Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

Did you hear? They found tons of unsold copies of E.T. for the Atari 2600 in that New Mexico landfill, as foretold by prophecy. What else did they find? That's up to our crack team of Photoshop experts.

I'm actually a little bit disappointed. Hooray, the "urban legend" we were all pretty sure was true wound up being true, but part of me was hoping for a massive failure. Maybe they'd find nothing at all. Maybe Xbox's film crew would capture spectacular footage of the unearthing of a huge pile of porn, or dead bodies, or copies of Sudeki for the Xbox.

Welp, second photo-manipulated time's the charm, as they say. Make the E.T. dig more exciting, you guys. Here are three official Microsoft shots to get you started.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

THat's acclaimed Hollywood writer/director Zak Penn, the man behind X-Men 2.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

This is Emmy award-winning producer Jonathan Chinn, also working on the official documentary.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

And this, of course, is Mr. Paul Rudd.

Use these. Use some of the shots from our initial story on the unearthing. Create your own images pixel-by-pixel — it's all up to you. Just make me proud.

Not sure how to upload images? Follow these simple steps and you'll soon be uploading pictures to the internet like a pro.

1. Create your 'Shop and save it to your desktop.

2. Go to the bottom of this post

3. This brings up a comment window. Click

4. This brings up Click "Choose file" if you're uploading your 'shop from your desktop

5. Alternatively, you can upload the 'Shop to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. Then paste the image's URL into the field that says "Image URL." Note: this must be the URL of the image itself, not the page where it is displayed. That means the URL ends in .jpg, .gif, .png, whatever.

6. Add editorial commentary and hit submit and your image will load. If it doesn't, upload the image to imgur and paste the image URL as a comment. I promise I will look at it.

7. Large-size images may not upload properly, though we have seen some big-ass animated .gifs upwards of 5 MB. If you're still having trouble uploading the image, try to keep its longest dimension (horizontal or vertical) under 1000 pixels, or the whole thing under 2 MB.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials

LET'S DO THIS IN ALL CAPS.

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