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A collection 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 rumors surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games. They included "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," introduced 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 and Warlords. It included Defender, Star Raiders and Swordquest. And also, Phoenix, Centipede and Super Breakout.
Atari's E.T. game was based on the Steven Spielberg film. It was released in 1982. It was released after only 34 days of development. It is often thought of as the worst video game ever created.
It never lived up to its financial goals. It is considered by many to have added to Atari's downfall, 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. Buyers came from 45 states and 14 countries.
Twenty-three games also made their way to museums around the world. Those included the Smithsonian in Washington and the Deutsches Film Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
Lewandowski said there are hundreds more cartridges.
"There are 297 we are still holding in an archive that we will sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them," he said. "But for now, we are just holding them."
The city will receive about $65,000 from the sale of the games. About $16,000 will go to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society.
And about $26,000 will go toward expenses such as shipping fees.
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why are people buying these games if they're so bad?
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