If you were wondering might happen to that massive legendary cache of unopened E.T. game cartridges for the Atari 2600… apparently you’ll have the chance to own one via the New Mexico Museum of Space History. First they’re all going to need to be appraised and curated, but yes at some point, you can own a copy of game that was so bad, Atari filled a landfill full of unsold copies in the New Mexico desert hoping they would never be found.
Near the end of the grand run of the Atari 2600, it was rumored that Atari lost so much money producing so many E.T. game cartridges, anticipating a huge hit that turned out to be an enormous flop, that they buried thousands of boxes of unopened E.T. games somewhere out in the desert of the American southwest. For decades and decades, this seemed to possibly just be an urban legend… but today, it was announced that the legendary cache of Atari 2600 games was uncovered in New Mexico after the excavation of a landfill.
I guess someone’s got to be in this sort of thing. But be warned that if you remove it from its packaging, it’s going to lose some of its collectible value. Doubly so if it’s covered in bodily fluids.