the Search for ET

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clok1966
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Well many consider ET to be the worst video game for the 2600, some for all time. So you would expect to find it in a garbage dump. And myth and legend says Atari dumped many in the landfill. I seem to remeber some years ago it was "confirmed" atari dumped um, drove over um with a packer to crush um then cemented over that.. but.... Video game Explorers have a different opinion and a ace in thier pocket.. a man who said he dumped some of them, and where. So they got the OK to dig up a dump and find um. ME, im not sure why.. is a used ET cart that hard to find today?And anything burried in the dirt that long in cardboard is not going to be in good shape.. cart maybe, but the paper.. no way..

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0605/Atari-land...

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I guess if genuine landfill

I guess if genuine landfill copies arrived on the market they would sell to some collectors but I'm not sure they would attract a high price. Like you Bill, I'd be interested but as you say - at the right price.

Despite many statements to the contrary,ET is by no means the worst game ever - there are lots of more likely candidates for that in the 2600 library and while the game has its faults it also has to be applauded as it was no cheap cash-in game. In actual fact Warshaw made quite an effort to create an original game close to the story of the film - if he had been given more time it could have been considerably better. In actual fact it is quite a bit more accessible than Raiders of the Lost Ark (same author!) which gets lots of praise. Both are similar games in that they involve navigating a (for the time) complex environment and utilising an inventory of objects at certain locations providing ties to the narrative of the source material - but anyone tackling either of these games without a manual is in for a lot of frustration.

clok1966
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Ok, i was thinking that.. but

Ok, i was thinking that.. but wasn't sure if I was nuts or if there are others as "nuts" :) I might even pick one up as I was of the right age the VIDEO GAME crash and all its parts holds some real interest for me. I hope somebody who is doing it updates on a win or fail. Im not sure if this is a LINK to them or not.

http://www.fuelyouth.com/#/Fuel/About

Mark Vergeer
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landfill ET cart?

I'd love to have a landfill ET cartridge, preferably with some of the actual dirt in a nice ziplock bag :)

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The only reasoning behind

The only reasoning behind this is that it's one of the truly mythical videogame stories, one of the ones that has been re-told again and again. It's true that ET cartridges have no real value (though some misreported it that way) since there are still masses available on the market. The real value here is in proving that this was at least one of the landfills used, and I'm sure there will be some collector's value in owning some of the crushed carts because all that it symbolizes. I know I'd be interested at the right price. Again, all value is tied up in the lore and history, not the product itself.

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clok1966
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lost Cart GOLD

davyK wrote:
ET carts are easy to find. Despite the stories, ET actually sold quite well, so there are plenty in circulation. It's just that Atari made way too many copies anticipating new console sales triggered by the desire to play the game. I believe the number of carts they made was higher than the number of consoles in households at the time - madness.

I know in the past the ET carts where a dime a dozen. I was just wondering the reasoning behind this.. IF they so somehow come up with some.. in any condition, what would be the point? Lets just say they come up with some pristine carts.. digging them up and such has to outweigh any chance of making some cash off them, or not? Could a Original pristine box/cart/instructions pull some real money? Would the "famous" atari DUMP carts hold some special values?

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ET carts are easy to find.

ET carts are easy to find. Despite the stories, ET actually sold quite well, so there are plenty in circulation. It's just that Atari made way too many copies anticipating new console sales triggered by the desire to play the game. I believe the number of carts they made was higher than the number of consoles in households at the time - madness.

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