Museum specialist Drew Robarge made the announcement Monday in a blog post.
He included a photograph of the crinkled game sitting next to an official cataloging number that was assigned to it by the city of Alamogordo, N.M. Officials have given every cartridge that was dug up from the community’s landfill its own certificate.
Robarge says the cartridge is one of the defining artifacts of the dark days of the early 1980s when the U.S. video game industry crashed.
Until now, he says that moment had not been represented in the museum’s collection.
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