One of the great myths of modern pop culture revolves around rumors that Atari dumped millions of unsold E.T. videogame cartridges in a landfill after developing arguably one of the worst games in history. So, is it true? Documentary filmmaker Zak Penn is hoping to prove the facts once and for all, and is prepping to take a camera on a dig in a specific corner of the Alamogordo Landfill in New Mexico.
Sit back, relax, and we'll tell you a tale of a time long gone: Looking for a new hit, Atari acquired the game rights to E.T. and developed an atrocious Atari 2600 game based on the property. Seriously, it was one of the worst games ever. But, in an epic miscalculation, the company produced 12 million copies of the game -- which doesn't sound crazy, considering what a smash hit E.T. was, but keep in mind that there were only 10 million Atari systems in circulation at the time. See the epic miscalculation? So, after the game proved to be one of the biggest flops in history (it's considered one of the causes of the great Video Game Crash of 1983), rumor has it they dumped millions of copies in the landfill.
The excavation is set for Saturday, April 26, between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Penn will be on hand with a crew to see if they find a mountain of old Atari cartridges. What do you think they’ll find?