The landfill rumors were true

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#1 Posted by Uppercaseccc (247 posts) -
From Major Nelson
From Major Nelson
From Chris Kohler
From Chris Kohler

I dont know Anything anymore all I know is that it's real, and jeff was wrong.

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#2 Posted by RonGalaxy (4936 posts) -

When did Jeff say he didn't believe it? Granted, I've only been following him and this site for the last 2 and a half years.

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#3 Edited by Uppercaseccc (247 posts) -

@narujoe93: When this thing started on the Bombcast Jeff said all of this not true and there was enough evidence for this to just be a giant rumor, from what I remember.

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#4 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12638 posts) -

I believed all along!

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#5 Posted by deactivated-5b43dadb9061b (1649 posts) -

That's pretty interesting and sad all at the same time.

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#6 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (1886 posts) -

A Centipede cart too?! But it was just an innocent bystander!

This is amazing. An urban legend that actually turned out to be true.

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#7 Posted by fisk0 (6954 posts) -

When did Jeff say he didn't believe it? Granted, I've only been following him and this site for the last 2 and a half years.

He has said it a couple of times over recent bombcasts, can't remember exactly which. There was one bombcast in particular where they talked about this documentary effort and said that the documentary looked like something that may fake the footage just to be done with it, so I guess some kind of confirmation that these cartridges have really been there for 30 years and not just planted would be great.

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#8 Edited by MattyFTM (14891 posts) -

Finding three old ET cartridges in landfill is hardly evidence of some mass landfilling of thousands of ET cartridges. It's very possible that it happened, but this isn't evidence of it. Yet, anyway.

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#9 Posted by ghost_cat (2303 posts) -

Well, I'm looking forward to the next Giant Bombcast!

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#10 Posted by Superkenon (1704 posts) -

I want to believe.

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#11 Posted by fisk0 (6954 posts) -

@mattyftm said:

Finding three old ET cartridges in landfill is hardly evidence of some mass landfilling of thousands of ET cartridges. It's very possible that it happened, but this isn't evidence of it. Yet, anyway.

A Centipede cart too?! But it was just an innocent bystander!

This is amazing. An urban legend that actually turned out to be true.

Huh, yeah that Centipede cart kinda reinforces the idea that somebody may just have dumped their Atari 2600 collection and it just ended up at the landfill the ET carts were supposedly buried at. They'd need to find a few more copies of ET, I think.

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#12 Edited by Kevin_Cogneto (1886 posts) -

@fisk0:

To be fair, that's just a Centipede box. All the photos I've seen so far have been E.T. cartridges and then a bunch of random 2600 boxes and other packaging and promotional materials. For instance:

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#13 Posted by DeadpanCakes (1138 posts) -

That looks extremely dangerous. I mean just think about it: what if somebody falls into one of the holes and has to play a shitty mini-game-thing to get out?

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#14 Posted by Optix12 (695 posts) -

I love how this myth now actually has some physical partial evidence to it being true, I hope this gives them the go ahead to dig deeper.

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#15 Posted by RonGalaxy (4936 posts) -

Okay, if were going by rumor/myth there should be, what, millions of cartridges buried? People saying its true kind of jumped the gun

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#16 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5578 posts) -

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!

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#17 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (1886 posts) -

But we've proven that at least the legend is based in truth, which is kinda good enough for me.

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#18 Posted by Hailinel (25785 posts) -

That looks extremely dangerous. I mean just think about it: what if somebody falls into one of the holes and has to play a shitty mini-game-thing to get out?

With any luck, there are enough phone parts in those holes to assemble and call for help.

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#19 Posted by CrimsonAvenger (374 posts) -

Okay, if were going by rumor/myth there should be, what, millions of cartridges buried? People saying its true kind of jumped the gun

The Wikipedia article on this stated these were discovered in the early part of the dig. There could still be more.

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#20 Posted by Hailinel (25785 posts) -

@narujoe93 said:

Okay, if were going by rumor/myth there should be, what, millions of cartridges buried? People saying its true kind of jumped the gun

The Wikipedia article on this stated these were discovered in the early part of the dig. There could still be more.

And assuming that the rumor has been true this whole time, we don't specifically know how many cartridges were sent to the landfill. "Millions" is probably a gross overstatement and exaggeration regardless.

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#21 Posted by InternetDotCom (4025 posts) -

@mattyftm said:

Finding three old ET cartridges in landfill is hardly evidence of some mass landfilling of thousands of ET cartridges. It's very possible that it happened, but this isn't evidence of it. Yet, anyway.

AP Story states there are "hundreds more" already found there

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#22 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4499 posts) -

They found an extra-terrestrial landfill in New Mexico, gaise.

Dat Xbox documentary money.

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#23 Edited by bacongames (4008 posts) -

Regardless, I think it's fascinating to dig into a landfill as a form of contemporary archaeology. This is a pretty choice photo from Chris Kohler's feed:

Someone's 1979 Tax Return Form
Someone's 1979 Tax Return Form

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#24 Posted by crithon (3979 posts) -

hehe, awesome..... by the way, those manuals are beautiful. They might be weathered, torn up, and consumed with mold, but open them up and look at the art for KaBoom. I'm amazed at how well they look from the photos. Me keeping them for over 30 years, that stuff can look all beaten and torn up.

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#25 Posted by ShaggE (9305 posts) -

The background on that top pic is clearly a matte painting! This was shot in a studio! Chemtrails! Chemtrails everywhere! Explain THAT, Obama!

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#26 Posted by Devildoll (1012 posts) -

holy shit!!!

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#27 Edited by connerthekewlkid (1873 posts) -
 That kids face says it all
That kids face says it all

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#28 Edited by InternetDotCom (4025 posts) -

@connerthekewlkid: I think that is just a set up they have with their own stuff.

I don't think that is a cart from the ground

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#29 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1873 posts) -

@connerthekewlkid: I think that is just a set up they have with their own stuff.

I don't think that is a cart from the ground

Probably for the best

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#30 Posted by Casty (96 posts) -

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#32 Posted by bacongames (4008 posts) -

@gorillamopena said:

@connerthekewlkid: I think that is just a set up they have with their own stuff.

I don't think that is a cart from the ground

It's an event open to the public so that makes sense to have a working setup there. Besides, it's one thing to say it's a god awful game that helped sink Atari, but it's another to really drive it home for yourself.

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#33 Edited by Vuud (2052 posts) -

111% totally not fake trust me, pictures never lie.

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#34 Posted by connerthekewlkid (1873 posts) -

@vuud said:

111% totally not fake trust me, pictures never lie.

Well thanks for telling us what we already know

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#35 Posted by Wolfgame (1168 posts) -

I didn't realize that people believed this wasn't true, I mean the official story has always been they were buried there, when did so many people start getting the idea that the carts wouldn't be there?

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#36 Edited by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

@wolfgame: *Puts on tin foil hat* Its the illuminatti man they are spreading dissinformation D:

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#37 Posted by JoeyRavn (5287 posts) -

I really hope they find a corpse among those carts. Just to spice things up a bit, you know.

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#38 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (7651 posts) -

Well, if there really are hundred or thousands of carts they could be in very good shape. A dump in the desert is a very good place to bury stuff you want to dig up and use again. I wonder in the have the right to haul way the carts and stuff to sell?

Didn't they get environmental permission for the dig because they argued that "Hey, it is probably not there?" LOL.

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#39 Posted by bigjeffrey (5282 posts) -

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#40 Edited by KaneRobot (2776 posts) -

I DON'T want to believe.

I'm going with "planted." They didn't want to Al Capone's vault this shit so they planted these carts to be dug up. Also chemtrails.

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#41 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5626 posts) -

@wolfgame said:

I didn't realize that people believed this wasn't true, I mean the official story has always been they were buried there, when did so many people start getting the idea that the carts wouldn't be there?

Some people also believe the moon landing in 1969 was faked.

ergo people will believe whatever they want, no matter how illogical it may be.

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#42 Posted by TheHT (15875 posts) -

Wait, I thought it was always known to be a legit thing. It's that game's legacy.

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#43 Edited by bacongames (4008 posts) -

It seems that the dig found a scattering of E.T. and other Atari carts at first but now they've started digging out the shipping boxes with the genuine article:

Who were you to doubt El Video Games?
Who were you to doubt El Video Games?

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#44 Posted by mikey87144 (2114 posts) -

It was before my time but I never doubted the story. The way people talk about it as just plain fact always made me believe it to be truth.

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#45 Posted by Gaff (2768 posts) -

Huh. That's weird, actual story is so outlandishly stupid and surreal that people don't believe it.

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#46 Posted by Dan_CiTi (5250 posts) -

@casty said:

basically.

Anyway I hope all of these carts can be salvaged and recycled at least.

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#47 Posted by viking_funeral (2881 posts) -

I'm... kinda confused that people that people thought this was an urban legend. I don't even think Jeff denied it, rather he was just skeptical that people would ever find it.

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#48 Posted by Spoonman671 (5874 posts) -

Those cartridges are in surprisingly good condition still.

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#49 Posted by HatKing (7453 posts) -

Man, no greater effort has ever been made for something so undeserving since the last Academy Awards. Seriously though, they should have just left them. Call me when they start digging up copies of Pitfall 2.

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#50 Posted by HatKing (7453 posts) -

 That kids face says it all
That kids face says it all

"HOW DO YOU HEADSHOT THESE FBI AGENTS!?!? MOM, LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE! GET ME SOME CHOCOLATE MILK! WHERE'D I PUT MY WEED!?!?!"