Date set for New Mexico dig for Atari 'E.T.' games

AP News
Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:30 PM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A search in a New Mexico landfill for a rumored stash of what some call the worst video game ever made by Atari is set to get underway this month.

Microsoft-owned Xbox has announced that a dig of the Alamogordo landfill, where Atari reportedly discarded millions of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in 1983, is scheduled for April 26.

Xbox officials say the excavation will be open for public viewing.

Xbox and two other entertainment companies are making a documentary about the project.

City officials tell the Alamogordo Daily News ( that the city has rights to any discovered games.

"E.T." the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, was a commercial dud said to have contributed to Atari's decline.