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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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Mar 25, 2021

The Integrated Circuit is born,
Home computers storm CES
Atari orders massive chip inventory

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 March of 1981.
As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events.

Peter is still out "on assignment" so we are joined again by Jon from the Retro Game Squad.

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Jon's 7 Minutes in Heaven


Fairchild introduces the IC

The libraries of the year 2000 will be on computer tape

Film editing goes non-linear thanks to computers

George Lucas makes his feature film debut with THX1138

Electronic toys dissapoint at CES but video games come out swinging
Toys Hobbies & Crafts March 1981, pg. 14

Microcomputers take the stage at CES

Atari orders chips from Commodore

Membrane keyboards are vying for dominance

Surge expected at the patent office

Automated Simulations launches Epyx line

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Gaming Alexandria:
They Create Worlds:
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Retro Asylum:
Retro Game Squad:

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