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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. 

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Apr 25, 2020

Arcade operators fear the VCS
Nintendo trounces Atari in court
The PS2 takes Japan by storm

These stories and a very tired Karl on this month's episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

This month we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in April of 1980, 1990, 2000.
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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Correction: Tiertex did not do Back to the Future 2, it was Images Software Ltd.

FCC lets Ma Bell go online

The Ludites are back... and their wearing berets

Warner, Mattel, and Coleco report record profits
Playthings, April 1980, pg. 11
Toy & Hobby World, April 1980

AMD is making it rain

Game Consoles are the up and coming thing... just not at toy retailers.
Playthings, April 1980, pg. 55

Arcade game operators fear the VCS
Play Meter, April 1980, pg. 36

Inflation grips the arcade industry... and the industry fights back!
Replay, April 1980, pg. 29

Cinematronics sues Atari over Asteroids
Play Meter April 1980, pg. 41
Play Meter October 15, 1981 pg. 148

TSR opens UK office
Playthings, April 1980, pg. 10

SSI brings wargaming to the digital world

Nintendo can sue retailers that carry unlicensed NES carts
Playthings April 1980

The arcade is coming home

The GX4000 is on its way

Sega expands Master System licensees to European companies

Atari turns a profit
Playthings April 198

US Memories shuts down.

Madden gets updated Roster data disk

Super Mario Ice Capades

PS2 launches in Japan.

Xbox finally revealed

Nintendo does what everyone knew they would... delay the Dolphin...AND the Gameboy Advance

Conker is no longer a nice guy...

Final Fantasy is going online

Fallout 3 to go 3D'_Fallout_3)

Origin shuts down the Ultima 9 boards

Protestors go after Midway pg. 36

Cavedog is gone but Chris Taylor is hitting it big

Infogrames goes through another COO

3Dfx cuts 20% of its workforce

Hasbro is going to defend its Atari rights

Psychic sues Pokemon pg. 34,_Kadabra,_and_Alakazam#Controversy

EA buys up Dreamworks Interactive is bringing free games to you

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