Microsoft Unearths Atari ‘E.T The Game’ Myth

After over 30 years of being buried deep underground and almost forgotten, Microsoft unearthed one of the most famous urban legends in gaming history. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” was released in 1983 on the Atari 2600 console, It was hoped that alongside the movie release the game may have a slice of its success and help boost sales of Atari hardware, but sadly this was not to be. The game was simply horrible and is widely considered to be the worst games in of all time. As history has it the developers were so embarrassed by their belly flop of a failure that they buried all unsold cartridges at wasteland in desert based in New Mexico .


Microsoft along side a film crew who are currently filming a six-part documentary called ‘Signal to Noise’ decided to set out in search of this myth, and after what we assume to be weeks of hunting they struck gold…


In the past Atari denied such rumors were true, claiming that the buried materials was simply faulty hardware from the plant’s repair work, and it was said each truckload cost them around $400-$500 to dispose of. But with the myth standing Microsoft set out to either confirm or debug such stories and started digging over the weekend, various members of the public also attended to witness the myth become a reality, and after over 30 years of speculation the E.T Atari game myth was confirmed to be true.

What are your thoughts on this gaming myth being solved? Would you have preferred it to remain ‘unearthed’ or are you happy to finally have the answer to the Atari mystery?

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