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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. All games for NES.) Editor's Notes (approx. 1/4 page; editorial by Selby Bateman; issue synopsis) Dragon Warrior Mazes Revealed! (2 pages; game overview with maps) SUPER STRATEGY (game overviews with screenshots, tips and strategies; 5 pages each) Adventures of Dino-Riki Adventures of Tom Sawyer A Boy and His Blob Castlequest Cobra Triangle Cybernoid Godzilla: Monster of Monsters Robocop Rolling Thunder Romance of the Three Kingdoms HOT HITS (game overviews with screenshots, 2 pages each) Baby Boomer Bad Street Brawler Bases Loaded II: Second Season Captain Comic Casino Kid The Chessmaster Clash at Demonhead Desert Commander 8 Eyes Impossible Mission II King's Knight The Magic of Scheherazade Phantom Fighter Rescue: The Embassy Mission Road Blasters Road Runner Rock 'n' Ball Shadowgate Stealth ATF Vindicators DIRECTORY (1 page; game company directory)
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. All games for NES.) Editor's Notes (approx. 1/4 page; editorial by Selby Bateman; Double Dragon II, issue synopsis) Game Player's Exclusive: Double Dragon II: The Revenge (5 pages; game overview with screenshots and strategies) SUPER STRATEGY (game overviews with screenshots, tips and strategies; 5 pages each) The Adventures of Bayou Billy Clash at Demonhead Desert Commander IronSword: Wizards and Warriors II (IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II) The Magic of Scheherazade Mega Man II Monster Party Rescue: The Embassy Mission Shadowgate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HOT HITS (game overviews with screenshots, 2 pages each) All-Pro Basketball Baseball Simulation 1.000 The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle Defender of the Crown Demon Sword Faxanadu Fester's Quest Goal! Hydlide Knight Rider Nobunaga's Ambition Rocket Ranger Shooting Range Spy vs. Spy II: The Island Caper Super Sprint The Three Stooges Top Gun - The Second Mission Track and Field II Twin Cobra Willow DIRECTORY (1 page; game company directory)
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Game Boy (news coverage) --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. Games for NES unless noted.) Editor's Notes (approx. 1/4th page; editorial by Selby Bateman; issue contents, Game Player's Pro-Tip Telephone Hotline announced) Game Player's Mailbag (two pages; letters column; tips, Q&A, and reader submissions; games discussed or mentioned:) Bionic Commando Gauntlet Mickey Mousecapade RoboWarrior Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Jordan vs. Bird: One on One (PC,NES) PT-109 (PC) Tetris (PC,NES) Iron Tank Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (PC) Super Mario Bros. 2 Blaster Master Milon's Secret Castle You Asked For It!: Answers to Metal Gear (two pages; letters column; Metal Gear Q&A tips and strategies) Dr. Chaos Open House - The Mansion Revealed (five pages; strategy guide with maps) Super Strategy (NES games; five-page tip sections with game overview/review and loads of screenshots) Air Fortress Amagon DuckTales Friday the 13th The Guardian Legend Hudson's Adventure Island Mappyland P.O.W. Thundercade Wizards & Warriors Hot Hits (NES games; similar to the Super Strategy articles above, but limited to two pages per game) The Adventures of Lolo Bad Dudes Baseball Stars Bionic Commando Fist of the North Star Guerrilla War Hoops IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II Marble Madness Mega Man II Milon's Secret Castle Predator Q*bert Spy vs. Spy Strider Super Dodge Ball Ultima Wrestlemania GUIDElines (two pages; news section) Nintendo's New Game Boy (one page; hardware and Super Mario Land (GB) shown) The Wait Is Over: Power Glove and U-Force Debut! (one page; hardware shown) DIRECTORY (one page; game publisher/developer directory)
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    Systems Coverage Sega Genesis (along with many Mega Drive previews) Sega CD (primarily in the form of Mega CD hardware and software previews) Sega Game Gear --- Press Start - CD-ROM, Now A Reality! (editorial) Mega Mail (letters column) Hi-Tech Sega Sega Unveils Mega-CD-ROM In Japan! Nostalgia 1907 To Be New CD-ROM Soft! New CD-ROM Software In Development! Mega Tricks!! The Ultimate in Sega Secrets!! Sonic the Hedgehog (Gen) Hardball (Gen) Turrican (Gen) Strider (Gen) Coming Attractions (all Genesis/Mega Drive previews except where noted) Quack Shot Golden Axe 2 ToeJam & Earl Vapor Trail Rampart Mario Lemieux Ice Hockey Road Blasters El Viento Rolling Thunder 2 Out Run Galaxy Force 2 Double Dragon 2 Undeadline F-1 Hero MD Rent A Hero Super League '91 Ambition Of Caesar 2 Master of Monsters Super Fantasy Zone Devil's Crush MD Wonder Boy 3 Master of Weapons St. Sword (Saint Sword) Growl Pit Fighter Frogger (GG) Popils (GG) Fantasy Zone GG (GG, of course) Out Run (GG) The Berlin Wall (GG) Space Harrier (GG) Halley Wars (GG) The Lucky Dime Caper (starring Donald Duck) (GG) Genesis Does... ('Mega Files'; game overviews) Streets Of Rage Mercs Turrican NHL Hockey DeCap Attack Starring Chuck D. Head From Japan (Mega Files) Zero Wing (MD) Mega Reviews!! The Sega Genesis/Master System Resource Sonic the Hedgehog (Gen) Streets of Rage (Gen) Batman (Gen) Alien Storm (Gen) Hardball (Gen) Pacmania (Gen) Super Volleyball (Gen) Turrican (Gen) Fantasia (Gen) NHL Hockey (Gen) Ms. Pacman (Gen) Game Over! - Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Gen)
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    LETTERS They write. We respond. You laugh PRESS START The latest news, interviews, features, and gaming tidbits THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE THIRD AGE The ring is gone, but the Fellowship remains strong HALO 2 Fresh info on the shooter's single- and multiplayer modes EGM INTERNATIONAL Tune in to Tokyo's wackier titles SPIDER-MAN 2 We unmask the websilnger's movie-based sequel ADVANCE WARS: UNDER FIRE The itsy-bitsy strategy series invades GameCube AFTERTHOUGHTS Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow's creators let you in on their secrets NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND 2 Th e bigger the spoiler, the closer to God FREE GAME SYSTEM Sign up for a two-year subscription and get the Phantom for free PRINCE OF PERSIA 2 Time is still on your side in the sequel to our 2003 Game of the Year THE SEASON OF EVIL Resident Evil's T-Virus spreads to the big screen and spawns more sequels TIMESPLITTERS : FUTURE PERFECT Try shooting the barrels--they explode! CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Derek Jeter clobbers our curveballs VIEWTIFUL JOE 2 Capcom's comic book come to life comes back ONLINE Why now is the right time to sign up for Xbox Live THE HOT TEN Sick of hearing about Halo 2? Vote for something else COMING SOON You'll find few fireworks this Jul y BUILD YOUR OWN XBUNDLE How to grab an Xbox and a handful of games for little green COVER STORY: DRIV3R The first PlayStation 2 and Xbox installment in the hard-driving series is nearly road ready, and developer Reflections has handed us the keys. We check under the hood and give the game a six-point inspection. REVIEW CREW Three reviews per game--just the way you like it Multiplatform Van Helsing Future Tactics: The Uprising Shrek 2 Red Dead Revolver PlayStation 2 Onimusha 3: Demon Siege UFC: Sudden Impact Galactic Wrestling Featuring Ultimate Muscle Bujinga: The Forsaken City Front Mission 4 Xbox The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay Metal Slug 3 Rallisport Challenge 2 GameCube The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Game Boy Advance Mario Golf Advance Shining Force Mario vs. Donkey Kong FIRST NEXT-GEN GAME UNVEILED We shed light on the mysterious Dark Sector THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS We stake out six games that are about to carjack Grand Theft Auto's bandwagon... and get away with it TRICKS OF THE TRADE Game couseling, codes and cheats Resident Evil Outbreak Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes Mega Man Zero 2 Tenchu: Return From Sarkness Phantasy Star Online: Episode III--Card Revolution Champions of Norrath GameShark vs. Action Replay Final Fantasy XI MTX: Mototrax Ninja Gaiden GAME OVER Here are your four continues REST OF THE CRAP CROSSWORD NEXT MONTH HSU & CHAN
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Game Boy --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. Games for GB.) EDITOR'S NOTES (approx. 1 page; editorial by Lance Elko; monthly printing schedule, subscriptions, issue contents) MAILBAG (1 page; reader mail; this section is not mentioned in the TOC; games discussed, none shown:) Tennis Bases Loaded GB Super Marioland SUPER STRATEGY (each a five page game overview with tips and screenshots) Battle Bull Cosmo Tank DuckTales Ghostbusters II Nemesis FEATURES AND MAPS TeenTalk: Face to Face with Mayim Bialik (2 pages; commentary interview; Super Marioland, Tetris shown) Game Boy's Field of Dreams (11 pages; sports game discussion; includes 'Sneak Previews... Game Boy titles on their way to a store near you' section; each a 1 page overview and shown unless noted:) Malibu Beach Volleyball NFL Football Heavyweight Championship Boxing Soccer Mania Golf Tennis World Bowling Bases Loaded GB Baseball (approx. 1/2 page) NBA All-Star Challenge (approx. 3/4 page) Jordan vs. Bird: One on One (approx. 1/3rd page) In Your Face (approx. 1/3rd page; not shown) Pocket Stadium (approx. 1/3rd page) Complete Mapping Guide to Super Marioland (7 pages; game tips and maps) REVIEWS (one page each; game overview with tips and screenshots) The Amazing Spider-Man Batman The Castlevania Adventure Dead Heat Scramble Dexterity Double Dragon Dragon's Lair: The Legend (listed as 'Dragon Lair: The Legend' in TOC) Final Fantasy Legend Fist of the North Star The Game of Harmony Gargoyle's Quest Heiankyo Alien Lock n' Chase Mercenary Force Paperboy Pipe Dream Qix Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan Wizards and Warriors X: Fortress of Fear (Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear) PREVIEWS (each 1/2 page with screenshot unless noted) The Amazing Penguin Bubble Ghost Catrap (not shown) The Chessmaster Days of Thunder Hatris Kung-Fu Kid Loopz Mr. Chin's Gourmet Paradise Mousetrap Hotel Popeye (not shown) Side Pocket Super Scrabble Tasmania Story (not shown) WWF Superstars (approx. 1/3rd page) DIRECTORY (one page; company contact information)
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Game Boy --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. Games for GB.) EDITOR'S NOTES (approx. 1/4 page; editorial by Selby Bateman; Game Boy success and game quality) SUPER STRATEGY (each a five page game overview with tips and screenshots) The Amazing Spider-Man Batman Double Dragon Final Fantasy Legend Fist of the North Star FEATURES AND MAPS (includes game overview, tips and screenshots, and level maps) The Castlevania Adventure (9 pages) Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear (7 pages) REVIEWS (one page each; game overview with tips and screenshots) Bases Loaded GB Boxxle The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle Flipull Golf Heavyweight Championship Boxing Hyper Lode Runner Ishido: The Way of Stones Kwirk: The Chilled Tomato Malibu Beach Volleyball Motocross Maniacs NFL Football Nemesis Penguin Wars QBillion Quarth Shanghai Skate or Die: Bad 'n' Rad Snoopy's Magic Show Solar Striker Space Invaders World Bowling (listed in contents as World Championship Bowling) BUYERS GUIDE (1/2 page game overview with screenshot) Boomer's Adventure in Asmik World Cosmic Tank Daedalian Opus Dead Heat Scramble Dexterity Heiankyo Alien Jordan vs. Bird: One on One Mousetrap Hotel NBA All-Star Challenge Paperboy Pipe Dream Revenge of the Gator Soccer Mania Super Scrabble Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan WWF Superstars Directory (one page; company contact information)
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    Editor's Notes (editorial) Game Player's Mailbag (letters column) First Looks (two pages each; game overview with screenshots and tips) Amagon Bubble Bobble City Connection Cobra Command Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll Friday the 13th Galaga: Demons of Death Gauntlet Ghostbusters Iron Tank Jackal Joust Kung Fu Heroes Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf The Legacy of the Wizard (listed in TOC as Legacy of the Wizard) Legendary Wings Life Force MagMax Metal Gear Mickey Mousecapade NFL Football 1943: The Battle of Midway (listed in TOC as 1943) Ninja Taro Othello Platoon Seicross Super Mario Bros. 2 Tecmo Baseball Tecmo Bowl Xenophobe Xevious: The Avenger (listed in TOC as Xevious) X-Men Zelda II: The Adventures of Link Hot Hits (1/4th page each; game overview with screenshot) Athena Bases Loaded Blaster Master BreakThru Commando Contra Deadly Towers Donkey Kong 3 Doulbe Dragon Double Dribble Dragon Power Excitebike Freedom Force Ghosts and Goblins (Ghosts 'n Goblins) Gun.Smoke Ice Hockey Ikari Warriors Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road Jaws Karate Champ The Karate Kid Karnov Kid Icarus Kid Niki: Radical Ninja Kung Fu The Legend of Kage The Legend of Zelda Major League Baseball Mega Man (listed in TOC as MegaMan) Metroid Mike Tyson's Punch-Out 1942 Ninja Kid Pinball Pro Wrestling Rad Racer Raid on Bungeling Bay Rambo R.B.I. Baseball R.C. Pro-Am Renegade RoboWarrior Rygar Section Z Side Pocket (listed in TOC as Side Picket (sic)) Spelunker Star Voyager Super Mario Bros. Super Pitfall Tag Team Wrestling 10-Yard Fight Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game 3-D WorldRunner Tiger-Heli Top Gun Trojan Winter Games Wizards & Warriors Wood & Water Rage (listed in TOC as Wood and Water Rage) Zanac Previews (1/4th page each; game overview with screenshot) The Adventures of Bayou Billy Air Fortress Airwolf Bad Street Brawler Battlefields of Napoleon Bionic Commando Black Tiger Blades of Steel Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Chester Field Defender of the Crown Dr. Chaos Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Empire City 1931 Golgo 13 The Guardian Legend Gyruss Ninja Gaiden Operation Wolf Pac-Man Predator Q*bert Racket Attack Rampage Robocop Rollerball Skate or Die Sky Shark Terra Cresta Track and Field II Vegas Dream WWF Wrestlemania GUIDElines... (subtitled 'The latest Nintendo news and products.') New Game Counselors! (FCI and Tengen game hotlines) Nintendo Power Pads John Elway's Quarterback Kicks Off After Super Bowl Nintendo-Approved Wireless Controller From Acclaim (The Remote Controller) MagMax Poster Available Lebo Offers Carrying Case (Voyager carrying case) DIRECTORY (company address directory)
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Atari VCS - Atari 2600 Atari computers Commodore VIC-20 Commodore 64 Mattel Intellivision arcade pinball non-programmable handhelds and portables (TOC transcription follows, with (notes) and bullet lists added for clarity.) --- FEATURES Hollywood Style Bits and Bytes Whiz Kids' Executive Producer Phil DeGuere takes you behind-the-scenes of his hit TV show. (by Richard Goodwin; 'Hollywood-Style Bits and Bytes: Whiz Kids' Executive Producer Phil De Guere Takes You Behind the Scenes of His Hit TV Series') The Art Side Of Video Games The wave of the future: An artistic view of "Moondust" and "Lifespan." (by Mary Claire Blakeman; subtitled 'The Wave of the Future'; includes 'Lifespan: Playing Through the Stages of Living' and 'Moondust: Music of Your Own Making' sidebars) Harry Williams A list tribute to a coin-op legend. (by Roger C. Sharpe; 'Harry Williams: Rememberances of a Coin-Op Legend') SPECIAL SECTION Blasting Into the Laser Disc Age! A look at the latest entries: Cliff Hanger and Pitchman (by Mike Shaw and Roger C. Sharpe; 'The Laser Age Continues: A New Technology Brings Remarkable Change') Beating The Coin-Ops Tips and strategies for the latest arcade games. (by Steve Harris; 'Arcade Games: Playing Tips and Strategies') Gyruss Crystal Castles The Untold History of Video Games Discovering the true beginnings and some revealing facts. (by Frank Lovece; 'The Birth of a Notion: Discovering the True Beginnings of Video Games') DEPARTMENTS HYPERSPACE (editorial) Insights into the issue at hand. DOUBLESPEAK (letters column) VIDEO GAMES' readers speak out. BLIPS (news section) Wizardry wonders, video games blues, world champs go for the gold, dialing for dollars, a TKO before the starting bell. Wizardry Wonders: A Novel Idea (Warlords graphic novel by DC Comics) Learning Can Be Fun (edutainment software) A Collective Bargain (VIDION - The International Association of the Video Game Players) Scholarly Feats (grant awarded to research impact of microcomputers on family/education) Computer Bytes (Atari/General Foods; exchange box tops for Atari hardware, software, peripherals) Chuck E. Cheese Builds a Better Mousetrap (Unprofitable Chuck E. Cheeses converted to Zapp's; combination bar/restaurant/arcade/dance hall) A Duplicating Design (Video Game Recorder and Copy Cart) Color Me More Aware ('New Technology Coloring Book' by Bantam Books) World Champs Go For Gold (Atari's Centipede Video Game Championship) Undercover (K-Cover computer keyboard cover) Meet Me in St. Louis (Atari Adventure; arcade/computer learning centers) HARD SELL The Commodore 64: A computer for all ages. (by Mark Brownstein; 'Commodore 64: A Computer To Grow With') COIN-OP SHOP Paying the price for excellence: Cliff Hanger, M.A.C.H. 3, Aztarac and more. (commentary and arcade reviews by John Holmstrom; 'Paying the Price for Excellence') Cliff Hanger Pro Soccer Discs of Tron Aztarac Hoccer M.A.C.H. 3 FLIP SIDE Changing Times: Centaur II and Rack 'Em Up. (commentary and pinball reviews by Zelmo; 'Changing Times') SOFT SPOT The sleeping giant awakens: Robot Tank, Happy Trails, Battlezone, Pole Position, Super Cobra and more. (commentary and home video game reviews by Dan Persons and Perry Greenberg; 'The Sleeping Giant Awakens') Robot Tank (2600) Battlezone (2600) Pole Position (2600) Buzz Bomber (Int) Happy Trails (2600) Super Cobra (2600) Centipede (2600) Cakewalk (2600) The Activision Decathlon (2600) The Return of the Jedi: Deathstar Battle (2600) The Adventures of Tron (2600) Blueprint (2600) COMPUTER CORNER A giant leap ahead for computer games: Cannonball Blitz, Astro Chase, and more. (commentary and game reviews by Dan Persons and Mark Brownstein; 'A Giant Leap Ahead for Computer Games') Cannonball Blitz (VIC20 cart) Astro Chase (Atari cart) Threshold (VIC20 cart) Rat Hotel (VIC20 cart) Choplifter (VIC20 cart) Zap (VIC20 cart) Jumpman Junior (Atari cart) Type Attack (VIC20 cart) Crossfire (VIC20 cart) Pipes (VIC20 cart) Jawbreaker II (VIC20 cart) Blue Max (Atari disk) GAME EFFORTS Some gift-giving wonders: Table-tops, hand-helds and dual-screen games. (by Patricia Canole and Melinda Glass; 'Some Holiday Season Handiworks') Q*bert tabletop Mario Bros. Game & Watch Space Rescue Space Shuttle STATS (high scores and Top lists) Cover Photo of Eric Bergman and Photo Insert by Perry Greenberg
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Atari VCS - Atari 2600 Mattel Intellivision Coleco Colecovision Bally Astrocade arcade --- (TOC transcription follows, with (notes) and bullet lists added for clarity.) FEATURES VIDEO GAMES Interview: Tim Skelly One of the growing list of unmasked, eager-to-talk game designers, Skelly's topics include his recent game Reactor, his days at Cinematronics and theta wave meditation. Interview by Neil Tesser. Video Games Go to the Movies Tron and Starblasters are sure-fire evidence of Hollywood's latest love affair. Sue Adamo files a report. (includes 'Striking Back, Software-Style' sidebar on movie-to-game) The Art of Video Games How do all those pretty pictures get on the video screen? Bob Mecoy provides some answers and also takes a revealing peek into the future. Coleco Has a Vision - Better Games for All What's in a name? Steve Bloom examines the past, present and immediate future of this extremely ambitious toy manufacturer. SPECIAL SECTION ROGER DIONNE'S A BUYER'S GUIDE TO HOME VIDEO GAMES Dionne dissects 19 of the most popular and/or up-and-coming cartridges including Defender, Star Strike and The Quest for the Rings. Adapted from the Banbury book. (each 1/2 page (unless noted) game overview/strategy with screenshot) Introduction Starmaster Star Strike Star Voyager Astrosmash (1-page) Super Breakout UFO Chopper Command Space Cavern Haunted House (1-page) The Quest for the Rings (1-page) Defender Demon Attack Yar's Revenge (1-page) Major League Baseball NFL Football Grand Prix Kaboom Space Fortress (1-page) Auto Racing (1-page) DEPARTMENTS HYPERSPACE (editorial) A few words of hype from the editor. DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column) Some words of advice from our readers. BLIPS (news section) Death of a gamer, Applefest reviewed, new software on the block, Apollo's story, the latest legal news, last call for computer camp. Death of a Video Gamer (Peter Burkowski passes away at arcade) Review: Applefest Debuts in Boston Software Update: Eight's Company What's New (sidebar) Profile: Apollo Shoots For the Moon Disorder in the Court (Publications Int. v. Midway, Disney v. Williams, Atari v Astrocade?) Computer Camps Want You! DR. VIDEO Ever wonder what all that game playing is doing to your eyes? Our resident optometrist, Dr. Arnold Sherman, has. ('Video Games & Vision, Part 1) BOOK BEAT John "Hey Buddy! Can You Spare a Quarter?" Holmstrom can't stand all those "beat-the-games" books. Can you? ('The Official I-Hate-Video-Games-Books Column') COIN-OP SHOP Nobody reviews 'em better than Eugene "Defender/Stargate/Robotron" Jarvis. Everyone's favorite game designer takes a look at Turbo, Zaxxon, Dig Dug, Robby Roto and Grand Champion. ('Picks & Pans for an Otherwise Dull Season;' includes 'Dr. J's Rules of the Robotron Jungle' sidebar) HARD SELL Got $300? Wanna blow it on a TV-game system? Roger Dionne narrows your choice down to Intellivision and Astrocade. ('The $300 Question: Astrocade or Intellivision?') COMIC RELIEF (comic strips) Vidiosyncratic views of arcade life from Matt Howarth, Lou Stahis, Peter Bagge and John Holmstrom (again?). Illustrated. The Zydroid Legion Bernie The Progress of Video Games OUTTAKES (CES photos) Cover illustration by Stanislaw Fernandes