Atari's Founder Goes Digging In The Desert, But Not For E.T.

Everyone's familiar with the great video game burial of 1983, a disposal of Atari 2600 cartridges so bizarre it's often taken to be urban myth. No, that's really how they got rid of colossal flops like E.T. and the Pac-Man port, 30 years ago this September.

Here, Video Games Live thought it'd be funny to pose Nolan Bushnell, Atari's founder, out in the desert, pretending to dig for the lost cartridges (though they were actually crushed and buried under concrete.) Bushnell had the good humour to participate. But he's not out in the New Mexico desert, he's in Dubai, where he'd been attending Video Games Live's tour event there.

As seen on Video Games Live's Facebook page


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    Two things: A) He's of course the co-founder, not just the founder. B) No, that's not what happened in New Mexico. The New Mexico dumping was simply a dumping of carts and hardware (console and computer) from the Texas plant as it transitioned to an automated factory for more hardware manufacturing. It was not a mass dumping of E.T. and Pac-Man carts. We have the full story in the new 800 page book "Atari Inc. - Business Is Fun" on Amazon.

    Behold, as a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work. (Dune)

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