Here's how the legend used to go. In 1982 Atari, Inc., a pioneering company in the history of Video Games, developed a licensed game based on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to be released at the end of the year. Looking at the great success of the Steven Spielberg movie, and given that Christmas was approaching, they expected it to be a great success and printed a ton of copies of the Atari 2600 game to ensure they could meet demand. There was only one problem; the game was terrible, and when it came out barely anyone bought it.

The games failure cost Atari millions, and spelled the end of the company's glory days. This lead to the 1983 video game industry crash, which almost finished off the medium for good before Nintendo stepped forward later in the decade. But back in 1983, Atari were left reeling, and sitting on piles of unsold cartirdges for E.T. and various other games. So naturally instead of recycling all that plastic or trying to sensibly recoup there losses in any real way they dumped them in a giant landfill out in the New Mexico desert.

People have been wondering whether there's any truth to the story ever since, and it gained the status of a Urban Legend. Well it did until a documentary team went out there and started digging this past Saturday anyway. Director Zak Penn wanted to find out the truth once and for all. He and his team, and few members of the video game press (including Xbox's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb, who was there to produce a short documentary that you can watch below) watched as the desert was dug up legend became reality when they actually found some copies of E.T. and various other Atari games. This should have been the Al Capone's vault of video games, but miraculously it paid off and we know for sure that it's true to some extent. This is the biggest success story a game this bad will ever have.

These things will probably be worth a pretty penny now as collectors items now, and who knows, maybe that was Atari's plan all along, an elaborate 31-year-long long con to finally recuperate their losses and rise again.