Crews unearth what has been called Atari’s worst game ever in a New Mexico landfill

Atari ET game excavation
Atari ET game excavation

ALAMOGORDO, NM (KRQE/CNN) – There was a big archaeological dig in New Mexico over the weekend.

They weren’t looking for Jimmy Hoffa, or dinosaur bones — but ET.

Well, the Atari game at least.

Legend had it that Atari dumped at least a million ET cartridges in a landfill because it was such a horrible game.

Atari never admitted it, but over the weekend the story has been proven true.

After more than 30 years of speculation, and hours upon hours of digging, history was made.

Hollywood film crews dug into an Alamogordo landfill in hopes of uncovering the widely criticized 1982 video game, ET.

The game was so bad people say Atari gave up trying to sell it and shipped a million or more copies to the dump.

Atari never admitted to it.

Crews alongside more than 200 spectators witnessed that urban legend become a reality.

Archeologists say they found several thousands Atari game cartridges, many of them fully intact.

They also found joysticks, game consoles and newspapers detailing the Atari dump event.

One of the original ET game designers was there to enjoy it all.

“I made this game 32 years ago and it’s totally thrilling to me to see something I worked on that long ago is still having impact and it’s still generating entertainment and excitement for people,” Howard Scott Warshaw, E.T. Game Designer said.

Even though Howard Warshaw might be known for designing the worst Atari game ever, he says the dig proves otherwise.

“Today ET has become a groundbreaking game in another way,” Warshaw said.

His fans agree.

“We got Roswell. Now, we got ET right here,” Fabian Esquero said.

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