Canadian Company To Dig Up Buried E.T. Video Games.
The BBC has published an article today confirming a Canadian Studio are going after the worst game ever made in the history of video games. The game was so bad the rumour at the time was the remaining unsold games were rounded up and buried. Now Fuel Entertainment have obtained permission to excavate the spot where the games are said to be buried.The BBC writes:
A Canadian studio has confirmed to the BBC it will search a former landfill site in New Mexico where Atari's much-criticised ET game may be buried.
Fuel Entertainment has permission from the city of Alamogordo to excavate and is finalising funding for the project.
It was released at Christmas 1982 for the Atari 2600 console but many copies were returned and the game was given terrible reviews.
Shortly afterwards the entire video games industry crashed, as PCs started to become more widespread.
In September 1983 the firm is said to have dumped millions of cartridges at the landfill site and
buried them under concrete.
Fuel Entertainment, which has offices in Canada and LA, has six months to carry out its search, to coincide with the 30th anniversary.
"With the city of Alamogordo's approval to explore the dump site, we're currently looking forward to moving further into the planning and preparation process."
Atari has never confirmed whether it did dump the games there and journalists were kept away when several trucks arrived from the firm's El Paso plant in Texas.
Local resident Joe Lewandowski, who worked at the site at the time, told the Almogordo Daily News that he saw "games and other Atari related brick-a-brac" bulldozed and buried in concrete.
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Here's the original advert for the game.