Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

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May 1991


Nintendo settles with the feds
Sierra and Broderbund plan to tie the knot
Cinemaware is dead

These stories and many more on this episode of the Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

This episode we will look back at the biggest stories in and around the video game industry in May of 1991.
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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Links:
7 Minutes in Heaven:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/51880561
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon%27s_Lair_II:_Time_Warp
https://www.mobygames.com/game/dragons-lair-ii-time-warp
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bluth
https://newwavetoys.com/products/dragons-lair-x-replicade

Corrections:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/50928581
http://nerdlypleasures.blogspot.com/2014/12/unlicensed-nes-part-2-unworthy.html

1991:
Nintendo settles suit with Government
Toy & hobby World May 1991 pg. 14
https://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/11/business/nintendo-to-pay-25-million-in-rebates-on-price-fixing.html
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/feb/02/people-versus-mario-ftcs-investigation-nintendo/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290988/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Game Genie wins in Court.. in Canada
https://archive.org/details/GamePro_Issue_022_May_1991 pg. 58
https://www.retromags.com/magazines/usa/video-games-and-computer-entertainment/videogames-computer-entertainment-issue-28/ pg. 30
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Genie

Accolade goes Ballistic on the Genesis
https://archive.org/details/ElectronicGamingMonthly_201902/Electronic%20Gaming%20Monthly%20Issue%20022%20%28May%201991%29/page/n35/mode/1up
https://www.mobygames.com/company/ballistic
https://videogamenewsroomtimemachine.libsyn.com/michael-katz-interview-part-2

Thomas Rattigan wins suit against Commodore
https://archive.org/details/info-magazine-39/Info_Issue_39_1991_May/page/n17/mode/1up
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Rattigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Gould

Sierra buys Broderbund... or do they?
https://archive.org/details/Aktueller_Software_Markt_-_Ausgabe_1991.05/page/n137/mode/1up
https://archive.org/details/questbusters-v8n05
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Entertainment#Going_public_(1989%E2%80%931995)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broderbund https://archive.org/details/1991-05-compute-magazine/page/n15/mode/1up
https://www.patreon.com/posts/42700706
https://www.patreon.com/posts/50036733

Amiga Power is born
https://archive.org/details/AmigaPowerHi000
https://theweekly.co.uk/ap2/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_Power

Play Time magazine launches in Germany
https://archive.org/details/playtime199105
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computec
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computec_Media

Naughty bits postpone Stormlord
https://archive.org/details/GamePro_Issue_022_May_1991 pg. 58
https://www.mobygames.com/game/stormlord/screenshots
https://www.mobygames.com/game/puzznic

Double Dragon is coming to the movies
https://archive.org/details/ACEIssue44May91/ACE_Issue_44_May_91/page/n7/mode/1up
https://www.mobygames.com/game/double-dragon
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106761/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh9ioolJrd0

Lucasfilm banned from the Ranch
https://archive.org/details/questbusters-v8n05
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Gilbert
https://archive.org/details/questbusters-v8n05/page/n7/mode/1up
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorydhammond/
https://www.patreon.com/posts/37807684

New developement studios popping up at Computer Game Design Conference
https://archive.org/details/questbusters-v8n05/page/n7/mode/1up
https://www.mobygames.com/company/trilobyte-inc
https://www.mobygames.com/company/dreamers-guild

Hewson goes into receivership
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewson_Consultants
https://archive.org/details/Amiga_Power_Issue_01_1991-05_Future_Publishing_GB/page/n15/mode/1up

But where Hewson failed, 21st Century Entertainment would succeed
https://archive.org/details/pc-leisure-07/page/n4/mode/1up?q=pc+leisure
https://www.mobygames.com/company/21st-century-entertainment-ltd

Cinemaware is dead... long live ... uh... Acme Interactive?
https://archive.org/details/pc-leisure-07/page/n4/mode/1up?q=pc+leisure
https://www.mobygames.com/company/cinemaware-corporation
https://www.mobygames.com/company/acme-interactive-inc

CRL is dead... long live On-Line Entertainment
https://archive.org/details/pc-leisure-07/page/n7/mode/1up?q=pc+leisure
https://www.mobygames.com/company/crl-group-plc
https://www.mobygames.com/company/on-line-entertainment-ltd
https://www.mobygames.com/company/on-line-plc

Palace Software bought by Titus
https://archive.org/details/pc-leisure-07/page/n7/mode/1up?q=pc+leisure
https://www.mobygames.com/company/palace-software-ltd
https://www.mobygames.com/company/titus-interactive-sa
https://archive.org/details/zero-magazine-19/page/n8/mode/1up

Recommended Links:
The History of How We Play: https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com/
Gaming Alexandria: https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/
They Create Worlds: https://tcwpodcast.podbean.com/
Digital Antiquarian: https://www.filfre.net/
The Arcade Blogger: https://arcadeblogger.com/
Retro Asylum: http://retroasylum.com/category/all-posts/
Retro Game Squad: http://retrogamesquad.libsyn.com/


Sound Effects by Ethan Johnson of History of How We Play and Enzo Maida.

 


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