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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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Aug 6, 2020

Activision launches the third party publisher business
EA bets big on Sega
Microsoft nabs Halo

These stories and many more on this month's episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

This month we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in July of 1980, 1990, 2000.
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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Summer CES sees attendance drop
Toys, Hobbies & Crafts, July 1980, pg. 7

Coleco sales reach $136 million
Plaything magazine, July 1980, pg. 11

Activision launches its first four games
Plaything magazine, July 1980

Missile Command is targeting 50 cent play
Replay July 1980, pg. 27

Midway sues Universal over Cosmic Alien
Replay July, 1980, pg. 10

Japan is stepping up chip production
Plaything magazine, July 1980

Computers are doing graphics... and some even in color

Zork is coming!

Zork's Z-Machine explained

Playing D&D on a computer is super easy

Play Meter features PlayChoice
Play Meter, July 1990, pg. 29

NEC signs ICOM to develop for TG16 CD
Plaything, July 1990, pg. 10

EA goes 16 bit on Genesis
Plaything, July 1990, pg. 10

Mario goes four colors
Playthings, July 1990

Nintendo sues Galoob over Game Genie,_Inc._v._Nintendo_of_America,_Inc.
Toys and Hobby, July 1990, pg. 14

9 year old sues Nintendo... and LJN... and Major League Baseball pg. 22

Tynesoft goes bust

Nuclear War is coming to the C64

Infocom is no more

Apogee offers free "try-out" games pg. 22

Sony announces $300 launch price

Bleem gets court order against Sony

Bleem is coming to the Dreamcast!

Bleem on Xbox?

Microsoft buys Bungie

The Sims gets an expansion pack

Can you smell what the iSmell is cooking?

Microprose halts development of M1 Tank Platoon 3

New Internet Computer Company releases a new internet computer

Logitech launches Personal Broadcasting software

Micromania magazine has a guide to online abbreviations and emoticons.

Infogrames kills GT Interactive,_Inc._(Atari_SA_subsidiary)


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