Urban legend confirmed. Atari did dump a pile of its E.T. game cartridges into a landfill in New Mexico and it's thanks to Microsoft's recent documentary efforts that we've gotten some closure. This leads your hosts to ponder the situation that led up to the cast off games and what it meant for Atari at the time. Inevitably, Terrence recalls his own Atari experiences as a youth, sitting down with a second-hand console and blasting away the hours with Yars Revenge. Ben is perfectly fine to sit back and listen -- he was a Nintendo kid, after all. But soon enough, he sets his gaming-honed gray matter in motion and delivers a cogent explanation about mobile privacy rights. It's all packed into this one episode, so head on down to the streaming links and feed your brain with the Engadget Podcast. It's delicious!

Hosts: Terrence O'Brien, Ben Gilbert

Producer: Jon Turi

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03:28 - The true story of the worst video game in history
20:17 - Xbox Entertainment Studios has at least 12 projects in production, committed to half
30:26 - What you need to know to keep the Feds out of your phone
42:44 - John Carmack's former employer claims he stole tech for Oculus VR when he left

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