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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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May 16, 2022

Space War heralds the dawn of the video game
Sanders and Associates patents the game console
Pacman finally kills KCMunchkin

These stories and many more on this episode of the VGNRTM

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in April 1982.
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: 3D Monster Maze
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March 1982 Ep -
Tom Dusenberry Interview -

Pinball ruled to be gambling

Anti-Pinball law deemed illegal

IBM sees bright future in electronics

Spacewar released at MIT

Business managers play IBM business sim

Sanders and associates get game console patents

Cartrivision introduces movie rentals to the world pg. 25

Make your own maze is the new arcade craze

Atari releases promo video to fight local laws
Replay April 1982 pg. 9

Pizza Time Theater fails to impress Wall Street
Willy's Wonderland -

Court rules that speed-up and conversion kits are illegal
Replay April 1982 pg. 9

Atari, finally, beats KC Munchkin
Games People Pay Early April 1982 pg. 6
Replay April 1982 pg. 25
Play Meter April 15, 1982 pg. 15
Play Meter April 1, 1982 pg. 14

Atari profits surge despite higher tax rate

Atari releases home computer ports of Pacman and Centipede

Atari 5200 won't be backward compatible

Sega to distribute Colecovision in Japan
Replay April 1982 pg. 40

CBS gets into games

Quaker Oats gets into games too

Flat panels are coming our way

Sinclair announces flat screen computer... and electric car

Sinclair claims volume victory

ZX82 is near!

BBC goes all in on computer literacy

The BBC wants to answer your computer inquiries
Micro Men -

Hyperlink gaming comes to UK TVs

Buy plotting paper to make your zx81 art dreams a reality!

Sinclair User launches

Antic magazine debuts

16 bit revolution is coming

Video Disc gaming not dead yet...

Zork Users Group announced
Michael Dornbrook Part 1 -

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Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play.