First look: The quest for Atari’s secret desert burial ground

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El Paso filmmaker Carlos Corral is happy to share the dirt on a Southern New Mexico treasure hunt and a 30-year-old mystery for Atari video game fans.

A crowd watches as an Alamogordo, N.M. landfill is excavated in search of infamous video games. Photo by Carlos Corral.

A crowd watches as an Alamogordo, N.M. landfill is excavated in search of infamous video games. Photo by Carlos Corral.

Corral worked as the location sound mixer for Lightbox Entertainment in the spring of 2014 when the production team came to Alamogordo, N.M. to learn what, if anything, legendary video game company Atari buried there.

On location at the Atari quest. Photo by Carlos Corral

On location at the Atari quest. Photo by Carlos Corral

Atari went bankrupt in 1983 after releasing a cassette game called “ET The Extraterrestrial” that some say was the worst video game in history.

Many believed that an embarrassed Atari dumped hundreds of copies of the game cassette in an Alamogordo landfill to hide them from the public.

In a recent post on his blog, Corral shares photos of his experience on the set, including some of the artifacts that were unearthed. He also offers a sneak peek of the whole story in a trailer for the documentary.

You can see it all here: http://www.mindwarpllc.com/blog/raiders-of-the-lost-atari-tomb

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