Five Million E.T. Pieces: I missed this link in my prior post about The Video Game Crash of 1983. It’s a great look at what happened to Atari in the early 80’s. It ends by confirming the rumor that millions of game cartridges ended up in a landfill somewhere.
[…] Atari, stuck with millions of games and consoles that were largely unsellable at any price, sent fourteen truckloads of merchandise from their plant in El Paso, Texas, to be dumped in a city landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico in late September 1983. In order to keep the site from being looted, steamrollers crushed and flattened the games, and a concrete slab was poured over the remains.
Why would someone “loot” old E.T. cartridges? I think Atari was just afraid of a picture of all those cartridges ending up in a newspaper somewhere.