Failed E.T. Game Cartridges Unearthed

    The first recovered Atari cartridge and packaging recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill are shown in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. Documentary filmmakers digging in a New Mexico landfill on Saturday unearthed hundreds of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made and blamed for contributing to the downfall of the video game industry in the 1980s.  REUTERS/Mark Wilson   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY) - RTR3MR93

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    Hundreds of cartridges for one of the worst video games of all time were discovered Saturday in a New Mexico landfill. The unusual discovery was made as part of a documentary by Microsoft Corp's Xbox Entertainment Studios. Atari reportedly dumped thousands, if not millions, of the unsold cartridges for “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” after the game was panned by critics and gamers alike in 1982. The game was so unsuccessful that some historians believe it was partly responsible for the collapse of the video game industry in its early years. When the game was first released, it was sold for $29. Now, you can reportedly buy it on eBay for less than five.

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