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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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Jun 26, 2022

Magnavox debuts the Odyssey
Sinclair goes color with the Spectrum
Gamers grow 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 May 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: Fantasy
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April 1982 Ep -

LaGuardia thinks pinball is responsible for naked cops

JetLink flight trainer gets updated for the computer age

Magnavox debuts the Odyssey

Nolan Bushnell signs Magnavox demo visitor log
Ralph Baer - Video Games: In the Beginning pg. 76

Tron to bring computer graphics to the big screen

Disney sues over Robotron

Inflation and dwindling manufacturing is killing coin op profit margins
Replay May 1982 pg. 14,
Play Meter May 15, 1982, pg. 24

New Jersey arcade age restriction unconstitutional

Increasing legal action banning games unites industry
Play Meter May 1, 1982, pg. 15
Play Meter May 1, 1982 pg. 39

Midway eyeing legal action against video game books
Play Meter May 1, 1982, pg. 24

Chuck E Cheese opens 100th store
Play Meter May 1, 1982, pg. 25

Arcade games advertised in Electronic Games magazine

Bally announces Mr. and Mrs. Pacman Pinball
Games People Pay Late May 1982 pg. 5

VCS Pacman is racking up sales
Play Meter, May 15, 1982, pg. 36

Bally signs deal with CBS
Games People Pay Late May 1982 pg. 5
RePlay May 1982, pg. 17

CountUp to the Crash
Coleco announces entry into VCS and Intellivision market

Games by Apollo has problems with their freshman title

Mattel's sales soar
Playthings, May 5, 1982, pg. 15
Toy & Hobby World April-May 1982

Video Technology Ltd. introduces the Creativision

Industry survey shows 50% of electronic users are adults
Playthings May 5, 1982, pg. 40

ZX Spectrum premieres at Earl's Court

Grundy launches the NewBrain

Software piracy spawns an industry

Apple sues copycat

Apple pushes for tax code change

Apple cancels distribution deals

SSI introduces yearly updates,200/so,1d/list-games/

Wizardry continues with Knight of Diamonds

Scott Adams' updates Adventureland

EA is born!

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