The Atari Video Game Burial is one of those massively metaphorical and imagistic moments in history. Found when reading about history of video games.
The Atari video game burial was a mass burial of unsold video game cartridges, consoles, and computers in a New Mexico landfill site, undertaken by American video game and home computer company Atari, Inc. in 1983. The goods disposed of through the burial are generally believed to have been unsold copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a game which had become one of the biggest commercial failures in video gaming and is often cited as one of the worst video games ever released; and the Atari 2600 port of Pac-Man, which had been commercially successful but critically maligned. (wikipedia)
See also the 1983 crash, also known as Atari Shock.
In November 2014, Alamogordo’s Tularosa Basin Historical Society began to put games from the landfill on eBay. (html)
Source: Atari Video Game Burial.