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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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May 17, 2020

Apple introduces its next gen system
Acclaim powers up its team
Nintendo wants a piece of the Harry Potter pie

These stories and many more 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 May 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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Coleco reports record first quarter profits
Toy & Hobby World, May 1980

Mattel reports a 22% increase in net sales
Playthings, May 1980

French planning to launch terminals
My apologies, I said it was the Nostalgia Nerd who did this history of the Minitel but it was RetroManCave.

Pizza Time Theatre sues Topeka Inn Management Inc
Replay May 1980, pg. 10

Midway warns against copying Galaxian
Replay May 1980, pg. 35

Mego's Time Out series to be shown at CES
Toy & Hobby World, May 1980

Apple debuts Apple III

Avalon Hill enters the computer game market
Toy & Hobby World, May 1980

Katie goes into the computer

Core Design becomes its own publisher,50/so,1d/list-games/,19669/

Don Bluth to produce its own games

Data East makes Joe Keenan their new president
Play Meter May 1990, pg. 3

Acclaim triples previous years revenue
Plaything May 1990, pg. 13

Acclaim cuts deal with Williams
Play Meter May 1990, pg. 3

Acclaim builds a power team pg. 18

F-15 Strike Eagle is heading to arcades

Arcade vs. Home: The debate heats up
Play Meter May 1990, pg. 34

TG16 gets a price cut pg. 22

PC Engine is finally coming to the UK

Atari's Panther is waiting in the wings

Sega lines up computer games for the Genesis pg. 22

Electronic Arts becomes an NES licensee

Mindscape becomes first third party publisher of NES titles in Europe

Sierra buys Dynamix

Ultima VI will not be coming to the Apple II

C-Cube is making digital video affordable
Replay May 1990, pg. 176

Titus has won the right to make a Dick Tracy game... and we've all lost.

Dreamcast peripherals proliferate

Sega forecasts a loss of over $400 million pg. 34 pg. 10 is gonna give you a Dreamcast for free!

Indrema has a dream...

Nintendo vies for Harry Potter rights

Daikatana releases!

The Sims have arrived

Triforge takes to the web

Fiendish games revives the budget title

AMD launches the first 1 GHz chip

Napster gets competition

Babylon 5 finally dead

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