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ET games New Mexico landfill: Atari 'ET' games uncovered in landfill as expected

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Hundreds of "E.T." games in a New Mexico landfill were dug up as planned. According to The Chicago Tribune, documentary filmmakers were successful in digging up the "E.T." game cartridges on Saturday, April 26. A crew was determined to unearth these Atari games, said to be the "worst game ever made," as part of their documentary which will be about the game and why the cartridges were dumped and by whom.

"The first batch of 'E.T.' games was discovered under layers of trash after about three hours of digging, a Microsoft spokeswoman said, putting to rest questions about whether the cartridges would be found at all," reports The Chicago Tribune.

The "E.T." games in the New Mexico landfill could total millions as many believe that the unwanted cartridges were dumped here sometime in the 80's. It is believed that Atari "ate" most of the five million games that were produced and with sales insanely low, there was nothing left to do besides trash the games and move on. It is believed that personnel from Atari dumped the games in the middle of the night -- as if to go unnoticed. And that worked for many years, until now.

"For a lot of people, it's something that they've wondered about and it's been rumored and talked about for 30 years, and they just want an answer," said Zak Penn, the film's director.

The "E.T." games in the New Mexico landfill will provide hard evidence that is crucial to the documentary being made. Check out the video above for more.


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