Yeah, that’s how I roll around here. Atari one day, dating sites the next.
Anyhoo, the city of Alamogordo recently started selling their excavated games on eBay.
Okay, so I guess original games like this could fetch around $50 or so. It’s a part of history, right? A little crumpled, sure, but whatever. At least you get a certificate of authenticity with each one you buy, soooooooo…..
That’s right. A nice slip of paper on heavy stock, fully notarized by the city of Alamogordo, proving that you now officially own a piece of garbage from their landfill that’s been rotting away beneath diapers & tampons.
For 30 years.
Alamogordo even made sure to attach this disclaimer to it just to make sure everyone was clear on where these cartridges came from:
In the tiniest font imaginable.
But I’m not faulting this New Mexico city of 31,000+ for this. Hell, good on them, I say. The vice-president of their historical society put it this way:
You go, Lewandowski. Mine that opportunity & just make sure the checks clear. This could be the gold rush that Alamogordo’s been waiting for.
What I ultimately regret is the fact that THIS MANY NABOBS would shell out THIS MUCH MONEY on something THIS WORTHLESS.
That’s not a typo. Whereas Warlords & Defender cartridges are asking $50, that tainted holy grail known as “E.T.” could fetch upwards of $500.
The worse part is that there’s still eight days of bidding left. That $500 asking price could potentially double.
Or even triple.
Look, nostalgia is nostalgia. It’s practically my middle name. It’s pretty much what Regret-A-Day is fucking built on.
I mean, spend your money on whatever you want. Who am I to judge? I just spent $30 on couture popcorn.
And at the end of the day, will it give me joy?
Maybe 30-year-old Atari cartridges covered in smegma will bring joy to the life of some sad individual out there. I REALLY shouldn’t harsh on his/her mellow. But I think it’s important to bring this up, nostalgia junkies.
Fundamentally, you’re not only paying over $500 for an Atari game that’s been covered in filth for the past 30 years,
you’re also paying over $500 for a game that’s been regarded as the epitome of video game filth for the past 30 years.
I owned it. I played it. I know that for a fact.
So, while you’re scratching your head for hours, trying to navigate your way through a game that’s about as enjoyable as a root canal,