Back in April Microsoft and media company Fuel excavated some 1300 unwanted Atari video game cartridges from a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Now, the Alamogordo City Council has decided to auction off 800 of these historical games.

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Games tend to go up in value once they're buried.

As reported by Reuters, the Alamogordo City Council voted seven-to-zero in favour of auctioning the discarded cartridges, which are currently being held by the Tularosa Basin Historical Society and stored at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.

We should start seeing auctions for the carts beginning in about two weeks on eBay and the council's website.

According to dig site supervisor Joe Lewandowski, the city plans to keep some of the remaining 500 cartridges, while the rest would do Dr. Jones proud as they're being donated to museums around the world.

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