E.T. and other Atari games excavated from New Mexico landfill hit eBay

By Shawn Knight
Nov 5, 2014
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  1. All sorts of items can be found for sale on eBay and now, you can add garbage to the list. The City of Alamogordo has listed 99 Atari games for sale that have spent the last 30+ years buried in...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    Dumb. Just plain dumb.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Trying to dig up something that nobody wanted in the first place is kind of retarded.
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,951   +162

    It would probably be easier just to make it from scratch
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 908   +384

    And there will be *****s pay top dollar for these....for whatever reason.
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Obviously not very well acquainted with eBay. Garbage makes up quite a sizable percentage of their listings.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,684   +1,877

    This settles it! The intelligence has been completely bred out of our species.

    Or else why would something that has been billed as, "the worst video game ever", after having been in a dump for 30 years, command a $500.00 price on Ebay....?:(
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  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,684   +1,877

    So the downward recursive spiral toward Australopithecus began with Ebay as an entity, and this is just the latest incident?
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    I'd go with the latter. eBay seems more like a worldwide yard sale (or outright garbage disposal) and unofficial bracket ranking for world class klepto's.

    Devolution might have more insidious triggers:

    Daytime TV ( Soaps, inane chat shows, and so many "personal improvement" shows that it doesn't leave any actual time for personal improvement).
    TV remote control (Efficient 2-in-1 method of instilling attention deficit behaviour and laziness).
    The Internet (Converting useful time into an extended Blipvert since the late nineties).
    The mobile phone, texting, and social networking (Speeding us from a (partly) literate society into language made up of pictures and txtspk.....not a million miles from cave painting, hand signals, and grunting is it?)
  10. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Guru Posts: 559   +171

    The less time some of you spend worrying about other peoples interests will allow you more time to do the things you enjoy.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,684   +1,877

    What happens if "worrying about other people's interests", is what you enjoy?

    The proliferation of trash magazines, such as, "People", along with a cavalcade of, "entertainment news programs", seem to indicate the the great human pursuit, perhaps even, "the 11th commandment", is stuffing your nose up your neighbor's backside.

    I surely don't need to mention, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ad naseum, as a place where people you don't know, have never met, and perhaps don't even like, are your "friends", and you share everything with them, up to and including, your bank PIN number.

    Before the web, there was gossip in real life, now the internet has become, "gossip's abstraction layer".

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