Atari games dug up in landfill sell for $100k

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Atari games found in New Mexico landfill sell for more than $100,000.

April 26, 2014: In this file photo, film director Zak Penn shows a box of a decades-old Atari “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, N.M. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca) ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months. The Extraterrestrial” cartridges, Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles, including Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Defender, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix, Centipede and Super Breakout. It didn’t live up to its financial expectations and is considered by many to have contributed to Atari’s demise, as shown in Zak Penn’s documentary “Atari: Game Over.” The 881 games sold on eBay brought in close to $108,000, Lewandowski told the Alamogordo City Commission earlier this week. Twenty-three games also made their way to museums around the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Deutsches Film Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. “There’s 297 we’re still holding in an archive that we’ll sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them,” he said. “But for now we’re just holding them.”

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