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A Chance to Buy the E.T. Game!


Did you miss out on the big Atari scavenger hunt dig at the Alamogordo, NM landfill, back in April of this year? We followed the expedition and, spoiler!, they did indeed find gaming treasure! Then, of course, the question arises, what to do with all that video have loot. After all, if you go to the trouble of digging something up out of a landfill, you can’t exactly just put it back because no one wants it. So the city of Alamogordo has decided they will sell some games, and donate many others to museums around the world that have expressed interest. The city owns the games now by way of what is surely some sort of Byzantine bylaw involving the fact that they were throw in the trash and buried in the city’s landfill since 1983.

According to Reuters:

Members of the Alamogordo City Council voted 7-0 late on Tuesday to offer some 800 of the Atari games found earlier this year for sale on eBay and the council’s own website.

The unearthed games are under the custodianship of the Tularosa Basin Historical Society and stored at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Albuquerque.

So far, there is nothing on the city of Alamogordo’s website about the sales, but we’ll try to keep an eye out for auction news! The film centering somewhat around the dig story, and certainly the impetus behind making it happen, is also due out soon. “The documentary will be released sometime this fall, and it will only be available on Xbox One and Xbox 360. It’s only the first in an original series called Signal to Noise, which will examine aspects of video game culture from new perspectives.” (arstechnica.) See the trailer after the jump!

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Startdown: Fading Memories

Is it better to remember, or better to forget?

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Startdown: Mercenary

Due to an engine malfunction, your spaceship crashes on the planet Targ. Unlike your trusty vessel, you survive the crash and now have to find a way to get away from this planet. But hey, while you’re at it, you might as well try to get some money off your unplanned stay on […]


Atari’s “Think Tank” – Cyan Engineering


“Press Any Key…”

I recently ran across this fantastic and odd little gem – “Atari’s Cyan Engineering – Splendor in the Grass”, a largely forgotten short documentary about Atari’s famous “think-tank” shot in 1982, two years before Big Brother was supposed to make life hell (and 30 years before he actually would).


Atari VCS/2600

Atari VCS/2600


It highlights some of the work developed here that Atari became famous for such as the VCS (Video Computer System/2600), and serves as a bit of a fun time-machine to back where they tinker with ideas, peer into the future and try to predict much of what we take for granted today. Video conferencing and small portable “Briefcase sized” computers are mentioned for example, along with Continue reading Atari’s “Think Tank” – Cyan Engineering

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.)

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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!

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Shutdown: Burger Time

Yeah, I am hungry, why do you ask?

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Old School Gaming

Play Games All Sorts

Do you find yourself with a little too much spare time this holiday season, and a hankering for some video games of your youth? Well, you are in luck, thanks to The Internet Archive. The fine folks over there have created an extensive database of early video games from such consoles as the […]

Old School Gaming


The idea of the easter egg is software goes back ages. Another computer tech that goes back ages is Atari’s Breakout! game. Combine the two, mix in some Google Image Search, and you get a playable bit of awesome. Give it a try! Just type in “Atari Breakout” into a GIS search box […]


Shutdown: Fish in a Barrel

What’s better than playing Pong at home? Why, Pong in a Barrel at the arcade!


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