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University of North Dakota's Special Collections department now houses a cartridge of the Atari 2600 game Centipede, dug up from a landfill in New Mexico last year. Assistant professor of history Bill Caraher participated in the dig and threw down $60 to buy the cartridge on eBay. "While I usually...

January 12th 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Normally we'd advise you to avoid terrible games, but here's one you might want to get your (gloved) hands on. E.T., the game that killed Atari and was famously unearthed in April at a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, is now up for auction. To remind you, the existence of the ditched cartridges...

November 5th 2014 at 11:19am 0 Comments
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If you're in the market for a filthy yet arguably notable copy of the Atari 2600 debacle known as E.T., you may want to plan a trip to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. One month ago, Microsoft funded a dig in the Southwestern state in search of a fabled cache of E.T. cartridges reportedly d...

May 30th 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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Hundreds of people went out in the desert yesterday to watch an excavation for E.T., an Atari game so awful that thousands of copies were buried in an Alamogordo landfill. Microsoft and Lightbox plan on turning the dig into a documentary with a working title of Atari: Game Over. [Image: Microsof...

April 27th 2014 at 10:30pm 0 Comments
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There are games that earn a negative tone in their word-of-mouth buzz, and then there are games that have truckloads of unsold copies buried in a landfill. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 is, according to legend, in the latter category. Curiosity makes people do strange things though...

April 6th 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Meet Matthew Smith. One day he decided to use a magnetic holder to hold his iPod in his car. Bad move. The magnet warped his hard drive, rendering it inoperable. So Smith turned to Freecycle, the Internet-based sharing community that prefers to gift unused items rather than to toss them into landfil...

February 7th 2007 at 12:30pm 0 Comments