Entertainment Company Given the ‘Green Light’ to Dig for Lost Video Games in New Mexico Landfill
Enthusiastic 80’s arcade and video game fans have long come to believe that a rare cache of discarded video games made by none other than Atari have long been resting in landfill in the desert. There are too many supporting facts to suggests an urban legend or a rumor, but there has also been little in the way of concrete proof. For lovers of 80’s classic arcade machines, the possibility of finding a lost Atari home console prototype makes this an event that can’t come soon enough.
After a rather short delay, the same Alamogordo City court that stopped the excavation recently gave Fuel Industries permission to film and dig at a closed New Mexico dump. Fear of exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and other safety concerns prompted Alamorgado City officials to block Fuel Industries from entering the site back in late March. On April 26th of this year, excavation efforts will officially begin. There is no telling when or if the excavation crew will unearth the world’s biggest collection of Atari’s final batch of home video games.
After 1984, Atari was never the same again. Instead of debuting new, cutting edge video game, Atari has almost been frozen and locked in time. Xbox is involved in this full-length documentary project with Fuel Industries, which has been anticipated in the gaming community for awhile now. The classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial wasn’t so bad that it completely disappeared from the market. In fact, the title was ported to the Game Boy, and copies of the home and portable video game versions can still be purchased online. You may not be able to find a lot of fans of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, but Atari is a company whose name cannot be uttered without a feeling of deep respect.
As Microsoft begins to elaborate on some of the most excitingly anticipated Xbox One features, this documentary film is expected to be one of its noteworthy highlights. Once filming ends, there are only a few potential fates left for the classic arcade machines and games cast away by Atari. Since the games were partially destroyed before being buried, most of the millions will not be usable in any way. What isn’t kept for research or historical purposes will likely be left behind or find a new home in a landfill far away.