Those Excavated E. T. Video Game Cartridges Are Being Auctioned Off

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If you're an old-school gaming aficionado, here's your chance to own a piece of (infamous) gaming history. The Alamogordo City Council in New Mexico is auctioning off half the recovered E. T. cartridges that were found buried in a landfill.

The cartridges of what is widely believed to be the worst video game in the world will show up on Ebay and the Council's website in the next few weeks, says Reuters. The city plans to keep around half off the 800 cartridges and donate the rest to museums.

Check out Kotaku's coverage of the excavation, which happened earlier this year. And if you're really interested in the fascinating story, there's a Microsoft-backed documentary coming soon. [Reuters via Engadget]

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Wait...so are we expecting this to drive the price up or down? Because I still have a copy and selling it for a large amount of money seems like the perfect payback for the years of misery it caused me as a youth trying to understand how I could possibly be so bad at a game. This was long before I discovered the history of the game, so I just assumed that I couldn't figure it out. Also, I like money.