Date set for New Mexico dig for Atari ‘E.T.’ games



ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico — Organizers of a search in a New Mexico landfill for a rumored stash of what some call the worst video game ever made by Atari announced Thursday that the dig will get under way this month.

The dig at the Alamogordo landfill where Atari reportedly discarded millions of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in 1983 is scheduled for April 26, officials with Microsoft-owned Xbox said.

The excavation will be open for public viewing, according to Xbox.

The company is joining with Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive to search the landfill. All three companies are making a documentary about the project. Microsoft plans to release the documentary on its Xbox One console.