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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered "E.T." Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.
The "Atari grave" was, until that moment, a highly debated tale among gaming enthusiasts and other self-described geeks for 30 years. The story claimed that in its death throes, the video game company sent about a dozen truckloads of cartridges of what many call the worst video game ever to be forever hidden in a concrete-covered landfill in southeastern New Mexico.
The game's finding came as no surprise to James Heller, a former Atari manager who was invited by the production to the dig site. He says in 1983 the company tasked him with finding an inexpensive way to dispose of 728,000 cartridges they had in a warehouse in El Paso, Texas. After a few local kids ran into trouble for scavenging and the media started calling him about it, he decided to pour a layer of concrete over the games.
originally posted by: GogoVicMorrow
a reply to: Wrabbit2000
First I want to address your comments on the game.
No one had fun playing E.T., it was horrible by the standards at the time. Also it didnt do anything that hadnt been done before.
Lastly, I know the angry video game nerd was making a full length film on the mystery of the game, but its not a documentary it a crowd sourced action flick. I wonder if it was found while he was working though because hes still making the film.
Everyone should watch his game reviews at cinnemessacre.com