It certainly was a good idea to check out that "myth," huh?
For years, the rumor circulated that during the video game crash of the early '80s, Atari buried a ton of cartridges they couldn't sell in a New Mexico landfill. Well, a curious team excavated it last year and it resulted in the truth.
Hundreds of copies of old Atari games were recovered, including a lot of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial . Now, according to the latest update in the Alamogordo Daily News , those cartridges have generated over $100,000 in sales. The man behind the project, Joe Lewandowski, said 881 cartridges have been sold to date, raking in around $107,000. The most anyone paid for the game was a whopping $1,535.
And as a result, the city of Alamogordo has received $65,000 from these sales, which has drawn praise from city commissioner Nadia Sikes:
"I just want to take a moment to thank Joe Lewandowski for all the hard work. I wouldn't consider myself a real nay-sayer of what was going to transpire with the sale of the games but I have to say I am so impressed with what you've done. Under no circumstances did I ever think you were going to sell over $60,000 worth of games."
I don't think anyone could've predicted that, Nadia. As of now, there are still 297 cartridges remaining. Want one?