Atari fans uncover mystery of "worst video game ever made"
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 00:58
April 27 - Crews uncover hundreds of Atari ''E.T.'' game cartridges buried in a New Mexico landfill. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A blast from the past is kicking up dust in a New Mexico landfill.
Workers are digging up the Atari game "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial."
Some call it the worst video game ever. Hence why it was buried.
(SOUNDBITE) DERRICK BASH, ALAMOGORDO RESIDENT, SAYING:
"I had an Atari when I was a kid and it was truly the worst game I ever tried to play and it was horrible and I stopped playing it."
Up to a million game cartridges are believed buried here.
Despite the reputation, the game's followers came out to watch backhoes and bulldozers dig through the Alamogordo landfill.
It was part of a documentary by Fuel Entertainment to find the unwanted ET game cartridges.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DANIEL SCHECHTER, FUEL ENTERTAINMENT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE, SAYING:
"We had to do our due diligence. We called a ton of landfills. Most signs pointed to Alamogordo, but we had to make sure we were in the right place."
About 200 video game fans were waiting and they weren't disappointed.
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