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(ReadWrite)   Documentary film to chronicle attempt to unearth thousands of extraterrestrials buried in the New Mexico desert   (readwrite.com) divider line 38
    More: Cool, New Mexico, ATARI, aliens, Alamogordo, hazmat suit, deserts  
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2014-03-11 03:58:42 PM
Damn! Left my tin foil hat at home.

/Better rush to market.
 
2014-03-11 04:04:08 PM
assets.sbnation.com
/oblig
 
2014-03-11 04:28:15 PM
Chasing down urban legends? Hmm... isn't there a reality show about that?

/cryptozoology FTW!
//not really... stupid is as stupid does
 
2014-03-11 04:30:22 PM
i.ytimg.com

Did they hire an 'expert' to solve this mystery?
 
2014-03-11 04:36:08 PM

StrikitRich: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Did they hire an 'expert' to solve this mystery?


Came here for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2014-03-11 04:48:05 PM

Via Infinito: [assets.sbnation.com image 553x484]
/oblig


Actually, it's not. It's atari games.
 
2014-03-11 04:51:39 PM
The sneaky bastards look just like rocks!
 
2014-03-11 04:55:47 PM
Well they're going to find plenty of bodies, but they'll all be human.
 
2014-03-11 05:02:02 PM
i49.photobucket.com

Not AGAIN!!
 
2014-03-11 05:03:58 PM

Flappyhead: Well they're going to find plenty of bodies, but they'll all be human.



that's what i was thinking.  sometimes, that's how the free market fixes problems.
 
2014-03-11 05:04:23 PM
I know this is stupid, but I have to ask: if aliens have the technology to come to earth from billions of light years away, the technology to remain undiscovered by the masses while doing so, and other things...

Why the flaming fark would they come here? Why would 'they be buried in the desert', rather than just farking cremated or otherwise completely destroyed, if we are taking the malevolent angle? Why would our government have them captive, or have their technology, etc.?

Even assuming the most benign case, a crash landing and recovered technology, if it was in the last 50 years we'd have some kind of record of a huge thing crashing to earth. There isn't a large enough single government to supress a mass event like something entering out atmosphere; all the hobbyist astronomers and weather people would go bananas, even if the government did say 'uh, no, totally a weather balloon!' or something.
 
2014-03-11 05:06:24 PM

kroonermanblack: I know this is stupid, but I have to ask: if aliens have the technology to come to earth from billions of light years away, the technology to remain undiscovered by the masses while doing so, and other things...

Why the flaming fark would they come here? Why would 'they be buried in the desert', rather than just farking cremated or otherwise completely destroyed, if we are taking the malevolent angle? Why would our government have them captive, or have their technology, etc.?

Even assuming the most benign case, a crash landing and recovered technology, if it was in the last 50 years we'd have some kind of record of a huge thing crashing to earth. There isn't a large enough single government to supress a mass event like something entering out atmosphere; all the hobbyist astronomers and weather people would go bananas, even if the government did say 'uh, no, totally a weather balloon!' or something.


If you were doing that much anal probing you'd want to keep it on the down low, too
 
2014-03-11 05:12:55 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson is trolling these people on Twitter and it's pretty hilarious....
 
2014-03-11 05:15:01 PM

StrikitRich: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Did they hire an 'expert' to solve this mystery?


Aha, ROADMAPS!!!!
 
2014-03-11 05:15:04 PM
Lots of folks need to read the farking article. It's about the E.T. game Atari made. They buried all the unsold cartridges instead of recycling them.
 
2014-03-11 05:27:03 PM
The Wikipedia entry on the subject is actually pretty informative:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_video_game_burial

Sounds like the material dumped was a lot of things, not just ET cartridges, possibly including old prototypes, random industrial waste, actual Atari computers and video game systems, as well as Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Defender, and Bezerk cartridges.  Some, possibly a lot, of the dumped items might be broken end user returns, or store returns of unsold merchandise.
 
2014-03-11 05:55:02 PM
Lots of things about Alamogordo are weird. The first atomic bomb was detonated there, for one.

Actually, I'm pretty sure the first atomic bomb was detonated somewhere in the desert outside of town.

As for rest of the article, doesn't seem like much of a "myth" if they actually have a site to excavate, it was Atari's own property, and it even sounds like they expect plenty of stuff to be there, so what's going to get (Ugh!) "mythbusted"? Are there only going to be hundreds of thousands of copies of ET, instead of "millions"?

It's a neat story and all, but this is another example of how the Internet hasn't really "replaced" newspapers, this thing is written like crap.
 
2014-03-11 05:58:03 PM
I thought cancer man burned the bodies in that buried train car.
 
2014-03-11 05:59:42 PM

RoxtarRyan: StrikitRich: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Did they hire an 'expert' to solve this mystery?

Came here for this, leaving satisfied.


I remember watching that live... Talk about disappointing. Between that and my first time sitting through a "stunt spectacular", I was so happy when the farking DVR came along. Record the whole thing, and skip to the last 2 minutes. Geraldo doesn't find the tombs, and the guy on the motorcycle finally makes his jump, and I can move on...
 
2014-03-11 06:14:17 PM

Flappyhead: Well they're going to find plenty of bodies, but they'll all be human.


Well they only use their alien form when no one is looking. Duh.
 
2014-03-11 06:25:23 PM
In an age with cellphones with cameras almost as good as a digital camera, we still get shiatty pictures.

And vertical, to make it worse.
 
2014-03-11 06:31:14 PM

Mikey1969: Lots of things about Alamogordo are weird. The first atomic bomb was detonated there, for one.

Actually, I'm pretty sure the first atomic bomb was detonated somewhere in the desert outside of town.

As for rest of the article, doesn't seem like much of a "myth" if they actually have a site to excavate, it was Atari's own property, and it even sounds like they expect plenty of stuff to be there, so what's going to get (Ugh!) "mythbusted"? Are there only going to be hundreds of thousands of copies of ET, instead of "millions"?

It's a neat story and all, but this is another example of how the Internet hasn't really "replaced" newspapers, this thing is written like crap.


I read my local paper and it's a mess just as often as the internet is, but there are plenty of sites that have brilliant writers. Newspapers are dying.

My guess is to see if they are there and intact, not to mention what other atari goodies might be in it. 

It's more an urban legend than a myth. Basically the story goes that Atari, under the cover of darkness, basically shipped out and buried all of these carts. Because of the way the whole thing went down there is this sort of 'cult' aspect to it. It's an extremely nerdy thing, and I'll be looking forward to the video.
 
2014-03-11 06:57:19 PM
(Boomhauer voice on) Mmmtalk-about them dang-ol-dang-ol UFOs, man.  Dang ol' close encounters and (garbled).

/voice off

//but he's still real to me, gosh dang-git
 
2014-03-11 07:01:19 PM
How very Microsoft; seek out the worst game in history and try to squeeze revenue from it.
 
2014-03-11 07:23:05 PM

phimuskapsi: I read my local paper and it's a mess just as often as the internet is, but there are plenty of sites that have brilliant writers. Newspapers are dying.

My guess is to see if they are there and intact, not to mention what other atari goodies might be in it.



The difference is that the Internet isn't really replacing what newspapers were, what we're offered as "news sites' are a very poor representation of hat newspapers used to be, even 15 years ago. It used to be that you could get most of the details of a story in a single newspaper article, and you might find another source if you felt the news was a little skewed. Now, you have to check 4 sources just to get the complete story, before unskewing. Even the news organizations' own websites suck. They let all of their editors and talent go, and now everyone is a "contributor" or a "blogger".

It's more an urban legend than a myth. Basically the story goes that Atari, under the cover of darkness, basically shipped out and buried all of these carts. Because of the way the whole thing went down there is this sort of 'cult' aspect to it. It's an extremely nerdy thing, and I'll be looking forward to the video.

I've heard the story before, and it's pretty cool, didn't realize there was still a site existing where these things might be. I figured they had crumbled to dust years ago. I'd like to see the video too, I just think TFA could have been written far better than that, it's just full of buzzwords. Hope this isn't like Al Capone's vault, as someone was joking upthread, though.
 
2014-03-11 08:00:58 PM

kroonermanblack: I know this is stupid, but I have to ask: if aliens have the technology to come to earth from billions of light years away, the technology to remain undiscovered by the masses while doing so, and other things...

Why the flaming fark would they come here? Why would 'they be buried in the desert', rather than just farking cremated or otherwise completely destroyed, if we are taking the malevolent angle? Why would our government have them captive, or have their technology, etc.?

Even assuming the most benign case, a crash landing and recovered technology, if it was in the last 50 years we'd have some kind of record of a huge thing crashing to earth. There isn't a large enough single government to supress a mass event like something entering out atmosphere; all the hobbyist astronomers and weather people would go bananas, even if the government did say 'uh, no, totally a weather balloon!' or something.


This picture may help answer your question:

media.gamespy.com
 
db2
2014-03-11 08:04:14 PM

kroonermanblack: I know this is stupid, but I have to ask: if aliens have the technology to come to earth from billions of light years away, the technology to remain undiscovered by the masses while doing so, and other things...

Why the flaming fark would they come here? Why would 'they be buried in the desert', rather than just farking cremated or otherwise completely destroyed, if we are taking the malevolent angle? Why would our government have them captive, or have their technology, etc.?

Even assuming the most benign case, a crash landing and recovered technology, if it was in the last 50 years we'd have some kind of record of a huge thing crashing to earth. There isn't a large enough single government to supress a mass event like something entering out atmosphere; all the hobbyist astronomers and weather people would go bananas, even if the government did say 'uh, no, totally a weather balloon!' or something.


That's nice, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the article.
 
2014-03-11 08:17:24 PM
Sounds good. If this is successful are they then going to search the Pacific for the IRobot games Atari Dumped in the ocean on there way to Japan? Or are they going to come to where I lie and look for all the Lisa Computers Apple Dumped in our landfill
 
2014-03-11 08:18:09 PM
Nine minutes and twelve seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bn192kSsMw
 
2014-03-11 08:42:18 PM
images.zap2it.com
 
2014-03-11 08:56:30 PM

db2: kroonermanblack: I know this is stupid, but I have to ask: if aliens have the technology to come to earth from billions of light years away, the technology to remain undiscovered by the masses while doing so, and other things...

Why the flaming fark would they come here? Why would 'they be buried in the desert', rather than just farking cremated or otherwise completely destroyed, if we are taking the malevolent angle? Why would our government have them captive, or have their technology, etc.?

Even assuming the most benign case, a crash landing and recovered technology, if it was in the last 50 years we'd have some kind of record of a huge thing crashing to earth. There isn't a large enough single government to supress a mass event like something entering out atmosphere; all the hobbyist astronomers and weather people would go bananas, even if the government did say 'uh, no, totally a weather balloon!' or something.

That's nice, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the article.


I was well aware. I was just asking a general question of the 'aliens are amooooooong us' crowd, in a somewhat related topic, is all.
 
2014-03-11 09:43:49 PM
This should be better than either Jimmy Hoffa's Tomb or Alien Autopsy.
 
2014-03-12 12:11:00 AM
phimuskapsi: Newspapers are dying.


No, the art of written language is dying.  People are popping out of college with a bachelors, and are basically functionally illiterate.

How people are calling themselves journalists these days is beyond me.
 
2014-03-12 03:48:11 AM
Has it been 6 months already?

Jesus, farking wake me when they actually do something instead of telling us that they are going to
 
2014-03-12 04:10:07 AM
Great. They're going to dredge up some crappy old video game carts that have been soaking in garbage for 30 years. That's going to be a real find for sure, well worth the effort. Why not do something useful like try to find Jimmy Hoffa
 
2014-03-12 08:14:29 AM
Heck, I've got that on 5" floppies.
 
2014-03-12 12:13:55 PM
I thought James Rolfe was still working on it?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-12 02:31:40 PM
Elephants, whales, airplanes, and now Atari video arcade games?

So it's true that missing shopping carts go to the Missing Shopping Cart Burial Ground in Tahiti?
 
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