If you’re a more established and weathered gamer, by which I mean you’re around the age of 30 or older, then you might actually remember the Atari, more importantly you may remember one of the worst games ever made "E.T." How about the rumour that thousands of copies of it were buried in the desert?
Well it looks like that rumour has got the attention of some Atari fans who want to finally put it to the test, did Atari really crush nine tractor trailer semi truckloads of Atari 2600 cartridges in a New Mexico landfill? Thousands of copies of E.T. and the 2600 edition of Pac-Man, laid to rest, in a garbage dump.
A film company from Ontario has signed a deal with Alamogordo City Commission to conduct a film around their investigation, which will pretty much result in an archaeological dig to find some long lost computer games, it's like Indiana Jones gone digital, although I don't suspect there will be much value in the items they find.
There are so many rumours surrounding this story but it's one that's been around for decades and in that time there have been many conflicting stories, even Atari can't give straight information on this one anymore, so maybe it is time to uncover the truth in true myth buster style with a trip to the El Paso plant in an Alamogordo landfill.
Joe Lewandowski ran the garbage company at the time and said "It was the game systems, actually the game systems themselves it was actual cartridges and games, ET and so on," when talking about what he say tipped back in 1983.
"I hope more people find out about Alamogordo through this opportunity that we have to unearth the Atari games in the landfill," said Susie Galea, Alamogordo's mayor.