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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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Dec 15, 2022

Coinop income plummets
Wall Street short sellers smell blood
Vic20 sales hit a million

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 inNovember 1982.
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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ENIAC co-designer predicts smartphones

Honewell shows off remote real time computer interface

Supreme Court rules software can't be patented

IBM uses games to teach politicians and business men to be bastards

Nutting gives award to top distrib

Arcade industry financials split

Coinop income per game plummets
Jim Trucano - AMOA

Bally holds Pacman licensees conference
Replay November 1982 pg. 28

Bally advertises Pacman enhancement kit

Bowling alleys second guess video
Replay November 1982, pg. 60

Atari Video Adventure opens
RePlay November 1982, pg. 21

Sega/Gremlin becomes Sega Electronics Inc

KId Stuff record company parent to get into games
Toy and Hobby World November 1982 pg. 51

Tandy launches the Tandyvision One

Ultravision Video Arcade System does it all!

Colecovision gets modulated

Atari announces revamped sports game lineup,41355/,41188/

Rebates on games abound!
Playthings November 1982 pg. 17, 22,

Activision wants to fill your Gaping Holes
Playthings November 1982

Toy vendors worried about software lifecycle
Toy and Hobby World November 1982 pg. 51

GameLine sends VCS games over the phone

Shortsellers go after Warner

Imagic eyes IPO

Atari sues Imagic

Atari stops Commodore joysticks

Video Wizards enchants the Vic
Toy and Hobby World November 1982

Vic20 hits a million
Toy and Hobby World pg. 58

TI rebate to reduce inventory

Atari gives away memory expansion

Panasonic announces home computer

Sharp enters low cost micro market

DEC enters microcomputer market

Apple readies Lisa and macintosh

FTC drops Apple investigation

Oric One on its way

ZX81 sales soar after price cut

Z80s are hot

Speccy shunned by educators
Micromen -

Sinclair to launch Spectrum joystick

Melbourne House cuts deal with Tolkien

Mike Singleton wants to make you a Starlord,17924/
Shadowfax video -

Software Peguin wants you to fight piracy

Snoopy targets Creative Computing

Pinball Construction Set previewed

Export ban placed on chess computer
RECHENWERK computer museum -

Time highlights the PacMen,16641,19821025,00.html
Replay November 1982 pg. 176

Action figures make a comeback
Playthings November 1982

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy premieres on US TV

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