Contact Us

Atari Excavation Gets a Greenlight


E.T. might not be able to phone home just yet, but that doesn’t mean you should put away your Speak & Spell.

Last week, we reported that the excavation of an old landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico was stopped dead in its tracks due to not having an approved waste excavation plan in accordance with the state’s Environmental Department. The Daily Alamogordo News has just reported that the excavation has just gotten its latest waste excavation plan approved.

LightBox Entertainment, Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios all plan on digging up parts of a landfill at the corner of First Street and White Sands Boulevard in Alamogordo in order to find a buried cache containing millions of E.T.: The Extraterrestrial Atari cartridges. Originally, the New Mexico Environmental Department deemed that the original excavation plan was too vague and didn’t account for the presence of any toxic, potentially hazardous, fumes or waste that could be unearthed during the landfill’s dig.

A study of the site in 2004 found chemical compounds in soil tests that could be hazardous over extended periods of time if a person was continuously exposed to them. The 2004 study was inspired by complaints of a resident who was living remotely close to the landfill. Better eBay any copies of E.T. you have now, because if that cache gets unearthed, the game’s value might drop by the addition of millions more, but who knows what kind of condition they would all be in.

Next: The Worst Games of 2013

Best of Z1073

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for ZIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive ZIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.