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Old 03-21-2014, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Landfill Excavation for 1,000,000's of legendary ET Atari games halted

for those familiar with atari, ET was the suckiest game ever created. it was so bad it is rumored that millions of dollars of the product were dumped in the desert and then eventually concreted over like jimmy hoffa or a nuclear waste spill.

the rumors are true as i know people who raided the site for free games and consoles.

anyways the television project in the works to document and unearth the fiasco has been put on hold-

E.T. Can't Phone Home Yet: Landfill Search for Atari Game Halted

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-new...ri-game-n58256

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New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.

Game cartridges for "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," based on Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hit film, were reportedly dumped in the landfill in the 1980s.

New Mexico Environment Department spokesman Jim Winchester said Wednesday an approved waste excavation plan, or WEP, is needed before any dig can begin, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

"A WEP must be approved in advance of any excavation, and that includes even the city of Alamogordo," Winchester said.

Alamogordo city commissioners approved the search in June. However, Winchester said state environmental officials have control of the WEP's final approval, and it was rejected Feb. 27.

The companies haven't yet submitted a new one, Winchester said.

Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive recently announced plans to search the landfill for the game that proved a financial drain for Atari. The companies plan to record the dig for a documentary to be released by Microsoft Corp. for the Xbox One console. Filmmakers have even offered fans the chance to enter a giveaway of anything that might be unearthed.

Catherine Pasciak, a producer for LightBox, said the company still plans to travel to Alamogordo, if and when the project gets approval. The filmmakers have already shot some interviews, she said.

Atari paid Steven Spielberg tens of millions of dollars to license the wildly popular 1982 movie's name. In the game, the player takes on the role of the titular alien and tries to elude FBI agents while collecting pieces of a telephone to call E.T.'s spaceship.

The end result was a huge commercial dud that caused the troubled company's worth to sink even further.

Atari purportedly disposed of millions of game cartridges and other equipment by the truckload at the landfill. The area's supposed role as a gaming burial ground has snowballed into mythic status over the years.

— The Associated Press

First published March 20 2014, 4:09 PM
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Default Re: Landfill Excavation for 1,000,000's of legendary ET Atari games halted

"Suck" is a very subjective term when talking about Atari games. I think they all kinda sucked. It's the relative distance from "absolute suckage" that changes.
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Default Re: Landfill Excavation for 1,000,000's of legendary ET Atari games halted

Pong > E.T. on Atari

I could be wrong but I think it had a massive flaw in the programming that made it unfinishable and almost impossible to even play. Everyone in my town had a copy of the cartridge and nobody knew what was the point or even how to play it.

It was the worst game ever invented.

TIC TAC TOE > E.T.

I am ashamed they dumped it in my landfill and it is polluting my garbage.
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Pong was the best thing ever back in the day other than I had to physically walk across the room to change the tv to channel 3.
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watched a few TV shows because I was to lazy to get up walk to the TV change the channel walk back to the chair and sit back down.
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watched a few TV shows because I was to lazy to get up walk to the TV change the channel walk back to the chair and sit back down.
hehehe the volume broke on my remote and I've been grumbling about actually having to get up and change the volume *maybe* 2 times a day.
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I remember those days too.

It was in those days that it was also not good to be a little brother when the only way to get a good reception on a portable TV was by holding the antenna in a freaking stupid place.
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It was in those days that it was also not good to be a little brother when the only way to get a good reception on a portable TV was by holding the antenna in a freaking stupid place.


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as a kid you would be your parents remote control.
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