Video: First footage of E.T. game excavation

Xbox Entertainment Studios has released a short documentary about the recent excavation project to unearth the mythical landfill of E.T. cartridges supposedly abandoned by Atari.

The video features Xbox's Larry Hryb as well as a number of video game historians and the designer of Atari's E.T. game, all who gathered in New Mexico to find out whether the story is true, or just another myth.

According to the urban legend, Atari manager James Heller was tasked in 1983 to find a cheap way to dispose of 728,000 copies of the game, and that 14 truckloads of the game were left in the landfill.

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Copies of the Atari 2600 game were indeed discovered in the New Mexico landfill this month, effectively confirming the truth behind a contentious chapter in video game history. Cartridges for the game, which is widely condemned as the worst video game in history, were discovered in the Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill.

E.T. was rushed to market in order to coincide with the Steven Spielberg-directed film. Developed in just over five weeks, the game failed to sell as well as Atari projected, and is widely blamed for causing the 1983 video game industry crash.