Atari landfill being searched for old, bad 'E.T.' video game

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A landfill rumored to be filled with old Atari video games is going to be dug up to see if the rumors are actually true. A New Mexico city commission is allowing Fuel Industries to search through the Atari landfill to see if there are any games buried there.

A landfill located in Alamogordo, N.M. is said to be the home of thousands of copies of "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial," an old school game that has been dubbed the worst video game of all time. Though copies of the cartridges are available on eBay for a couple of dollars, Fuel has been given six months to see if these mystery copies are actually buried. It's unclear what the company will do if the copies are in fact found.

According to the myth behind the landfill, nine semi-trucks dumped copies of "E.T." and other Atari products in 1983. Atari had paid Steven Spielberg tens of millions of dollars for the rights to the game, but it has developed a cult since over how terrible the game is.

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