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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 1, 2019

CompuServe brings online services to the masses!
The Battle for Tetris begins in court!
Sega flounders heading into the Dreamcast launch!

These stories and many more 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 August of 1979, 1989, 1999.
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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Show Notes:

Summer CES in Chicago oversahdows the National Computer Conference

APF Electronics introduces the Imagination Machine

Mattel shows off the Intellivision... sort of

RCA follows up their COSMAC VIP with the VIP II

Texas Instruments enters the home microcomputing game

Atari gets FCC approval for the 400 and 800 computers

Softside warns: there’s no money in software

CompuServe begins offering its services to home microcomputer users

BYTE talks about the tech of the future

Battle between Mirrorsoft and Nintendo starts

Atari and Gameboy shown off at CES.

Nintendo and Atari both debut their handhelds at the Summer CES in NY

Atari announces the STE

Atari shows off the STacy and the Portfolio

Rainbow Arts releases first game compilation on CD for the C64!

Broderbund shows off SimCity

Microprose jumps into arcade development

Battletech centers announced at CES

BLEEM! Comes to Germany (and everywhere else... thanks Internet!)!

Nintendo reverses corse on Dolphin strategy

Yamauchi to step down page 28

Will Nintendo's hold on the handheld market finally be broken?

Microsoft buys Shadowfactor

EA is prepping the launch of a little game called The Sims

Firaxis to develop Civilization sequel

Interactive Magic abandons physical media

More firings at ION Storm,26588/,492/

Ed Boon promises a radical departure for the Mortal Kombat Series with part 5

Sega lowers the price of Dreamcast in Japan

Sega losses pile up

Sony announces production of the Emotion Engine