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Computer Gaming World Issue 47

ISSUE: 47Content

Mist, Mystery & Magic


  • Scorpion's Bite: An Editorial on the CRPG Genre (Scorpia's got a few words for the current crop of CRPG designers, and most of them are very unpleasant indeed...)
  • Ultima V: Becoming a Warrior of Destiny (Scorpia retracts her barbed stinger for this review of the latest installment of Lord British's epic CRPG series)
  • "Have I Lied to You...Recently?": Chris Crawford's Trust and Betrayal: The Legacy of Siboot (Regan Carey takes on the unenviable task of reviewing Crawford's genre-defying strategy/sci-fi/comedy/RPG hybrid)
  • Panzer Strike! (Bob Proctor's got plenty of kudos for this inspired World War II construction kit for battles between infantry and tanks)
  • The Future of Computer Role-Playing (None other than the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, Dave Arneson himself, takes the CRPG industry to task for being too 'hack and slash' and questions when the innovation is going to come)
  • Abstracts From The Journal of Computer Game Design (CGW offers some brief peeks at the designers' wisdom available in the pages of JCGW, a bi-monthly publication edited by Chris Crawford, focusing on issues of design facing computer programmers)
  • Wasted in the Wasteland (William "Biff" Kritzen reviews Wasteland, EA's spiritual introduction to what would eventually morph into the Fallout series)
  • Reaching the Upper "Echelon": Access' 3D Space Combat Simulator (Hosea Battles reviews this space combat/exploration title and its unique 'Lipstick' voice-command system)
  • Planes, Trains, and Gunboats: Hijacking "The Train" for the Honor of France (Accolade's action thriller The Train: Escape to Normandy gets the full review treatment from David M. Wilson)
  • The Rumor Bag (Anonymous editor John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt II dishes on some juicy gossip he overheard at the Spring Symposium of the Software Publishers' Association)
  • Scorpion's Mail (Gaming's goddess of RPGs explains how she manages to review and play all those games in such short periods of time)
  • The Doctor is In: An Appointment With Terror In Activision's Maniac Mansion (Charles Ardai reviews the LucasArts hit)
  • Puzzling Encounters: Two Titles from Spectrum Holobyte's International Series (Roy Wagner checks out Soko-Ban and Tetris)
  • Origins Awards 1987 (Why not mail in your ballot and vote for the industry's best games in the 1987 Origins Awards? And to help assuage the $2 "poll tax" charged by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, CGW will happily extend your subscription by 1 issue, or knock $2 off the price of a new subscription if you send them a photocopy of your ballot!)
  • "Down to the Sea in Ships" (Got the hankering to make your money hauling freight? Forget the big rigs, that's kid's stuff. Real cargo barons make their money on the open sea, as Roy Wagner explains with his review of Ports of Call for the Amiga)


  • Taking a Peek:
    • Rampage (Apple/C64/IBM)
    • Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? (Apple/C64/IBM)
    • Caverns of Khafka (Atari/C64)
    • Money Bags (IBM)
    • The Bards Tale III: Thief of Fate (Apple)
    • Intellitype (Amiga)
    • Campaign Promises (IBM)
    • Club Backgammon (Apple/C64/IBM/Atari ST/Amiga/Apple IIGS)
    • Blockbuster (Amiga/IBM/C64)
    • Dinosaurs Are Forever (Apple/IBM)
    • Stealth Mission (C64)
    • Questron II (C64)
    • Star Command (IBM)

    [*]Inside the Industry


    [*]Reader Input Device

    [*]CGW Hall of Fame

    [*]100 Games Rated

Notable Stuff:

  • The reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appears on the masthead.
  • Dave Arneson's editorial on CRPGs is still relevant today, even if the games he talks about like Wasteland and Questron are outdated.
  • The Hall of Fame remains unchanged from last issue, still the same nine games with no new additions. Yet...

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 47
    Month: May
    Year: 1988
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Russell Sipe
    Pages: 58
    Price: $3.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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