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Diggers find Atari's E.T. games in landfill

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An E.T. doll is seen while construction workers prepare to dig into a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Producers of a documentary are digging in the landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the Atari 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestri An E.T. doll is seen while construction workers prepare to dig into a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Producers of a documentary are digging in the landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the Atari 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestri
Alamogordo residents Armando Ortega, left, and Raul Ruiz pose for a photograph with a cartridge they found buried in a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Producers of a documentary dug in an southeastern New Mexico landfill in search Alamogordo residents Armando Ortega, left, and Raul Ruiz pose for a photograph with a cartridge they found buried in a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Producers of a documentary dug in an southeastern New Mexico landfill in search
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A documentary film production company has found buried in a New Mexico landfill hundreds of the Atari "E.T." game cartridges that some call the worst video game ever made.

Film director Zak Penn showed one "E.T." cartridge retrieved from the dumpsite and says there are hundreds more mixed in the mounds of trash and dirt scooped by a backhoe.

Fuel Entertainment is producing a documentary about the search.

The video game's commercial failure was partially responsible for the demise of Atari in the early 1980s.

The contents of the "Atari Grave" have become urban legend, with blog posts speculating about millions of cartridges and other Atari projects buried there. A spokeswoman for Atari says the company changed hands many times since 1983 and does not know what is buried there.

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