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According to urban legend, an "Atari Dump" rumored to contain millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial video game, has laid buried in a New Mexico landfill for over thirty years. The video game was so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed to be the only way that Atari could move on from its disastrous decision. The story was never confirmed, and reports stated that Atari spent millions to get the rights to produce a video game tie-in to the incredibly successful Steven Spielberg film, but the resulting E.T. game was a massive flop.

Well, starting from today we can now confirm that this urban legend is no longer a myth! Construction workers have uncovered copies of the enigmatic game in the New Mexico desert!

Workers with Atari merchandise
Workers with Atari merchandise

Found in a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., the city council voted in 2013 to allow gaming media company Fuel Industries to search for unsold boxes of games and other items that were allegedly dumped there by 14 trucks in 1983.

Check out the original tweets and excitement of the find courtesy of Larry Hyrb!

Today's dig became a reality thanks to an upcoming documentary, produced by Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios.



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