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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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Jun 15, 2023

The Supreme Court comes to the aid of video games
Commodore's Vic20 drops below $100
Electronic Arts ships its first games

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 May 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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7 Minutes in Heaven: Star Wars: Jedi Arena
    Video Version:

    April 1983 Ep -
    Ethan's fine site The History of How We Play:
Computers learn how to learn

Engstrom says computers are being underutilized

Williams enters Pong clone market

Coinop continues to suffer
    Replay May 1983, pg. 53, 38, 16

Bally beats City of Mesquite
    Replay May 1983, pg. 15   
    Play Meter May 15, 1983 pg. 14

Magnavox sues Bally over Pacman royalties
    Arcade Express pg. 2

Mario Bros. debuts at AOE
    Replay May 1983, pg. 11

Nintendo moves to Tokyo stock exchange
    Nintendo Stock to be Listed on TSE's 1st Section, Jiji Press Ticker Service, May 24, 1983

Malls embrace arcades
    Replay, May 1983 pg. 66

Atari enters the arcade biz
    Replay May 1983, pg. 11

Unions see tech as future of organized labor

Alabama legislature votes to boycott Atari
    Play Meter May 1, 1983, pg. 24
    Play Meter May 15, 1983, pg. 32

Atari keeps making cuts

Warner losses mount

Parker Bros. loses injunction against Atari
    Toys Hobbies and Crafts May 1983 pg. 7

Mattel sues Atari
    Toys Hobbies and Crafts May 1983 pg. 8

Atari to release Coleco carts
    The Video Game Update May 1983 pg. 4

Atari teams up with MCA

Atari signs Williams deal
    Replay May 1983, pg. 20

Console game delays pile on
    The Video Game Update May 1983 pg. 1

Atari signs deal with Cynex

Amiga introduces The Power
    Toys Hobbies and Crafts May 1983 pg. 59

Vectrex to go color
    Arcade Express pg. 2

Milton bradley wants you to tell your Atari what to do.
    Arcade Express May 22, 1983, pg. 1

Odyssey3 is dead
    Arcade Express pg. 1

Activision prepares IPO

Thundar is coming to Colecovision
    Arcade Express May 22, 1983, pg. 1

Atari sponsors pro-gaming event at Harvard
Control Video readies launch of Gameline

Commodore abandons 16 bit  chip project

You got application software in my operating system!  You got an operating system in my application software!

Ethernet gets endorsements


Atari Computer division goes big on advertising

Vic20 breaks through $100 floor
    Arcade Express May 22, 1983, pg. 1

Sinclair line gets price cut

Electron delayed again

Spectra announces SV328

Commodore introduces the new form C2N   

Profit margins on computers cause retailer consternation
    Toys Hobbies and Crafts May 1983 pg. 18

Book retailers eye software

Software piracy becomes returns problem

Toys R Us controls 11% of toy market
    Toys Hobbies and Crafts May 1983 pg. 7

First EA games go on sale

Virgin Games is looking for a few good programmers

Canucks get into games
    Arcade Express pg. 3

Spectrum Games has been launched
I got a home computer! what?

RIP Data Age
    The Video Game Update May 1983 pg. 9
    Arcade Express pg. 4

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