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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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Jan 6, 2022

Xbox launches in North America
Sony invests in Square
Sega takes trade shows by storm

These stories and many more on this episode of the VGNRTM

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in December 2001.
As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events.

Peter is on vacation so we have the pleasure of being joined by our guest co-host Jon from the Retro Games Squad

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7 Minutes in Heaven: Polaroid Pete
Video version -

November 2001 Ep -
Ethan's Stream -

Xbox launches in the US

Sony invests in Square

US Supreme Court strikes down anti-violent game ordinance
Play Meter December 2001 pg. 18

JAMMA show belongs to Sega
Greg Fischbach Interview Part 1 -
Greg Fischbach Interview Part 2 -

Sega steals the show at TGS

TDK announces Aquaman game

Engineering student lights up GBA

Atlantis brings PC gaming to VR
Play Meter December 2001 pg. 34

Direct X goes up against OpenGL

EA puts down Ultima remake

Alone in the Dark film rights acquired

House of the Dead movie moves forward pg 34

Scott McCloud takes on gaming

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Retro Game Squad:
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Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play and Enzo Maida.