Idiotic or Inspired?

Doing Anything Next Weekend?


I have a bit of an odd interest in the E.T. Atari game, especially that whole urban legend thousands of cartridges buried in the desert thing. We have previously discussed it in a post of the 1981 Atari catalog, as well as when the Internet Archive came out with a vintage video game database. As it turns out, I am not the only one, and someone is doing something about it!

“Become a part of gamer history. Unearth the truth behind the ultimate urban legend. We’re excited to announce that the excavation of the long-rumored “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game burial site will occur on April 26, 2014 and will be open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the team uncover the infamous Atari game cartridge grave.” (XboxWire.)

Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios have managed to wrangle the rights to do a pseudo-archeological expedition and try to find the lost games, and it is happening next Saturday! And you can play a part! They are inviting any interested parties to come out and play, and who knows, yours could be the shovel that unearths the truth!

Alamogordo Landfill Excavation Details:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Alamogordo Landfill
4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310
(Near First Street and White Sands Boulevard)

I am nowhere close enough to go to this, but if you are, please, for the rest of us, go, and send us some pictures! I will gladly help you write up your very own Atomic Toasters Weekend post documenting your experience!

Lead image via Wikipedia.

  • I'm old enough to remember the Atari 2600, which means I'm old enough to remember the unsealing of Al Capone's Vault.

    • craigsu

      As long as they don't invite Geraldo Rivera to be the onsite reporter they should be able to find the ET games.

  • jeepjeff

    Argh. My Father-in-law has a cabin in the Sacramento Mountains right next to Alamogordo. I'd have a place to stay if I could make it down there, except I'm flying from the East Coast on Sunday, and I have no way to make this work. (If I'd had more lead time, this would have been a fun excuse to go visit.)

    (Also: looks like I missed the Trinity open house, again. It's the first Saturday of April every year.)

  • I still have my ET cartridge. There is a good reason those things ended up in a landfill.

  • cruisintime

    Retro – Tech ? We grew so fast and now we dig up the past?

  • When I want to dig through a pile of trash to find broken, outdated junk, I just go down to my workshop.

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