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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 10, 2023

The Boom is over,
Texas Instruments is out &
Nintendo becomes stock market darling

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 in October 1983. 

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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September 1983 Ep -
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Sega joins pong craze

Midway announces Space Race clone 

Kee Games plant opens

Video game sales exceed 45,000

Supreme Court refuses to hear speed up kit case
    "Economy At A Glance, United Press International, October 3, 1983, Monday, AM cycle, available at    
    By ELIZABETH OLSON, United Press International, October 3, 1983, Monday, BC cycle, available at"

Lasermania grips coinop
    Replay Oct. 1983, pg. 8
    Replay, Oct. 1983, pg. 97, 41, 136
Coleco catches Singe

SENTE is a go...
    Replay Oct. 1983 pg. 22, 8

Nintendo dividend tops charts
    NINTENDO INCREASES ANNUAL DIVIDEND BY 6.5 YEN, Copyright 1983 Jiji Press Ltd.Jiji Press Ticker Service, OCTOBER 11, 1983, TUESDAY, available at   Copyright 1983 Jiji Press Ltd., Copyright 1983 Jiji Press Ltd.Jiji 
    Press Ticker Service, OCTOBER 11, 1983, TUESDAY, available at   
    Matsushita Electric tops 807 firms in consolidated earnings figures, The Japan Economic Journal, October 11, 1983, available at

Konami opens US operations
    Replay Oct. 1983 pg 136

Atari opens Chicago dealership
    Replay Oct 1983 pg. 10

Harry Williams, RIP
    Replay Oct. 1983 pg. 28

Bars need not fear arcades
    PR Newswire, October 5, 1983, Wednesday, available at

The boom is over

Warner loses $122.4 million in third quarter
    New York Times, October 15, 1983, pg. 37

Warner cuts 250 jobs at New York HQ

2600 being sold off for $60
    Playthings, Oct. 1983, pg. 24
Activision supports 5200

Mattel revenues collapse
    By James E. Braham, Profit's a question on home screens, Industry Week, October 3, 1983, available at
Mattel Computer Adaptor tested

Coleco revenue plummets

CBS posts gains

Toys R Us sees drop in video games and computers

Apple earnings plummet

Commodore numbers surge

MacNeil Lehrer Newshour interviews Jack Tramiel
TI drops out

David Ahl presents Price Wars, the Graphic Novel

IBM profits up

IBM welcomes Taiwanese imitators

Apple cuts price of Lisa by 15%

Formats, formats everywhere

Japanese show off at SICOB

Tandy introduces Coco2
NEW PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET, United Press International, October 5, 1983, Wednesday, BC cycle, available at"

Tandy introduces the MC10

Osborne effect postulated as cause of death

Computer industry shakeup not affecting jobs

UK computer makers want to make Acorn a standard

British homes in love with micros
    Computer buying bonanza awaited; Jason Crisp reveals problems behind the Christmas surge, Financial Times (London,England), October 8, 1983, Saturday, available at   By BARNABY J. FEDER. (October 10, 1983, Monday, Late City Final Edition). 
Teenage programming superstars blossom in the UK    
    Joan Gray, A world of asteroids and whizz-kid programmers, Financial Times (London,England), October 10, 1983, Monday, available at

Spectrum goes cartridge

Microdrive weakness becomes more apparent
sinclair recommends photocopying printouts

Game software prices begin to drop in England
    Martin Wheeler - Virgin, BITS, Recluse
    Jerry Wolosenko - Synapse -

Guild of Software Houses forms

CGW hates on the c64 CPU 10-1983  pg. 30, 25, 1

Cmmodore User magazine debuts

Atarisoft launches

Trip is bringing the hotness
Epyx launches the "Preview Disk"

Computer games go 3D

Turn your micro into an animation studio

Tom Carter Productions goes interactive
    Replay Oct. 1983 pg. 137

Animated features are dead... except for Disney
    TODAY'S TOPIC: Little Life Left In Full-Length Animated Feature Production, The Associated Press, October 3, 1983, Monday, PM cycle, available at
Activists go after commercial length TV shows aimed at kids
Wherehouse goes public
    (October 6, 1983, Thursday). WHEREHOUSE; Public offering. Business Wire.

First commercial cellphone service introduced
Best Quote of the month:    


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