Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Not Gold In New Mexico. It's E.T.

It looks like New Mexico overruled their local environment board's decision to not let Lightbox Entertainment dig up a plot in the desert where, supposedly, Atari buried a bunch of games that never sold. Or the EPA sped up their research time and gave the green light. I'm going to go with the former given the EPA's history.

But man, the internet went nuts yesterday after the urban legend was officially confirmed as crew members started pulling up Atari cartridges of E.T. and other games from a landfill outside of Alamogordo, new Mexico. Part of the reason that a film crew wanted to dig up the trench is to go along with Microsoft's new streaming gaming series about the history of, well, games. Atari makes up a big chunk of our past and how video games came to be, and it's only appropriate to give it a full treatment of beginning to end. And that means digging holes in the desert.

The first questions people were asking when the initial image went to Twitter? Are the games still playable? Probably not given how long they have been sitting in a hole, having been damaged by the elements of nature. And Larry Hryb, one of the creator's of the original XBox who was on-hand at the dig, and members of the film crew believe that this is the case. Though it doesn't seem like anyone has actually tested it yet. Let's get on that people! We're curious! It's also believed that nearly 750,000 cartridges are in that landfill. They won't be allowed to dig up all of them at this time, but it's something to postulate - that the scale of gaming was so large in 1982, they had 750 thousand games to get rid of when it all came down. They grew too big, too fast, and paid for it.

Best of luck to Lightbox as they finish up their documentary. They're one step closer, now.


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