Documentary of Atari dig in the New Mexico desert on Netflix

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A documentary on Atari’s decline and a decades-old urban legend on the secret dumping of the “E.T.” game in the New Mexico desert is airing on Netflix.

“Atari: Game Over” was released on the streaming service late Wednesday and details the demise of gaming giant Atari. The documentary also investigates claims that Atari hid its biggest flop, 1982’s “E.T.,” by burying the cartridges in an Alamogordo, New Mexico, dump.

The “E.T.” game had the reputation of being the worst game ever made and contributed to the demise of the company.

Around 300 and 400 games uncovered in the New Mexico landfill last year were later sold on eBay.

One of the “E.T.” Atari game cartridges unearthed from a heap of garbage was added to the Smithsonian’s video game history collection.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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