Urban Legend Proven True

By on May 13, 2014

Urban legends and myths have filled the dreams and curiosities of people for as long as they’ve been around. Most have had to resign to the fact that the legends they were so invested in were not real. However, not all urban legends are false.

“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” was one of the most heartwarming films of all time, the words “E.T. phone home” forever etched in the hearts of viewers.

Naturally, the young video game industry, led by Atari games, wanted to create a game because they believed it would be popular due to the connection to the film. By the time they secured the rights they only had five weeks to make the game in time for the Christmas season of 1982. The results were a catastrophe.

Due to overproduction and the return of millions of, it was believed that Atari took all their unsold merchandise and buried it in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The legend lived in the back of the minds of gamers and myth chasers for decades.

Recently, “Fuel Entertainment secured the right to excavate the landfill in search of the lost games” (Time) for their documentary in discovering if the legend was true.

Upon the initial digging the “documentary film production company has found buried in a New Mexico landfill hundreds of the Atari ‘E.T.’ game cartridges” (Fox News). This revelation has changed most of the opinions of non-believers on this urban legend.

There are still some skeptics, however, such as “Atari historian Curt Vendel. “‘E.T.’ cartridges were just one of more than 20 titles found over the weekend, and may not make up more than a fifth of the estimated 700,000-plus units the ailing Atari discarded in 1983,’ he said. As far as he’s concerned, the great ‘E.T.’ caper remains ‘a myth” (CNN).

The facts don’t deter from the fact that Atari did bury their material in the middle of a desert. Sure, some details may not always be right but the essence of the legend was still there.

Fuel Entertainment plans to release their documentary on the Xbox and they are not the only ones who have a film based around the urban legend coming out this year.

James Rolfe, the gaming Internet reviewer commonly known as the Angry Video Game Nerd, has been working on a film where his character goes in search of the games to put it to rest until the government catches on.

The passion people show for this legend shows just how much it meant to people and how, even while proven true, shall live on and inspire people to come.

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