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Atari's Landfill Adventures, I now have the proof it's true.


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#2251 jasinner OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2017 8:11 AM

A second copy of E.T. has been put up on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/371854254496

#2252 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2017 11:37 AM

It would be amazing if it actually worked.



#2253 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2017 11:47 AM

It would be more amazing to see the demographics of the people buying this material.



#2254 jasinner OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2017 12:31 PM

It would be amazing if it actually worked.

Ben Heck purchased one and got it working with a little elbow grease:
https://youtu.be/72fBltUZ2b8

The carts were at a sweet spot in depth where they were not exposed to standing water so definitely possible.

It would be more amazing to see the demographics of the people buying this material.

The two boxed e.t.'s to hit the bae look like they were purchased by speculators, the first an oddity/meteorite museum and the recent a trading card reseller.

That said, Mr. Lewandowski (the guy who sold these initially) has indicated he has kept records of the initial sales and and perhaps the forthcoming book from one of the archaeologists may clarify on where they went.

Edited by jasinner, Thu Feb 2, 2017 12:33 PM.


#2255 spacecadet OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:12 PM

Can anyone report in detail what it smells like? I'd assume the landfill stench overpowers the plasticy and new cartridge smell by a thousand to one.

 

"In detail"... I actually just recorded a voice-over for a video I'm doing on this right now (that's why I came back to this thread), and I described it there as a cross between rotting fish and horse diarrhea. Not even just horse shit, I mean it smells *wet*. It smells like a hot, steamy pile of diarrhea with half-digested fish mixed in. It's probably the most foul smell I've ever smelled. It's 34 years worth of decomposition.

 

I still keep mine in the bag both because of that and because there's no doubt still a lot of bacteria in there. The couple times I have touched my game, I have washed my hands thoroughly before touching *anything* else. I probably should have even used disposable gloves but I just don't keep those on hand.

 

I feel like mine is still decomposing in the bag (which it would if the bacteria's still active). There's a lot of dust and dirt in there that wasn't there when I first got it.



#2256 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:55 PM

I could only imagine how much worse the smell and frenzy would've been if they mixed Apple and Atari in that cesspool!



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Posted Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:15 PM

 

"In detail"... I actually just recorded a voice-over for a video I'm doing on this right now (that's why I came back to this thread), and I described it there as a cross between rotting fish and horse diarrhea. Not even just horse shit, I mean it smells *wet*. It smells like a hot, steamy pile of diarrhea with half-digested fish mixed in. It's probably the most foul smell I've ever smelled. It's 34 years worth of decomposition.

 

I still keep mine in the bag both because of that and because there's no doubt still a lot of bacteria in there. The couple times I have touched my game, I have washed my hands thoroughly before touching *anything* else. I probably should have even used disposable gloves but I just don't keep those on hand.

 

I feel like mine is still decomposing in the bag (which it would if the bacteria's still active). There's a lot of dust and dirt in there that wasn't there when I first got it.

"Rotten fish and horse diarrea" -LOL! No wonder the horse had diarrea. They are herbovoires and can't process fish! :rolling:


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#2258 spacecadet OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:45 PM

"Rotten fish and horse diarrea" -LOL! No wonder the horse had diarrea. They are herbovoires and can't process fish! :rolling:

 

I didn't say the fish necessarily came from the horse.

 

In fact, it might be more accurate to say it smells like if someone ate horse diarrhea and rotten fish, then got diarrhea themselves and shat both of them back out.



#2259 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:27 PM

Love it!



#2260 fiddlepaddle OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:46 PM

In fact, it might be more accurate to say it smells like if someone ate horse diarrhea and rotten fish, then got diarrhea themselves and shat both of them back out.

 

I really hate it when that happens.



#2261 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:26 PM

It's a shame that E.T. and HSW took the blame for a bunch of fuckups made by industry suits.

#2262 Tidus79001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:41 PM

The prices for landfill cartridges are now up to $1,900 for E.T. on eBay.  The asking price from most of the other titles is between $899 - $1,500.  Just insanity that anyone would put that sort of price tag on these cartridges.



#2263 SignGuy81 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:31 PM

Who would have thought something would be made worth so much more just by being thrown in a landfill.



#2264 Tidus79001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:05 PM

Who would have thought something would be made worth so much more just by being thrown in a landfill.

Well as the old saying goes something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.  A person can ask as much as they want for something, however I don't think many people are going to be buying those Alamogordo landfill recovered Atari cartridges at those prices.



#2265 fiddlepaddle OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:39 PM

Remember Pet Rocks? How much are they worth now?

#2266 Kosmic Stardust OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:52 PM

Remember Pet Rocks? How much are they worth now?

Rock = free.

Brown sack = 2¢

 

Sell both for $10 and laugh your way to the bank? Priceless! :rolling:



#2267 sciflyer25 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:01 PM

Who would have thought something would be made worth so much more just by being thrown in a landfill.

As someone else stated, something is only worth what another is willing to pay.

With that said...

Urban legend finally proven true + disposable income = collectable with desirability for a certain market.

 

I am happy to have added  a few of the games with disposable income.  I won auctions without going over my budget.



#2268 Tidus79001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:41 PM

There is definitely an appeal to owning one of the recovered cartridges as it is a major part of Atari history. If I were to purchase one of the cartridges I would try to restore it to working order just as I have seen done with 2 of the games that were recovered from the landfill. That being said for myself $2,000 is too much for me to justify for a game that will always reek of the garbage smell from being in the landfill. For a much lower price I would be interested in trying to resurrect on of those games.

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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:59 AM

Who would have thought something would be made worth so much more just by being thrown in a landfill.

 

It's because they've attained infamy



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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:46 PM

The prices for landfill cartridges are now up to $1,900 for E.T. on eBay.  The asking price from most of the other titles is between $899 - $1,500.  Just insanity that anyone would put that sort of price tag on these cartridges.

 

What would one be worth without a Certificate of Authenticity?  :ponder:



#2271 spacecadet OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:43 PM

 

What would one be worth without a Certificate of Authenticity?  :ponder:

 

I would say zero. It has to have that provenance. Lots of games are trashed; there has to be some way of knowing this is one from *that* landfill. It really, really wouldn't help that game that all the other games *do* have COA's, so why doesn't that one, and why buy that one over another one that does? And this isn't one of those cases where somebody buys one of Babe Ruth's baseball bats, *then* goes and finds someone to give it a COA. These games all had COA's as soon as they came out of the ground, and they're as official as it gets, coming from the city of Alamagordo itself. So that COA is gold as far as I'm concerned. Without it, a game is worthless.

 

To reply to another little sub-topic, I confess I don't really understand the point of getting these working again. I guess it's kinda cool if one guy does it to prove it can be done. But to me it actually devalues the game. (I don't mean in a monetary sense, I mean in a historical sense.) I'd want it exactly as it came out of the ground. There are tons of working copies of ET or Defender or whatever out there; the point of owning one of these is to own a piece of history.


Edited by spacecadet, Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:44 PM.


#2272 jasinner OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:19 PM

 

What would one be worth without a Certificate of Authenticity?  :ponder:

Per Joe Lewandowski, any cart without matching COA and tag are not to be considered authentic.



#2273 jasinner OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:29 PM

Who would have thought something would be made worth so much more just by being thrown in a landfill.

I recommend reading Game After by Raiford Guins.  It describes how games have evolved from entertainment objects to historical objects.



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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:14 PM

That seller who tries to pass off repros as originals has landfill Star Raiders for sale:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item3f67c97fe8



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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:18 PM

Landfill carts were cool but not something I'd like to own. Still awesome that they finally dug them up, and were it not for this very thread, the dig may never have taken place. ;-)




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