Interested in being a part of Video Game History in two weeks? Then road trip your way to the Alamogordo Landfill (4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310- Near First Street and White Sands Boulevard) on April 26th from 9:30am-7:30 pm to watch as (supposedly) millions of E.T. Atari game cartridges (as well as some rumored Ms. Pac Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Bezerk games) will be dug from the earth and presented to the heavens as an offering to the Gaming Gods (um, that last part is conjecture).
According to Xbox Wire:
[Writer]/Director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”) will be documenting the dig and the events around it. In addition to fans and media, a variety of people tied to the dig, video game, and film will be in attendance – including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game designer Howard Scott Warshaw, a team of archaeologists and representatives from Xbox Entertainment Studios, Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment.
So there’s probably going to be a food truck or something selling refreshments (here’s hoping it’s filled with Doritos and Mountain Dew) if you get hungry.
If you are unfamiliar with the urban legend it goes something like this: In 1983 Atari, embarrassed with how bad the E.T Game actually was, had their operatives creep out in the dead of night to bury all the remaining cartridges in the New Mexico desert in order to forget that it ever existed. The real story is somewhat less Men-in-Black-ish and can be read about HERE (it’s Wikipedia so you know it’s true) but I still prefer the darker Nerd version myself.
If you are trying to figure out something to do with your Spring Break (or self-created Spring Break if you are over the college-age), this is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will surely be as enthralling as watching Geraldo Rivera breaking into Capone’s vault..I mean, it’s not like you’re doing anything important anyway…and, if you’re old like me, you’ll probably want to go just to be reminded what a terrible let down the game was when you were bombarded with commercials like this everyday when you were a kid:
Oh, the memories…now who’s driving first shift?