How much would you pay for the world's worst video game?
How much would you pay for the world's worst video game? Workers sift through trash in search for decades-old Atari "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in Alamogordo, N.M. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
How much would you pay for the world's worst video game?
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A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months.
The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games, including "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," more than 30 years ago, reported The Alamogordo Daily News.
A film crew documented Joe Lewandowski as he dug up the Atari cartridges. In addition to the "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" cartridges, Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles.
Those included Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Defender, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix, Centipede and Super Breakout.
Atari's E.T. game, based on the Steven Spielberg film, was released in 1982 after only 34 days of development, and it earned a reputation as the worst video game ever created.
It didn't live up to its financial expectations and is considered by many to have contributed to Atari's demise, as shown in Zak Penn's documentary "Atari: Game Over."
The 881 games sold on eBay brought in close to $108,000, Lewandowski told the Alamogordo City Commission, with buyers coming from 45 states and 14 countries.
Twenty-three games also made their way to museums around the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington and the Deutsches Film Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
Lewandowski said there are hundreds more cartridges.
"There's 297 we're still holding in an archive that we'll sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them," he said, "but for now, we're just holding them."
The city will receive about $65,000 from the sale of the games, $16,000 will go to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society and about $26,000 will go toward expenses such as shipping fees.

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Why are people buying these games if they're so bad?
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  • sunl-nar
    9/08/2015 - 07:56 p.m.

    This is probably because collectors would want to own these items due to their title as the "worst video game."

  • isabellas-1-nar
    9/08/2015 - 08:29 p.m.

    I think thats weird.I mean who goes digging and finds bunches of video games?I think people buy them because that's what people do.I probably wouldn't have spent that much money on something so bad.But everyone has a different opinion so I don't mind about what people decide to do with their money.

  • gallemore,shawn-cas
    9/09/2015 - 08:10 a.m.

    People are buying these games because these games represent how much we advanced in technology.Me personally I would not pay for this because this is way out of my budget.

  • prestonj-nar
    9/09/2015 - 01:29 p.m.

    That was really cool how they dug up all the old games my dad used to play. I believe that they should be worth more money, but whatever.

  • valerieh-nar
    9/09/2015 - 02:20 p.m.

    Why would people pay that much for such an old video game? It probably doesn't even work. I would hate to buy something and then have it not work.

  • irisb-nar
    9/09/2015 - 03:23 p.m.

    I would not want all the old games. Maybe just 1 but it would have to be something good. Not like the E.T game, no thank you.

  • laurenm-nar
    9/09/2015 - 04:17 p.m.

    wow that is so cool!

  • alic-nar
    9/09/2015 - 04:35 p.m.

    wow not what I was expecting I was expecting someone that made a bad game and like everyone bought it :)

  • sierrat-nar
    9/09/2015 - 04:47 p.m.

    Good thing I have never likes video games.

  • robertk-nar
    9/09/2015 - 04:53 p.m.

    Wow, I'd like to get one of those old games. I wonder how they look and what they play on!

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