Urban legends are everywhere, in every community, and in the world of gaming, one such legend is about the fate of millions of unsold E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Pac-Man video games made by Atari. They were a flop and legend has it that tons of unsold copies were dumped into a New Mexico landfill never to be seen again. However, Fuel Entertainment has been trying to get permission to dig up the game for months, and they finally got it.
Fuel acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill, and they took the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios. And now, Microsoft is including the dig in a documentary series.
They’ll excavate the burial site on April 26, 2014, and the public is invited to attend to see what happens. Director Zak Penn will be recording the dig, and people involved with the creation of the E.T. game will be there as well. Will they find a massive graveyard full of Atari cartridges? Or just a bunch of junk? We’ll know soon!