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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 1, 2020

Apple gets ready to go public
Sega does what Nintendon't
The world gets its first look at the GameCube

These stories and many more on this month's episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

This month we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in October of 1980, 1990, 2000.
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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Apple is getting ready to go public

Commodore facing scrutiny

Hayden Book Company buys Programma International

Stern Electronics is getting a running start in video games
Play Meter, October 15, 1980, pg. 34

Sega launches Nintendon't ad campaign
Plaything, October 1990, pg. 12

Splatterhouse to make Halloween debut on TG16
Plaything, October 1990

No such thing as a Nintendo
Plaything, October 1990, pg. 20

DUO FC is gonna bridge the gap between PCs and consoles

Microprose enters the NES market

EA enters Genesis market with a cross-platform promotion
Plaything, October 1990

Activision settles suit with Magnavox pg. 24

Mediagenic kills Activision UK

First reports are coming in from The Computer Entertainment Show in London...

Commodore Format magazine launches!

Commodore debuts the C286 LT

Commodore profits plunge

"What you see is what you play" ads for Wing Commander hit magazines p. 132

MSX the third... or fourth, announced

No one wants to publish The Black Crypt

Strider 2 is coming...

Sega sells Time-Out arcade chain
Replay, October 1990, pg. 177

The R360 is coming

Nintendo finally decides on a name for its new console.

Sony introduces the GSCube

Sega introduces @barai

Nintendo buys up*/

Speaking of Raven Software... Soldier of Fortune gets qualified as "adult motion picture" in British Columbia

Indianapolis tries to restrict violent video games

Square pushes online hint system

Unreal is coming to consoles

Bioware developing Star Wars RPG

Looking Glass may be dead, but Thief lives on,127/

EA gets the Harry Potter license,0/so,1d/

Diablo 2 goes D&D

EGM talks fan translations

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Sound Effects by Ethan of History of How We Play.