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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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Jun 25, 2021

Centipede begins its decent into arcades
Analysts predict a big future for video games
The BBC chooses Acorn over Sinclair

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

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in June of 1981.
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:
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May 1981 -

IBM 1301 drive introduces hydrodynamic air bearing slider

Midway gets counterfeits seized
RePlay June 1981 pg. 6
Vending Times June 1981, pg. 57

Centipede launches
RePlay June 1981 pg. 29

PlayCable hits the market

Video Games are conquering toy stores
Toy & Hobby World June 1981 pg. 29
Don Daglow Interview
Ed Zaron Interview

Programmable video game market to reach $295 million in revenue by 1990!
Toys Hobbies & Crafts, June 1981, pg. 18

Magnavox pushes Odyssey 2 at CES
Michael Dornbrook Interview

Bally Arcade gets keyboard add-on

Mattel delays Intellivision Keyboard
Toys Hobbies & Crafts, June 1981, pg. 3
Leisure Time electronics Report, June 1, pg. 2

TI gets out of the digital watch business, but Commodore sticks with it

Micro magazine begins pushing the 6809
Bill Stealy Interview -

Avalon Hill's first batch of games gets reviewed

Softalk reviews Ultima,Olympic Decathalon, Cartels & Cutthroats, and Zork

BBC chooses Acorn over Sinclair
Micro Men movie -


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Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play and Enzo Maida.