Xbox Live Documentary Goes Digging for Missing Atari E.T. Cartridges

Paul Lilly

The truth is out there

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 is widely considered the worst video game of all time, and legend has it that it was so bad, millions of unsold copies ended up being buried in a small town in New Mexico. Whether or not that's true, Microsoft Studios aims to find out in the first episode of a new documentary series that will debut exclusively on Xbox in 2014, the company announced in a blog post.

"The first film in the groundbreaking series investigates the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983. The Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,' buried millions of unsold game cartridges in the middle of the night in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico," Microsoft explains .

A cross-platform content development firm called Fuel Entertainment secured the rights to excavate the supposed Atari landfill and approached Xbox about it. Microsoft says Lightbox will document the dig "early next year." In addition to the excavation, the documentary will focus on the burial in the context of Atari's rise and fall.

So, who thinks the documentary will unearth Atari 2600 cartridges and who thinks the crew will find just a whole lot of dirt and sand?

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