Smithsonian wants unearthed Atari games

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Atari dig might be over, but the attention it’s getting is only growing.

Geologists have just started sorting through all of the games dug up at the Alamogordo landfill Saturday.

Now, the city is trying to decide what to do with them and some big names are showing interest.

“The Smithsonian museum is interested as well as the New Mexico Museum of Space History,” said Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea.

Galea says the Smithsonian contacted her months ago, hoping to be one of the first to get its hands on a piece of history and a piece of New Mexico.

“I think its quite an honor for the City of Alamogordo to have a piece of pop culture go to the Smithsonian,” said Galea.

She says the city also plans to appraise the findings from Saturday’s dig.

Because the games were buried in Alamogordo, the city will get to keep or sell most of them.

Galea wants the public to have a chance to buy some.

“While I was at the site at the Atari dig one of the spectators said they would be willing to pay $200,” she said.

The city says it hasn’t set any prices yet, but the good news is the money brought in from the games will go right back to residents of Alamogordo. The mayor wants this to drive tourism and hopes Atari is to Alamogordo what UFO’s are to Roswell.

“Alamogordo and other parts of New Mexico have been uninvestigated by many parts of the world and now we are on the map worldwide,” said Galea.

The city has agreed to give 250 games or 10 percent of the findings whichever is less to the crews who filmed a documentary about the dig.

They hope to have the games sorted through in the next several months.

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