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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. 

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Aug 19, 2022

Universal sues Nintendo over Donkey Kong
Spielberg signs with Atari
Tron disappoints

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 July 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: Pepper II
Video Version -

June 1982 Ep -
Jim Trucano - AMOA -

US Army enlists Atari

Zaxxon commercial
Replay July 1982, pg. 112

Sega Gremlin opens new factory
Play Meter July 1, 1982 pg 17
Jim Trucano - AMOA -

Ms Pacman set to match Pacman
Play Meter 1 July 1982 pg 17

Bally and Atari both buy into Namco
Games People Pay Late July 1982 pg 10

Nintendo seeks to expand US operations
Games People Pay Late July 1982 pg 5

Coca-Cola buys Gottlieb
Play Meter July 1, 1982, pg 22

Universal sues over Donkey Kong
Games People Pay Late July 1982 pg 4

Showbiz and Pizza Time reach a settlement
Play Meter July 15, 1982 pg 22
May 1980 jump -

Fuzzy Wuzzy Wizards want a piece of the pizza action
Play Meter July 1 1982 pg 14

Alladin's Castle continues aggressive expansion
Games People Pay Late July 1982 pg 10

Not everyone is happy with home PacMan
Games People Pay Late July 1982 pg 7

Coin op operators see costs jump
Vending Times Census of the Industry July 1982, pg. 60

Vancouver bans minors
Play Meter 15 July 1982 pg 20

Sega goes to court in England
Play meter July 15, 1982, pg 22
March 1982 Ep -

Colecovision launches!

5200 hits inventory snag
Video Game Update July 1982 pg 1
AVGN 5200 video -

Emerson Arcadia debuts at CES
Video Game Update July 1982 pg 2

Games by Apollo goes big on advertising

Activision earnings way up!
Playthings July 1982 pg 11

KC Munchkin is back!
Play Meter July 15, 1982 pg 22

Avalon Hill gets VCS fever,75/so,1d/list-games/
Joel Billings - SSI -

More new companies enter the scene
Video Game Update July 1982 pg 2

Spielberg goes Atari
Video Game Update July 1982 pg 1

Atari announces Swordquest scavenger hunt
Video Game Update July 1982 pg 1

Video game price war feared
Play Things July 1982

Mattel loses suit over Odyssey patents

Dragon 32 is coming

Jon Freeman and Anne West fall leave Automated Simulations

Sinclair loses more key staff

Wall Street downgrades Apple's future

Atari gets big order from Dade county

Randall Kottwitz muses on laserdisc
Randal Kottwitz - SoftSide - MacUser -

Tron flops with both critics and analysts

Arcades eat into MAD magazine numbers
Games People Pay Late July 1982 pg 12

Video games and cable tv erode broadcast audience

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