Landfill search for old Atari games is still on

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Despite environmental regulators' concerns, organizers say a planned dig into a New Mexico landfill, for what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time, is expected to proceed.

Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive are seeking to excavate an old Alamogordo landfill that reportedly was a dumping ground for "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges.

According to an urban legend, the 1982 Atari video game was so unplayable that millions of unsold or returned copies were buried in the landfill in 1983.

Now, 30 years later, a film production company wants to do a documentary about the search of the 100-acre landfill to find the hidden cache.  Jonathan Chinn, an executive producer at Los Angeles-based LightBox, says that the search is still on.

Chinn says a local waste-management consultant who filed an excavation permit is addressing questions raised by the New Mexico Environmental Department.

A department spokesman has said the agency was waiting on a revised waste excavation plan.

"E.T." the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari's decline.

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