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Excavated Atari E.T. Games Rake In Over $100,000 In Revenue

It certainly was a good idea to check out that "myth," huh?

For years, the rumor circulated that during the video game crash of the early '80s, Atari buried a ton of cartridges they couldn't sell in a New Mexico landfill. Well, a curious team excavated it last year and it resulted in the truth.

Hundreds of copies of old Atari games were recovered, including a lot of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Now, according to the latest update in the Alamogordo Daily News, those cartridges have generated over $100,000 in sales. The man behind the project, Joe Lewandowski, said 881 cartridges have been sold to date, raking in around $107,000. The most anyone paid for the game was a whopping $1,535.

And as a result, the city of Alamogordo has received $65,000 from these sales, which has drawn praise from city commissioner Nadia Sikes:

"I just want to take a moment to thank Joe Lewandowski for all the hard work. I wouldn't consider myself a real nay-sayer of what was going to transpire with the sale of the games but I have to say I am so impressed with what you've done. Under no circumstances did I ever think you were going to sell over $60,000 worth of games."

I don't think anyone could've predicted that, Nadia. As of now, there are still 297 cartridges remaining. Want one?

Tags: et game, et video game, et atari game

9/3/2015 10:59:42 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (4 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 12:17:31 PM
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For one of the worst games ever made? No thanks!

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Draguss
Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 3:40:38 PM
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Owning a little piece of video game history. A bad part of history, but history nonetheless. If I had the money I'd honestly probably go for one.

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ethird1
Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 3:56:29 PM
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I'll give you a buck fitty for one!

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Warpath
Sunday, September 06, 2015 @ 11:37:21 AM
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The game is literal AND figurative garbage. Why are people paying money for it?

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