Atari's E.T. games unearthed from New Mexico landfill after more than 30 years

By Shawn Knight
Apr 28, 2014
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  1. A team of diggers and filmmakers searching an Alamogordo, New Mexico, landfill for remnants of Atari E.T. games struck gold over the weekend. Led by archaeologist Andrew Reinhard, the team unearthed hundreds of copies of the game that many consider...

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  2. Firefighter for the 2600 was the worst game ever.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,378

    Keep digging for the E.T. itself, it is not the the cabbage stench ;)
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,551   +595

    OK - so now what? Although marginally interesting, not sure if it was really worth the cost or effort.
  5. (indy voice) dont send the cartridges to ebay! they belong in a museum!
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    This was an interesting story, I really enjoyed reading about this whole search and the fact it turned out to be true.
  7. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 467   +97

    So.... um.... do they work? Been buried a long time. I don't suppose the retail box could've protected them good enough for functionality to remain.I don't know why I'm curious, I just am.
  8. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

    Wait. THEY WERE REALLY THERE?! The AVGN movie will be even more fun to watch.
  9. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,535   +288

    Call home..........................<pfft - sound of electronics frying>
  10. Did they find Jimmy Hoffa?
  11. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    I have Colecovision with module that supports act-vision Pitfall a bunch others plus ATARI games too for 2600. Still after all these years the system still works. Coleco made some fun games like ZaXxon or Super ZaXxon both the cart and the cassette like data tape which support 250KB on single drive and if you were lucky to have dual drives that's 500KB on Coleco Adam Family Computer that uses a daisy wheel printer/PSU source.

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