From The Toronto Star:
A documentary film production company has found buried in a New Mexico landfill hundreds of cartridges for Atari’s notorious E.T. game — described by some as the worst video game ever made.
Film director Zak Penn showed one E.T. cartridge retrieved from the site and said that hundreds more had been found in the mounds of trash and dirt scooped by a backhoe.
About 200 residents and game enthusiasts gathered early Saturday in southeastern New Mexico to watch backhoes and bulldozers dig through the concrete-covered landfill in search of up to a million discarded copies of E.T. The Extraterrestrial that the game’s maker had wanted to hide forever.
“I feel pretty relieved and psyched that they actually got to see something,” said Penn as members of the production team sifted through the mounds of trash, pulling out boxes, games and other Atari products.
Most of the crowd left before the discovery, turned away by strong winds that kicked up clouds of dust and garbage. By the time the games were found, only a few dozen people remained. Some were playing the infamous game in a makeshift gaming den with a TV set and an 1980s game console in the back of a van, while others took selfies beside a life-size E.T. doll inside a DeLorean car like the one that was turned into a time machine in the Back To The Future movies.