NM City to Divvy Up Unearthed Atari Games
Including the 'worst game ever' found at landfill
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2014 10:02 AM CDT
In this April 26 photo, an E.T. doll is seen while construction workers prepare to dig into a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M.   (Juan Carlos Llorca)

(Newser) – Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month. Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, issued a draft of a distribution plan to Alamogordo city officials on Tuesday. Lewandowski said that some of the games should be given to the filmmakers, museums, and the public, reports the Alamogordo Daily News. "They're considered to have value because they're part of the legend," said Lewandowski. "It's a piece of history." The details of how the public might acquire some of the games are still being ironed out.

City documents show that Atari consoles and more than 1,300 games were found, including "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Some of the other discovered titles include "Centipedes," ''Warlords," and "Asteroids." Reports that truckloads of what some say was the worst video game ever made were buried in the landfill have been urban legend since the early '80s. In fact, the "E.T." game's poor reception was seen as a factor in Atari's demise. After months of planning with state and local regulators, crews discovered numerous game cartridges on April 26. The dig cost more than $50,000.

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Harry Nuttzak
Nov 8, 2014 5:07 PM CST
Hey if this team can unearth a bunch of games dumped in a landfill decades ago, perhaps they could set their next objective to find Lois Lerner's emails?
Nov 8, 2014 12:54 PM CST
I dont even know how Atari lasted so long the graphics sucked. My grandfather used to do a lot of work with the Japs I remember in 83 he brought me a Famicom machine back from Tokoyo and we through the Atari in the trash. My friends thought it was crazy when Nintendo started selling the NES in the US we were like we've been playing this thing for years.
Jun 1, 2014 8:18 PM CDT
Load them into a rocket and shoot them off into the cosmos.