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Posted by: Matt McGloin
/ 44 weeks 2 days ago

Atari E.T. Landfill Urban Legend Is True

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Earlier today, an upcoming documentary for XBox dug up the infamous Atari E.T landfill out in New Mexico, which according to legend, is the site Atari dumped their surplus of consoles and E.T. video games.

From the below tweets, we see the urban legend is actually true as E.T. video games were unearthed.

The story goes that back in 1983, Atari banked on acquiring the rights to Steven Spielberg's E.T film. It turned out that due to the game being so bad as well as the console crash that happened that year, that Atari found they had a surplus of the game on hand. So what did they do? They dumped them at a landfill near near the city of Alamogordo.

What's interesting is that the story was never confirmed - well, that is until 30 years later when Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios dug up E.T. for their upcoming documentary about the video game industry.

Check out the images from the landfill of the Atari E.T. video game being unearthed:

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