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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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Mar 22, 2020

On this special episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine, Karl has a chat with industry legend Michael Katz.  They talk about his time at Mattel, the inner workings of product development in the toy business, how he developed the concept of the electronic LED game there, then went on to lambast that very product line at his next position at Coleco and we end the interview when he takes the reigns at computer game company Epyx.

And because we didn't even get to his game changing stint at Sega or time working at Tramiel's Atari, there will be a follow up in the weeks ahead.  Enjoy this candid, and very fun interview.

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Mattel Hanhdelds

LED Pocket Calculators



Coleco Handhelds

Coleco Electronic Quarterback commercial

Intellivision George Plimpton ad

Coleco Ms. Pac-Man

Cabbage Patch Kids

Atari Corp sues Nintendo,741200



CEO of Epyx


US Gold

GI Joe