The Saga of the Atari Landfill, Episode 4: Museums, Auctions and Others Who Actually Want This Crap

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chris-littlechild - June 3, 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to return to poking about in New Mexico landfills (you crazy-ass deviant bastard), E.T is still freaking lurking around. If these latest developments are to be believed, it looks like he's going to become a permanent resident.

As we know, 1982 Atari title E.T the Extra-Terrestrial was a barrel of balls. So much so, it was rumored that thousands of copies were simply buried underground by the company, so as to avoid expenses and/or awkward questions. The same fate that awaits other hazardous materials, like nuclear waste and CDs by whining pop ballache Justin Bieber.

Anywho, last month it was discovered that this wasn't a rumor at all. This was actual, we-found-that-shit-with-a-digger fact. There was a documentary crew and everything, as we saw in the last episode of the saga. This was serious business, right here.

The remaining question, though, was what in the name of hell do you do with hundreds of festering copies of E.T the Extra-Terrestrial? Now we know. You put some in a darn museum and try to sell others off, is what you do. As Destructoid reports, the plan is:
" sell 700 of the 1,300 dug-up E.T. cartridges... to donate 100 of the cartridges to documentary production companies Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment, with the remaining 500 distributed amongst local museums."

Nobody wanted to buy the effers before they spent the last few decades as worm food, but let's not be pernickety there. At least those museums are sure to be quite the ‘tourist attraction'. That old hobo we saw on the highway with the beard of bees does a better job of bringing in the tourists than this ever will.

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