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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 31, 2020

Zenith enters the home computer market,
Atari's Lynx goes national &
Nintendo finally embraces disks with the 64DD.

These stories and some that aren't about abject financial failures on this month's episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

This month we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in March of 1980, 1990, & 2000.
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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Home computer specialty shops are proliferating

Zenith gets into the computer market
Zenith's new hope, Forbes, March 31, 1980, pg. 32

Plato comes home

Star Raiders reviewed

Coleco rights financial ship thanks to electronic games
PR Newswire, March 6, 1980

Mattel announces price for Intellivision
Wall Street Journal, March 14, 1980, pg. 15

Space Invaders belongs to Atari
Toy & Hobby, March 1980pg. 78

Toy Fair sees 400 electronic SKUs
Toys Hobbies & Crafts, March 1980, pg. 16

Aussies get pinball fever
Replay, March. 1980, pg. 74

Copycats flood the ATE show in London
Play Meter, March 15, 1980, pg. 59

Supreme Court refuses to hear Red Baron Case
Play Meter, March 1990, pg. 30

Xerox sues Apple

Spectrum Holobyte sues Accolade over Mental Blocks

The US Government is going after Nintendo for Antitrust

Xmas sales numbers are in...
Playthings, March 1990

Nintendo World Championship begins!
Playthings, March 1990

Commodore knows how to strike back against Japanese Console dominance!

CD based A500 rumors...

Commodre 65 has been cancelled

Konix sells off the rights to its line of joysticks

MCA to sell LJN to Acclaim
Toy and Hobby World, March 1990, pg. 6

Atari announces nationwide launch of the Lynx
Playthings, March 1990

.. and the UK launch, too.

Atari teams up with Atari

NEC Shows off TurboExpress behind closed doors

The TurboGrafx 16 arcade cabinets are no more...
Replay , March 1990 pg. 66

The first museum show featuring arcade games opens

Cinemaware shows off Wings

Cinemaware LIVES!!!,670214/

The Amiga is back BABY!!!,_Inc.

Bill Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft

Bernie Stolar is President and COO of Mattel Interactive let's you become a radio star... on the internet!

64DD Released in Japan

N64 colored versions!

Brazil bans violent games

Quebec goes after English only games pg. 36

ASC Games closes its doors

Cavedog Entertainment closes its doors.,1527/,339934/


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