Own a Piece of Gaming History When Recovered E.T. Games go on Sale

700 of the 1,300 copies of E.T. recovered during recent landfill excavation will be sold at a New Mexico museum.

Want to own a piece of gaming history? Soon you'll have the chance, as 700 of the 1,300 copies of failed movie tie-in game E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial recovered during a recent excavation of a New Mexico landfill will be sold. These cartridges will be appraised, certified, and put on sale at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the Alamogordo City Commission announced this week.

"We have been working with the space museum for curation, both for displaying and selling the games; they are now artifacts," Alamogordo mayor Susie Galea told Polygon. The remaining 600 games will be distributed to local museums, she said.

First, the recovered games will be appraised to determine their value, though no figure--not even a ballpark figure for what they might go for--was disclosed. Once they are appraised and sent to the museum, some of these games will be registered and then sold with a certificate of authenticity. There's a chance that some will be sold online, but Galea said this is not yet determined.

The Polygon report also states that more than 700,000 games (E.T. and other titles, like Centipede) remain in the landfill; only 1,300 were excavated because the dig--held April 26--proved more challenging than originally thought. Workers had to dig to a depth of 30 feet to find the games, compared to their previous estimation of 18 feet. The excavated landfill has already been filled back in.

Galea went on to say that she hopes Alamogordo can create a tourist attraction at the landfill site. It's possible that proceeds from the sale of the 700 copies of E.T. could help fund a sign for the potential attraction, but this has yet to be determined, she said.

Microsoft comissioned a multi-part documentary series about the E.T. landfill dig, which will appear exclusively on Xbox platforms sometime later this year.

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neskins
neskins

...........This is beyond ridiculous and I shame that I help feeding this crap by clicking on this link. 

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

A tourist attraction? "come and pay to see our dumping ground"... Low cost holidays are getting better I see.

Veenox
Veenox

Ooooh so that's why they did it... fucking Micro$oft!

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

more like Owning a Piece of Turd.  It was dumped for a reason.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@troll_eat_troll  Nah, it will be a funny conversation piece.  I would actually rather have a landfill copy with that story behind it rather than just some regular copy of it.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

I'm surprised "Mario is Missing" isn't in there too. A little throw back title for ya'll Call of Duty gamers

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@firstclassgamer  Nope, wasn't in there.  But I hear they backfilled the hole in the ground with extra Wii U consoles that will never sell. :)

adub424
adub424

When the Berlin Wall came down there were pieces of it being sold in major department stores. People collect some pretty weird stuff it makes them feel like they were part of something important, beyond there own lives. I wonder if any of them still work cartridge technology is durable stuff.

Cuthbert1970
Cuthbert1970

Betting the majority of the carts will find their way back into a landfill in under 10 yrs!

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Cuthbert1970  Probably, or at least one eventually shows up on an episode of Pawn Stars, and they offer $5 for it.

nurnberg
nurnberg

If Kickstarter projects can find backers, they can sell this garbage.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

This is stupid. The game was dumped there because it couldn't be sold, now they're trying to sell them.

edant79
edant79

I wonder how much money they spent digging up that garbage?

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

I wonder if James the Angry Video Game Nerd will buy a copy of his most hated game?

Dasim64
Dasim64

Might as well just say it, "If you weren't a sucker the first go round now's your chance to make up for it".

nigelholden
nigelholden

I wonder how many "authentic" copies will show up on ebay in a year

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@nigelholden  Yeah, people will probably try to scuff up their old copies of the game, and try to pass them off as a landfill version..

Vodoo
Vodoo

I would buy one, providing it's not outlandishly priced. That's a piece of gaming history.

Don't know why they left 3 quarters of a million carts still down there. Isn't that harmful to the environment? Atari must've had a tractor-trailer full if there's that many.

5olid_5nake
5olid_5nake

@Vodoo They were only allowed to recover a limited number of cartridges.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

not worth a cent, thats why they were tossed in the trash

observer98
observer98

Who here's going to buy that s**t?

markranger
markranger

I wonder if MS will dump games in the same site one day? Wonder what they did with their left over Zune's? Future collector's items.

adroge1
adroge1

I played the game before. There is a reason why all those games ended up in a landfill.

Ninjalawpsn
Ninjalawpsn

A local Pawn shop in my town has dozens of copies of E.T. for $1.50 a pop right now. If people really want this game bad enough, they really don't have to look that hard, plus pay the outragous price that they will charge.



Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Ninjalawpsn @Rayzakk In case you didn't notice I wasn't sincere lol.  Who'd want it regardless, and if you did your route sounds better.

DrKill09
DrKill09

No.  I have gotten better things out of the garbage.  Bikes, tables, chairs, tv's, desks...

DevilPhoenix
DevilPhoenix

That's like saying "We dug up an old Septic tank that Elvis used, and are selling fossilized hunks of **** we recovered from it!  Come own a piece of Music history!"

Except I'm sure there's a market for that too.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I can dig some stuff out of the trash to sell anyone that is interested also. Half eaten sandwich anyone?  I might be able to find you some toys I buried in my yard as a kid also.  I think there may be a G1 transformer somewhere and maybe some matchbox cars.

Space_Paranoids
Space_Paranoids

Unless all proceeds are going to charity, this is the dumbest shit I've ever heard. All ET carts were released back in the 80', they all come from the same place. The one on Ebay for $1 right now different is no different from the landfill cart.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

The irony is that in 1982/3 they couldn't pay people to add this game to their collection let alone expect them to pay for it, now in 2014 collectors will be stepping over each other to get one at a price that's probably way higher than these things originally sold for.  What an odd world we live in.

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Own a crumpled piece of plastic today!

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@MrMilkmann wait until they do the infomercial selling them how much do you expect to pay for the historic treasure? Not $10,000 no not $5,000 either but for the very low price of $999.99 plus s&h you can own this historical artifact from the 1980's lol.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

lol now we know why m$ was doing this and I call bs on the dig as a reason to why they only found 1300. It was to create a shortage to make it more valuable because only 700 will be sold lol. M$ will do anything for a buck these days.

Metroid827
Metroid827

@BamaGoatt Dafuq? Microsoft's not even getting the profits. The games are property of Alamagordo county. Sure, Microsoft initiated the dig, but they agreed that whatever they found would still be the county's property. Get your facts straight before you blow out some stupid bs.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

They want people to buy a game that were so notoriously bad that they wouldn't sell and were buried in shame? Games that were already easy to find and buy at cheap prices before they dug them up at that? This entire thing is a waste of time and money approved by people out of touch with reality. Be apart of history? You mean a negative part of gaming history we never want to repeat or be apart of which is what this game represents? Weren't there rumored to be anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of copies buried and not just 1300? They didn't even finish the excavation and want money for it? I can only hope that there aren't that many people stupid enough to reward them for this nonsense with actual money or anything of value.

darknesservant
darknesservant

i wouldnt mind owning a copy of this just because its part of gaming history lol even tho it was the game that almost killed the gaming industry.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

The funny is that the people who comment this news werent even born at the time the game got released and they also probably never played it either. 

xolivierx
xolivierx

@El_Zaggy only someone who has played this game, can confirm it was and apparently still is, garbage