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Computer Gaming World Issue 20

ISSUE: 20Content


  • RobotWar Tournament (The 4th annual RobotWar tournament is here! Get your entries posted!)
  • War in Russia: Replay of Case Blue, Part I (CGW editors Kirk [Russia] Robinson and Jay [Germany] Selover go head-to-head in the Case Blue scenario of SSI's War in Russia)
  • Come Cast A Spell With Me (Roe Adams' new adventure gaming column looks at the trend of the professional writer-turned-game-designer with Michael Crichton's Amazon and Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
  • A Software Agent Looks At the Industry (Bob Jacobs sees things different from your average reader or developer, and what he sees on the horizon are opportunities galore!)
  • Breakthrough in the Ardennes: Designer Notes (Chuck Kroegel explains why things work as they do in this reenactment of the Battle of the Bulge)
  • Gulf Strike: A Review (Mark Bausman gives his thoughts on this modern-day war sim)
  • Cosmic Balance Contest Results (A narrative-style recounting of the battles faced by the winning ship)


  • Taking a Peek:
    • Ram! (IBM)
    • Berserker Raids (Atari/Apple/C64/IBM)
    • Wings out of Shadow (IBM/Apple)
    • Telechess (Apple II)
    • Squire (Apple/MS-DOS)
    • The Ancient Art of War (IBM PC/XT/PCjr)
    • Karateka (C64/Apple)
    • The Serpent's Star (Apple/Atari/C64)
    • Welcome Aboard: A Muppet Cruise to Computer Literacy (Apple/C64)
    • Whistler's Brother (C64/Atari)
    • Video Stock Market (Apple)
    • Sorcerers and Soldiers (Book)
    • Golden Flutes and Great Escapes (Book)
    • Timeship (Apple)
    • Adventure Construction Set (C64)
    • La Triviata (Apple II)
    • Rescue Raiders (Apple)
    • Field of Fire (Atari/C64)
    • Gemstone Warrior (Apple/C64)
    • Carriers At War (Apple II/C64)
    • Mindwheel (Apple/Atari/C64/IBM)
    • Caveman (C64)

    [*]Editorial: The Editor Muses (Russell Sipe explains how CGW weathered the great computer game magazine storm of 1984 and what's coming for the future)

    [*]Strategically Speaking (Reader-submitted gaming tips for the following games):

    • Sieg In Afrika
    • Germany 1985
    • War in Russia
    • Fighter Command
    • Cosmic Balance

    [*]Tele-Gaming (Patricia Fitzgibbons explores what the new online system Delphi has to offer for users who get in on the ground floor)

    [*]Scorpion's Tale (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy got you twisting your towel in knots? Scorpia's here to help.)

    [*]The Learning Game (Bob Proctor's 'Year in Review' for educational software, 1984 edition)

    [*]Atari Playfield (Spelunker and Realms of Impossibility have David Stone raving)


    • Competition Karate (C64/Apple)
    • Clear For Action (Notes from playtester Floyd Mathews)
    • 3 in 1 Football (Apple)
    • Relax! (C64/Atari/IBM PC/PCjr/Apple)
    • How About A Nice Game of Chess? (C64/Apple/Atari)

    [*]Reader Input Device

    [*]Game Ratings

    [*]1984 Index

Notable Stuff:

  • The reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appears on the masthead.
  • First issue of CGW with a subscription/service card insert.
  • No Jon Freeman column this issue? B-but how will I know what to hate this month?!
  • According to Russell Sipe, at the start of 1984 there were over seven hundred different computer magazine titles being printed in the US, a ten-fold increase in the five years since CGW began printing.
  • Kirk and Jay's back-and-forth for War in Russia makes for great reading, similar to the battle reports published in Games Workshop's White Dwarf magazine.
  • A subscription to Delphi starts at $49.95 for the sign-up fee; users pay an additional $6 per hour during off-peak times, and a whopping $16 per hour for prime time access. Zoiks!
  • Relax! is a $99 - $139 (depending on your system) software/hardware combo that helps you to unwind after a long day at work. Alternately, you could just soak in the tub, read, or do one of the myriad other activities people chose before computers were a thing...
  • This issue seems much more ad-heavy than the preceding ones.

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 20
    Month: January/February
    Year: 1985
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Russell Sipe
    Pages: 48
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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