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In the early 1980’s the American video game industry bombed so spectacularly, that it was rumored Atari just dumped their unsold copies of E.T. in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. It’s been a longstanding folk tale of the modern video game industry. And now it’s been proven true.

Microsoft (of all companies) teamed up with a documentary filmmaker to go and explore the desert in the hopes of uncovering this legendary landfill of shitty games. And it looks like they were successful. www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…

As cool as this is... I can’t help but feel a little... disappointed. And more or less it’s because the hard working Angry Video Game Nerd left his post of doing regular updates to start filming an actual feature film with the plot being uncovering the mystery around the legendary E.T. landfill. The AVGN uprooted his home life, moved to California for a year, hired actors, purchased permits to film, and spent such a long time making his movie... only to be stuck in the post-process stage that has taken even longer to finish.

An update from the AVGN on the state of the movie:


It kinda depresses me that longtime independent filmmaker James Rolf’s fantasy and sci-fi filled film is going to come out in the wake of a documentary crew sponsored by one of the largest video game companies out there unceremoniously dispelling the rich myth of the legendary tale.

And the sad thing is.... it’s likely because of James Rolf’s AVGN movie announcement that so many people got re-interested in this myth that probably sparked the documentary film crew to go out and uncover it.

I dunno... I guess I just feel kinda bad that James didn’t get there first knowing how much time and effort and work he’s put into making his movie. It would be like a documentary film crew going out and spending millions to find Big Foot, only to have the guy who perpetrated the hoax to come out and say “ha-ha” right in the middle of their filming. The timing just sucks.

Still looking forward to seeing the AVGN Movie when it finally is finished. And it’s great knowing that the myth was actually true. I just wish they hadn’t announced it so early.
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:iconburkeonthesly:
burkeonthesly Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Rumored? Folk tale? This was on Snopes years ago.
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Maplestrip Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
The timing could be excellent - I could definitely imagine that these two movies coming out shortly after eachother would result in more people hearing of both. It gets people talking!

But we'll have to see. Either way, I like the news too, it's pretty awesome to see an urban legend, a myth, proven :p
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villamar Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I don't see why it's so amazing that is it true. It's just a pile of crappy games burried. I actually got to play it on my Atari once when I was a kid xD I never understood how to play it. All I knew was I has an ugly character that kept falling in holes xD
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LordStephen Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, I would like to point out that I've got a gaming magazine (don't remember if it's Game Informer or not) but it has an article where they talked with an Atari worker and he said that the game was bad and that they buried it in a landfill.
I get that Microsoft revealed it pretty quickly and blandly but it was sorta revealed in the magazine article.
It's still nice to know that it exists though, so that's good I guess, but I do agree, that it was kinda bad for them to reveal it suddenly without AVGN revealing it the way he was going to, and I hope he still does, because no matter how quickly and unceremoniously something gets revealed, it should always have a much grander reveal.
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Roxanne13579 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Luckily though, here's James' reaction cinemassacre.com/2014/04/26/e-…
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Roxanne13579 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think everybody will still go to see the AVGN movie. I know I will :D But I can really see where you're coming from. My initial reaction also went like 'gosh, how will James take this :o '
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I'll still see the AVGN's movie and enjoy it, despite the ET myth being uncovered. I'll just have to wait a bit longer to buy a DVD or see if it's released on Itunes.

It looks great so far.
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Aster-the-Badass Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... I wish the damn thing was kept in the damn landfill until the movie.
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PrincessWhisper Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I never knew about this myth at all! That is so interesting! Too bad for AVGN though I suppose.
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BigDream64 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I still have decision making about seeing the movie myself. Although the rumor is now true, and I still like James for his desire to make movies.
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shocker1209081 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
It wasn't really a secret though. The games couldn't be sold so they were thrown away and dumped in a landfill. It just happens it was a landfill in a desert. :/
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VickyViolet Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait for this moviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie. :iconvideogamenerdplz:
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WalkerK19 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
James Rolfe is involved in the landfill excavation. Why you thinking it was sad that they did that???
Further read; cinemassacre.com/2014/04/26/e-…
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moonbladethebook Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Aww, I feel sorry for him, I hope the movie goes well.
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Passin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
You know, I think it would have been easier to burn them. Still, amusing to know if true
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
These cartridges are made from a type of plastic. Burning them would have been an environmental nightmare outside of taking them to a garbage incinerator, and Atari was going for secrecy in the endeavor. Better to just bury 'em all and forget about it.
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bluewolfcaptain Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
So... someone actually went to the trouble of burying a bunch of games in the desert and then kept the location a secret?  That part of the myth always made me think, "wait, what?".  Buried in a secret remote location sounds like the origin of a cursed ancient artifact or a horror monster.  How on earth do you go from, "our game isn't selling," to, "bury them where no mortal shall ever find them"?
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Kendaiblue Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the missing steps to bring this back to realism is a long chain of "not in my backyard!"
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bluewolfcaptain Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Works for me.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They had millions of cartridges that were worthless as their business was crumbling and going into bankruptcy. They couldn't sell them. They couldn't write them off. How else do you get rid of that much worthless stock?
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bluewolfcaptain Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I still can't help but think that they were going to more trouble than was necessary.  Just always sounded odd to me is all.
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Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Recycling?
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
No way to "recycle" the carts (i.e. put a different game program and labels on them) because of the sheer number of cartridges and the falling market for them. Shredding and meltdown would have been VERY expensive and messy. Burial was the easiest way to get rid of them.
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Weissboard Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
They probably could have sold the stock off to a liquidator and recouped something. Paying to bury it somewhere and even pouring concrete over it doesn't make much sense.
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I'd like to see the movie myself, although I'm strapped of cash. Honestly, the AVGN movie and the documentary should be interpreted in wildly different ways. The movie is around the myth and the documentary should be seen as more objective, even though they both cover the same subject matter.
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Rhaidot Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't think that the documentary will hurt the movie of the Angry Nerd. The Nerd is doing something original and awesome, he could in fact add the discover of the Cartridge as a good joke. If I can see the ending, I bet the Nerd can too.
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Wyote Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I remember first hearing about this in high school.  It's a bit hard to believe that all these years later its finally been found.
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I remember Atari's E.T. game.  My uncle had a cartridge left over from when he was a kid and I used to play it a lot.  Honestly, I don't get the hype.  The game was bad, but it wasn't crippling bad like some games I've played this past year *cough*Ride-to-Hell*cough*Mind-Jack*cough*
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AllVideosOwn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student Writer
HEY AT LEAST IT'S NOT EA :la:
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aNgeLmiAocHii726 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If there is a like button in dA, I could've "like" this comment in a heartbeat.Llama Emoji-66 (Orly) [V3] 
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AllVideosOwn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Writer
There needs to be.
And also a large, bold 'dislike' button.
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Jokerisdaking Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I had the ET fame when I was a kid. It really wasn't all that bad. Certainly not any worse then dozens of other Atari games that were out around this time. I remember a four or five year old me playing it and being just as entertained by it as I was any other game. I think it was the made the focal point or the scapegoat of the collapse of the video game market. Was it a good game? No, but at the same time it wasn't going to melt your face if you played it either.

I'm bummed for the AVGN too. Maybe this will give his movie a little free press and help him some, at least I hope it will.
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bakalobo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still have that Cartridge hahahaha
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Wyvern-1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Personally, I can't watch a show that uses the word "Angry" to describe the person that seems to host it. I mean, power to the people making the documentary and kudos for not giving up after so long, and a lot of people are certainly interested in it. I'm just not going to be one of those people who'll see it, nor even care when it finally comes out (if it ends up coming out, and for your sake I hope it does; that'd be just aggravating if it didn't after all this time and this new development).
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ChinaXPanda Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Can't wait to see the AVGN movie, I don't care about the documentary or whatever, I've been watching AVGN for a few years, and I really hope James's dream comes true <3
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Eganto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
This smell like bullshit... I mean, MICROSOFT...
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gorida770 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
....and? What does that have to do with anything?
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AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I heard about the story. James has worked awful hard on this movie I hope his dream comes true
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bellend08 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I dunno... I guess I just feel kinda bad that James didn’t get there first knowing how much time and effort and work he’s put into making his movie."

AVGN was one of the earlier people informed of the landfill excavation. He couldn't make it to the big day because it overlapped with his daughter's birthday.

cinemassacre.com/2014/04/26/e-…
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The-Mad-Cartoonist Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I had heard this! I saw a brief snippet on it last week. The crew had found the site and not yet started digging, stating that they really only had one shot at finding it and the location they were at was their best estimate on the info they'd gotten.

I realize it's that even though it's a happy ending, it's also actually a sad ending..... But it's still ridiculously fascinating. It's like the end of a 30-year treasure hunt.... that.... no one... was really all that eager to find in the first place until recently..... And I dunno if it's really.... 'treasure'.

But it's still pretty darned cool!
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Old news
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Kenji-Seay Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is kinda cool. I'm old enough to know about that horrible game and if there IS a mythical place where there are copies just dumped there is... well, weird. But having the Nerd conducting a comedic search for it is a genius plot for a movie. I've never heard about this until now!
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
If Microsoft is involved I wouldn't be surprised if they just buried the cartridges as soon as they got there
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, and I thought it was more likely to be a legend :XD:
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ElliotxClaris Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
My only question is can the game be actually played and beaten?
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Kenji-Seay Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Factoid: My grandmother loves this game. She is the only person in existence to ever play this game and actually enjoy it. (And finish it.)
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jay042 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I'm still more preferential to the tale of The Cheetahmen/ Action 52 video game. Any game company whose business plan reads like it was written by Max Bialystock always amuses me.
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I heard all about the games being found in the desert.
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White-Omega Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Uhh...Tom.  That's OLD news.  It's been CONFIRMED for YEARS that they really did bury the E.T. games in the desert.  THAT'S why he he did the whole 'let's find them' story line. 
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As far as I know, this is the first visual evidence we've had that the legend was true. I've not heard of any instances prior where people have actually dug up atari cartridges before, as the location of the landfill was always secret. But if I'm wrong there, please point it out to me.
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