The discovery of an unspecified number of Atari video game cartridges buried in a New Mexico landfill is being turned into a documentary.
Workers discovered an unspecified number of unsold Atari video game cartridges -- notably among them the 1983 video game "E.T." -- in a southern New Mexico landfill. Microsoft is producing a documentary on the excavation tentatively titled "Atari: Game Over" that will debut on Xbox Live later this year.
While the number of cartridges buried in the landfill has not yet been revealed, one worker on the scene said there was a "whole hell of a lot more games down there."
"We're just watching like everybody else." Kristen Keller, Atari spokeswoman
Incorporated in 1972, Atari is widely credited with popularizing video games in the U.S. The company also played a major role in the 1983 video game crash. Following Atari's demise, video games were largely marginalized in the U.S. until the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System (pictured) in 1985.
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