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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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Jan 19, 2023

The video game market crashes,
Coinop is on the skids &
Home computer competition heats up

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 December 1982.
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: E.T.
Video Version:

November 1982 Ep -!
August 1981 Ep -,1475/so,1d/list-games/
Robert Kniskern - Gamemaster -

Arthur C Clarke predicts networked AI wiping us out

Final Apollo mission lands on moon

Laser Disc premieres

NYT Timeline
Our Crash Episodes:
The Video Game Crash 40th Anniversary - Part 1: Atari
The Video Game Crash 40th Anniversary - Part 2: Everyone Else

Atari secures Destron licenses

Video Game Update newsletter bullish on CES

Games By Apollo files for bankruptcy

Warner announces earnings guidance adjustment

Atari sues Coleco over Module 1

Atari stock plummets further

Mattel and Warner continue decline while others begin to recover

Atari Announces 1200XL

Warner's problems not limited to Atari

Atari 's problems start at the head

Ray Kassar caught in insider trading investigation

Warner calls off Madison Fund purchase

Warner begins to recover

AMOA muted despite standouts
Replay Dec. 1982 pg. 46
AMOA 1980 Special Ep -
Dark Planet video -

Japan Amusement Machine Show muted
Play Meter Dec. 15, 1982 pg. 44

Silco to bring home games to the arcades
Replay Dec. 1982 pg. 43

Pizza Time Theatre opens 200th store

Coke adds games to vending machines
Replay Dec. 1982 pg. 105

Replay editor goes hardcore Reagan
Replay December 1982 pg. 3

Surgeon General warns against video games
Replay Dec. 1982, pg. 15

Pacman is keeping the kids off drugs
Playmeter Dec. 1, 1982 pg. 16

Epileptic seizures caused by games

Atari Semiconductor Group founded
Play Meter Dec. 15, 1982, pg. 42

Financial records broken
Toy & Hobby World Dec. 1982

VentureVision enters VCS market,26573/

Zimag enters video game market

MysteryDisc brings Laser disc gaming dream to life

Comdex shows both promise and problems of growing computer industry

The GUIs are coming! The GUIs are coming!

IBM sues over trade secrets

IBM buys 12% of Intel

Atari licenses Donkey Kong for home computers

Artworx advertises Strip Poker

Computer price wars continue

Mattel enters computer fray

IBM rumored to be entering home market

Commodore recalls C64s

Sinclair dismantles US operations

Electron misses Xmas

British computer makers move to block imports

The Source adopts NCBMS standard

Computerland opens 300th store

WH Smith begins stocking the Speccy

Universities begin to introduce computer requirements

Mazes and Monsters airs

Recommended Links:
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Gaming Alexandria:
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Digital Antiquarian:
The Arcade Blogger:
Retro Asylum:
Retro Game Squad:
Playthrough Podcast:
Games That Weren't -

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

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