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E.T. phone home: In search of Atari's lost E.T. video game

A Canadian gaming company is trying to uncover the 30-year mystery of Atari's E.T. video game and its alleged desert disappearance.

Here's a story that sounds like a Steven Spielberg movie -- and it is about a Steven Spielberg movie, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. Atari created a video game based on the hit film, which is still called the worst video game ever. But here's where it gets weird: Atari reportedly attempted to bury the game -- literally -- in the desert, in New Mexico.

30 years later, Canadian gaming company Fuel Entertainment is trying to find out if the stories are true, and if so, dig it up. The BBC's Zoe Kleinman joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson with the details. Audio coming shortly.

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