Date set for New Mexico dig for Atari ‘E.T.’ games

Film makers hope to unearth Atari history in NM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – A search in a New Mexico landfill for a rumored stash of what some call the worst video game ever made by Atari is set to get underway this month.

Microsoft-owned Xbox has announced that a dig of the Alamogordo landfill, where Atari reportedly discarded millions of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in 1983, is scheduled for April 26.

Xbox officials say the excavation will be open for public viewing.

Xbox and two other entertainment companies are making a documentary about the project.

City officials tell the Alamogordo Daily News ( that the city has rights to any discovered games.

“E.T.” the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, was a commercial dud said to have contributed to Atari’s decline. 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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