Atari's Founder Goes Digging in the Desert, but not for E.T.

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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 humor 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.

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I didn't know those ET games were also crushed and buried under concrete. Perhaps they should have gone the extra mile and launched them into the sun.