Video Game Newsroom Time Machine

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June 2001

Pokemon gets banned in Saudia Arabia
Electronic Arts shuts down Ultima Online 2
Harry Potter mania comes to video games

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 June of 2001.
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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Time Codes:
7 Minutes in Heaven: 4m 28s
Corrections: 9m 56s
Time Jump: 23m 14s

7 Minutes in Heaven:
Video Version -


Saudis ban Pokemon

Nintendo tries to discourage Xbox pre-sales
May 2001 Episode -

EA shutters Ultima Online 2 pg. 18

GarageGames wants to rev up the engines of creativity

Paul Neurath forms Floodgate Entertainment
August 2000 Episode -

Sid Meier teams up with Maxis

Harry Potter mania is on the horizon
May 2000 Jump -

Vivendi gets Tolkien license,25/so,1d/
Don Daglow Interview -

Windows XP is coming...

Infogrames posts losses falls prey to the .com bust

FASA ceases operations


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Gaming Alexandria:
They Create Worlds:
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The Arcade Blogger:
Retro Asylum:
Retro Game Squad:

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



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