The Atari E.T. Landfill Excavation Starts Today. What Will They Find?

By Robert Sorokanich on at

In 1983, the failing Atari video game company allegedly dumped millions of unsold E.T. the Extra Terrestrial cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Ever since, game nostalgists have tried to track down the cartridge horde. Today, screenwriter Zak Penn and his documentary crew begin digging, and our friends at Wired got a sneak peek at the excavation.

Who knows what the team will find. As Joe Lewandowski, the dig site organiser, points out, they're searching for a relatively small deposit within a huge landfill that's otherwise composed of basic trash, and they can't just go poking around wherever they want. So they're working on a best-guess area.

Will the cartridges be intact? Will they be recognisable? Will they be completely destroyed by the effects of being underground for 30-plus years? Will they even find anything? We'll just have to wait and see. That silence you hear is old-school game aficionados holding their breath. [Wired]