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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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Sep 2, 2021

PS2 goes online
Sega liquidates Dreamcast
Monolith pushes Lithtech

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 2001.
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: 8:32
Corrections: 19:19
Time Jump: 32:44

7 Minutes in Heaven:
Video Version -

July 2001 Ep -

Nintendo debuts Cardreader for GBA pg. 29

Sony highlights their PS2 Online strategy at E3 pg. 23

Sega and Sony announce Dreamcst/PS2 crossplay pg. 16

Sega sells out its last Dreamcasts. pg. 18

IBM to develop PS3 chip

Nokia gets into the set top box game pg. 18

Richard Garriot teams up with NCSoft

EA shuts down UO Volunteer program
November 2000 Ep -

Does have a chance?
Gordon Walton Interview Part 2 -

Ion Storm Austin to be renamed, pg. 38

Monolith sets up spin-off to market game engine

American McGee cofounds Carbon 6
American McGee Interview -

Retromania hits Japan

Samurai Jack premiere on August 10

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