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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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Sep 29, 2022

Magnavox Odyssey goes on sale
VCS games grow up
Atari's 5200 bets on classics

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 September 1982.
As always, we'll mostly be using magazine cover dates, and those are of course always a bit behind the actual events.

Ethan from the The History of How We Play is our cohost. You can find his other fine retrogaming work here:

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7 Minutes in Heaven: Cytron Masters
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Joel Billings - SSI -

August 1982 Ep -
Leonard Tramiel - Part 2 - Atari -
Mitsubishi Luma Video Phone -

Magnavox goes on sale
Magnavox's Odyssey 50th Anniversary Special -

Time Out incorporates

New penalties for copyright infringement signed into law
Replay Septmeber 1982 pg. 9
Play Meter September 15, 1982 pg. 15

Restrictions, fee hikes, permits, and bans...
Games People Pay September 4, 11, 18

Distributors aren't accepting trade ins
Play Meter September 15, 1982 pg. 18, 10

Atari Coin-Op cuts manpower

Stern gets out of pinball
Play Meter September 1982 pg. 29

RePlay adds conversion kits to their annual equipment guide
Replay Septmeber 1982 pg. 3

Zaxxon ad goes national
Play Meter September 1982 pg. 36

Sega brings 3D to the arcade
Replay September 1982 pg. 26

Bushnell to return to game making
Games People Pay September 18, 1982 pg. 1
Roger Hector - Atari, Disney, Sega, Namco, Sente -

Pacman screen breaks

Midway sues Pacman guide book makers
Replay September 1982 pg. 25
Games People Pay September 4, 1982 pg. 1

Pacman cartoon debuts
Replay Septmeber 1982 pg. 20

Coleco breaks quarterly earnings record
Playthings September 1982 pg. 11

Colecovision gets nearly half a million orders
Toy & Hobby World September 1982

Atari bets on classics while Coleco taps into the arcades

Atari announces 2600 emulator for 5200

Intellivision 2 announced

Mattel drops Intellivision Keyboard
Toy & Hobby World September 1982

Milton Bradley buys GCE
Toy & Hobby World September 1982

Parker Brothers predicts $200 million in video game sales
Toy & Hobby World September 1982
Tom Dusenberry - Parker Brothers - Hasbro - Atari -

Games by Apollo expands

Mattel ships defective carts

Porn comes to the VCS
Games People Pay September 4, pg. 2

Horror comes to the VCS

Advertising seen as key to video game sales
Toy & Hobby World September 1982
Michael Katz Part Part 1 - Coleco - Epyx - Mattel -

Data Age gives away free audio record

Bruce Davis named VP of Legal Affairs for Imagic

Atari teams up with McDonald's

Palmtex gets Game & Watch rights
Toy & Hobby World September 1982

TI rebate hits stocks
Toys Hobbies and Crafts September 1982 pg. 14

Commodore cuts wholesale prices
Leonard Tramiel - Part 1 - Commodore -

Intel introduces the 286

MSDos is the new CPM pg. 12

Tandy expands beyond Radio Shack

Atari teases new computer

Matushita introduces the 3 inch floppy

Creative Software buys Broderbund licenses

IBM Charlie Chaplin ads appear

The Games Network wants your games

First Star Software announced

On-Line Systems changes its name

Gamestar announces solo Football

Brian Fargo releases the Demon's Forge

Invisiclues premiere
Michael Dornbrook Part 1 - Infocom -

Milton Bradley takes games analog
Toy & Hobby World September 1982

Video game magazine boom hits
Games People Pay September 4, pg. 5

D&D movie in the works
Toys Hobbie sand Crafts September 1982

ET merch anticipation is great
Playthings September 1982 pg. 20
Toy & hobby World September 1982,242550/
Toys Hobbies and Crafts September 1982 pg. 18

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