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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 19, 2021

Xbox stands on shaky ground,
Lord of the Rings gets a second master &
Gaming goes to academia

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 October 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 -

September 2001 Ep -

Xboxes are coming off the line... but at what cost?

3rd party confidence in Xbox shaken

Malice goes multiplatform pg. 14

What Xbox lacks in exclusives it makes up in emulation

Nintendo outlines online plans for Gamecube
August 2000 Jump -

Alien Front Online brings voice to Dreamcast multiplayer pg. 20

ECTS abandoned by the majors
Greg Fischbach Interview:
Joe Morici Interview:

Windows XP launches October 25
July 2001 Jump:

Monolith announces Shogo sequel

EA secures Lord of the Ring movie license
Don Daglow Interview Part 2:

EA seeks licenses for LAN tournaments

Napster suffers legal blow

Compaq to merge with HP

Titus takes control of Interplay

Harvard study claims game ratings underreport violence

Gaming gets its first dedicated academic journal

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:

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