Microsoft’s excavation of the landfill where hundreds of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges were buried was a success, and to prove it, the city decided to offer some of them for sale.
Alamogordo City Commission said it will be offering 700 of those cartridges for sale at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, while a 100 of them will be given to Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment, the production companies behind the documentary. The remaining cartridges will be distributed to local museums.
“We have been working with the space museum for curation, both for displaying and selling the games; they are now artefacts,” Alamogordo city mayor Susie Galea told Polygon. “The City Commission acted on Tuesday to give 100 of the games to Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment. There are 700 that we can sell that we can sell.”
The cartridges will first be appraised, to determine their value, they will then be handed over to the museum to sell them, some of the games will be registered and sold with a certificate of authenticity. They’re also considering selling some of them online.
Galea added that the hole has been filled back in, leaving some 700,000 games remaining inside, hoping to later turn the site into a tourist attraction.
“The dig was a lot deeper, a lot more than they thought they would have to go, They thought it was going to be 18 feet down and it was 30 instead,” she added.