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?

Subscribe
Notify of
8 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
5 years ago

For one of the worst games ever made? No thanks!

Draguss
Draguss
5 years ago

Owning a little piece of video game history. A bad part of history, but history nonetheless. If I had the money I'd honestly probably go for one.

ethird1
ethird1
5 years ago

I'll give you a buck fitty for one!

Warpath
Warpath
5 years ago

The game is literal AND figurative garbage. Why are people paying money for it?

Warpath
Warpath
1 year ago

The game is literal AND figurative garbage. Why are people paying money for it?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
1 year ago

For one of the worst games ever made? No thanks!

ethird1
ethird1
1 year ago

I&#39ll give you a buck fitty for one!

Draguss
Draguss
1 year ago

Owning a little piece of video game history. A bad part of history, but history nonetheless. If I had the money I&#39d honestly probably go for one.