Xbox exclusive documentary about buried Atari cartridges put on hold

State agency waits for documentary to revise plan for excavating landfill where thousands of copies of E.T. for the Atari 2600 are rumored to be buried.

The New Mexico Environment Department has rejected an excavation plan from a documentary crew hoping to unearth thousands of copies of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 in a landfill where they are rumored to be buried.

Alamogordo city commissioners approved the search in June, but state environmental officials have to approve a waste excavation plan before digging can begin. The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the Solid Waste and Ground Water Bureau staff rejected the plan because it was too “generic,” and noted many items that needed to be addressed or clarified before it could approve the plan.

The two companies producing the documentary, Fuel Entertainment and Lightbox Interactive, have yet to submit a revised plan, but according to the Associated Press, a Lightbox producer said that the search hasn’t been halted.

Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment will release the film exclusively on Xbox in 2014 as part of Xbox Entertainment Studios’ documentary series.

E.T. was released in December 1982 for the Atari 2600, with millions of copies produced under the assumption that the link to the hit Steven Spielberg movie would guarantee sales success. The failure of the game is believed to be one of the main contributing factors to 1983's crash of the video game industry.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.
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Spike
Spike

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T DIG THEM UP!!! WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING!!!??? DO YOU WANT THE PLANET TO IMPLODE!?

sortajan
sortajan

This is like those science fiction movies where impetuous scientists accidentally unleash a great and ancient evil upon the world and it causes the sky to turn into a wormhole to Hell.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

It's not even a rumour, it's WELL DOCUMENTED THAT THEY ARE BURIED THERE! Stupid Microsoft are WAY out of touch on this one.

SouthSide_DJ
SouthSide_DJ

I recently saw a mint copy (still shrinkwrapped) of E.T. at a flea market with a $50 price tag. I chuckled to myself and walked away..

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

The Mexican Government dont want them to accidentally discover a mass grave of drug dealers.

Daian
Daian

I guess their plans for this documentary...got buried away.

hardeddie
hardeddie

I hope they get the permit soon. Micorsoft will need to bury all those RROD 360 somewhere.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

 They always say that the game that was buried was ET, but apparently it was actually all kinds of Atari games being buried because the video game industry at the time was just failing horribly and they had insane amounts of excess game cartridges.

obsequies
obsequies

the americans crashed the market with crap. This next crash is going to be very slow and painful. The fact that all of the new consoles are half as powerful as they really should be is testament enough.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Oddly enough, when they finally got permission to dig, they found a million copies of "Kinect Sports" and "Kinect Star Wars" which were sent back from the future.


So that's where all those shipped copies went!

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Just wait? James Rolfe has been digging around that for his project. 

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie.

*Coming Soon

(*Soon = Sometime this decade)

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

Oh man here we go again with the rumor let Atari dig their shit.

suprsolider
suprsolider

They aren't going to get anything of value. Those carts were indeed buried but people dug them up so Atari went and steam rolled the carts and covered it in cement. This is a waste of time and money for everyone. It happened, it's been confirmed by several sources (use Google, it's your friend) including ex-Atari employees. Let it be.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

This game is better than titan trash, that should be in a landfill

tachsniper
tachsniper

what is the documentary going to be about... here is where 1000s of shitty games are buried, the end?

haze0986
haze0986

not trolling im being serious, who gives a shit?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The cost of being allowed to dig up a landfill for Atari Cartridges could run up to 5 million. This movie wouldn't make that much money to recover the cost.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

well if it does get made i'll watch it just for rhe hell of it.. after someone uploads it online of course.. if you want a better movie about searching for the ET games then the angry video game nerd movie is what you want... it be out this year, if the Nerd himself James and his crew can manage it.. i bet it will be more exciting then this documentary 

hystavito
hystavito

I guess it's going to come down to money.  There has to be a way to do this that satisfies the environmental requirements, if you're willing to spend enough money on the dig.

teller76567
teller76567

A documentary on one of many worst games in history, broadcast's on one of the most hated 8th generation gaming consoles. I wouldn't even watch the documentary if it got leaked on to youtube...

nurnberg
nurnberg

I have a hard time believing they would actually find these copies anyway, after all those years.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Oh man i had this game was funny as hell..His neck streched..Was the worste game ever made i think to this point..It did cause the crash until nintendo came out..

spilly42
spilly42

The Government is an unnecessary evil. 

TheKeef
TheKeef

@SouthSide_DJ

Should have asked them to play it with you, they would have given it away free.

zeek_fox
zeek_fox

@suprsolider The value of cartidges isn't the point for Microsoft.  It's simply for history.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yeah, we have enough shitty games these days. We don't need to literally dig some up from the past.

rasterror
rasterror

I do but it's not for Sony fanboys like you. I'd love to know the whole story behind the worst fame of all time and where they buried the games.

yavix
yavix

@teller76567  Actually the Wii U is the most hated console of  the eighth generation.

blackace
blackace

@teller76567 Who cares what you think? lol!! Most hated console? LMAO!! The 8th gen consoles haven't even been out for a year yet. Only biased trolling fanboys like yourself hate the XB1. Most gamers who have played the games on it, love it. Thousands of games have already bought Titanfall XB1 bundles. You probably weren't even born when the E.T. game was out. LOL!! Why should you care anyways? I've played it and beat it in one sitting. Wasn't anything special.

blackace
blackace

@Gladestone1 Yeah, it was pretty funny. Did you beat it? There was like very little animation in this gameHis neck went up and down and his finger glowed. I don't even remember if his legs moved when he walked. It's been so long. I remember you had to collect pieces to make the phone so he could phone home. lol!!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

There's been plenty of worse games - especially on the 2600.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I take it your an anarchist, or a libritarian, same difference.