The story, or should I say urban legend, about American video game company Atari‘s mass burial of unsold video game cartridges seems to be true. Thousands of copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a game which is believed to be one of the biggest commercial failures in video gaming, have been buried for over three decades in a New Mexico landfill site.
Atari actually rushed the game’s development process, limiting it to less than six weeks, to quickly cash in on the film’s box office succes in 1982 but it ended up being one of Atari’s biggest downfalls.
A film crew, led by writer and producer Zak Penn, are now digging up Atari’s (lost) treasures and working on an Atari documentary which will be released someday soon.