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Dumped Atari video games found in New Mexico

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Dumped Atari video games found in New Mexico

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 27, 2014

The 1982 Atari 2600 "E.T." video game has been found. 

According to gaming legend, after a crash in video game sales in 1983, millions of unsold cartridges were dumped in a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., and then sealed over with concrete. 

"Last year, Fuel Entertainment secured the right to excavate the landfill in search of the lost games, a project which it undertook on Saturday [April 26]," reports Time. "The archaeological effort hit pay dirt: The diggers have uncovered at least hundreds of cartridges, including both 'E.T.' and some titles which were best-sellers at one time, including 'Asteroids,' 'Centipede,' and 'Space Invaders.'"

Xbox will exclusively debut Fuel Entertainment's dig as an upcoming documentary, "Atari: Game Over" (working title), later this year. The film is written and directed by Zak Penn ("X-Men 2," "Avengers") and will air on Xbox One and Xbox 360.