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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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Dec 9, 2019

Bushnell borrows big to build!
Tengen trounced in Tetris tussle!
Pokemon perceived to push to pupils!

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 December 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:
Pizza Time theater gets big loan
Replay December 1979, pg. 6
Play Meter December, 1979, pg. 37

AMOA show reviews are in
RePlay December 1979, pg. 15

Sega standardizes their arcade boards
Play Meter December 1979, pg. 92
Play Meter Update Edition Dec. 31 1979, pg. 1

Space Invaders modification boards are out
Play Meter December, 1979, pg. 24

Space Invader clones hit home computers

The Computer Shopper debuts

IBM Microcomputer rumors promise a revolution

JAMMA show jam packed with... carnival games?

Microprose opens development studio in the UK

Epyx files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Activision is a gaming company once again!

Club Caribe launches on Q-Link page 23

A new month, a new Atari hardware launch!

Lynx stalls

Sega parts ways with Tonka

Konix misses Xmas and payments...

The Wizard hits theaters!

Nintendo beats Atari in Tetris fight
Replay, December 1989, pg. 11

Y2K is upon us!

3dfx CEO, Gregory Ballard steps down

The French game publisher stock market money spree continues!

Barnes & Nobel buys up Babbages Etc.

Pokemon, the OG Loot box

Arcade games get rated

Disney's Quest to dominate arcades comes to an end

Games to movies still a thing.

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