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The Urban Legend Is True: Atari E.T. Games Have Been Unearthed From New Mexico Landfill [Video]

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Remember the story about how millions of unsold copies of Atari’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game were buried in a landfill in New Mexico? It sounded like a tall tale, but Fuel Entertainment persisted and received permission to excavate the dump. That excavation happened Saturday and guess what? They found E.T.!

Hundreds of people gathered at the site to see what would happen, and eventually, Zak Penn (director of X-Men 2) displayed proof. He said, “”For anybody who doubted, there’s a whole heck of a lot of games down there. We just saw them.” He held up a cartridge that seemed to be good shape except for the ruined packaging.

They haven’t yet stated how many copies of the E.T. game they found, but since Penn is making a documentary, I’m sure we’ll hear numbers soon enough.

See a video about the discovery after the break.

(via CNET, photo by IGN)


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