PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free Bridge Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Game Over at Old Atari Landfill

Friday, May 2, 2014

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

E.T., phone home: An excavation crew and documentary team have unearthed hundreds of your game cartridges from a 300-acre New Mexico landfill.

The cartridges are for the game "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," based on the hit movie, and often referred to as the worst video game ever made.

Atari E.T. game
Photos: XBox

An excavation crew and documentary team have unearthed hundreds of Atari's "E.T." games in a New Mexico landfill, where they were buried and covered with concrete in the early 1980s.

About 200 people gathered early Saturday (April 26) to watch the bulldozers dig up the landfill, FoxNews.com reported.

Rush Order

In December 2013, Fuel Entertainment and a local garbage contractor, Joe Lewandowski, acquired rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill.

Xbox Entertainment Studios was then roped in, and it hopes to use the footage for an upcoming documentary, "Atari: Game Over."

Production on the E.T. game was rushed to make it onto store shelves by Christmas in 1982. To break even, Atari had to sell out of its five million units—but only 3.5 million had sold by the following fall, at which the point the company was already falling apart.

Nearly 1M Games

James Heller, a former Atari manager invited to the dig site, said the company had put him in charge of disposing 728,000 games in 1983, the Associated Press reported.

Atari landfill

Production on the "E.T." game was rushed for Christmas 1983. The game was regarded as Atari's worst work.

So Atari filled up truckloads of the "E.T" game cartridges, and drove them from its El Paso, TX, offices to a landfill in New Mexico. The games were buried and covered in a layer of concrete to prevent people from digging them back up.

Lewandowski started managing the landfill shortly after the cartridges were dumped, and told the AP that the crew used old photographs and dug exploratory wells to find the site.

Officials say they have found hundreds of cartridges at the landfill, but the excavation is continuing. It is not yet clear if the games were also buried elsewhere.

The original Atari company closed up shop in 1984, and the name has been bought several times since then.

   

Tagged categories: Construction

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

SAFE Systems, Inc.
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems

Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the
system that best fits
your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278


PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
Industrial strength performance in ONE can.

Now get the durability and protection of two components in one can: Amercoat® ONE, PSX® ONE and Sigmadur ONE.


Chicago Corrosion Group

Rust Buddy Solidifier

Stops Rust With A Brushstroke.
No Surface Prep Required.


Nationwide Overspray
Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.


CS Unitec
Work Cleaner and Safer

CS Unitec’s Vibro-Lo low-vibration scalers offer high performance for greater productivity & improved operator comfort. Optional dust shroud. info@csunitec.com


Ethox Chemicals LLC
Ethoflex® ER instantly upgrades your epoxy!

The only epoxy additive that improves flexibility, corrosion resistance, toughness, and adhesion, without hurting pot life, cure time, or increasing VOCs.


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


BASF
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
polyorders@basf.com
800-231-7868


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com


Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Pipeline Utility Aerial crossings coated since 1992. Termarust's (HR CSA) was used to overcoat lead paint and preserve cables, pipes and support towers.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com