The Great Atari Legend

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  1. Sparky49

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  2. PackratKing

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    I'm certain that they rendered them irretrievable , or thoroughly ruined in some other respect...if indeed they dumped them at all...
     
  3. DrRich

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    Probably mostly things you would rather not touch with your hands.

    Apart from that, I have no idea why anyone would be fussed by the ET legend. I had a fad of collecting Atari games a few years back and only a very select few games are playable, let alone ET!
     
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    Sounds like many are proving to be fully playable too! :cool:
     
  6. spinnaker

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    My question is why go through the expense? Obviously they were 3.5 million copies that no one wanted then. Why would they want them now?

    And even if a few people wanted them, what could they be worth with 3.5 million of them dumped on the market?
     
  7. SgtWookie

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    At the time, it was the worst computer game ever. Maybe they want to see if there have been worse games since then?
     
  8. Sparky49

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    I guess it is also about the journey. Just as we like to spend money creating our projects which you could probably get a lot cheaper if you just bought it off of Ebay, these guys had some spare loot and decided to go on a real life treasure hunt. :D

    It also proves the Atari 'myth' - no one had evidence that this was actually done.

    Perhaps a closer analogy would be going fishing with friends. It's not some much about catching the fish as it is having a good time.
     
  9. GopherT

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    My son did some research on this. Apparently there was much denial from the Atari executives about how much money they put into thus game and the sudden decline in available operating cash at Atari. The executive team decided to hide as much as they could about ET and dump the cartridges. There may have also been some type of royalty due to Spielberg based on number of ET cartridges produced rather than sold.

    In any case, the company dumped everything into the NM landfill. Upon later investigation, the executives claimed it the truckloads of garbage was actually old equipment gutted from a Texas factory resulting from an equipment upgrade.

    Dozens of people requested to dig into the landfill to find the cartridges but all were refused because they lacked the prober equipment, know-how and insurance. Finally, a documentary crew found funding from various groups interested in video games/computer history. With a good plan in place, the landfill owner approved the dig and recovery.
     
  10. DerStrom8

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    I still own one of those ET games.....
     
  11. atferrari

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    Who is the legal owner of all that junk?
     
  12. tracecom

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    In an early job, I had the responsibility for replacing cameras under warranty. Each returned camera was placed on an arbor press, and a 1/2" spike was driven through the lens and case. Then, the cameras were sent to the landfill. Apparently, Atari didn't bother with the "de-commissioning step."
     
  13. tracecom

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    Good question. I suspect the owner of the dump is the rightful owner. Apparently after many splits, ownership changes, and bankrupties, Atari is down to 10 employees.
     
  14. spinnaker

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    Sell it now while it still demands a high market value! :)
     
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    But only after rubbing it in the dirt in your backyard so that you can sell it as an "authentic landfill ET" cartridge. :D
     
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  16. GopherT

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    Now that a million landfill-versions have been found, an authentic, purchased, copy may be more valuable.
     
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