New Mexico Dig Unearths E.T. Cartridges and Other Atari 2600 Hardware

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rich8n

There are whole fields of E.T. and other games buried in the Clint landfill outside El Paso, TX as well. I watched them bury them when I was a kid one time in the mid-80's when I went to the landfill with my dad. It looked like half the landfill was paved with plastic 2600 cartridges that were pressed into the sand by bulldozers.

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Rift2

It's a Legend the first major console the Atari being a movie produced by Legend Stephen Spielberg one hella director I hope they dig them all up =) Or find a majority of them so cool they are in that good of condition.

The wiki page on this thing is friggin epic..

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maleficarus™

5 bucks says we will start to see eBay auctions with landfill ET games bidding for silly amounts now!

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Rift2

They are going to be in a Museum actually good place for them I would drive 2000 miles just to see that!! Sand and all!!

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B.A.Frayd

This was never an urban legend. It was reported as a factual news story at the time. Of course, there are many arrogant people walking among us today that simply refuse to believe that the world existed before they were born.

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Paul_Lilly

We can nitpick semantics, but the reason some considered it an urban legend is (A) unconfirmed reports linked the dumpings primarily to millions of unsold E.T. cartridges (this isn't what The New York Times reported) and (B) the secrecy behind the dumpings, which were shielded from press and public before quickly being covered in concrete.

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methuselah

I wonder if any of em still work!

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Nixon

My thought as well.

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maleficarus™

I really can't see any of them being working as 30 years under tons of weight and pressure!

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Chewieshmoo

YES the HYPE TRAIN in full effect lol "Legend" "Evidence" "Conspiracy" "HOAX" - MY GOD this was all known as fact years ago, talk about a bunch of people who have no idea of what they are talking about.......Sadly the young people and those who do not know better will eat this shit up lol.

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Shalbatana

this is awesome! They could fund the documentary with sales of the cartridges they uncover. I could use a centipede cart. The question is could they still sell them as "new"?

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r3dd4wg

Geraldo Rivera is probably crying his ass off because old Atari cartridges can be found, in a landfill, but he can't find Al Capone's vault.

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Slugbait

Except that he DID find Capone's vault. It was even broadcasted on live TV as Rivera opened it, which set one of the highest ratings in US television history.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435702/

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Cy-Kill

They say they were all buried in 1983, and that is just incorrect, because I bought the game in 1985 and owned it for a few days before returning it -- when you could actually do that -- to the store where I bought it!

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KenLV

They buried the ones in the warehouse. It was a crazy number too (if I remember correctly) like 750,000.

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slagz

I think they buried all the copies that didn't ship in 1983. Stores probably had copies sitting around for years.

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whiteodian

I smell a sequel for Xbone with Kinect features.

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Gikero

I did not know garbology was a profession. Thanks Microsoft!!! =P

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slagz

Speaking from personal experience of being formerly homeless, you'd be surprised what people throw away. Especially hotel dumpster diving.

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spaulding

Just think if James Rolfes AVGN movie would of come out about 6-8 months ago.

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igoka

Why Microsoft involved in this ? I thought they are trying to save money not using money to dig garbage , because it's still worst game that been created for Atari. Am I missing something ?

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ApathyCurve

"...those long-buried cartridges are actually, 100 percent there."

As opposed to only being 99 percent there, in which case they would periodically phase out of existence for a few seconds before returning.

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evga760

LOOL!! i love sarcasm humor XD

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DDRDiesel

"An Ubran Legend"

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AFDozerman

That's not an excavator. That's a backhoe!

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jhelson

Are you calling the guy in the hard hat a hoe? In the article, "excavators" refers to the people, not the equipment. :-)

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evga760

no its a front end loader!

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MaximumMike

You're both wrong. That is neither a backhoe, nor a front end loader. That is a trackhoe. And for the record, trackhoes ARE excavators.

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wkwilley2

It hard for something to be a trackhoe when it has no tracks.

But they are all excavators

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MaximumMike

>>It hard for something to be a trackhoe when it has no tracks.

The trackhoe in the video has tracks. Go figure.

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wkwilley2

This is why you're the Dozerman.