Punk Archaeologists Dig Out a Ton of 80s Video Games

Punk’s not dead! At least to these archaeologists who are part of a relatively recent movement called “punk archaeology”. While “punk” and “archaeology” are not usually used in the same sentence (at least in a casual conversation), punk archaeology is an alternative branch of the science which studies more recent history, as opposed to digging out ruins of, say, ancient Rome.

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The term sounds cool, and even cooler is that some punk archaeologists found an amazing cache of 80s video games in New Mexico during a dig in April.

What were those 80s video games doing there?

Apparently, back in 1982, Atari got the rights to make a video game based on Spielberg’s E.T., which has a special place in our hearts, I’m sure. As special as the movie was (is), Atari’s video game was a huge messy flop, and countless copies remained unsold.

Atari’s response? Let’s bury them in a landfill and forget this miserable video game!

So that’s what the punk archaeologists found, which is probably rather depressing in a sense that the game is nothing to be exited about; but to their delight, they also found other 80s video games which took them down memory lane.

I doubt that the games found are still playable, but the mere idea of tons of games buried in a landfill is weirdly cool. Then again, the PC brigade will probably blast Atari for being environmentally irresponsible in getting rid of their unsold games. Add insult to injury, will you?

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