New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games

May 30, 2014

Officials in a New Mexico city are working on a plan under which film companies, museums and the public could get Atari video games that were dug up from an old landfill last month.

Workers for a documentary film production company recovered the games from the garbage heap in Alamogordo.

According to the Alamogordo Daily News (bit.ly/1izntyG ), city documents indicate Atari consoles and 1,377 games were found, including "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."

The search for the "E.T." cartridges will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the biggest video company of the early '80s. The game contributed to Atari's demise.

A draft plan being considered by Alamogordo officials would provide some of the games to the companies that paid for the excavation. Some would go to national, state and local , while hundreds could be sold to the public.

Explore further: Atari US files for bankruptcy to break from parent (Update)

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