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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 22, 2019

Sesame Street wants to teach kids computing,

The PC Master Race is pissy that the NES is watering down gaming


Sega teams up with iomega to bring zip drives to the Dreamcast


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 June of 1979, 1989, 1999.

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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Show Notes:


Two sided floppies

Kilobaud June 1979


Sesame Place Game Center

Creative Computing June 1979


Mattel earnings are down

New York Times, June 21, 1979



Atari 7800 headed to UK

ACE 21


Apple looks poised to kill the Apple ][ line

Compute June 1989


Intel introduces the 486

Happy Computer 68


VESA Standard is coming to enhanced VGA cards

Happy Computer 68


Konix specs revised.

The Games Machine 19


SAM Coupe delayed to September

The Games Machine 19


Compute editorial dismisses NES and bemoans dumbing down of computer games

Compute 110



Arkansas law banning public exhibition of violent arcade games gets shelved

Next Generation 54


Titus buys a 30% stake in Interplay

Next Generation 54


Free Radical Design signs up with Eidos

Micromania Tercera Epoca 53


Sucker Punch Productions is looking for a publisher for its first game

Next Generation 54


Dreamworks announces their WWII FPS

Next Generation 54


3D Realms denies Prey has been cancelled

Micromania Tercera Epoca 53


Zip drive add on for Dreamcast in development

Micromania Tercera Epoca 53


Tokyo game show Spring 99

Next Generation 54


Namco calls on arcade game makers to up their game

Next Generation 54


Turrican 3D teased

PC Player June, 1999


Sennheiser introduces the Surrounder

PC Player June, 1999


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