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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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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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