Alamogordo gets ready for video game dig

Created: 04/25/2014 6:43 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The city of Alamogordo is abuzz with anticipation.

On Saturday, a documentary crew will begin the search for millions of copies of one of the worst video game ever made.

It’s long been rumored they were buried at a local landfill.

And on Saturday, we may know the truth.

Were truckloads of E.T. for Atari dumped in a landfill in 1983?   

“I remember when I was 12-years-old and E.T. came out. I had an Atari 2600, and I remember what a horrible, horrible experience that was.  And the first time ever just having a video game that I didn't like," said Cam Wilde.

Local have their own theories.

“I think tomorrow is going to be interesting.  If they find it, and then they have to tear everything up out there to get all of it up out of there.  I've heard anywhere from 3-6 semis full of counsels and cartridges," said Kelly Hargrove.

“I hope they find something.  You know, there's been rumors that this stuff is covered in concrete, that it was crushed, so there might be little shards of gray plastic, and that's it," said Wilde.

What they’ll find in the ancient landfill is anyone’s guess.

It’s been sitting vacant for over two decades.

But if they do find the games, the film companies say they’ll be giving some away.

“It’s been one of those kind of urban legends you know.  Ok, did we have a crash in Roswell? We don't know yet. Will we have Atari cartridges in Alamogordo?  We're going to find out tomorrow," said Hargrove.

The mayor says the city is expecting nearly 200 tourists to watch the dig.

The ground breaking is Saturday at 10:30 a.m..

KOB Eyewitness News 4 will have a crew there and will let you know what they find.

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