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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, 2020

Ethernet heralds a new age of networked computing
Sonic the Hedgehog is coming...
Playstation2 gets a US launchdate

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 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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Stern Electronics gets into video
RePlay August 1980, pg. 7

Nintendo signs distribution deal with Far East Video
RePlay August 1980, pg. 25

Musee Mecanique featured in Atari Coin Connection

RePlay magazine profiles Argentine coin-op operator
RePlay August 1980, pg. 17

Handheld games take to TV
Plaything August 1980, pg. 27 pg. 33

Fantasy and strategy games are booming
Toys Hobbies & Crafts August 1980, pg. 45

D&D implicated in student's death

Ethernet is here!

Radio Shack expands TRS-80 line

The fourth Hypertext conference takes playce in Pennsylvania

SoftSide becomes a real boy... I mean magazine and advertises Mystery House from On-Line Systems!

Cryptologist funding cut

MGT enters receivership

ST CD to take on CDTV sans CDi

Wingleader gets in depth previews

Leisure Suit Larry is going to the movies

Sierra remakes King's Quest 1

Nolan Bushnell wants to bring VR to the masses within three years

And Bushnell also wants to bring TV to your screen...

Super Famicom gets a release date

British developer Argonaut rumored to be developing 3D graphics for Nintendo

First preview shot of Sonic the Headgehog revealed

Mike Tyson dropped from Punch Out!!_(NES)

Konami introduces the Laser Scope

PS2 North American launch date announced pg. 28

Sony launches PSOne

Sega restrucuters and has a new president

Sega offers $50 refund to Dreamcast owners that sign up for free month of internet service

Sega shows off Dreamcast DVD drive and MP3 VMU at E3

CGW talks GOTCHA,107204/

Paul Steed fired from id,1065/

South Korea to promote game development

Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption gets pilloried in tests

Looking Glass closes its doors

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Sound Effects by Ethan of History of How We Play.