Video Game Controller Recovered from Landfill, Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014, Site of the Atari Video Game Burial of 1983

Summary

In 1983, rumors circulated: Atari was bankrupt, and was dumping truckloads of games into a New Mexico landfill. Victim to the "Video Game Crash," the company buried 700,000 cartridges in the desert. The story became an obscure pop culture legend -- until "The Atari Tomb" was unearthed in 2014. This recovered controller is evidence of the world's first video game excavation.

In 1983, rumors circulated: Atari was bankrupt, and was dumping truckloads of games into a New Mexico landfill. Victim to the "Video Game Crash," the company buried 700,000 cartridges in the desert. The story became an obscure pop culture legend -- until "The Atari Tomb" was unearthed in 2014. This recovered controller is evidence of the world's first video game excavation.

Artifact

Input device

Date Made

circa 1980

Creators

Atari, Inc. 

Your Place In Time
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Your Place in Time

Object ID

2015.13.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Material

Plastic

Dimensions

Height: 9 in

Width: 1.75 in

Length: 7 in

Inscriptions

Video Touch Pad

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