It's one of those old cultural myths that gave everyone a chuckle.
…but what if it isn't a myth?
The "myth" says Atari once buried millions of copies of its infamous Atari title, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial , in a New Mexico landfill. Now, the Alamogordo News reports that the New Mexico Environmental Department has given a documentary crew the go-ahead to start excavating the site in question.
Yep, they're gonna look for the buried copies. Alamogordo city commissioners approved the search last June, but the project was put on hold because a waste excavation plan needed to be finalized. The proposal has now been accepted and the companies working on the documentary (Fuel Entertainment and Lightbox Interactive) can discover the truth. Xbox Entertainment Studios is funding this project, and the documentary will debut as a multi-part series on Xbox platforms later this year.
E.T. was quite the game…virtually unplayable but for some reason, oh so appealing. It released back in 1982 for the Atari 2600, and millions of copies were produced just because they figured the name would guarantee high sales. But it flopped big time and ever since, it has been blamed as being one of the catalysts for the video game crash of 1983.
Well, if those copies were buried, the crew will definitely find 'em. They're not exactly biodegradable and it wasn't that long ago.