Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

:iconjollyjack: More from jollyjack

Featured in Collections

Journals by ShadowDhampire

More from DeviantArt


Submitted on
June 4, 2013


14,236 (4 today)
21 (who?)
A search is currently underway to debunk/proove true one of Video Game history's great myths: are there really millions of old E.T. Atari game cartridges buried out in the New Mexico desert?…

For the XBox generation: Atari's 1982 game, based (and I use that word very loosely) on the inexplicably popular film about an intergalactic gob of faecal matter with Christmas tree lights for fingers and his quest to call his mates up and ask why the bastards ran off without him, is widely regarded as one of the worst games in the history of the planet. A game so bad that, with so many carts being returned or simply left unsold, it caused the video games industry to nearly sh*t itself into extinction.
Urban legend tells us that Atari loaded the millions of little boxes of Fail onto trucks, shipped them off to the desert and buried them (along with, we assume, a programmer or two), then coated the site with concrete.
One can never be too careful.
  • Listening to: Booming orchestral scores
  • Reading: a book
  • Watching: Gangster Squad
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Bread
  • Drinking: Water
Add a Comment:
Afrodisium Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Damn. I had that game, too. Now I wish I had kept it simply to say I've got the piece Fail History.
RennisTora Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't you know, I recall that he AVGN "angry video game nerd" was doing a film project about that very legend.
Marcusaralius76 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I want a copy, just to say I have it.
kiiviin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Do we dare to dig these games up? I for some reason fear a raiders of the lost ark face-melt happening.
BullDan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
normally i'm all for digging up secrets from the past, but I think we can all live without that games resurrection.
SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its true, but in that the games were dumped in a landfill.
sdthom1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
As someone who grew up in the area, I can half-confirm the "urban legend". The reason I say "half confirm" is that the games weren't so much buried in a random hole in the desert as much as they were dumped in a landfill. The hole was pre-existing and already containing lots of other trash. The carts are probably still there (since digging in a landfill is kind of illegal). It isn't one of those things, however, where you can just walk around the desert with a treasure map hoping to dig in the right place.

A treasure map would be awesome, though.

That or a giant temple with Atari game based deathtraps to navigate...
Cyberpumpkin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Just one programmer, actually. Part of the legend (a part I think is actually true) is that some marketing genius decided to put out a game for the Christmas season.

The decision was made in July, and that was only the tip of a very large iceberg made of fail. Apparently, the manufacturers actually produced so many copies that even if every single Atari 2600 owner bought a copy, there would be an awkwardly large number of them still on the shelves.

Read that in a book on Nintendo's history, actually, but the basics are in Wikipedia as well.

Kinda weird that this has somehow turned into an urban legend. I mean, it's not that hard to believe, is it?
EJP-Gallant Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
They cover those carts with concrete for a reason. THEY BURIED THEM FOR A REASON! FOOLS! Do they not know what they are going to unleash from that pit!?
amazon211 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
It would be hilarious if the Xbox One consoles ended up being buried if the Xbox One flops like the ET game.
Add a Comment: