E.T. Videogame Cartridges Discovered in the Desert

We recently confirmed that an excavation had begun in the New Mexico desert to see if there was any truth in the rumours that Atari had buried unsold copies of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial in the 80s.

Well it turns out that everyone’s favourite gaming urban myth is true, as the team have dug up copies of the game.

Fuel Entertainment, Xbox Entertainment Studios and LightBox Entertainment co-ordinated the dig and will now be turning their experience into a documentary, which will be released exclusively through Xbox One.

The game itself gained notoriety and is often blamed for the videogame market crash in the early 1980s. Rumours had persisted for years that Atari had buried the unsold copies of E.T. and other poorly received games (such as the 2600 port of PacMan) in the New Mexico desert, but it seems that the rumours can finally be put to rest. Now I wonder what they’ll do with all those cartridges?

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