Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100000

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Atari Games Unearthed from New Mexico Landfill Sold for More Than $100,000.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — 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 cache of 881 games which were offered for sale on eBay not only attracted buyers from forty five US states but also from a dozen countries all around the worldwide. Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig to retrieve the games, announced the figure at an Alamogordo City Commission meeting earlier this week.

Among the unearthed games was ET The Extraterrestrial, a game which is based on the famous Steven Spielberg’s movie and is regarded as the worst ever video game created. The Extraterrestrial” cartridges, Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles, including Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Defender, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix, Centipede and Super Breakout. 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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