April 21st 2014 6:46 pm PT

Join Us in Uncovering Videogame History

This weekend, you’re invited to join us in digging into the greatest mystery in videogame history: are there really millions of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari cartridges buried in the New Mexico desert?

While the dig (and resulting Xbox Entertainment Studios documentary) is the focal point of the weekend, it’s also a fine time to celebrate the last 30 years of gaming. To that end, we’d like for you to join us this coming Friday in Alamogordo, New Mexico for a retro fan meetup. The details:

What’s going on: Prep for  the big dig by playing classic Atari games, courtesy of Gamers Anonymous. Enjoy complementary food and soft drinks, and we’ll be raffling off prizes, including Xbox One games and an Xbox One system.

Where: Gamestop 516 1st St, Alamogordo, NM 88310 (map)

When: Friday, April 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Please note, the event is free and open to the public.

Then on Saturday morning, the main event gets underway. Make sure you’re there by 8:30am for check in as we kick off the dig with director Zak Penn at 930am.

We’ll also be giving away t-shirts to the first 250 people and canteens to the first 75 people at the dig site, so you’ll definitely want to set an alarm for that.

ET Tshirt ET Canteen







Events By Jeff Rubenstein

  • Brian Ghattas

    Yes, let’s dig for bad video games in a landfill.

  • Some guy

    MS celebrate the last 30 years of gaming by digging one of the worst game ever made?
    Really, you guys need a new CEO that’s not insane.

    • Jason Boyd

      It has less to do with the actual game and more to do with seeing if the myth is real.

      • Some guy

        I thought Atari always said the myth was true, it’s that no one was insane enough to throw money at a desert for garbage until MS.

        • Jason Boyd

          Atari confirmed they had buried the inventory of the El Paso plant, but it was long speculated that the all of the remaining copies of E.T. were also buried there due to it being pretty much the worst game in history and playing it’s part in the console crash of ’83. It was the wide speculation that it was E.T. that created the myth/urban legend…we knew they buried stuff just not exactly what.

          • Some guy

            Alright, that somewhat explain why they did it.

  • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

    Wish I could go check that out! Even though it was one of if not the worst game in history and pretty much crashed the video game industry, it’s still a big piece of video game history plus those t shirts are sick! Too bad I’m in Canada.

  • Virus

    What a load of garbage should have used to cash to made a few indie games

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      I can’t read any of your comments without thinking free clinic. bad memories.

    • Michael Burden

      So some documentary film guys with no game design experience should take the money they got from Kickstarter to make a film should instead use that money make an indie game? Yea, that makes a whole lot of sense.

  • The Yankee

    …And cue in all the Douchebag naysayers…This is part of Video games history period..if it was a bad game or not does not matter…they have been looking for this site for years. If you don’t like it why comment at all? Why are you people here always with nothing but idiotic and sophomoric comments? …bunch of negative Nancy’s all the time…give the record a rest already…

    • Sledg

      These people don’t even know what video game history is!

    • Some guy

      It would make more sense to dig up Pong then E.T.
      But I doubt anyone burried that game because it’s not garbage.

    • Jason Boyd

      Keep in mind that to most of thee people the only history they know dates back to the PS3/360 launch. You talk to them about things like SEGA going under, or that Nintendo is part of the PlayStation’s history and they look at you like you are crazy..let alone having any knowledge of the Atari 2600.

  • Professor Oak

    I can see it now… NEW ARCADE TITLE, ET HD, LOL

    • Gazza!!!

      With a 1000 GS. Sadly I would probably buy it.

  • Ryan Davis

    This is seriously one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen.

    • wookster

      You must be new to the internet

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      do you watch Fox News? watch that for 5 minutes and you will be scarred for life.

  • Lucas Sanches Cestari

    Hey, does someone know when plants vs zombies:garden warfare will be on sale? the game seems to be really good but it is too overpriced here…

    • Mr&Mrs Ninja

      Where do you live?

      • evilfangs .

        Outside of America obviously Lol.

  • ElektroDragon

    Well, we know Metal Jesus is showing up.

    • Christian Ströbele

      Larry the Lamb will be guided by God himself

  • Mr&Mrs Ninja

    Mr. Ninja: I’m going… I hated it cuz I was an ET fan (I was a kid okay!) but I to go. It’s a part of gaming history!

  • BigMacAttack365Black

    Sounds pretty epic – however I’ll pass on a free copy of the games you dig up lol

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    Is this an anything goes event?

  • SMN1991

    I’d love to be there, but I’m in NW Arkansas. Can’t wait to see the documentary.

  • Christian Ströbele

    Another failed marketing campaign designed only for americans.

    Can somebody please explain to me, why i should buy an x-bone as german.
    We get raped with 1:1 dollar to euro convetion-has nothing to do with taxes before the first moron appears
    About 80% of all cool stuff ms does is USA only, hey guys if you don’t want my money thats fine

    • evilfangs .

      Get PS4 then. I got a X1 and decided to start saving up for the PS4 after playing on my mates. I was going to wait a year or two before getting the PS4.

    • roozbeh, again

      Wait a minute, isn’t the PS4 400 euro as well? I’m pretty damn sure because I was in Frankfurt in November.

      Edit: “About 80% of all cool stuff ms does is USA only”
      You are only missing out on TV features momentarily. I am going on a guess here, but I doubt you want those.

      • RollnTroll

        xbone 499 titanfallbundle ps4 399

        • roozbeh, again

          No, I am not talking about the existing price difference. I am talking about the dollar to euro conversion ratio which is the same.

          • RollnTroll

            am german as well, you are just stupid and can’t handle the truth south park is 69,9 us price and 69,9 euro its the same shiat with every ms game

          • roozbeh, again

            *FACEPALM*

  • DToyz

    Deal of the week
    NBA 2K14 – Now £22.49
    NBA 2K14 PLATINUM JEWELRY COLLECTION – Now £3.37
    NBA 2K14 BLUE DIAMOND JEWELRY COLLECTION – Now £8.49
    NBA 2K14 GOLD JEWELRY COLLECTION – Now £1.69
    NBA 2K14 SPANISH COMMENTARY ADD-ON – Now £1.69
    Need For Speed Rivals – Now £24.99
    AND THE X1 sale is ??????

    • Sven_Lau

      seriously? lol

      • DToyz

        Seriously

        • Xhawk27

          Tell me that other console sales?

    • Benjamin

      I don’t think that will be the only stuff on sale.

      • Some guy

        Usually at this time of the day every deals are known.
        So unlesss MS pull something out of their hat, they want us to save our money to go dig E.T.

      • Gazza!!!

        Unless there is a separate publisher sale this is DOTW.

      • Benjamin

        Yeah, maybe you guys are right, it’s not looking good. You know when you see that Lebron picture pop up on “Sales and Specials”, you are in for a world of hurt.

    • Some guy

      Sony get 34 games for 1$ as easter sale
      We get f******* NBA and NFS
      I usually don’t care about Sony but we’ve reached a point it just can’t be ignored.

      • Xhawk27

        you can’t compare old small games to full retail games.

        • Some guy

          Not saying they should put NBA at 1$(still wouldn’t buy it) but there’s a truck load of old xbla game they could put at 1$

    • http://www.kevin-fell.co.uk/ Kevin Fell

      The NBA 2K14 DOTW has been a long standing joke deal but this is taking it too far!

      • Benjamin

        No kidding. Are even 1% of potential buyers happy to see this? What are they thinking?

    • Brad

      Pathetic

    • Bowenac

      NBA 2k14 for 17% off lol.

      • Lucky13X

        It’s to bring it down $10, hence the 17%.

  • Sven_Lau

    Price Differences X360 vs PS3 in germany: wolf amongst us season pass playsation 3=7 euro x360 single episode 5 euro

    i have to stop making this list it makes me to mad, ill buy a ps4 with ea ufc

  • Dave Breadner

    Truth is, the ET & Pacman carts are actually in a landfill just outside Perfection, NV. You really don’t want to dig them up there though, trust me.

  • Gazza!!!

    It will be interesting to see if anything is there after years of speculation. What with this and the AVGN movie we may finally know the truth not that it will change anything.

  • Brad

    And in 30 years time you can do it all over again for the XB1 when you bury them right next to the ET games… Will the new documentary be shot in SD so that people with XB1′s can watch it without performance issues?

    • roozbeh, again

      I think a documentary about Sony products in dumps is more likely considering the financial situation they have right now.

      • Brad

        Last year called and they want their comments back… You really don’t know how corporations works do you? More like the Rise and fall of Xbox division… sell, sell, sell… If you hurry you can get a copy of Titanfall which was just released 2 weeks ago on XB360 for 38% off…

        • roozbeh, again

          You think corporations run on pixie dust? No, my friend. They run on money. Which Sony currently doesn’t have.

          • baconcheeswhiz89

            idk about that. sure they are having financial problems but they are making bank off of bluray and other devices, not just playstation in general.

  • Peter

    Why is this even an event people are interested in? its all hype rememberr rivera opening capones tomb and finding nothing? Yeah this will be a big buildup for nothing. Last i heard they couldn’t even confirm if thats the exact spot if i recall so a big buildup and expense to find a pile of empty dirt ladden spot. Genius. Even if they are found so what its pieces of dirty plastic How much can you hype that thing up?

    Seriously all that time money and energy could be used to dig up actual real archeological treasures or used for a good cause. Feed some homeless people use it for a charity.

    The world is truly f’d up when digging up a bunch of crappy atari cartridges people feel is worth the time and money to recover.

    God the commentary must be exciting to hear! Okay we are entering the dirt people hold your excitement We have emergency support on standby if the excitement becomes too much. We see a faint outline of what looks to be a cardboard box! Yeah this looks to be a real knuckle biter of a documentary

    • ElektroDragon

      You’re 100% right, but I’m still going to watch, and since motivation for events like this is eyes on screen for ad revenue, they won.

  • roozbeh, again

    Are there any merits for this myth?

  • Digiadam

    I remember this game well. It was awful. I believe it got awards for how awful it was.

  • Peter

    Sill a waste of time money and resources. Seriously who really cares so much that this is worth even exploring? Use the money for a good cause not digging up worthless plastic carts of a crappy game

    Its going to be a big buildup over nothing.

  • DavidinCT

    this is a myth for older gamers, the 2600 came out in the late 1970′s, most younger gamers would not understand it. As a older gamer, I have been living with this myth for most of my life. I really am looking forward to watching it and finding out if its true. I wish I could be there but it would be impossible for me.:(

  • baconcheeswhiz89

    can be interesting if you do find them

    • Guest

      At least it will put this damn thing to rest…

  • Fingleberries

    Awww Man. Microsoft are doing ET the Extra Terrestrial – that game is sooo old and lame. Epic Fail – I mean, look at PlayStation Plus, they’re offering …
    Oh, sorry. I thought that was what everyone was supposed to say here about any game posted :)

  • shezi

    I really don’t understand why Microsoft just don’t ask Sega if the Myth about the dig is true or not, instead of spending money on the digging. And not to mention the whole effort about this project. o_O

  • Xhawk27

    In 30 years maybe Sony can do the same for Knack.

  • NietzschesGhost

    This would be awesome to go to, unfortunately I’m in PA. I remember playing that when I was a kid. I mostly remember that it made no sense, but I remember playing it a lot. I always wanted to go to see if they really buried all of them there.

  • Jason Boyd

    Has a release date been set for the documentary yet?

  • Gazza!!!

    The truth has been uncovered.

  • watkins

    You guys should be trying to figure out a way to get Xbox one relevant again versus digging up crappy games… My advice. Drop the price of the system by a hundred bucks and bundle in halo 2 anniversary edition.

    • Lucky13X

      Drop price yes, but Halo 2 may not drive up sales. Gears of War 4 preview might,

  • Death Dealer

    Well done MS, you’ve found them!

 
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