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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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Jan 24, 2022

Video games and computers are Christmas biz standouts
Atari and Activision settle out of court
Anti-games hysteria begins to rise

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 January 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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December 1981 Ep -
AMOA 1980 Special -

New Jersey town raises pinball licensing fees by 1,900%

New York cracks down on pinball

National pinball and slot machine tax rakes in the bucks

Ordvac makes the grade

Electronic Fighter Jet simulator delivered to Navy

US Congress holds hearings on pinball

Christmas season is a bust for retail...
Playthings 1982-01

Commodore and Apple earnings skyrocket

Winchesters are on the rise

Sears to offer NEC, IBM and Vector Graphic computers

Atari opens its Regional Software Acquisition Center in Sunnyvale, California

Softside magazine introduces Sofside DV the magazine of the future.

Book publishers jump on gaming bandwagon
Replay 1982-01 pg. 13
Replay 1982-01 pg. 93

Blue Sky dealers invade coin op market
Play Meter 1982-01-15 pg. 39

The video game scare hits the opinion pages

Ronnie Lamm takes on video games
Play Meter 1982-01-01 pg. 58
Games People Pay Early-January 1982 pg. 6
Play Meter 1982-01-01 pg. 46 (Starting at 2:15)

Government antitrust actions end

Atari and Activision reach settlement
Toy and Hobby World Jan 1982

Mattel settles suit with Conic
Toy and Hobby World Jan 1982

Creative Computing invents laser disc gaming

The UK declares 1982 to be the Information Technology Year

Recommended Links:
The History of How We Play:
Gaming Alexandria:
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Digital Antiquarian:
The Arcade Blogger:
Retro Asylum:
Retro Game Squad:
Playthrough Podcast:

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