Unearthed Atari E.T. Cartridges Phone Home

There will be a documentary about the excavation.

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In 1983, Atari allegedly buried their millions of unsold E.T. cartridges. The company had only devoted six weeks to the game, and it became notorious for being a terrible. Since then, gamers have speculated on the exact location of the missing cartridges.

But that all changed today when Zak Penn, director of X Men 2, announced that he and his team have finally unearthed the lost E.T. Cartridges in Alamogordo, New Mexico. According to CNET, Penn’s team discovered the first cartridge at 12:45 p.m.

For anybody who doubted, there’s a whole heck of a lot of games down there. We just saw them.

The cartridges still function properly; only the packaging suffered visible damage. Members of the crowd played the unearthed E.T. cartridges despite the game’s notorious reputation. I suppose you have to play it in order to believe it.

In May 2013, Penn received permission from Alamogordo’s City Commission to excavate the landfill so they could create a documentary. The Atari E.T. cartridges has had a large history with believers and skeptics debating on the plausability of the story. This sounds like promising material for a documentary.

Are you excited for the team’s discovery? Will you see the documentary when it’s released? Do you know of any other gaming mysteries that you want solved? Let us know in the comments!

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