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Copy of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" from the Alamogordo Landfill
Copy of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial from the Alamogordo Landfill

Origin

Atari video game burial

Type

Video game

Effects

Player is willed to make poor financial investments, all of which fail and do not stop the player from investing further. Also causes temporary nausea and anger.

Downsides

Effects

Activation

Playing

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agent

Section

Milton-2R14L5Y

Aisle

164361-281

Shelf

4002-1285-992

Date of Collection

2014

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OriginEdit

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was an infamous video game developed by Atari for the Atari 2600. It is generally considered one of the worst video games ever made. It is also thought to be one of the primary factors behind the North American video game crash. In 1983, Atari buried hundreds of thousands of copies of the game, alongside several other games, in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. In 2014, the burial site was excavated, and a few thousand cartridges re-surfaced, including this particular copy of the game, which survived the burial and was still able to be played.

EffectsEdit

Playing the game on an Atari 2600 will implant a desire to financially invest in the player's subconscious. However, every investment they make will fail, and the player will constantly lose money. Despite this, they will continue to make poor investments, none of which ever succeed and eventually cause the player to go bankrupt. It also causes temporary, but severe, nausea and anger.

CollectionEdit

When the Amalogordo landfill was excavated in 2014, this particular cartridge was found to be miraculously intact and in working order. An employee of Microsoft, who were backing the excavation project, took this cartridge home and played it. Not long after, he suddenly quit Microsoft to pursue several over financial ventures, all of which failed and got the man evicted from his home. Naturally, this alerted the warehouse to the situation, who were too late to search his home. Several agents scoured the city, investigating all of the places where his home goods were distributed. The game was eventually found in a thrift store, and snagged.

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