Atari game cartridges dug up from landfill fetch $37,000 on eBay
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., Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP / Juan Carlos Llorca)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, November 16, 2014 3:18PM EST
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a New Mexico city.
An old "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials.
The games were part of a cache of some 800 Atari video games buried more than 30 years ago in a landfill and dug up in April.
Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says the online auction, which ended Thursday, generated $37,000.
The "E.T." game, still in its original box, sold for $1,537.
Atari reportedly buried the 1982 game in after it was dubbed a flop.
Alamogordo owns the cartridges because they came from the city's landfill.