Filmmakers attempt to uncover legendary New Mexico video game dump

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
According to the legend, the video game maker Atari buried millions of unsold video game systems and video games at this New Mexico site.

Atari supposedly buried many unsold games at the dump, such as E.T., the Extra Terrestrial.

ALAMOGORDO, NM (NBC) - Two film companies looking to uncover a decades old urban legend about the New Mexico video game burial have had to halt production.

According to the legend, the video game maker Atari buried millions of unsold video game systems and video games at this site in New Mexico. This includes a game that many think is the worst video game ever made, E.T., the Extra Terrestrial.

The companies Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment were looking to make a documentary about the urban legend and the financial collapse of Atari, but the New Mexico Environment Department said they were not allowed to dig.

State environmental officials say that anyone who wants to dig at the site has to submit a plan for approval. According to the officials, the film companies did not submit a complete plan and did not describe how they would protect themselves from potentially hazardous materials at the site.

The film companies aren't giving up, and environmental officials are working with the film makers to get a plan approved. It's possible that the mystery of the New Mexico Video Game Dump will be coming to a theater near you.


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