Some of the spoils from an Atari excavation of a New Mexico landfill (yep, even E.T.) are now up for auction, but don't expect to be able to play the games.
After 31 years hidden in the wake of one of the worst video game failures in history, thousands of E.T. and other Atari games were uncovered Saturday. The find ended the mystique of a great industry legend.
At SXSW, a team of filmmakers said they're ready to start shoveling garbage out of a New Mexico landfill in the hunt for millions of units of the buried treasure. Their film will document the whole tragic story.
The soon to be shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios showed the first peek at the film about this spring's successful dig for thousands of Atari E.T. cartridges buried in New Mexico in 1983.
The exclusive series will air only on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, starting with a film about the infamous Atari video game ET: The Extra-Terrestrial.
This spring, hundreds of long-buried Atari cartridges were excavated from a landfill. Here's the full list of what was found and what's next for these plastic pieces of geek history.
Atari tried to make thousands of E.T. game cartridges disappear in 1983. But too many people knew where they were, and now a crew has excavated them from a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M.
Despite doubters, the first of what could be thousands or millions of buried E.T. game cartridges were discovered in the Alamogordo landfill where Atari buried them 31 years ago.
The world will find out Saturday if millions of game cartridges that Atari disappeared in 1983 after its E.T. title tanked are really in a New Mexico dump. CNET will be there to report.
Filmmakers planned to excavate millions of the cartridges, buried as part of Atari's 'corporate shame,' but New Mexico regulators say an environmental report is required first.