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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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Feb 9, 2023

Compaq gives birth to the PC clone, 
Commodore and TI declare war on Sinclair & 
A day of reckoning awaits the software business

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 January 1983.
As always,  we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events.

Jon from the Retro Games Squad is our cohost.  You can find his other fine retrogaming work here:

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7 Minutes in Heaven: River Raid
    Video Version:,_Tri-Star,_and_other_acquisitions_and_ventures

    December 1982 Ep -

   Ethans new series:

Pong doing well

Retailers rethink games

Nassau County wants big money from operators

SNK sells direct to operators
    Replay Jan. 1983 pg. 88

Japan recognizes game copyrights
    Replay Jan. 1983 pg. 18  
    Games People Jan. 8, 1983 pg. 1

Bally Midway wins pillow fight
    Games People Jan. 22, 1983 pg. 1

Pacmania continues
    Games People Jan. 8, 1983 pg. 1

Winter CES sees the rise of the software providers

Repackaged Consoles to debut at CES

Big names are being attracted to games
Buy 2 get 1 free is the post Xmas slogan

MB buys Sanders license

Imagic settles with Atari

Imagic delays stock offering

Custer's Revenge resolution goes to court   
    Games People Jan. 1 1983, pg. 4

Custer's Revenge discontinued

Atari warns users against 3rd party carts in Germany

Modify your games with Answer's PGP1

Turn your VCS into  a computer

Palmtex takes gaming on the go

Byte gets hands on with Compaq
Apple unveils the Lisa

Intel introduces the 80286

3.5" floppy standard agreed on 

CPM compatibility grows more difficult

Commodore announces portable 64

Tramiel declares war on Sinclair
Texas Instruments targets ZX81 with TI99/2

Timex to distribute Speccy in USA

Clive sells 10% stake in Sinclair Research

Competition Pro Joystick debuts
Roklan moves into cartridges

Cosmi brings budget software to home micros

Survival Software pioneers the demo disk

Gamestar advertises Starbowl,7082/

Epyx gets cash infusion
    Michael Katz Part Part 1 - Coleco - Epyx - Mattel

Bug Byte defectors dare to Imagine

Bug Byte ditches mail order

Creative Computing drops out of the software game

Independent computer stores are closing

Returns loom as threat to software industry

Console tech comes to phones

Graphics are holding online shopping back

The Internet is born

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Compaq gives birth to the PC clone, 
Commodore and TI declare war on Sinclair & 
A day of reckoning awaits the software business

These stories and many more on the latest episode of the VGNRTM

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