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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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Feb 25, 2021

Williams fights copycats
Sierra beats Atari
Holograms promise the third dimension

These stories and many more on this episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in February of 1981.
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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Peter's 7 Minutes in Heaven


Williams defends its rights to Defender
Replay February 1981, pg. 6

Atari loses preliminary injunction against On-Line System's Jawbreaker

Atari warns developers against copycats

Mattel introduces the Discovery System
Toy and Hobby World, February 1981 pg. 102

Atari announces Hologram system
Toy and Hobby World, February 1981 pg. 270

Siro-Tech launches its first title

Time Zone will finally hit shelves

Sirius becomes a corporation

SPI releases Dawn of the Dead boardgame
Toy and Hobby World, February 1981 pg. 275

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Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play and Enzo Maida.