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Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 2

ISSUE: 2Content


  • Atari VCS - 2600 - Supercharger
  • Atari 400
  • Atari 800
  • Coleco ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Magnavox Odyssey2
  • GCE Vectrex
  • Bally Astrocade
  • Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 111
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • arcade
  • stand-alones


(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents. Bullets lists and (notes) added for clarity.)

Special Reports

Video Game Explosion! - We rate every game in the world
We take you and your Rating Game Chaperone on an all-expenses-paid evaluation trip through 347 games! (list of rated games sorted by publisher/system category; each game rated for graphics and playability (grade scale); also includes list of upcoming games)

  • Activision
  • Apollo
  • Astrocade
  • Atari
  • CBS
  • Coleco
  • CommaVid
  • Data Age
  • Fox
  • Imagic
  • Mattel
  • Odyssey
  • Parker (Parker Brothers)
  • Spectravision
  • Star Path (formerly Arcadia) (Starpath)
  • Telesys
  • Tigervision
  • Ultravision
  • U.S. Games
  • Vectrex
  • Zircon

Novice Guide: Computers Made Easy by Douglas Turing
You can compute. Computers aren't scary. Their bark is worse than their byte.

Feature Articles

Save The World by Michael Blanchet
You're in an arcade crisis situation. Can you get yourself out? (game scenarios and solutions)

Christmas Wish List
Joysticks to the world! What the stars want for Christmas.

Space Superbowl - Top guns score in Mattel's Astrosmash Shoot-Off
Mattel's playoff - who won and how they won. (National Astrosmash Shootoff coverage)

Why Frogs? by Randi Hacker
A special in-depth report on the frog-inducing state of video games.

You Are What You Play by Dr. Elayne Kahn and David Rudnitsky
The games you play reveal your personality.

Dial M For Modem by Delores Haze
Let your fingers do the walking. With a phone and a computer you can reach out and touch everything.

Continuing Series

Gamemakers: The Good Doctor by Dan Gutman
From medicine to microprocessors to Micro Surgeon - an interview with Imagic's video designer Rick Levine.

First Screening: Reader Program Of The Month
Time-travelling with 17-year-old Nick Thoele in his TRS-80 game Destroyus. (winning reader-submitted game; includes game program code)

Equipment Reviews

Game Workout: ColecoVision - Hot new game of the year by Marc Wielage
Handling the hot new game system - an in-depth report.

Computer Workout: Give me VIC-tory! by Walter Salm
You can't tell your computer without a program and the VIC-20 is a first-rate introduction to programming.

Game Reviews
('Attack of the digital apes;' game reviews with 1-5 joystick rating scale and "promo" screenshot; some reviews include second opinion and/or "pro-tip.")

  • Donkey Kong (Col,VCS,Int)
  • Pitfall (VCS)
  • Space Jockey (VCS)
  • Nexar (VCS)
  • Demon Attack (VCS)
  • Beauty & The Beast (Int)
  • Airlock (VCS)
  • Space Attack, Super Challenge Baseball (VCS; combo review)
  • Word Zapper (VCS)
  • Fast Food (VCS)
  • K.C.'s Krazy Chase (Ody)
  • Cosmic Swarm (VCS)
  • Lock 'N' Chase (Int)
  • Star Raiders (400,800)


A word from our editors. ('Forget lemonade - games want you' by The Editors)

Letters to the Editors
We welcome your feedback. (reader mail)

New Products
The latest in equipment. ('Jousting With Alien Rubik's Cubes')

  • Southern Case (VCS,Int system & games carry case)
  • Video Babies (video game t-shirts)
  • Suncom Starfighter (joystick)
  • Williams' Joust (arcade game)
  • Radio Shack Color Cubes (TRS-80 computer game)
  • Fox Video Games' Alien (VCS video game)

Got a question? We've got the answer. ('Can I copy games illegally?;' Q&A)

Michael Blanchet's strategy tips. ('Tackling tut-vultures are on your tail;' Tutankham arcade game strategies)

E.F.G. Times
You read it here first. (news section)

  • $150,000 Atari Contest Details (SwordQuest game series contests)
  • Monthly Contest (Kaboom! high-score contest)
  • Computer Price War Erupts (computer price drops)
  • Parker Brothers Strikes Back (upcoming VCS games)
  • This Man Is Not Normal (Rich Taylor of Telesys; Fast Food, Coco Nuts games)
  • Joystick Finger Transplant?! (finger transplant hoax)
  • Stay Out Of Malaysia (Malaysia movement to ban video games)
  • If You Can't Beat 'Em... (Mad, Cracked magazines parody video games)
  • Computer Games From Spectravision (upcoming VIC-20 games)
  • News From Activision (Activision Ice Hockey Tournament; Sky Jinks game; upcoming Intellivision games)
  • Kermit The Frogger? (Atari and Children's Television Workshop to produce games based on Sesame Street)
  • Watch For These New Arcade Games... (upcoming arcade games list)
  • Kong Strikes Back (Coleco plans more games for ColecoVision, VCS, Intellivision)
  • Is Heaven A Big Arcade? (Square Pegs; video game themed TV shows planned)
  • Quote Of The Month

An irreverent gazette of gaming news. ('A comical catch-all of odds and ends')

  • Terminal Disease
  • Pac-Mac
  • Space Inn-Vaders
  • Oy Maze?
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Sexual Interface
  • May The Source Be With You

The Ultimate Video Game
Can you design it? (contest)

A Show of Handhelds
The latest in games-to-go. ('Sharks and solar powered mummies;' stand-alone overviews:)

  • Octopus, Donkey Kong, Turtle Bridge, Snoopy Tennis (Palmtex; combo overview)
  • Shark Island, Escape From The Devil's Tomb, Invaders Of The Mummy's Tomb (Bandai; combo overview)

The EAT Report
Jens von der Heideon games. ('Secret messages in games;' easter eggs, glitches, and tricks)

  • Laser Blast
  • Maze Craze
  • The Empires Strikes Back
  • Missile Command

Random Access
Computer news from CPU to you. (brief news stories:)

  • Making Sense Of The Price Wars
  • NEC Adds "Deadline"
  • Sicko Software
  • 32K-Mart
  • How Good Is Sinclair Software?

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    Title: Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 2
    Month: December
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: Fun & Games Publishing Inc.
    Editor: Richard Ekstract
    Pages: 100
    Price: $2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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