Microsoft invites you to attend the Atari E.T. landfill excavation on April 26

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    We're all invited to the Atari E.T. landfill excavation later this month. 'Become a part of gamer history', Microsoft says...

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    Microsoft is inviting the public to attend the Atari Landfill excavation where a team will search for buried E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game, rumored to be buried in New Mexico.

    The day-long excavation will take place on April 26, and spectators will be able watch as the "truth" comes out. This endeavor is being funded in part by Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios as part of its new documentaries initiative, that will air first on Xbox consoles.

    Here's the official info:

    NEWS SOURCE #1: Attend Atari landfill excavation (via) XboxNews
    NEWS SOURCE #2: Microsoft invites you to attend the Atari landfill excavation on April 26 (via) VG247

    Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news item!
     

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      It will be a complete geek fest ;) I gotta say that i'd defo go if I lived in the U.S
       
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      Personally, I don't understand how/why this was ever considered a myth.

      1: Atari never denied dumping. Quite the contrary. Atari admitted that they did. They simply blew off the specific ET question by saying that what was being dumped was "mostly" broken/defective/returned hardware. Consoles, computers and other games can also be found there.

      2: ET was a flop, and for them to be able to write off some of the loss, the remaining stock had to be accounted for and destroyed. I know to us techies it's seems stupid and a waste when the shells and circuit boards could have been recycled for other games, but business doesn't work like that.

      3: The Alamogordo Daily News covered the dumping, complete with pictures. The New York Times also covered the story and confirmed it with Atari. UPI and Knight-Ridder also released stories about not only the dumping but also scavengers stealing games from the landfill 2 days before concrete was finally poured.

      4: Alamogordo's city commission enacted some emergency management laws to limit the abuse of out of state dumping, with the Mayor specifically naming Atari as the reason. This is also documented.


      It can't be any more of a punch to the face fact that Atari was dumping hardware in Alamogordo for tax purposes. The only real question is how much of what was dumped were perfectly good, but unwanted/unsellable, ET carts.
       
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      it's just for fun, MS need anything that results in positive rep. I think it's more of a legend then a myth, this isn't Roswell.
       
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      From what I understand most of the E.T. carts run fine even today if dug up and cleaned. Probably due to the dryness of the desert.

      I always wonder why people consider it a myth as well... For all the reasons you stated and to add that many many people have gone there and dug up carts themselves. You can even find multiple youtube video's of people digging them up.
       
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      It's probably because it sounds like something that you'd expect to hear on the internet and then find out it's BS like allot of things.
       
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      since it was an active landfill, theres 30 years of trash buried on top of anything that was buried there 30 years ago. the likelihood of finding any evidence of ataris burial is slim to none. more chance that geraldo will find james hoffa there than any e.t carts.
       
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      So if we did this in 5 years time we'd be digging up Xb1's I guess.
       
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      I don't think so.

      The city is small, and restricted out of state dumping after the Atari incident.

      I do not believe this is an above ground, Mt.trashmore type landfill. Their's appear to be a dig a hole and fill it type, which makes things far easier as it simply expands outwards leaving existing fills accessible.

      Records are kept, photos are taken, etc... Given we know the exact date the dumping took place, they should be able to locate more or less where it should be. Want to double check, just radar/x-ray over the site and look for the giant concrete slab. Landfills do NOT bury trash under concrete as a general rule, and that it was done here for this particular case is both rare and unusual.

      It's not a one day event by some 85 year old woman using a hand held gardening trowel. It is a 1.5 month long excavation being done with heavy machinery. Originally it was supposed to be a 6 month deal, but it was shortened at the last minute in the final contract. In either case, the significance of the April 26th, 2014 date is that is when the excavation is planed to start, and is the only day the site will be open to the general public to witness the groundbreaking and partake of the spectacular being made of the event. Nothing will be found on that day (short of anything they plant in advance to be found to make the day more exciting for the people).

      Tell you one thing, Alamogordo is going to be the winner either way with the money they will be getting from Fuel Entertainment, Microsoft for permits/royalties, from the tourists, and from the teams of dig and film crews living there for 45 days.

      Anywho, the only thing that will really determine if anything is ultimately found or not is if this is a legitimate attempt to dig it up, or if it's just a bullshit publicity stunt (AKA: Geraldo Rivera finding Hoffa). My cynical nature tells me to suspect that it's the latter. Afterall, who wants to kill off a popular urban legend; especially one that can, has been, and is again being exploited.

      http://www.alamogordonews.com/News/ci_25534216/City-updates-agreement-for-Atari-dig
      http://www.develop-online.net/news/...avate-atari-s-legendary-e-t-dump-site/0191394
       
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      Don't forgot it is all to push Xbox Live and Microsoft, as the daily 1.5 month events will be broadcasted ONLY on Xbox Live for you to view and comment on, and afterwards no other network will be allowed to have the whole summary film produced for viewing for many months.

      So for those owning a Wii U or PS4 or thinking of catching it on Youtube (well bits of it might, but they will be quickly dmca'ed removed), too bad, you going to have to cough up for monthly Xbox Live Gold membership and dig your Xbox 360 out of closet or invest in an XB1.
       
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      The sad thing about that being that streaming video quality on XBL is HORRIBLE. At least on the X360 it is. I've been trying to make the best use I can of my free month of Gold service. So I installed the Comcast Xfinity app, and tried watching some Mythbusters. First I tried a so called HD stream. Watched it a few minutes wondering why it was so fuzzy and had so much mpeg artifacting and color splotchiness. It looked worse than a SD Youtube stream. The Xfinity app streams great on my PC and Smartphone. So then for laughs I tried streaming a SD quality stream on XBL, and it was so much worse that I can't even think of anything else bad enough to compare it too. Maybe the video quality of over compressed first generation Real Media recording from the 90's.
       
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