Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

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. 

It's fun and educational! (in case you need to justify listening to it to a significant other)

Consider supporting us on Patreon

Listen on your mobile device:

VGNRTM on Google 

Feb 17, 2022

Microsoft and Nintendo battle over launch numbers
Cell phones make gaming pervasive
SNK is dead

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 2002.
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.

Get us on your mobile device:

And if you like what we are doing here at the podcast, don't forget to like us on your podcasting app of choice, YouTube, and/or support us on patreon!

Send comments on twitter @videogamenewsr2

7 Minutes in Heaven:
Video version -

December 2001 Ep -

Microsoft and Nintendo both claim victory in dual launch battle
Edge 106 pg. 9
Edge 106 pg. 11

Playstation 2 price drop in Japan
Edge 106. pg. 11

Sony Prez says Microsoft is new rival

Yamauchi establishes Fund Q
Edge 106 pg. 11
May 2001 Jump -

Trip Hawkins bails out 3DO pg. 35

Bioware cancels publishing deal with Interplay
Edge 106 pg. 13 pg. 35,75/so,1d/list-games/

Sony introduces voice controls pg. 15
Edge 106 pg. 19 pg. 34

House of the dead goes cellshaded

Eidos causes panic with text message,184101/

Amstrad is buying up Spectrum game rights
Edge 106 pg. 13

Pogo is bringing the internet to the palm of your hand
Edge 106 pg. 13

Pervasive gaming hits mobile phones

Segway revolutionizes human transport
Edge 106 pg. 16

Bleem! is dead pg. 15! sees massive layoffs
Gordon Walton Interview -

SNK ceases operations

NextGen is no more

Thalamus is back! pg. 36

Scott McCloud foreshadows the Metaverse

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

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