The E.T. Mystery: Solved

The world of videogames includes a number of unsolved mysteries, however one particular mystery seemed nothing more than a Chinese whisper. A rumour. A hoax.

For years people have talked about how hundreds of copies of the Atari title ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial’ game (which massively flopped at retail) could have been buried in a landfill site. The Angry Video Game Nerd has even featured this tale as the main storyline for his upcoming film.

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Turns out, it’s true! Microsoft are busy recording a documentary on the subject and managed to negotiate an excavation of the landfill out in New Mexico. Low and behold, they found a fair number of copies of the infamous title, mixed in with a number of other Atari titles of the time including Centipede and Space Invaders.

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You can find out more information about the documentary and the discovery of the lost cartridges at this link.

Images courtesy of Major Nelson’s Twitter feed.

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