Apr 28, 2014 5:59 AM by Associated Press

Atari E.T. Game Cartridges Dug Up

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Some call it the worst video game ever made. And now, there are more of them around than you'd think there ever should be.

A documentary film production company has dug up hundreds of copies of the Atari "E.T." game cartridge. Director Zak Penn says he's "relieved and psyched" that the dig turned up copies of the game.

Legend has it that Atari discarded up to a million copies of the game after people complained about the balky gameplay. The game and its contribution to the demise of Atari have been the source of fascination for video game enthusiasts for 30 years.

The search for the cartridges will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the biggest video game company of the early '80s.


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