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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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Aug 27, 2021

SNES debuts at CES
Atari kills Panther
EA starts buying up developers

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 August of 1991.
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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Time Codes:
7 Minutes in Heaven: 5:03
Corrections: 14:56
Time Jump: 19:59

7 Minutes in Heaven:
Video Version -

July 1991 Ep -

Nintendo shows off the US Super NES

Atari dumps Panther... says hello to Jaguar

Sony announces portable CDi
June 1991 Ep -

Sega shows off MegaCD in Tokyo

Sega announces the Action Chair... in Europe pg. 38

Dixon's disses the GX4000 and 64GS

NEC gets CDRom rights to Addams Family
Playthings August 1991

American Video to redeem Nintendo Coupons
May 1991 Ep -

Atari announces CDi addon for ST
New Computer Express Weekly #146 pg. 5
August 1990 Jump Ep -

Microsoft shows off Visual Basic at Comdex

Mythos Games announces Laser Squad Sequel

AD&D goes online
Don Daglow Interview Part 2 -

Mirrorsoft buys Cinemaware

Cineplay bows at CES
Free DC gameplay -

EA buys Distinctive Software
Plaything August 1991, pg. 10

Double Dragon is coming to comics

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