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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, 2021

Mario is heading to the movies
Star Wars returns to gaming
Bobbi Kotick saves Activision

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 1991.
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 3:05
Corrections 9:02
Time Jump 9:20

Peter's 7 Minutes in Heaven


Did the "Video Game War" hurt video games?
Replay, March 1991, pg. 14
Replay, March 1991, pg. 16

Winter CES reports flooding in

Mario is going to the movies

Lucasfilm Games gets into the Star Wars business,250/so,1d/

Computer RPGs are coming to consoles pg. 88 pg. 92

Software rentals are no more

386 clones get the green light

Richard Garriott turns his mansion into a fantasy haunted house

Peter Molyneux promises cross game data sharing

Activision management gets reshuffled

Cinemaware sale falls through

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