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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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Jun 1, 2019

Downloadable games come home,
CD based systems are on the rise,
The PS2 eats Dreamcast's lunch before either's launch

These stories and many more on this month's episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

We look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in May of 1979, 1989, 1999.
As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates for the 20 and 30 year jumps, while relying on newspaper articles and historical documents for the 40 year jump, as there weren't many dedicated gaming publications on the market yet.

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Show Notes:
Capcom is founded.

Cosmac VIP profiled in Kilobaud Magazine

Playcable test markets announced

First call goes out for submissions to the Annals of Computing History
Creative Computing May 1979

Electronic games at Toyfair

Computer and Video Games magazine has its first pic of the Gameboy
CVG 91

Acclaim and Konami get into the LCD game
VG&CE May 1989

ACE reviews the PC Engine CD add-on
Ace 20

CDi is DOA
CGW 59

Nintendo announces their 1988 results

286 PCs dominate the Xmas 88 in the USA
Compute 107

Apple misjudges chip shortage
Compute 107

Maniac Mansion tops German charts for three months straight
VG&CE May 1989

The first Lucasfilm produced Indiana Jones games are announced
CGW 59

Project Firestart hits the mags
CGW 59

GamePro issue 1 is released
GamePro 1

PS2 specs and rumors abound!
GamePro 118
Next Generation 53

Nintendo's next console is in the works
NG 53

Konami announces 5 titles for Dreamcast's US launch

Japanese Arcade show has some surprises in store
NG 53

Infogrames buys Accolade
Micromania 52

Star Wars Episode 1 games are previewed
NG 53

More fallout from Chainsaw Monday
PC Player 1999 May

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