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Diggers find Atari's E.T. games in landfill
yahoo.com ^ | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA

Posted on 04/26/2014 2:41:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A documentary film production company has found buried in a New Mexico landfill hundreds of the Atari "E.T." game cartridges that some call the worst video game ever made.

Film director Zak Penn showed one "E.T." cartridge retrieved from the site and said that hundreds more were found in the mounds of trash and dirt scooped by a backhoe.

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A New York Times article from Sept. 28, 1983, says 14 truckloads of discarded game cartridges and computer equipment were dumped on the site. An Atari spokesman quoted in the story said the games came from its plant in El Paso, Texas, some 80 miles south of Alamogordo.

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Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea said finding something in the landfill might bring more tourists to this city in southeastern New Mexico...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: alamogordo; atari; landfill; what

1 posted on 04/26/2014 2:41:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Landfills aren't eyesores, they're archaeological treasures for future generations.
2 posted on 04/26/2014 2:42:45 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo

Same could be said for Detroit.


3 posted on 04/26/2014 2:51:16 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: BenLurkin

Some things are best left buried. They can’t even imagine the magnitude of frustration and disappointment locked in those cartridges. If it were to escape... I don’t even want to think about it.


4 posted on 04/26/2014 2:52:21 PM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is Ballot Stuffing)
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To: BenLurkin
Worst game ever? There's some pretty tough competition.


5 posted on 04/26/2014 2:52:59 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: BenLurkin

All your landfills are belong to us.


6 posted on 04/26/2014 2:57:39 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: billorites
Yes, "worst" is a relative term...


7 posted on 04/26/2014 3:00:00 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: BenLurkin

I threw that crap away for a reason.


8 posted on 04/26/2014 3:06:18 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Its my freedom. YES. I will be keeping it.)
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To: BenLurkin
Interesting history regarding Atari. They were the ones that came out that that "Pong" game which ended up being the first video game brought into people's homes. It was basically a two-player game in which you controlled a paddle that went up and down and you batted a "ball" back and forth. That was basically it. Yet it was all the rage back in the mid 1970s. You hooked it up to a regular television set and played it for hours on end.

Then around 1975, the co-founders of Apple (before they started Apple) wrote a game called "Breakout." Legend has it that Steve Jobs got $5,700 for it but only paid Steve Wozniak (who did all the work) about $350.

9 posted on 04/26/2014 3:16:37 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

loved PONG.


10 posted on 04/26/2014 3:18:23 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Chickensoup

Skyrim it ain’t, but it still is a lot of fun even today.


11 posted on 04/26/2014 3:22:59 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Yorlik803

No, it couldn’t.


12 posted on 04/26/2014 3:23:35 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I was too poor to afford it back then but would play it when we got to town and to Zayres.


13 posted on 04/26/2014 3:26:01 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Chickensoup
loved PONG.

People today can't realize how state of the art it was at the time. My first computer was an Atari 64. Had a VisiCalc program to track my bills and wrote or was given programs to do graphics. Right up there with geting my TI-50.

14 posted on 04/26/2014 3:33:43 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

A friend was the wife of one of the authors of VisiCalc.


15 posted on 04/26/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: SamAdams76

Pong was all we had, and dammit!! We liked it!

:-)


16 posted on 04/26/2014 4:00:11 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Chickensoup

I loved Downland (TRS-80)


17 posted on 04/26/2014 4:18:50 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: BenLurkin

18 posted on 04/26/2014 4:20:58 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: SamAdams76

Pong was a good game, as was tank.

Atari’s chess program would shut off the display while it was thinking (presumably so it could use all its computing power for play and not display).

I used to set up a board so I could examine the position as Atari was contemplating its next move.


19 posted on 04/26/2014 4:42:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Starstruck

Atari didnt make the 64..that was Commodore...Ataris first pc were the 400 and 800..I had an 800..the game system was the 2600


20 posted on 04/26/2014 5:49:43 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s so cool they finally found them.


21 posted on 04/26/2014 5:52:37 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: tophat9000
Atari didnt make the 64..that was Commodore...Ataris first pc were the 400 and 800..I had an 800..the game system was the 2600

You are correct. Your memory is better than mine. It was actually the 800XL which I believe had 64K of memory.

22 posted on 04/27/2014 6:45:06 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Chickensoup

A friend was the wife of one of the authors of VisiCalc.
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VisiCalc was one of IBM’s greatest blunders ... they didn’t see the potential in it (thought it was too “obvious”) and never copyrited it!!!!! So along come dozens of copycats ,, foxbase dbase excel etc. etc. ,,, BILLIONS of dollars lost.


23 posted on 04/27/2014 7:18:48 AM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Chickensoup
loved PONG.

In college I ran the print shop for the school. It was in the basement of the student union across the hall from the Rathskeller.

They stored their video game consoles in the print shop. Pong was one and I forget the other. They had room for one game so the extra one was stored in my print shop.

Needless to say when the printing was done it was time for fun and that meant...PONG!

24 posted on 04/27/2014 5:25:49 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts
I was too poor to afford it back then but would play it when we got to town and to Zayres.

Did you think you'd ever hear that name again?

25 posted on 04/27/2014 5:27:03 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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