The infamous “Atari grave” has been uncovered by a film production crew in a Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. You may be asking yourself, what is the “Atari grave?”
Back in the early 80s, the video game industry suffered a crash as sales dried up. It would later become known as the “video game crash of 1983.” The lead up to the crash saw Atari spend millions on the rights for “E.T” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Atari then released one of the worst video games ever in “E.T.” Sales dried up and Atari would go on to lose $310.5 million in the crash.
So, what happened to all the games. According to the New York Times, Atari “dumped 14 truckloads of discarded game cartridges” into a landfill in Alamogordo.
Fast forward to this past weekend, and a film crew filming an Xbox Original documentary dug up the old titles. Microsoft plans to release the documentary as part of its jump to original content. No word on a specific release date for the documentary, but with the discovery of old Atari games it promises to be an entertaining one.
That video game crash in 1983? Yeah, it didn’t last long. Two years later Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System and introduced the world to Mario and Luigi. Today, the video game industry boasts millions of players around the world and has become a $66 billion industry. Games are played from consoles and PCs to your mobile phone.
The future looks bright for the industry. Next-gen consoles are selling at a record pace and technology such as the Oculus Rift could change the way we play forever.