Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Excavated Extra-Terrestrials: The Winners!

Last week's discovery of the for-some-reason-fabled E.T. landfill was so exciting I completely forgot it happened. Imagine my surprise as I prepare to post the winners of last week's 'Shop Contest and discover 20 million entries based on the subject. Luckily for my sanity, there can be only a couple dozen. » 5/03/14 9:00pm 5/03/14 9:00pm

Some People Think The Atari Landfill Dig Is Fake

The excavation of Atari's game graveyard—which unearthed many copies of the infamous failed E.T. game—definitely happened. There are pictures. There are trustworthy witness reports. But somehow, some folks are still skeptical about it. Not everyone actually believes the entire thing happened, amusingly enough. » 4/29/14 4:30pm 4/29/14 4:30pm

The Infamous Atari Landfill Dig Is Finally Happening

Come April 26, 2014, one of gaming's greatest mysteries will finally be solved. Or maybe it will just be get even more convoluted and confusing. In either case, that is the official date Microsoft just announced for when someone is finally going to break ground on the infamous New Mexico landfill that's allegedly… » 4/10/14 12:30pm 4/10/14 12:30pm

Can Video Games Be So Bad That They're Good?

I'd wager it's safe to say that, when it comes to entertainment, we all enjoy at least a few things that we really shouldn't. Who hasn't gathered their friends around for a joyous viewing of something like "Troll 2" or "Plan 9 From Outer Space"? Personally, I adore terrible movies and music. Whether it's waiting for… » 1/27/14 12:01pm 1/27/14 12:01pm

Someone's Going to Dig Up Atari's Infamous New Mexico Landfill

Alamogordo's city council has granted an excavation permit for the infamous landfill said to hold thousands of copies of E.T. and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600—two titles blamed for the mid-1980s crash of console gaming—and yes, the permit-holder is digging out the site specifically to find those games' remains. » 6/01/13 12:00pm 6/01/13 12:00pm

E.T.'s Mission Continues 30 Years Later in The Green Planet

It's been three decades since Steven Spielberg enchanted the world with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, changing the way a generation thought about potential alien life and Reese's Pieces. Chillingo and Universal celebrate 30 years of friendly aliens next week with E.T.: The Green Planet, or as I like to call it, E.T.… » 10/02/12 12:45pm 10/02/12 12:45pm

1.4 Million Unsold Video Games Won't Be Buried in the Desert

Yesterday, we learned that the video game publisher THQ is sitting on 1.4 million unsold copies of uDraw, a hugely unsuccessful game designed around a tablet peripheral. uDraw was such a disastrous investment—it cost the publisher around $100 Million on production and lost revenue—that it is almost singlehandedly… » 2/03/12 1:00pm 2/03/12 1:00pm