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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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Mar 22, 2022

Nintendo of America loses its President
EA drops its online plans
IBM gets out of the PC biz

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 2002.
As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events.

Mads from the Retro Asylum is our cohost for this ep. You can also find him on these amazing podcasts:

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7 Minutes in Heaven: The Fish Files (GBC)
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January 2002 Ep -
Jerry Jewell Interview -

Sony sues over Mod chips!AC_DE_2002-02.pdf&page=45

Sony launches budget line in Japan pg. 12

EA drops
Gordon Walton Interview Part 1
Gordon Walton interview Part 2

TV is getting interactive
Edge 107, pg. 10

Street Fighter II is coming to mobile
Edge 107 pg. 13

Edge magazine profiles game consultancies
Edge 107 pg. 15

King of Fighters goes Online
Edge 107 pg. 17

SNK is back!
Hobby Consolas 125

Minoru Arakawa steps down
Edge 107 pg. 12

Nvidia takes Enron's place on S&P

IBM exits Desktop business

Rumors suggest Microsoft to buy Take 2

Wizardry 9 cancelled
Paul Neurath Interview -
They Create Worlds -
Joel Billings Interview -

Germany cracks down on Wolfenstein

Las Malvinas son Argentinas...
Edge 107 pg. 18

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