Landfill Search for 'Worst Video Game Ever' Halted
Atari's ET will continue to slumber untouched for now
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2014 1:08 AM CDT
A screenshot from the ill-fated game.   (Gamer Bros)

(Newser) – Truckloads of Atari's 1983 ET game—often listed as the worst video game in history—are believed to be entombed in a New Mexico landfill, and it doesn't look like they'll be unearthed any time soon. The New Mexico Environment Department has nixed a film production company's plan to dig for the old games, saying the firm has failed to submit a proper waste excavation plan, reports the Alamogordo Daily News.

Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive had planned to excavate the site for a documentary to be released on the Xbox One console, tied in with giveaways of games that might be unearthed at the site, the AP reports. Commissioners in the city of Alamogordo approved the search back in June, but state officials say they rejected the dig plan last month and a new one has yet to be submitted.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Mar 23, 2014 11:56 AM CDT
It was a sad story that didn't need to happen. When Vectrex was a failed venture, they sent the remaining inventory to camps all across the country. We got one and the daughter of the camp director took it home. I'm sure she's probably sold it by now. It was fun playing it in the staff house. If it took on with the public, they could have continued the development of the graphics. I think what did it in was it was only a video game and nothing else. At the time, the consoles that also did tasks such as word processing or data base management were mildly successful. But Apple's Mac box was a close resemblance of it.
Mar 21, 2014 10:18 PM CDT
It was NOT the worse video game ever! The always forget about Atari's "Adventure"!
Dylan Paulk
Mar 21, 2014 11:40 AM CDT
Lmfao. Last week a few buddies of mine were talking video games, and my science teacher overheard us. We started talking retro games with her, and she said she played quote on quote "there was one game I forget what it was called but it was horrible and I could never get it" in unicen everyone was like. IT WAS ET.