Be part of video game history and come to the Atari ’E.T.’ landfill excavation April 26

An Xbox original documentary series is telling the story behind Atari’s alleged burial of millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in a small town in New Mexico three decades ago. An excavation to find those games will be carried out April 26, and if you’re there for it, you may be interviewed for the film.

Spectators are invited to watch the unearthing to see whether the burial is urban legend or fact. The story goes that in 1983, Atari, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the game, buried those cartridges in the Alamogordo Landfill in the middle of the night.

Xbox Entertainment Studios is producing the documentary series with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”) through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox.

To learn more, including the details on the dig, head over to Xbox Wire.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff