ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – The dig for what many call the worst Atari game ever has paid off at a New Mexico landfill.
After more than 30 years of speculation and hours upon hours of digging, history was made.
“E.T. is definitely here,” said the dig announcer.
Saturday, Hollywood film crews dug into an Alamogordo landfill in hopes of uncovering the widely criticized 1982 video game, E.T.
The game was so bad people say Atari gave up trying to sell it and shipped a million or more copies to the dump.
Atari never admitted to it.
Saturday afternoon crews alongside more than 200 spectators witnessed the urban legend become a reality.
“It’s very uplifting to finally see someone actually unearth something E.T. related or Atari related from the landfill,” said Kyle Kulakowski.
Austin Adamson drove 12 hours to see the event.
“This is history in the making. It’s a story to tell my grandchildren one day,” he said.
Archeologists say they found several thousand Atari game cartridges, many of them fully intact.
They also found joysticks, game consoles and newspapers detailing the Atari dump event.
One of the original E.T. game designers was there to enjoy it all.
“I made this game 32 years ago and it’s totally thrilling to me to see something I worked on that long ago is still having impact and it’s still generating entertainment and excitement for people,” said Howard Scott Warshaw.
Even though Warshaw might be known for designing the worst Atari game ever, he says the dig proves otherwise.
“Today E.T. has become a groundbreaking game in another way,” said Warshaw.
His fans agreed.
“We got Roswell. Now, we got E.T. right here,” said Fabian Esquero.
It’s up to the city of Alamogordo what happens to the games next.