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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 30, 2022

Gamecube gets an EU launch date
EA sues over Einstein
Aussies censor GTA

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 2002.
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: Command & Conquer Renegade
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February 2002 Ep -

ATEI show dissapoints
Edge 108 pg. 14

Castlevania White Night Nocturne
Play 3, pg. 10

SCUMMVM goes mobile

Gamecube gets a European launch date
Edge 108 pg. 7

Xbox gets aggressive price in Japan MArch 2002 pg. 30

Sony launches printer for PS2 pg. 19

GTA3 gets censored in Australia

Eidos sees sales drop

Majestic shut down

Playnet files for Chapter 11
Gordon Walton Part 2 - EA - Origin
Gordon Walton Part 1 - Epyx - Konami - Harpoon - Gametek

Bioware settles with Interplay
Edge 108 pg. 13

Brian Fargo leaves Interplay,339/

PC sales dip 11% in the US
Edge 108 pg. 19

PC Game big boxes are out

EA sues over Einstein likeness

C64 disk images go legit!

Lego has the Force
Play 3, pg. 111

EA has Lego
Players March 2002, pg. 14,275/so,1d/

Bernie Stolar is back at BAM!
PlayZone 2002 03 pg. 14

Jez San gets an OBE

Argonaut purchases Particle Systems
Edge 108 pg. 13

Game devs look to movie biz for funding model
Edge 108 pg. 9

Gundam drones hit Japan
Edge 108 pg. 20

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