The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico is hardly the place which will be in news. It was here that thousands of Atari cartridges were buried in 1983.However after a Microsoft sponsored documentary dug out some of Atari’s cartridges that went into landfill and the cartridges are now selling like hot cakes. The titles included E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Asteroids, Defender and other classic games via the Tularosa Basin Historical Society on eBay. About 100 cartridges, some still cocooned in their boxes are up for grabs with a starting bid of $50. The Boxed copies of ET are getting the highest bids upwards $405.
One of the games which are fervently being sought by collectors is the “E.T.” ET ironically was once dubbed as the worst game Atari had ever created or is even now dubbed as the one of the worst games of all time. Even today ET is an embodiment of how consoles and machines with huge budgets have failed to deliver. ET is often dubbed as the game which killed Atari.
The Atari cartridges are exhumed and are given a numbered certificate of genuineness from the city of Alamogordo, a city property ID tag and a description with photos of the 1983 burial and the 2014 excavation proving the story to be true.
ET was dubbed the worst game both in gameplay and financial standpoint. The video was the last nail in the proverbial coffin of Atari, which finally pushed Atari out of reckoning in the video game market. It also was followed by the crash in the gaming market in 1982.
Atari in order to get rid of the ET game inventory sent thousands of cartridges to the landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, along with some other game failures. The cartridges laid in peace for 30 years before a documentary team went into the landfill to dig them up.
The Documentary is backed by Microsoft and it explored the landfill and the problems with ET. It will be aired exclusively on Xbox on November 20. It will also be the last program which will be aired by Xbox Entertainment Studios. The studio will face the same fate of Atari and will be defunct, thanks to Satya Nadella’s purge.