Alamogordo, NM – The project was a success. After only a few hours of digging, a small team of excavators and gaming historians discovered a huge lot of E.T. cartridges that the failing Atari video game developer had buried deep within a desert landfill. The games will go on to become collector’s items and museum pieces. However, the story doesn’t stop there.
This reporter has learned, through unnamed sources, that something else of great significance was unearthed from the sandy tomb. “We’ve discovered that Atari was using actual E.T. aliens to manufacture and ship these games,” a worker close to the project told The Kohlrabi. “When the company went belly-up, they had them all executed and buried with the very games they built.”
Witnesses reported seeing frantic construction workers fleeing the scene, as black unmarked helicopters converged on the New Mexico landfill. Several men in hazmat suits were lowered into the dig, and raised several badly decomposed, but easily recognizable E.T. creatures. Only a handful of innocent onlookers were able to escape the cloud of amnesia-inducing gas which swept over the crowd after the discovery, presumably to wipe all memories of the event occurring.
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell was unable to be reached for comment, and The Kohlrabi soon learned that he has been evading government inquiries as well. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.