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Surprise! New Mexico landfill excavation unearths E.T. Atari games

April 28, 2014 | By Mike Rose

April 28, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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If you currently refer to the Atari video game burial of 1983 as "an urban legend," Microsoft has got the proof for you that the burial of millions of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial games did in fact happen.

Earlier this month, Xbox Entertainment was given the go-ahead to dig up the new Mexico landfill where it is said Atari buried its games during the North American video game crash of 1983.

The dig started last week, and it hasn't taken the team long to uncover the evidence. The Xbox Wire blog has a detailed description of the excavation, along with photo evidence showing E.T. cartridges.

The team plans to give "a comprehensive rundown" sometime in the next few days. The dig is in aid of capturing footage for an upcoming documentary titled Atari: Game Over.

Xbox Entertainment has also released the following b-roll footage from the dig, giving a further glimpse into how it looks.



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