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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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Dec 17, 2021

9/11 rocks the world of gaming
Gamecube launches in Japan
Pokemon gets its own handheld

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 2001.
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 2001 Ep -

9/11 gets games cancelled pg. 11
Spiderman Teaser -

Gamecube launches in Japan

Microsoft postpones Japanese launch of Xbox
May 2001 jump:

93% of PS2 owners use their machines to play DVDs pg. 7

Spaceworld 2001 shows the future of Nintendo pg. 7 pg. 40
Early Zelda tech demo -

Pokemon gets its own console pg. 45

Euro-Man makes currency exchange fun

Troma tries its hand at games.

Sam and Max are hitting the road again

Books about the history of games abound

Games are rotting your brain

Tokyo Game show cancels Spring show

Interplay gets last laugh

Bioware sues Interplay
Don Daglow Interview Part 2 -

Konami buys 45% stake in Hudson Soft pg. 18

Activision buys Treyarch
Correction: Treyarch only ported Spiderman to the Dreamcast.

Jon Romero and Tom Hall are back!

Dinamic Multimedia closes its doors

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