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Digging up Spielberg's creepy alien

June 5, 2013 - Taste Buds
Deep in the New Mexican desert, rumor has it you can find E.T. No foolin' - we're talking the creepy looking Steven Spielberg extraterrestrial glowing finger "phone home" guy that was a cult classic of the 1980s.

E.T. doesn't exist in his space ship. Instead, there could be about 3.5 million E.T.s in a landfill site. Let us explain.

Remember the old Atari gaming system? (Pong, anyone?) Well apparently Atari paid top dollar to license a video game based on the extremely popular E.T. movie. Unfortunately, the game flopped so badly that some consider it to be one of the worst video games in history. With millions of unsold copies, the story goes that in 1983, Atari had the games dumped in a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M. and later covered with concrete.

According to a story on, the existence of the landfill was confirmed in the Alamogordo Daily News by the garbage disposal company who dumped the games and also in the New York Times by an Atari spokesperson. Last week, a Canadian studio, Fuel Industries, was given permission to excavate the site over the next six months.

The Buds are former Atari gurus from back in the day. Bud Em had a preference for Barnstormer, Asteroids, and of course, Space Invaders. Bud Shaunna also enjoyed Space Invaders, although her sister hated the game because "the marching aliens were scary." Bud Shaunna preferred Video Pinball, Q-Bert, and Kaboom.

Most of the games the Buds played were all pretty terrible by today's standards, but they were tons of fun and kept us entertained for hours. One of the best parts was the move mastered by all Atari players: blow into the cartridge as hard as you can, jam it down into the game console and then jiggle it to get it to work.

The Buds would love to see an Atari resurrection. Who would have thought that might start in a landfill in New Mexico?


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