Today, March 7, 2014, at 3:00 Eastern (2:00 Austin time), producer Jonathan Chinn, and CEO of fuel Entertainment Mike Burns will be presenting, “Unearthing the Atari Graveyard: The Search for ET” at the South by Southwest Festival, at the Long Center, Dell Hall, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
Official Hashtags: #etburial #sxsw
Official Twitter for the project: https://twitter.com/ataridigdoc (@ataridigdoc)
From the SXSW abstract which can be read in full here:
“In May 2013, creative studio and game developer Fuel Entertainment was officially granted permission to excavate within a 100-acre landfill in the Alamogordo, New Mexico desert. The goal? Search for the fabled Atari E.T. Graveyard – the alleged 1983 dump site of the mother lode of video game overstocks. Along with this, they will document the process, the discovery, and the history of one of gaming’s first major blunders. In this presentation, join Fuel and the exciting soon-to-be-announced production partners involved in the dig (currently scheduled to occur within the next few months) to discuss the results, the experience, the motivations, and the mishaps of looking for the ‘El Dorado’ of video game culture. This SXSW Gaming Session at the Long Center is FREE and open to the public. However SXSW Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum badges gain priority seating.”
If any of you readers will attend, could you please live-tweet the session?
To read more about the history of the Atari Burial Ground, please see my post here.
You can also read another summary from the documentary’s creator, fuel Entertainment, here.
Andrew Reinhard, Archaeogaming