The search for old Atari game

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File photo: E.T. thevideo game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari's decline.

Alamogordo, New Mexico - Organisers say a planned dig into a New Mexico landfill for a rumoured cache of what some consider the worst Atari videogame of all time is expected to proceed despite state environmental regulators' concerns.

Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive are seeking to excavate an old Alamogordo landfill that reportedly was a dumping ground for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game cartridges.

Jonathan Chinn, an executive producer at Los Angeles-based LightBox, said that the search hasn't been halted.

Chinn says a local waste-management consultant who filed an excavation permit is addressing questions raised by the New Mexico Environmental Department.

A department spokesman has said the agency was waiting on a revised waste excavation plan.

E.T. the videogame, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari's decline. - Sapa-AP

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