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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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Apr 1, 2023

Commodore goes portable
IBM introduces the XT
Nintendo shows off Game and Watch

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 February 1983. 
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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Uncle Sam wants your pinballs   
    Billboard Mar 27, 1943

Raytheon introduces infrared wargaming weapons  pg. 6

Japan's computer industry is on the rise
    Business Japan March 1973 pg. 73

Used games hit the auction block

Distributors embrace conversion kits

Chuck E Cheese breaks records  pg. 2
    Games People March 5, 1983 pg. 1

You aren't playing games, you're making an investment!
    Kevin Hayes - Atari - Namco

News Flash: 2600 ET was a flop!
    The Video Game Crash 40th Anniversary - Part 2: Everyone Else
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The great cartridge discount has begun
    Playthings March 1983 pg. 30

Wall Street predicts end of video game growth
    Games People March 12, 1983  pg. 17

Video games increasingly dominate toy retail
    Toy & Hobby World March 1983 pg. 14

Atari distribution goes exclusive
Court halts Atari distribution reform

Delays plague game release schedules  March 1983 pg. 1

Amiga announces the Power Module
    Playthings March 1983
    Toy and Hobby World March 1983

Starpath cuts supercharger price
    Playthings March 1983   
    Toyand Hobby World March 1983

CBS ups the RAM
    Toy and Hobby World March 1983

Intellivision 2 doesn't like Coleco  March 1983 pg. 7
Milton Bradley goes multiplatform
     Toy and Hobby World March 1983
Data Age spends big on Journey game
    Toy & Hobby World March 1983

Move over Custer, Leatherface is here
    Games People March 12, 1983
Vectrex jumps on console-to-computer bandwagon  March 1983 pg. 7

Summer CES to be the biggest yet
Japanese games invade CES
    Toy and Hobby World March 1983

Computer price war continues
    Toy & Hobby World March 1983 pg. S3

TI extends rebate
    Playthings March 1983

TI reaches a new PLATO
    Toy and Hobby World March 1983

TI announces cost of defective TI994A transformer

Vic20 beats competition in install base
    American McGee - id - spicy horse - ea

Commodore introduces the 1702
    Toy and Hobby World March 1983

Commodore and Timex debut new machines at CES

HDs go 3.5"

IBM PC Add-ons and clones become a cottage industry

IBM drops 16k systems in US

IBM announces the XT

Intel gets into GPUs   
Retailers can sell software without carrying hardware
    Toy & Hobby World March 1983 pg. S3

Hundreds of computer stores close

Software leasing comes to the faire

Microsoft hits UK high street

Atari going multiplatform
    Toy & Hobby World March 1983 pg. S3
More details of Disney's software plans revealed
    Toy and Hobby World March 1983

Before there was Typing of the Dead...

Benji is going into space
    Playthings March 1983

Games Network test ends

Coleco and Atari settle

France levies fine against anglicized computer documentation

Pacman merch may have maxed out
    Games People March 12, 1983 pg. 20

Atari launches Ataritel

The race for digital TV is on

Penthouse wants to advertise your game

Marvel teams up with George Romero for media cross polination project

Kadabroscope promises to bring hand drawn animation into the computer age  pg. 5

German mag Homecomputer hits newsracks
RIP US Games

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