goal of playing every single cartridge that was abandoned to the end of the game; and suddenly the answer that was so important to him his gaming life was answered in the one vision of Drew Barrymore’s brother, who could have been a contender, wasting his life on the one game because he thought maybe, just maybe if he played every single game, the results of Barrymore’s life would have been different and he could have spent the rest of his life with her. Dude breaks the brother’s spell and talks him into helping him find his friends, who it turns out have all gone in different directions in the search for the games.

…Anyway, here’s the story….

A team of filmmakers and excavators descended upon the Alamogordo Landfill in New Mexico today, to investigate the longstanding legend of Atari’s long-buried cache of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” cartridges. As the story goes, the reviled Atari 2600 movie tie-in game went largely unwanted by consumers, and Atari — facing financial catastrophe due to the very costly flop — decided to rid themselves of thousands upon thousands of these unsold cartridges, dumping them in the New Mexico landfill and leaving them buried forever. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment then brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios.

Today’s excavators went to Alamogordo hoping to provide closure to this legend, perhaps make history and get some awesome documentary footage for the upcoming original film by Xbox, “Atari: Game Over” (working title).

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