Several copies of the E.T. Atari cartridges were recovered from a New Mexico landfill, creating a huge buzz about the game known to be “the worst video game ever made.” The Alamogordo City Commission has decided that the cartridges will be appraised, certified, and put up for sale.
Alamogordo mayor Susie Galea told Polygon, “We have been working with the space museum for curation, both for displaying and selling the games; they are now artifacts. The City Commission acted to give 100 of the games to (documentary production companies) Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment. There are 700 that we can sell.”
While the process for selling the games hasn’t been decided, the New Mexico Museum of Space History will help curate and prepare the games for sale. The remaining games will be distributed to local museums. There is a possibility that the games could be sold online, but nothing has been officially decided.
The 700,000 games that remain in the landfill west of the town will apparently stay there. The hole dug has already been filled back in after only 1,300 games were pulled out. Galea explained, “The dig was a lot deeper, a lot more than they thought they would have to go. They thought it was going to be 18 feet down and it was 30 instead. We’re going to leave the remaining games as-is.”