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April 13, 2013 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Games buried in a landfill is unsettling, but you'll need a sleuth and vehicle to retrieve them

Alamogordo New Mexico landfill map We've all heard the story, but it's become the "Bigfoot" of gaming lore - pix or it didn't happen. Ugh! Reporting huge losses, Atari took the easy way out when their inventory of game carts wouldn't sell. Easier to dispose of them and write it off than attempt to sell the carts at steep discount. Most retailers tried discounting and were unable to move them off shelves, so they certainly didn't want MORE of them.

Despite stories in the New York Times and confirmation on Snopes, folks must secretly want to perpetuate the myth of ET and Pac-Man carts being crushed and covered in cement in an Alamogordo, NM landfill. Allegedly, truckloads of Atari product were driven into this small town and disposed of. You'd thing someone would have some photographic evidence.

At the same time, when was the last time you were at your town's dump with a camera? I guess the crew operating the steamroller and cement trucks weren't gamers. These games may not have sold well, but as a gammer I'd love to have 50 copies of each sitting on a shelf :)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 30th Anniversary Poster This Atari 2600 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial "30th Anniversary" Poster is part of a Kickstarter campaign in which the owner is commemorating the anniversary while parodying the circumstances.
Updide down gamer girl You'd probably be turned upside-down too if you heard there was a landfill full of old Atari 2600 cartridges. Who'd throw away 2600 games?

Ash B cosplaying as Velma from Scooby Doo Ash B cosplaying as Velma from Scooby Doo. Velma was the level-headed member of the Mystery Gang and would be perfect for tracking down any missing item - even truckloads of Atari games!
Mario ATV As a gaming character, Mario would surely join your quest to find those discarded game cartridges.

This whole tale makes me wonder how many avid gamers have ventured out to the NM desert in search of a dig-site? If nothing else, this myth may have inspired some kids to become archeologists. And ET isn't such a bad game - there are far worse titles.

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