“Atari Graveyard” to Be Excavated, Explored in Documentary

June 3, 2013 | Andy Cush

In Alamogordo, New Mexico, there’s a landfill stuffed with 14 truckloads of Atari games, consoles and other hardware. The company dumped the stuff–mostly unpopular or defective games–in 1983, and it’s been sitting there ever since. Apparently, there are literally millions of copies of 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which, as you can see from the screenshot above, was not so good.

Now, a Canadian “Global Youth Engagement” company called Fuel Industries has received permission from Alamogordo’s city council to excavate the landfill, with hopes of showcasing what they find in a documentary film. No word on who will direct, or when the thing will come out, but the thought of footage (even photos) of all those discarded games is tantalizing. Rumor has it there might even be a few Mindlinks down there.