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Computer Gaming World Issue 60

ISSUE: 60Content

From Comics to Combat ... The Challenge of Game Design



  • High Powered Pillbox (M. Evan Brooks drives a tank all over the world in Abrams Battle Tank from Dynamix)
  • L'epoque du Francais Empire (Omar DeWitt uses the Battles of Napoleon construction kit to build and simulate the Battle of Eylau, one of the largest conflicts of the Napoleonic era, with mixed results)
  • Design Notes: Have You Been Saved? (Designed Steve Estvanik rants and reports on the good and bad parts of the industry's handling of game saves)
  • Caped Crusader Combats Crime (David M. Wilson suits up as the Dark Knight for a stroll through the digital streets of Gotham City in Batman, The Caped Crusader)
  • Hidden Agenda (Regular contributor Dave Arneson attempts to run his own banana republic in this simulation from Springboard Software)
  • "Presumed Guilty" (A game of real-time intrigue from Cosmi? Scorpia digs in her claws delivers a no-holds-barred review of a game requiring a ton of help before she can recommend it to anyone)
  • Long Play's Journey Into Light (Journey: The Quest Begins, Infocom's latest offering, is reviewed by Roe R. Adams, III)
  • Design Notes: Abstracts from the Journal of Computer Game Design (Small summaries of articles published in CGW's sister publication, JCGW. Chris Crawford compares Pac-Man to Zork, Jim Gasperini tackles the creation of engaging NPCs in Hidden Agenda, and Gregg Tavares gives ideas for expediting the conversion process from one platform to another)
  • Game Developer's Conference: Ars Gratia Pecuniae: (CGW reports on presentations from this year's GDC, where the topic was 'Art vs. Profit in Computer Game Design')
  • Fantastic Voyages IV: (The CGW editors continue their cross-country excursions to visit various design studios. This trip takes them to the Lucasfilm Games studio at Industrial Light & Magic, then for a follow-up, an interview with CEO Bill Stealey of Microprose)


  • Letters (Plenty of readers get space this issue, with responses to Gilman Louie's column in issue #58 about software piracy, opinions on CGW's new A-F rating system, the editors poking fun at a Canadian reader, and correcting a reader's claim that they never reviewed Strategic Conquest)
  • Taking A Peek:
    • Mah Jongg (IBM)
    • Last Ninja 2 (C64)
    • P51 Mustang Flight Simulator (Mac)
    • Lord of the Rising Sun (Amiga)
    • Chomp! (C64/IBM)
    • Western Games (Amiga)
    • The Last Inca (Amiga)
    • Journey (Multiple)
    • Shogun (Amiga/Mac)
    • Action Fighter (Amiga/C64)
    • Pole Position II (IBM/C64)
    • Thunder Blade (Amiga/ST/C64)
    • Magic Johnson's Basketball (IBM)
    • Keith Van Eron's Pro Soccer (C64)
    • Raw Recruit (C64)
    • Skate Crazy (C64)
    • Street Fighting Man (IBM)
    • Turbo Champion (IBM)
    • Tangled Tales (Apple II/C64)
    • The Desert War (Mac)
    • The Scoop (Apple/IBM)
    • AD&D: Hillsfar (C64)
    • Overrun! (Apple II/C64)
    • Thunderchopper (IBM)

    [*]Scorpion's Mail (Scorpia answers commonly-asked questions and provides hints and tips for):

    • Battletech
    • King's Quest IV
    • Wasteland
    • The Bard's Tale III
    • Wizardry V
    • Manhunter
    • Ultima V
    • Future Magic
    • Leisure Suit Larry II

    [*]The Top 100 [*]The Rumor Bag (A visit to Frye's Electronics Store in California allows rumormonger "Garth Fitzmorris, Esq." to overhear some industry rumbles) [*]Hall of Fame / R.I.D. [*]CGW Hall of Fame:

    • Kampfgruppe
    • Gettysburg
    • M.U.L.E.
    • Mech Brigade
    • Chessmaster
    • War In Russia
    • Empire
    • Earl Weaver Baseball
    • Ultima IV
    • Wizardry
    • Starflight
    • Gunship
    • Ultima III
    • Might & Magic
    • The Bard's Tale
    • Pirates


Notable Stuff:

  • The reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appears on the masthead.
  • M. Evan Brooks visited Anniston Army Depot at Fort McClellan in Alabama prior to writing his review for Abrams Battle Tank, where he test drove the real thing. No civillians allowed though...Brooks was a Major in the Army at this time.
  • Omar DeWitt's reason for choosing the Battle of Eylau for his campaign is that Battles of Napoleon claims to allow users to simulate ANY conflict of the period. Of course a CGW writer is going to use the biggest, most abusive, complicated campaign he can find to make sure you're not full of crap. :)
  • Really, Cosmi? You sent a copy of your game to a reviewer the calibre of Scorpia, and the first thing she has to do in her review is correct your faulty instruction manual on installation? You're playing with some serious fire, guys.
  • Roe Adams (co-designer on Wizardry IV) reviewing your RPG and calling it "...the best effort to date of any game designer struggling to find a new way for the game to interface with the player," is rather like Chef Gordon Ramsay tasting your homemade lasagna then asking for the recipe so he can fix it for his family!
  • Epyx's ad for Omicron Conspiracy on page 38 is quite good at piquing a reader's curiosity for sure, what with its promises of "cheap booze, wild sex, and mind-altering drugs".
  • One of the proposed rumours from this issue's Rumor Bag involves players uploading their own cities to a virtual network that is tied in with information pertaining to the real world. So: do you live in Kansas? Did a tornado just blow through? Might see the same thing in your virtual city. For obvious reasons, this never happened. :)
  • Well, Sargon 4 is still rocking that awful artwork for their ad.
  • No new additions to the CGW Hall of Fame this issue.

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 60
    Month: June
    Year: 1989
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Russell Sipe
    Pages: 58
    Price: $3.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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