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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 10, 2019

A computer in every home
Atari and Nintendo sue each other
Nintendo gets its panties in a bunch over emulation

These stories and many more on this month's episode of the Video Game Newsroom time Machine

We look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in March of 1979, 1989, 1999.
As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates for the 20 and 30 year jumps, while relying on newspaper articles and historical documents for the 40 year jump, as there weren't many dedicated gaming publications on the market yet.

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Show Notes:
A computer in every home
Newsweek, US edition, April 2, 1979

Privacy laws start popping up
Starting to Protect Privacy, New York Times April 10, 1979

Stopping Compuer Chomping of Privacy, New York Times April 28, 1979

Pinball in the News
On the Light Side: Pinball Wizardry, The Associated Press, April 10, 1979

Pinball: Nassau's Big Zero, New York Times, April 8, 1979

Williams' Crazy Story Part 1

Carl Sagan to host show about space and science
Dr. Carl Sagan to Be Host of PBS Science Series, NYT, April 18, 1979

CES in Vegas shows the dominance of the NES
CVG 90

Atari and Nintendo start suing each other over lock out chips and unfair practices
Compute 107

Domark cuts deal with Tengen
The games machine 17

Atari ST support in the industry eroded through piracy.
Letter from the CEO of Spectrum Holobyte

Dynamix signs on to Mediagenic's affiliated label program

Mirrorsoft launch Defender of the Crown on CD with limited 200 unit print run
The games machine 17

Scott Orr leaves Gamestar

Microsoft pushes Windows CE for Dreamcast development.
Next Generation 52

Agora Interactive launch their G.A.T.E. arcade system to integrate satellite networking into arcades
Next Generation 52

The first classic gaming expo is announced
Next Generation 52

NeoGeo Pocket has been released, sold 37,000 units, and now is dead. Long live NeoGeo Pocket Color.
Next Generation 52

Havas closes Sierra's Oakhurst office
Micromania 51

Emulation hits the N64
PC Player 1999 04

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