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Digging for Atari's 'corporate shame,' the buried E.T. games

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.

By Mar. 11, 2014


Not so fast: Environmental concerns halt Atari E.T. cartridge dig

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.

By Mar. 21, 2014


Documentary on Atari's E.T. to kick off Xbox film series

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.

By Dec. 19, 2013


Atari dig aims to uncover infamous E.T. game cartridges

A film company plans to make a documentary about digging up the burial site of millions of unsold copies of Atari's E.T. game, one of the worst video games ever created.

By Jun. 3, 2013


'E.T.' phones home with Blu-ray edition for 30th anniversary

The new edition will include both a Blu-ray and DVD, special features, deleted scenes, and a filmed reunion of the cast and crew.

By Jul. 27, 2012


A U.N. ambassador to E.T.? Sounds like sci-fi

News reports claimed that the United Nations was to name its own Mazlan Othman as an official greeter for extraterrestrials, but now the Guardian says Othman denies the reports.

By Sep. 26, 2010


SETI app taps your smartphone to hunt for E.T.

SETI Institute launches private beta of SetiQuest Explorer smartphone app in hopes that hobby astronomers will help scan radio signals from space for signs of intelligent life.

By Mar. 10, 2011


New array of telescopes could help search for E.T.

Consisting of 13,000 individual antennas, the new Long Wavelength Array will scan the skies for black holes, dying stars, and even possible signals from alien civilizations.

By Jan. 27, 2011


Phone home! E.T. on Google Street View!

An apparition, with a suitably blurry resemblance to the famous alien, appears on Google Street View. Naturally, it is in Berkeley Heights, N.J.

By Mar. 24, 2009


CNET News Daily Podcast: Watching E.T. in real time

CNET gets access to the world's first large-scale telescope meant for the full-time use of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

By Dec. 12, 2008