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Atari ready to uncover its 'E.T.' game landfill

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Remember that urban legend that gamemaker Atari buried millions of unsold cartridges of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial? We're about to find out if it's true.

XBox Wire reports that the alleged landfill site in New Mexico will be excavated on April 26 with a documentary film crew capturing the whole event. If this seems a little like the mystery of Al Capone's vault, well, who can blame you? At least we know Geraldo Rivera won't be involved. Click here to see how you too can attend this weird event.

The game, if memory serves, was rushed to market back in 1982 when the movie was going gangbusters. But it was a critical and commercial bomb. (Hey, the Journey Escape game wasn't much better.) We're not sure why Atari felt buring the old cartridges would rid them of any shame, but history is about to be reversed.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:00pm]

    

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