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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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Jul 9, 2022

Microsoft and Nintendo slash prices,
Steam enters the game retail business &
Germany thinks about banning Counter Strike

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 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: Hooter's Road Trip
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April 2002 Ep -
Turns out our Department of Corrections got it wrong and F-Zero AX was published by Sega:

GBA to go online
Edge 110 pg. 17

Gameboy gets game downloader
Edge 110 pg. 22

Sega licenses ports to THQ
Edge 110 pg. 22

Nintendo cuts price of GBA

Microsoft cuts price of Xbox in Europe

Xbox has the force

GDC subdued
Edge 110 pg. 10

Steam starts selling games
Edge 110 pg. 18

Sims sales numbers confirmation

German authorities consider Counter Strike ban

Netflix is growing by leaps and bounds

Angel of Darkness previewed
Edge 110

Software 2000 is no more

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