The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the documentary seeking to find the lost dump containing thousands of copies of the worst Atari game ever made can dig in New Mexico. It has long been rumored that millions of copies of the Atari 2600 game, E.T.: Extra-Terrestrial were buried in a landfill in New Mexico.

For those who don't know, E.T. is considered the worst game ever made, and has been accused of helping to hasten the video game industry crash of 1983. Recently several film companies ran into a government road block when they located the landfill in question.

But some good news from Alamogordo Daily News this week: the NMED Environmental Protection Division Solid Waste Bureau has approved a waste excavation plan by Xbox Entertainment Studios, allowing the company to dig the site up and (hopefully) find for the legendary cache of crappy game cartridges. LightBox Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment are finalizing plans to begin the dig. All of this will be captured on film for a documentary.

The dig was delayed for a long time, due to complaints from residents and a necessary series of chemical testing on the grounds.

Source: Alamogordo Daily News


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Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

In the meantime, James Rolfe is chugging away on his film project.

Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

Didn't some official source come out years ago and said the dump was a myth?

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After doing a light google search, all I'm really seeing in relation to the dump is it was more than just the E.T. games, mainly reported being broken devices and materials, which would include E.T. cassettes, as well other games like Pac-Man, and also consoles.

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Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

I heard the tales of thousands of ET carts being dumped because demand was waaay overestimated. It is an awesome illustrating the crash of the 80's. My fear is that this excavation will turn up bupkiss and will debunk what is a great gaming bedtime story.

Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

It wasn't "just" overestimation of its popularity - there was also (supposedly) a clerical error during manufacturing, causing ten times the number of carts they wanted to actually get produced.

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Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

Was it overestimated due to the crash, or the general terribleness of the game?

I actually have a copy here if you'd like to try it.. it is BAAAAADD......

there is literally no point to the game.. like literally.. there is just nothing to do, no purpose, no direction.... nothing...

Great game to prank someone with though. Try to get them to "figure it out" and watch as they become frustrated and can't :p

Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

I have played it. I don't think I have ever beat it, but it is possible to win the game. All you have to do is collect all parts of the "phone" and get to the field before the timer runs out. Is it difficult to win? Yes. Is it impossible? No. The game is crap, on that I agree.

Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

A little of both, really. The game was wretched because they had one guy do it and gave him six weeks, but it was either this or Pac-Man (which was an absolutely wretched port) where they made more cartridges than there had been sold 2600s to date. So oot only did they expect every single person who owned the thing to buy one, but they expected more people to buy a console because of it.

Obviously, that didn't work, and the Crash of 1983 was the result.

Re: The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

"seeking to find the lost dump containing thousands of copies of ...... It has long been rumored that millions of copies of the Atari 2600 game, E.T.: Extra-Terrestrial......"

Thousands or Millions?

 
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