Often in my travels online, I’ll come across a news story, being covered by multiple news outlets, that has no rhyme, reason or target audience. This results in a waste of time story.
This week’s W.O.T. story:
The Mystery of the Missing E.T. Cartridges!

E.T. the extra-terrestrial

Back in 1982, Steven Spielberg licensed out the use of E.T. for a video game to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Atari took the likeness and created what has been since heralded as one of the single worst video games ever made. In the game, the player took on the role of E.T. and evaded FBI agents while collecting telephone pieces with the ultimate goal of phoning home. Sound exciting? Apparently, it wasn’t. So piss-poor was this game, that millions of copies were dumped in a landfill in New Mexico decades ago, never to be seen again….until now.

Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive recently announced plans to excavate the landfill and uncover the cache of cartridges. Why, you (understandably) ask? They plan to film the dig for a documentary to be featured on the Xbox One console. To further interest, the landfill was a well known dumping ground since the ’20s until being closed in the ’80s. Folklore has the site as the home of potentially even more video game history, as well as who-knows-what from decades before. Fuel and LightBox have offered fans a contest with a chance to win anything that might be unearthed.
E.T. phone home
However, now there is more drama and excitement than there was in the actual video game. The documentary has already begun production with interviews but now The New Mexico Environment Department has put a stop to the excavation after “22 compounds of concern” were discovered on the site. A waste excavation plan must be re-filed after the initial dig was approved, then rejected last month.

Fun Fact: the Atari video game system inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday Nov. 8, 2007.


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