posted on May, 31 2013 @ 01:46 PM
In 1983, the Atari video game company was in financial trouble.
The market was saturated with extremely bad games, too many pong consoles and the consumers were tired of paying high prices for underwhelming
products, leading to a market crash. People refer to this as the Video Game Crash of 1983.
In short, Atari had over-produced millions of copies of Asteroids, Pac-Man and E.T (considered one of the worst games in history) and even worse,
customers were returning these games en masse wanting refunds. Stuck with millions of unsellable games and consoles, they decided to bury it all at a
dump in Alamogordo NM. In an effort to prevent looting, apparently it was crushed and concrete was poured on top.
This has always been a subject of interest among the retro-gaming community, and we will apparently get to see what's inside the grave.
Alamogordo's City Commission approved a deal with Canada-based film production and entertainment company Fuel Industries to excavate the Atari
dump site and create a documentary surrounding the Alamogordo landfill legend.
According to the contract, Fuel Industries has access to the landfill for the next six months, which would cover the 30-year anniversary of the
alleged dump. Source
Awesome! I can't wait to watch that documentary and see what's down there... I predict that some stuff could still be intact. Boxed Atari games and
consoles can sell pretty well on eBay depending on the condition.
Thought I'd share this for the ATS gamers, cheers!