New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm •  Published: May 30, 2014
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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, issued a draft of a distribution plan to Alamogordo city officials on Tuesday.

Lewandowski said that some of the games should be given to the filmmakers, museums and the public, the Alamogordo Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1izntyG).

"They're considered to have value because they're part of the legend," Lewandowski told The Associated Press on Friday. "It's a piece of history."

City documents show that Atari consoles and more than 1,300 games were found, including "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Some of the other discovered titles include "Centipedes," ''Warlords" and "Asteroids," the newspaper reported.

LightBox Entertainment and Fuel Entertainment pursued the dig for a documentary that Microsoft will distribute later this year. Lewandowski said both companies should get 52 cartridges from the 14 game titles.

"I think that would be a good gesture," he said. "The publicity we are getting from this, Microsoft is the one funding this. It is not a small-time operation."

Reports that truckloads of what some say was the worst video game ever made were buried in the landfill have been urban legend since the early '80s. The "E.T." game's poor reception was seen as a factor in Atari's demise.

After months of planning with state and local regulators, crews discovered numerous game cartridges on April 26. The dig cost more than $50,000, Lewandowski said.

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