Move Over Atari Breakout: It’s Time to Dig for ET

Move Over Atari Breakout: It’s Time to Dig for ET(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – With a renewed focus on classic block crunching game Atari Breakout (thanks to Google), geeks’ eyes now turn to another Atari title: ET.

Although the game received horrible reviews upon release during the 1982 Holiday season, the Atari 2600 version of ET holds the distinction as being the first video game licensed from a film franchise.

Reaction was so negative, copies were said to be sent back to Atari who then buried millions of cartridges of the game at a landfill site in New Mexico.

Now, according to a report from the BBC, Canadian-based Fuel Entertainment has received permission from the city of Alamogordo to do some video game archaeology. Granted six months, Fuel will be allowed excavate the site and find the Atari copies which would coincide with a 30th anniversary of the release.

“ET was one of the first videogames based on a licensed property, and one of the earliest and most poignant examples of mass over-hyping in digital entertainment,” stated Fuel Entertainment CEO Mike Burns in the BBC’s report.

Let’s just hope this search proves more effective than U.S. authorities’ attempts to find legendary Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.