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Archeologists Unearth A Plethora of Retro Atari Games in the Desert

et-landfill-cover It’s the stuff of legends. Literally. For decades, there has been a long-standing rumor that somewhere out in New Mexico was the final resting place of every last copy of the Atari game E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, a game so bad that they had to bury it. Over the weekend, digging began in a spot thought to house the long-lost games, and it looks like they hit pay dirt.

But the digital adventures of the plucky alien wasn’t all they found. Associate Professor of Culture and Technology at SUNY Stony Brook and on-site Atari historian Raiford Guins put it best: “E.T. is the face of this dig … but there are a lot of corpses.”

Take the jump to check out a photo gallery of the dig!

The dig was done for a new documentary, produced by Xbox, by Fuel Entertainment’s Mike Burns, a longtime Atari fan, is partnering with documentary filmmakers Simon and Jonathan Chinn of Lightbox. Beyond E.T, the list of games found in the dig thus far is as follows:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Yars’ Revenge
  • Pele’s Soccer 
  • Superman 
  • Human Cannonball
  • Circus Atari
  • Night Driver
  • Adventure
  • Haunted House
  • Combat-CX-2601
  • Defender (Atari 2600)
  • Defender (Atari 5200)
  • Space Invaders
  • Air-Sea Battle 
  • Missile Command
  • Pac-Man
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Warlords 
  • Swordquest: Fireworld
  • Vanguard
  • Star Raiders
  • Real Sports: Football
  • Qix
  • Phoenix
  • Asteroids
  • Berzerk
  • Centipede
  • Breakout
  • Super Breakout

Via ReadWrite

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