Symbol of the Video Game crysis in 1983, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for Atari 2600 was – according to a famous legend – buried in the Alamogordo desert, New Mexico, together with not-sold Atari inventary. The old legend came this year real, with a dig promoted by Microsoft for making a documentary. Unearthed on April 2014, the 31 years buried collection of E.T. and Atari game cartridges appeared to be history, becoming just the first case of archeology applied to video games. Found the buried collection, the Alamogordo City Council and the Tularosa Basin Historical Society, guided by the Vice President Joe Lewandowski, scheduled some meetings to decide the reperts destionation, approving that the primary goal for the items was to be shown at museums. “The primary goal is that they go into museums and the story be told” said Lewandowski, then a part of the collection was decided to be sold. In September, the Alamogordo city council voted unanimously to approve distribution plans for about 1,300 cartridges unearthed in the dig; the plan included provisions for lending out some of the material to museums around the world. Now, the legendary cartridges are getting their first public display on October 2014.
Founding member of EFGAMP, VIGAMUS, The Video Game Museum of Rome, is the first museum to feature the exhibit pulled from Alamogordo, New Mexico. The exhibit, entitled “E.T. The Fall. Atari Buried Treasures”, features items found inside the “Atari Tomb” including E.T., Asteroids, Centipede and Defender cartridges, hardware parts for the Atari VCS console, photos of the dig and certificates of authenticity provided by the City of Alamogordo. The exhibit, running from October 29th, includes large panels which walk visitors through the story of the 1983 video game crash.
VIGAMUS is the first Italian museum dedicated to interactive games. It was opened in October 2012 under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Arts and Culture and Tourism to preserve, research and show physical and digital works linked to the digital medium.