E.T. Found in New Mexico Landfill

By Jason Schreier on at

One of the most infamous urban legends in video games has turned out to be true.

Digging in Almagordo, New Mexico today, excavators discovered cartridges for the critically-panned Atari game E.T., buried in a landfill way back in 1983 after Atari couldn't get anyone to buy them. For decades, legend had it that Atari put millions of E.T. cartridges in the ground, though some sceptics have wondered whether such an extraordinary event actually happened.

Last year, Alamogordo officials finally approved an excavation of the infamous landfill, and plans kicked into motion two weeks ago, with Microsoft partnering up with a documentary team to dig into the dirt—and film the results.

Today, it's official. They've found E.T.'s home.

Top image via Microsoft's Major Nelson.

More photos via Wired's Chris Kohler:

E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

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