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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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Sep 30, 2020

Electronic games may be about to crash!
Amstrad enters the console wars
Pokemon single handedly saves video games

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 September of 1970, 1980, 1990, and 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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IBM launches their first macine exclusively using semiconductor RAM

World's first Chess competition between computers takes place in New York

Mattel announces test market for Intellivision keyboard
Plaything, Sept 1980

Mattel warns shareholders that competitors may start dumping game inventory
Plaything, Sept 1980, pg. 11

Pizza Time Theatre loses first round to Topeka Inn Management
Play Meter, September 1, 1980, pg. 5

Stratavox brings speech to the video games!
Play Meter, September 15, 1980, pg. 39

Williams is entering the video game biz
Play Meter, September 15, 1980, pg. 40

Computer magazines report from Summer CES

Japan takes on the US for 64k supremacy

Softalk launches

Dan Bunten's first major release tested,8515/

The other trinity

Computer games are coming to TV

Cinemaware slugs it out with Beyond over TV Sports Baseball

TMNT is getting a second Amiga port

Mediagenic becomes first US SNES dev

Megadrive finally coming to the UK

First rumors of a Sega CD add-on for the Genesis surface

Amstrad launches the GX4000

Atari to redesign the Lynx

Coin Op sales are slumping
Replay, Sept. 1990, pg. 38

Atari repurchases stock back from Namco
Playthings, Sept. 1990 pg. 13,_rifts_with_Nintendo_and_other_ventures_(1985%E2%80%931989)

Controversy over violent games continues pg. 30

SNK closes down its US operations

100th million Gameboy shipped pg. 28

Pokemon singlehandedly lifts video game sales

Piracy hits the Dreamcast

Micromania magazine deals with the rise of "abandonware"

Windows ME is coming to make everything better...

Rebellion buys 2000AD

Eidos is up for sale

Probe software is no more

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Sound Effects by Ethan of History of How We Play.