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Microsoft will detail the saga in a Xbox-exclusive documentary

While the 1982 movie “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” is a classic that is beloved by many (including 80’s kids); the movie also spawned a horrible Atari 2600 video game with the same title. The game was so bad that during the 1983 video game crash, it was reported that thousands of unsold “E.T.” game cartridges were buried in the New Mexico desert.
 
According to a 1983 New York Times article on the subject, Atari actually dumped 14 truckload of gaming gear into an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill.
 
Fast forward to this weekend -- in an effort that was partially financed by Microsoft -- those cartridges (along with other relics of the period) were successfully uncovered. Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb was on hand at the site and captured a few pictures of the unearthed “E.T.” cartridges along with a few other period-correct titles like “Centipede.”



The history behind the events leading up to the 1983 burial along with the 2014 recovery will be retold in a documentary set to air this year produced by Xbox Entertainment Studios (the working title is “Atari: Game Over”). As you might have guessed, this will be an Xbox-exclusive affair once it is completed.

Sources: Xbox Wire [1], [2], Major Nelson





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