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 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.

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Why are people buying these games if they're so bad?
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COMMENTS (138)
  • michaelw-
    9/08/2015 - 11:18 a.m.

    I don't get why people hated those games there so much fun like Zelda and pac-man also centipede is my favorite.

  • jacksons-
    9/08/2015 - 11:29 a.m.

    It would be nice if I could have the game

  • braidens-mci
    9/08/2015 - 11:34 a.m.

    i would ay o lot of money for the game

  • braidens-mci
    9/08/2015 - 11:34 a.m.

    i would pay lot

  • nevaehm-
    9/08/2015 - 01:29 p.m.

    they are probably buying the games because Atari is actually worth a lot of money but personally I would not pay 108,000 for 881

  • willr-haw
    9/08/2015 - 01:36 p.m.

    They are trying to help the community.

  • isabellar-haw
    9/08/2015 - 01:38 p.m.

    The people are buying them most likely because they will be worth a lot someday.Or maybe some people don't think that it is the worst game ever created.

  • samuelh-3-bar
    9/08/2015 - 02:25 p.m.

    To collect every game ever made, and to sell them when the are super rare and expensive.

  • aliciac-4-bar
    9/08/2015 - 03:19 p.m.

    People are buying the games for their interesting backstory, not necessarily to play them. Also, while the game failed financially, the movie "E.T." did extremely well as a film, indicating that some people may have bought it as fans of the movie it was based off of.

  • williamb-4-bar
    9/08/2015 - 03:20 p.m.

    These games are so old and great collectors items in the gaming universe. The Atari was one of the first gaming consoles and just to have one of these games would be very cool.

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