Atari documentary highlights New Mexico

(KRQE) – It’s just the beginning for “Atari: Game Over.” The trailer for the documentary premiered this weekend at Comic Con in San Diego. It focuses on the downfall of the company, and the video game so bad, thousands of copies were buried in a landfill in Alamogordo.

It was during production that filmmakers unearthed a tomb of game cartridges in the dump. Alamogordo Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Rentschler said 30 years of speculation led to the dig.

“The trailer was just outstanding,” Rentschler said. “It really showcases what happened here pretty well.”

About 1,400 Atari cartridges were found in the landfill in April, nearly 200 of them copies of the game based on the hit movie E.T. Around 100 games went to the filmmakers.

City officials say months later the rest of the cartridges are sitting in a storage locker while they hammer out a curation services agreement with a local museum. Until that time, the games won’t be on display or for sale.

City officials say they hope to have everything ironed out – and displays at three spots in town – before “Atari: Game Over” hits gaming consoles this fall. 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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