The gaming industry is full of rumours and legends, in most of which the truth never saw the light of day. One of these rumours started back in the 80s, when some people stated that Atari had buried millions of E.T. cartridges in the ground somewhere, although nothing was found to prove the truth behind these statements.
Considered one of the worst games of all time, the game developed by Howard Scott Warshaw become known not only by its bad ratings, but for its rushed development time as well, which only took six months. With Atari suffering loses around the $300 million in a single quarter, mainly due to licensing rights and the game's poor sales, the company didn't know what to do with the 5 million unsold copies of the title. Atari then made the decision to bury all the copies somewhere on the desert, or so the legends said.
Two weeks ago, Microsoft partnered up with a documentary team to start the excavations in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The legends were true, and hunderds of ET cartridges were found in Alamogordo, although at the moment is not certain that all the 5 million copies are all buried there. But even if 5 million copies aren't all there, we can at least say that the truth behind one of the oldest legends in gaming has finally been uncovered.