Documentary film crew finds E.T. game cartridges in New Mexico landfill

Remember the film crew that was going to dig up the Atari landfill in a search for E.T. video game cartridges? (No, not the Angry Video Game Nerd movie crew! The other movie crew!) They found something!

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Remember that film crew that was making a trek to New Mexico to excavate the fabled Atari landfill in an effort to dig up millions of copies of the infamous E.T. The Extra Terrestrial game cartridges? (No, not the Angry Video Game Nerd movie crew. The other movie crew!) Well, the documentary film team has reported back in from the legendary Atari Dump and it appears that their efforts were indeed successful.

IGN reports that the documentary crew found a pile of E.T. cartridges in a landfill along the Almagordo, New Mexico desert.

"We found something!" film director Zak Penn exclaimed to the crowd in attendance. "We found an intact E.T. video game. The actual cartridge is still in there."

The crew is continuing their expedition in an effort to find anything else the landfill may be housing. Those interested in following the crew's entire journey will be able to do so when Penn's documentary releases exclusively on Xbox Live later this year.

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    April 26, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Documentary film crew finds E.T. game cartridges in New Mexico landfill.

    Remember the film crew that was going to dig up the Atari landfill in a search for E.T. video game cartridges? (No, not the Angry Video Game Nerd movie crew! The other movie crew!) They found something!

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      April 26, 2014 2:12 PM

      Who thought they wouldn't find carts?

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        April 26, 2014 2:27 PM

        i thought it was a myth

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          April 26, 2014 2:43 PM

          No. It was never a myth they dumped the carts. It's just been decades of people going "no really?" That made people think it was a myth. My understanding has always been the myth was they did it because it was a shitty game and that they entombed every copy they could find in a landfill.

          Reality was they made a dumb gamble and made, by an order of magnitude, way more copies of the game than they could ever hope to sell. Then, on top of that it ended up being a horrible game that some people even returned. So, they had tons of these carts in a warehouse. That gave them 2 options: waste even more money housing the things and maybe try to give them away through some promotion, or write off a loss and dump em.

          They did the fiscally smart thing since they were all salesmen anyway and dumped the games. Since this was early/mid 80s there was no real environmental law, no real recycling system, no thoughts on repurposing these things. Only option they would have would be a landfill and/or burning them. Since they had access to this landfill in nm, they chucked em.

          It's as simple as that, it's only a story because of the game's infamy sand because younger people these days don't understand what a big deal landfills became because of shit like this which led to the rise of recycling in the 90s

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            April 27, 2014 1:10 AM

            I played the shit out of that game and I even finished it. Same with Raiders of the Lost Ark.

            Fuck parachuting around that branch in Raiders.

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        April 26, 2014 7:56 PM

        I thought they might find Geraldo Rivera.

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      April 26, 2014 2:31 PM

      So they found ... one?

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      April 26, 2014 2:32 PM

      Link to super relevant music video (again)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rt_3_bQVJU

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      April 26, 2014 2:35 PM

      the Centipede cartridge is cute.

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      April 26, 2014 2:42 PM

      I'll be honest, I didn't expect them to find anything. I'm actually really surprised.

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        April 26, 2014 2:44 PM

        Same here, I'm kind of amazed by all of this

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        April 26, 2014 6:06 PM

        yup.

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        April 27, 2014 4:40 AM

        Why didn't you expect them to find anything? I know the production crew and MS have been playing up the Urban Legend angle, but the actual dump is well-documented. Everybody knew the stuff was there. The surprising thing would have been if they didn't find anything.

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          April 27, 2014 6:11 AM

          I didn't realize that the dump was well documented. I thought it was an urban legend type thing.

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      April 26, 2014 2:59 PM

      Penn's documentary releases exclusively on Xbox Live later this year

      From 100% interested to "MEH" faster than a speeding bullet.

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        April 26, 2014 3:37 PM

        Microsoft will probably play a trailer for it at E3. TELEVISION, TELEVISION, TELEVISION, TELEVISION!!

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        April 26, 2014 4:05 PM

        I could literally hear the slide whistle descending in my head

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        April 26, 2014 4:16 PM

        I don't see why that would change anything. Netflix and Amazon have exclusive content that they've paid for.

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          April 26, 2014 4:39 PM

          But we like to use those services..

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          April 26, 2014 5:10 PM

          Because video streaming to XBL that isn't via an app like Netflix is probably the worst type of streaming possible.

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          April 26, 2014 11:35 PM

          How can one get excited for something one is never going to see?

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      April 26, 2014 3:09 PM

      Now what?

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      April 26, 2014 3:53 PM

      Microsoft only dug them up so they could sneak back at night and fill the hole with Kins, Zunes, Windows Phones, Surface RT tablets, copies of Windows 8 and excess Xbones... and then use the copies of E.T. as the next free Games for Gold game.

      - commenter on Engadget. LOL

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      April 26, 2014 4:12 PM

      Whats gonna happen to the AVGN movie now?

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        April 26, 2014 4:15 PM

        I had the same thought! Delayed 4 years due to re-shoots.

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          April 26, 2014 7:36 PM

          He actually posted on his blog today about it. AVGN: movie is actually going to come out this year. He's almost done with it. Also he was actually invited to be part of the documentary and be out there when they dug up the carts today. He was unable to make it, however, because today is his son's first birthday. But he said both the ms documentary and his Avgn film will release this year

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      April 26, 2014 4:36 PM

      k.

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      April 26, 2014 5:31 PM

      We found 12 cents!

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      April 26, 2014 11:12 PM

      What a waste of time and effort.

      "YAY we found trash! OMG we found it even though they only buried a few million of them!!"

      Are you fking kidding me??

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      April 27, 2014 6:05 AM

      I totally don't get why anyone cares about this.. what am i missing?

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        April 27, 2014 7:18 AM

        You're too young to understand apparently

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          April 27, 2014 1:56 PM

          Pretty much this. It's a generational thing.

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      April 27, 2014 7:25 AM

      What's this gonna do to the AVGN movie, though? Spoiler or free marketing?

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      April 27, 2014 7:49 AM

      kinda sad they won't be found thousands of years from now by an alien civilization

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        April 27, 2014 1:58 PM

        Well, yes and no. Yeah, we uncovered it. But, they're going to go right back in. I mean, they're not going to warehouse that garbage or put all of it into a museum. I'd be surprised if they even dug all of it up. So, it'll all still be there for the aliens to find.

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      April 27, 2014 10:26 AM

      Did they plug em in to see if they'd work?

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      April 27, 2014 5:47 PM

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      April 28, 2014 9:19 AM

      What a perfect example of crap television, they literally are showing rubbish (and a well known fact) as some kind of urban legend/conspiracy, they need to hire some half-assed actors and make this to the 1st season of "Landfill Wars", now on TLC!

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