Have they confirmed the stock was encased in concrete too?
I can understand why maybe it would of been considered a myth - as by the time Atari did dump the cartridges, people had sort of gotten over Video games till Nintendo came along and jump-started the market back to life about 5 years later. So it was more like a sad little footnote nobody cared to detail, least of all Atari who just wanted to try and put the past behind them.
This was an urban legend? I thought it was just a fact, I mean, they had a product they couldn't sell and there was no money/reason to store them, so they threw them away. It's not some kind of crazy, unheard of occurrence.
Whether it's real or not, I can't imagine a documentary about digging through garbage in a desert to be very interesting. Calling this "history" in any capacity is a massive overstatement.
I honestly don't know whether to be surprised a lot of people considered this a myth, or surprised at myself for taking it all at face value from jump street.
I mean, I wasn't alive in 1982-83, and could only go on read histories of the industry. Atari's crazy overconfidence in E.T.'s performance, its reception, and the fallout. So fascinating. No real written rules or regulations (that I am aware of), so everyone was winging it.
Imagine if Microsoft had said produce more copies of Titanfall than there are Xbox One systems in existence. The responses they'd get.