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Diggers find Atari's E.T. games in landfill

Saturday - 4/26/2014, 5:20pm  ET

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) -- A documentary film production company searching a New Mexico landfill has found hundreds of the Atari "E.T." game cartridges that some call the worst video game ever made.

Film director Zak Penn showed one "E.T." cartridge retrieved from the dumpsite and says there are hundreds more mixed in the mounds of trash and dirt scooped by a backhoe.

Fuel Entertainment is producing a documentary about the search.

The video game's commercial failure was partially responsible for the demise of Atari in the early 1980s.

The contents of the "Atari Grave" have become urban legend, with blog posts speculating about millions of cartridges and other Atari projects buried there.

A spokeswoman for Atari says the company changed hands many times since 1983 and doesn't know what is buried there.

APPHOTO RPJL205: Film Director Zak Penn shows a box of a decades-old Atari 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' game found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Producers of a documentary dug in a southeastern New Mexico landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the game that has been called the worst game in the history of video gaming and were buried there in 1983. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca) (26 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO RPJL204: An E.T. doll is seen while construction workers prepare to dig into a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Producers of a documentary are digging in the landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the Atari 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' game that has been called the worst game in the history of videogaming. A New York Times article from 1983 reported that Atari cartridges of "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" were dumped in the landfill in Alamogordo. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca) (26 Apr 2014)

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