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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. 

It's fun and educational! (in case you need to justify listening to it to a significant other)

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Sep 26, 2022

50 years ago, television manufacturer Magnavox launched a revolutionary new device that allowed users, for the first time, to manipulate the images on their home television sets. 

How did this technological wonder come to be?  How did its development evolve?  Find out with our own resident Warden of the Department of...


Sep 23, 2022

Online gaming is one of the dominant business models today, but back in 1979, a small start up in Chicago showed how it was done. The Game Master was a virtual playground for computer enthusiasts before most people knew what a personal computer was.
Robert Kniskern helped bring that technology to life. He tells us about...


Jul 17, 2022

Before we got all our information from the internet, magazines were the primary way of learning about specialty topics like computing. Randal Kottwitz was part of two major early pillars in this field, SoftSide magazine, as it transitioned from being a pamphlet with Basic programs to a full blown magazine with...


May 30, 2022

Ronald Spitzer was a corner stone of both New World Computing making sure games like Might and Magic and Nuclear War hit store shelves worldwide before moving on to running Electronic Art's affiliated label program.

Recorded in September 2021.

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Apr 5, 2022

Few game studios of the 80s and 90s tackled a wider set of genres with as much success and innovative spirit as Dynamix. Co-founder Damon Slye walks us through the company's amazing history, the life of a developer, the evolution of 3D technology, relationships with publishers, and how do you make Karl's favorite game...