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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 25, 2023

Nintendo profits crash,
Next gen console battle begins &
Arcades go 3D

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 1993. 

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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A complete set of links can be found here:

7 Minutes in Heaven: Hired Guns
Video Version:

September 1993 Ep -
Ethan's fine site The History of How We Play:
Video Game Historian - Aladdin Deck Enhancer -

JAMMA show brings the tech

Riiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racer debuts, remember that one?

Sega takes fighting 3D

Sega teams up with W Industries

Williams sues Capcom
    Play Meter Oct. 1993, pg. 3

7-Eleven's coinop exodus continued
    Play Meter Oct. 1993, pg. 3
Nintendo reduces profit outlook
    (October 5, 1993, Tuesday). Nintendo. The Times.    
    They expect exports to make up 59% of their sales in the first half of the year and only 42% in the second half.   (October 5, 1993). Nintendo to suffer 1st profit decline in 10 years. Report From Japan. BY YUZO SAEKI, Staff writer. (October 11, 1993). 
    Nintendo expects profits to fall 26%; HIGH YEN, COMPETITION HURT PERFORMANCE. The Nikkei Weekly (Japan).  Garth Alexander and Helen Davidson. (October 10, 1993, Sunday). 
    Super Mario under threat as Sega closes profits gap. The Sunday Times (London).
    Garth Alexander and Helen Davidson. (October 10, 1993, Sunday). Super Mario under threat as Sega closes profits gap. The Sunday Times (London).

Sega calls for truce
    By MAT TOOR. (October 21, 1993). Sega calls for truce. Marketing.

Sega beats Nintendo in UK
    Dominic Mills. (October 30, 1993, Saturday). Ad of the Week. The Times.

Jaguar role out plans revealed  pg. 16

EGM goes hands-on with 3DO
    Edge 1, pg. 49
    Edge 1 pg. 54
    Edge1 pg. 58

Nintendo signs up Silicon Graphics

CGI vs  clayamation vs. Digitization

Nintendo gives away Mario All-Stars  pg. 168

Wolfenstein 3D to come to the SNES

Sega does Sports  pg. 132

EA announces EA Sports Soccer  pg. 149

Sega introduces the Activator

Move Over Gameboy, Newton is here

ReelMagic wants to bring FMV to the PC   

Buggy software on the rise

Centergold prepares for stock launch
    By PAUL TAYLOR. (October 7, 1993, Thursday). CentreGold valued at Pounds 50m. Financial Times (London,England).   
    GAIL COUNSELL, Business Correspondent. (October 5, 1993, Tuesday). Nintendo losing ground to Sega ; Video games giant blames profit warning on soaring yen. The Independent (London).

Apple goes Multimedia

EA plans to ditch floppies
    Edge 1, pg. 21

Sam & Max undergoes pizza party testing

More details of AT&T deal to buy TSN emerge  pg. 168

Arnie Katz argues for National Electronic Gaming Convention

Ziff Davis buys CGW

Edge 1 premieres
    Edge 1
Mario teaches... English?

Mortal Kombat goes multimedia

TSR brings video to board games

Matt Groening launches Bongo Comics

Recommended Links:

The History of How We Play:
Gaming Alexandria:
They Create Worlds:
Digital Antiquarian:
The Arcade Blogger:
Retro Asylum:
Retro Game Squad:
Playthrough Podcast:
Games That Weren't -
Modo Historia -

Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play.

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