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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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Oct 11, 2021

Bejeweled addiction sweeps the world
Atari classics are coming to phones &
Companies are dying in droves

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 September 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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Time Codes:
7 Minutes in Heaven: 14:48
Corrections: 23:56
Time Jump: 40:32

7 Minutes in Heaven:

August 2001 Ep -
Remember Me -
Hit Save Preservation -
SegaNet launch - December 2000 -

Sega debuts new coinops... in an industrial park

The world goes bejeweled crazy

Atari 2600 classics coming to cellphones

Infogrames to become Atari brings online game rentals to your PC*/

Zoogi brings gambling to video games

Back to the Roots gets highlighted in Micromania

GBA gets emulated

Pinball gets the emulation treatment

Final Fantasy The Spirits Within bombs
Max Payne -

Blizzard wins in Diablo dispute pg. 10
A Man Apart -
Warcraft -

Ion Storm Dallas shuts down

Deicide of God Games

Dynamix is no more
Ken Williams Interview -

Michael Crichton closes Timeline pg. 13
American McGee Interview -

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Gaming Alexandria:
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Retro Asylum:
Retro Game Squad:
Playthrough Podcast:

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