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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 28, 2022

Bally bathes in Pacman Gold
Mattel to develop VCS titles
The FCC gives cellphones the greenlight

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 February 1982.
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 Mads from the Retro Asylum to join us.

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7 Minutes in Heaven:
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January 1982 Ep -
Leisure Time Electronics News Report -

Pinball seizures continue to add up

New York Police Commissioner takes sledgehammer to gambling machines

Magnetic Tape drives automated clerical worker

RCA reveals new experimental IC pg. 37

Handcrafted core memory is here to stay pg. 49

Electronic text editing is coming to newsrooms

Computer industry expected to boom in '72

IBM comes under regulatory scrutiny

Bally is swimming in PacMan profits

Mastering Pac-Man hits the best seller charts

Token wars ensue
Games People Pay 1982-02 pg. 2

Stern wins big in court
Replay, 1982-02 pg. 42

Atari gets trounced in court
Games People Pay 1982-02 pg. 8
Play Meter 1982-02 pg.40

Mattel announces games for the VCS

IBM and MCA dump Discovision

Fortune 32:16 brings the 68000 to desktops

AMD signs deal to produce Intel chips

Intel to distribute MSDOS with systems

Everyone wants to be compatible

More state school systems choose Apple

Commodore to spend over $5 million on Shatner ad

FCC gives go ahead to cellular radio

Government lawyers install Space Invaders on office terminals

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Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play.