Cracked: The Infamous Atari E.T. Game Mystery

Microsoft Xbox group finds long buried stash of Atari E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial games.
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Credit: REUTERS/Phil McCarten

It was certainly the stuff of Urban Legend only this time it quite a bit more.  The story goes that Atari, facing huge losses and an even bigger hit to its reputation in 1984 buried what amounted to the gaming industry’s Edsel – the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game.  The company supposedly buried “millions” of ET.. cartridges in the desert.   Years later in an effort to prove this story was true, Microsoft’s Xbox group set out to find and dig the cartridges up as part of  a documentary it is producing with Fuel Entertainment and Lightbox called “Signal to Noise.” Over the weekend the quest was wildly successful indeed finding the Atari stash buried in a long-closed Alamogordo dump.  Here’s a look at the event.

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