Area 2600: E.T. phone dump.



Urban Legends are rarely proven to be true, Just look at Chupacabra and Bigfoot, still all legendy in there legendness.  Anyways, Atari had one of the biggest systems of the 1970’s and 1980’s, There were a lot of great games that made the transition from Arcades to the home platform.  Games like Pong, Centipede, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and more,  Some games however were made exclusively for the Atari and Atari 2600 systems.  One of which, is widely considered the worst game ever made, that game is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.  Based on the movie by Steven Spielberg, the game looks almost nothing like the movie,  It was even said to be rushed out by it’s creator just so it made it out in time to promote the movie.  The game is broken and altogether an incomplete game.  There were rumors that Atari was so embarrassed by the poor sales of E.T. that it took the remaining unsold cartridges and buried them in a landfill in New Mexico.  The rumors grew into a huge urban legend over the years.

This led a documentary filmmaker, Zack Penn, to see if this myth was true,  He put much research into finding the location of the cartridges, and finally on April 26th, 2014 ET phoned home.  Not only were ET Cartridges found but a bunch of other Atari games were found as well.

According to the Associated Press, One man at the dig knew about the games being there.

The game’s finding came as no surprise to James Heller, a former Atari manager who was invited by the production to the dig site. He says in 1983 the company tasked him with finding an inexpensive way to dispose of 728,000 cartridges they had in a warehouse in El Paso, Texas. After a few local kids ran into trouble for scavenging and the media started calling him about it, he decided to pour a layer of concrete over the games.


The documentary is being made for Microsoft as a project for their new studio initiative to create movies and content for Xbox One’s Microsoft Game Studio.  There is no word if the backhoe that was digging got out of the pit or just kept falling back in frustrating the driver to the point of exhaustion.

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