Since the 1980s there has been quite a strange myth circulating, alleging that Atari buried thousands of unsold cartridges of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial game, which was originally released for the Atari 2600 (or rather the Atari VCS), and quickly became a massive flop, such a flop that it is believed that the manufacturer simply gave up and dumped them in an Alamogordo landfill, and even encased them in concrete to make sure they could not be dug up too easily.

Now the New Mexico Environment Department has approved the excavation of the area, filmed as part of a documentary series about video game culture in collaboration with Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios and Lightbox Entertainment.

The film will be directed by the filmmaker and screenwriter Zak Penn, the director of Avengers Assembled, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, and is likely to be shown of the Xbox console when finished.

You can find out more, and even play an emulated version of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial online at virtualatari.org.

There’s also a video of the excavation below from IGN.

Via: IGN

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