Excavated Atari E. T. games are going up for sale

By Justin Kahn
Sep 12, 2014
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  1. The Atari E.T. cartridges that were recently dug up in a New Mexico landfill after more than 30 years are will soon be auctioned off. According to reports, the cartridges are being auctioned off by the City of Alamogordo after a recent...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    Probably be nice to know if they work or not. I imagine some folks have an old Atari 2600 collecting dust in the closet and they'd like to try it out.
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 726   +224

    Let's hope they don't, for everyones sake. There's a reason they were sent to landfill, and it wasn't to protect the general populace from having their minds blown from the sheer intensity of such and overwhelmingly intense gaming experience.
    ikesmasher likes this.
  4. I would not care if it worked or not just to own a piece of that history would be great (I own fully working 2600 & ET but this is different).
  5. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 53   +10

    They buried that game because it sucked terribly. It sucked then, it still sucks. No fond memories of something that sucked.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +102

    Haha, TF2
  7. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    They unearthed a monster...We Are DOOMED!
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Just how bad can E.T. undead be?
  9. Frank Barnett

    Frank Barnett TS Rookie Posts: 61   +6

    Cant believe its worth what they spent to unbury it
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,375

    Nice work, Wall-E!
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    You know E.T. did come to mind when I saw that show. lol
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    I wanted how much is ACTIVISION PitFall would sell for today? Okay I see the price is $30 to $99 wow.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,327   +1,930

    It's a known fact that the game was a pile of crap so even if some people do have an old console to play it on why would they waste money on it and even if they did there's no guarantee it will still work. I don't think any normal minded person is going to buy a cartridge to play the game, they'll more than likely want it as a momento.
  14. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 62   +29

    E.T. is not rare, it is one of the most common cartridges you can find. They didn't bury all of them of course, just overstock along with tons of other games and consoles (E.T. had nothing to do with the video game crash contrary to popular myth). You can buy copies on ebay and play without resorting to landfill trash, or just download the ROM and play it in an emulator. Also it isn't actually that bad of a game, at least compared to most 2600 offerings.
  15. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 247   +103

    "It's worthless - fifty dollars from a vendor in the mall. But I take it, bury it in a landfill in New Mexico for thirty years and it becomes priceless. Like the Ark. Nerds will kill for it. Nerds like you and me."

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