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The Video Game Newsroom Time Machine is a weekly retro gaming podcast in which we travel back in time to see what was making headlines 40, 30, and 20 years ago in the arcade, video game, and computer gaming business and interview industry veterans. 

We try to put those events into historical context to understand how the industry of today came to be. 

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Apr 22, 2021

Data East goes Cassette
Sony introduces the 3.5 inch floppy
Xerox reinvents the desktop

These stories and many more on this episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in April of 1981.
As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events.

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7 Minutes in Heaven


Computer glitch grounds first shuttle flight... temporarily

Data East launches Casette System in US
Play Meter April 15, 1981 pg. 52, 101
Play Meter April 15, 1981 pg. 100

Survey predicts electronic games to beat video in '95
Toy & Hobby World, April 1981 pg. 4

Mattel announces Intellivision Keyboard again... and a price!

Sony announces the 3.5 inch floppy

Xerox introduces the 8010 Star Information System

The Osborne takes computing on the go

Compute magazine reviews the Vic20

NYT Profiles Clive Sinclair

Softalk talks to Microsoft

Cathy Carlston joins Broderbund

Thomas Whitney leaves Apple

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Gaming Alexandria:
They Create Worlds:
Digital Antiquarian:
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Retro Asylum:
Retro Game Squad:

Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play and Enzo Maida.