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Posted: Apr 26, 2014 11:36 AM

Updated: Apr 26, 2014 11:37 AM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) Hidden for three decades in a landfill deep in the New Mexico desert lie thousands of Atari cartridges from what's widely believed to be worst video game ever made or so the urban legend goes.

A group of filmmakers hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery Saturday. They'll dig up the concrete-covered Alamogordo, New Mexico, landfill in search of up to a million discarded copies of "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" that the game's maker wanted to hide forever.

The game and its contribution to the demise of Atari have been the source of fascination for video game enthusiasts for 30 years. The search for the cartridges will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the biggest video game company of the early '80s.

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