|By Kramer Phillips | 7 years ago|
E.T. may have phoned home, embraced a tearful Elliot and boarded his spaceship in 1982. But three decades later, the extra-terrestrial or at least part of his legacy has been discovered still here on earth; at least buried just beneath it.
To coincide with the release of the blockbuster film, Atari released the video game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. At the time, the game sold for $29.99. Today, the game can be purchased online on EBay for $5 dollars as a novelty or cult collectible. Why would an old video game still warrant attention and interest? For the fact that many experts and video game enthusiasts consider it the worst video game ever made and further admonish it for being a major contributor to the downfall of the successful video game industry in the 1980s.
Atari is believed to have assigned the loss of five million unwanted video game cartridges. Speculation was that the game cartridges were buried in a landfill site in Albuquerque, New Mexico; a theory reported by The New York Times.
Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios has embarked on an exploration dig in search of the video games and will chronicle the event in the form of a documentary film directed by Zak Penn. A video game enthusiast searched for the location of the suspected burial site that was found 200 miles southeast of Albuquerque at a landfill 150 by 150 feet.
Three hours into the dig, the first evidence of video game cartridges were discovered under layers of trash. At this time, there is not an accurate count of how many units were found; however the find proves that in fact the game cartridges were buried; providing evidence to a mystery of extra-terrestrial proportions.
E.T. May have phoned home but some piece of his alien existence has been found buried in the New Mexico desert.