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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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Nov 29, 2021

Atari kills the Cosmos,
Commodore bets on games &
British retail discovers computers

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

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in November of 1981.
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:
Video version -

October 1981 Ep -
Michael Katz Interview Part 1 -

Man challenges machine to a game of chess

Stanford Daily reports on the Galaxy Games
Standford Daily January 5, 1972!

MITS introduces their digital calculator

Intel launches the 4004

PayTV is coming to a hotel room near you

Cosmos cancelled

Gaming is coming to a writst near you
Toy & Hobby World November 1981

Mattel grabs D&D license

TSR advertises Dungeon!
Playthings, November 1981!

What is the best game?

Atari admits to easter egg in Adventure

Asteroids brings bankswitching to the VCS

Commodore licenses Bally games
Play Meter, November 15, 1981 p. 32

Metamorphic Systems wants to make your Apple ii a PC compatible

HP launches the 125

Compute! magazine profiles the state of Japanese micros

British drug store chain to become computer retailer

Acorn gets approval for 50% grant for UK secondary schools

Computer & Video Games launches in the UK

Electronic Games launches in the USA
January 1981 Ep -

Rubick's Cube is taking the toy world by storm
Playthings, November 1981

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Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play and Enzo Maida.