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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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Aug 13, 2022

Europe disses Xbox
GTA3 makes Take Two a mint
Activision goes after clones

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 June 2002.
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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May 2002 Ep -

Game market rebounds after downturn
Edge 111, pg. 13

Xbox falters Man!ac 2002-06 pg. 27, 29

PS2 chips integrated Man!ac 2002-06 pg. 30

TDK gets MOTU rights

Sims is crowned top selling game... again

Maya price plunges
Edge 111, pg. 11

IBM gets into online games
American McGee - id - spicy horse - ea -

Codemasters' E-shop adds an affiliates program
Edge 111

Activision goes after clone

Take Two posts big gains

Interplay losses mount
Don Daglow Part 2 - Broderbund - Beyond Software - Stormfront - SSI -

Interplay looking to sell Shiny

Infogrames buys Shiny

THQ buys up Outrage

Rare is up for sale Man!ac 2002-06 pg. 29

Capital Entertainment Group founded

Scott McCloud gets hooked on Bejweled

Max Payne to hit the big screen pg. 12

Dragon's Lair 3D gets action figures pg. 36

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