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The Search for E.T. Is On

Courtesy Philippa Warr, ArsTechnica.com


Permission has been granted for a film crew to excavate a landfill suspected of containing millions of unsold Atari game cartridges.

The dig is searching for a cache of cartridges, including copies of Atari’s utterly disastrous E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial adaptation as part of an original documentary for Xbox.

It was initially blocked as the New Mexico Environment Department requires digs of this nature to have an approved waste excavation plan. The original WEP was rejected in February for being too vague but the Alamogodo News reports that a new submission has been approved with the addition of some terms and conditions.

The approval letter asks that the Environmental Department be notified five working days prior to the start of the dig and that the waste hauling companies hired for the excavation be registered with the NMED.

The documentary is part of a series led by award-winning producers Jonathan and Simon Chinn. According to Xbox Entertainment Studios president Nancy Tellem: "These stories will expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment, and commerce, and how it impacts our lives every day."


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