E.T. Video Games are Real Modern Fossils

Alessia Andreotti
May 1st 2014

In 1983 the video game company Atari sent loads of unsold E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial boxes into the New Mexico desert to be buried in a landfill site. The video game, an adaptation from Spielberg successful movie, was an epic flop. So, Atari decided to destroy any evidence of this infamous video game, hoping nobody would ever find it again.

After 31 years, on April 26, these modern fossils were found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, US. And of course, there was a film crew there, shooting for a documentary to be shown exclusively on Xbox.

An unsuccessful piece of gaming history became an archeological record.
The premise made by imagined artifacts, such as the Gameboy Bricks and the Modern Fossils Shop, became true: the fossil record of our species will not be distinguished by our bones, but by our technologies.

Source: The Guardian
Related Post: Tomorrow’s Fossils

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