NM city preps for Atari game dig

ALAMOGORDO (KRQE) – A video game famous for being a frightful flop may finally be a huge hit for a New Mexico city.

The date is now set to dig for copies of the failed video game that, according to legend, were buried in a garbage dump.

The 1982 movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, turned into what some have called the worst video game ever: Atari’s E.T.

“It has always been a legend around Alamogordo,” a resident said.

Locals believe thousands, maybe millions, of unsold copies are buried in an Alamogordo landfill.

In two weeks, they will know for sure when a crew tries to dig them up while Fuel Industries gets it on video.

“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 told KRQE last year.

Since then, article after article has invited people to travel to Alamogordo to witness video game history on Sat., April 26.

Galea said on Monday that people have called the visitor center and hotels asking about it, and the city will be ready with an information booth and local food vendors.

She said she is expecting at least 300 visitors and that the first 100 could become the new owners of the old games—that is, if they turn up.

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