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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. 

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Mar 29, 2022

Piracy runs rampant in UK arcades
PacMan fever is everywhere
Commodore debuts the C64

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 March 1982.
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: Guttang Gotton/Loco-Motion
Video version -

February 1982 Ep -

The Connecticut Leather Company is founded
They Create Worlds - Visions of Coleco Part 1 -

Pinball production must end

Drive Mobile comes under judicial scrutiny

Pennsylvania bans free play pinball

Pinball games seized in raid

Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory develops photo scanner

Renting computer time on the rise

Silicon image storage has arrived

Computer predicts the end of the world

RCA gets patent for liquid crystal display

The Force is strong with Parker Brothers
Playthings February 1982
Tom Dusenberry Interview -

Coke gets into games
Play Meter March 15, 1982 pg. 18,_Tri-Star,_and_other_acquisitions_and_ventures
They Create Worlds - Gottlieb Part 1 -
They Create Worlds - Gottlieb Part 2 -

UK arcade market in decline
Play Meter March 15, 1982 pg. 35
Kevin Hayes Interview -

Tempest introduces Skill Step

Deregulation comes to coin op
Play Meter March 15, 1982 pg. 17

Supreme Court refuses to hear Mesquite Texas case
Games People Pay Late Edition March 1982, pg. 9

Nintendo goes after Crazy Kong
Replay March 1982, pg. 110

Twin Galaxies is keeping score
Replay March 1982 pg. 136

Atari up 50%
Games People Pay Late Edition March 1982, pg. 9
They Create Worlds -

Toyfare sees battle for gaming market heat up

Atari announces massive ad campaign
Playthings, March 1982

Pacman released on the 2600

Ms. Pac-Man gets reviewed
Games People Pay Early Edition March 1982, pg. 7, 9

Pac-Man Fever the album hits store shelves
Replay March 1982, pg. 121

Astrovision announces new games and peripherals

Winter CES brings the computer goods

Epyx goes PC

Lucasfilm is the talk of Siggraph

Judge in IBM case calls for congressional inquiry

Personal Software becomes VisiCorp

Programs Unlimited begins franchising
September 1981 Jump -

Joel Billings takes on Chris Crawford
Joel Billings Interview -

Gamers are targetted by Navy recruiters
Games People Pay Late Edition March 1982, pg. 8

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

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