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Microsoft to dig up landfill looking for copies of E.T. Atari game

Microsoft's Xbox Studios is working on a documentary that seeks to expose millions of copies of the Atari 2600 game E.T that were buried in landfill.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Fri, Apr 4 2014 8:12 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

What does Microsoft, a landfill in New Mexico, Atari, and the movie E.T. have in common? That was a hard one for me to figure out too, but it appears that Microsoft is filming a documentary that focuses on the mass burial of the game E.T. that was released on the Atari 2600.

Microsoft to dig up landfill looking for copies of E.T. Atari game | TweakTown.com

Apparently the game did not do so well back in 1982, and Atari was struggling to keep afloat. With millions of copies of the game being returned to stores by consumers, Atari was forced to take back almost all of the copies it had produced. Legend has it that Atari shipped off this warehouse sized cache of worthless games and had them buried at a New Mexico landfill along with tons of other useless and unwanted stock it was footing the storage bill on.

Now Microsoft has been given the OK to begin prospecting at the landfill to find the millions of copies of the game, and to dig them up as part of the documentary. Unfortunately there is no documentation that provides conclusive proof that the mass burial ever took place, but Microsoft is willing to spend millions to find out.

NEWS SOURCE:engadget.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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