Film makers hope to unearth Atari history in NM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – Film makers are expected to start digging at a New Mexico landfill next month in search of Atari games.

According to the tech site, Fuel Entertainment and Lightbox revealed Friday that they hope to start digging at an Alamogordo landfill as early as April.

They’re looking for the holy grail of Atari games, ET inspired cartridges that ended up turning into an epic flop.

The game was so bad millions of copies went unsold or were returned.

Legend has it that Atari needed to get rid of the extra games from its El Paso factory and that truckloads of them were buried under cement in Alamogordo.

Last year, the City approved a deal to allow the film company to look for them.

“I hope more people find out about Alamogordo through this opportunity that we have to unearth the Atari games in the landfill,” Mayor Susie Galea said.

“Maybe it’ll get us a little bit of publicity and bring some business to our town,” City Commissioner Josh Radin said.

The film makers say it will be a huge job and hope that people will come out to help. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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