Legend has it that in 1983, the highly-anticipated Atari game ET sold so poorly that it reportedly
Not to outer space, mind you, just out of the ground.
had to have its excess stock of 5 million cartridges buried out in the New Mexico desert. This event,
many video game historians believe, was the catalyst for the video game industry crash of the mid-eighties.
For many years, retro-game buffs have fantasized about the prospect of unearthing these infamous
cartridges. Now it finally looks as if this out-of-this-world fantasy will get off the ground ...
On Tuesday, 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.