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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. 

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Mar 2, 2023

Atari announces mass layoffs,
Time names the personal computer the man of the year &
Nintendo launches the Game and Watch in North America

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 1983. 
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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7 Minutes in Heaven: Spider-Man
    Video Version:
    January 1983 Ep -

Pong gets more notices

Odyssey gets write up in Popular Electronics  pg. 64

Al Lowe enters gaming biz
    Al Lowe - Sierra

Atari profits nosedive as Coleco ascends
    Kevin Hayes - Atari - Namco htttps://
    The Video Game Crash 40th Anniversary - Part 2: Everyone Else
    The Video Game Crash 40th Anniversary - Part 1: Atari

Atari lays off 1,700

Editors plead not to give up on games The Video Game Update Feb. 1983 pg. 1
    Double Dragon C64

Atari snags microchip Intel luminary
    Leonard Tramiel - Part 2 - Atari
    Leonard Tramiel - Part 1 - Commodore

Showbiz turns Apple iis into coinops
    Play Meter Feb. 1, 1983, pg.  54

Kiddie rides meet video games
    Play Meter Feb. 15, 1983 pg. 68

Atari announces "My First Computer"

Mattel shows off Intellivision 3 behind closed doors
Coleco announces Gemini  
    The Video Game Update Feb. 1983 pg. 11
    The Video Game Update Feb. 1983 pg. 14

Add-ons are the new name of the game! 
    The Video Game Update Feb. 1983 pg. 6, 10, 11
    Toy & Hobby World Feb. 1983

Amiga's Joyboard brings motion controls to the VCS

Atari goes after pre-schoolers
    The Video Game Update Feb. 1983 pg. 5

Sega enters cartridge market
    Leisure Time Electronics Feb. 1983 pg. 22   
    Playthings Feb. 1983
Fox announces MASH game 
    The Video Game Update Feb. 1983 pg. 5

Video game rentals take off

Toy retailers plan shift from consoles to computers
    Playthings Feb. 1983
Time crowns the computer Man of the Year,16641,19830103,00.html

CES and Toy Fare see new computers galore
    Toys Hobbies and Crafts Feb. 1983

Byte looks at the Lisa    

PC upgraders pose a problem for IBM

IBM goes abroad

Intel begins work on 386

Tandy cuts CoCo price

ZX Spectrum hits retail

TI 99 could go B-O-O-M

Michael Katz moves to Epyx
    Michael Katz Part 1 - Coleco - Epyx - Mattel

Cosmi announces Tri-compatible cassette
    The Video Game Update Feb. 1983 pg. 16

Broderbund goes multiplatform
    Gary Carlston- Broderbund

TSR gets into video games

Virgin gets into games

Brian Fargo's first gets reviewed

Save money on "expensive adventure game dice"

Nintendo launches Game and Watch in North America
    Leisure Time electronics Feb. 1983 pg. 26
    Replay Feb. 1983 pg.  75  

Massachusettes judge calls game content "inconsequential"
    Games People Feb. 19, 1983  pg. 1

GCC seeks a piece of Pacman merch pie

Ronnie Lamm on MacNeil/Lehrer

Xrated games to feature in movie
    Games People Feb. 19, 1983  pg. 1

First US cases of video game induced seizures reported
    Games People Feb. 19, 1983  pg. 1
Sega gets into robots
    Play Meter Feb. 15, 1983 pg. 69

Leisure Dynamics announces Crossbows and Catapults
    Toy & Hobby World Feb. 1983 pg. 197

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