Legendary Atari E.T. Landfill To Be Excavated
Legend has it that back in 1983 in the midst of the video game industry crash, Atari buried anywhere from thousand to millions of cartridges of the horrid 1982 game based on E.T. along with at least nine semi trucks full of Atari products.
It sounds crazy, right?
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So is the notion that a single game caused an industry-wide crash but that’s a prevailing theory. E.T. is largely believed to have brought about the crash back in 1983.
Production companies Fuel Entertainment, Xbox Entertainment Studios and LightBox Entertainment had previously requested permission to dig up the landfill site in New Mexico in order to make a documentary based on that blight in gaming history.
In March, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) voiced concern over a 2004 study of the landfill which found elevated levels of several chemicals and claimed “22 compounds of concern” had been found at the site.
The NMED has since changed its mind and approved the excavation provided that the three companies adhere to some strict safety conditions.
Firstly, the NMED must be notified five working days before the excavation begins. Secondly, any company planning to haul the waste must register as a certified or commercial hauler of waste with the NMED before it can do so.
Care to cast some predictions on what will be found when the landfill is excavated?