Idiotic or Inspired?

Big Dig Update!


Last week, you may recall, we mentioned there was a quest afoot this very weekend, and you might have found yourself wondering this morning just how that quest went yesterday. Well, color me pleasantly surprised, but turns out there may have been some truth to an urban legend for once!

Lo and behold, they hit paydirt. The findings started out very promising, with an old, dusty Atari 2600 joystick buried in the landfill. Then an “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” cartridge. A box. An instruction manual. And the confirmation of “a lot more down there.” How many more, we don’t know just yet — but at this point, we can safely report that those long-buried cartridges are actually, 100 percent there. Crazy, isn’t it!? And it sounds like some other games are down there, too: Centipede, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and possibly more. “Lots of boxes” is what we’re hearing. (XBox Wire.)


So this is either really cool, or an overly elaborate hoax that would be just plain mean.

Images from XBox Wire.

  • There's the beginning of a really terrible sci-fi film in this… "They dug… (shovel hitting dirt) They found what they were looking for… (underground cavern, wide eyed gamer holding E.T. cartridge) But what else did they find?"

    • BS Simon

      I know.. I was half thinking I would wake up into the Apocalypse this morning.

  • Zedd

    Aren't landfills filled in layers and layers? And aren't they sealed in when finished to prevent uncontrolled methane emissions? Especially considering its next to an airport, town and national forest.

    • Abe

      This was the 80s we didn't care back then.

  • I hope they keep digging until they find a version for the Commodore PET.