Atari's ET Really Was Buried in the Desert, Bucketloads of Copies Have Been Excavated

The story of a landfill brimming with copies of Atari’s failed ET game has long been one of the urban legends of gaming culture. Today, it appears that legend has been proven, with a group of archaeologists operating as part of a Microsoft funded documentary uncovering their first coverage over the weekend.

Some of the cartridges may be in good enough condition to still be playable, archaeologist Andrew Reinhard said.

Along with copies of ET, a range of Atari paraphernalia from game catalogs to promotional materials have been found.

The excavators have reportedly filled seven or eight buckets with interesting pieces from the excavation.

Check out a sneak preview from Microsoft’s upcoming documentary detailing the uncovering of the first cartridge (Skip to 5 minutes in for the cartridge unveiling).

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