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Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 7

ISSUE: 7Content


  • Atari VCS - 2600 - Amiga Power System
  • Atari computers - 400 - 800
  • Coleco ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Magnavox Odyssey2
  • Emerson Arcadia 2001
  • GCE Vectrex
  • Video Technology VZ200
  • Palmtex PVS
  • Commodore 64
  • arcade


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

Special Reports

They're Almost Here - A monster-sized preview of new games by Michael Blanchet and Randi Hacker

EF gives you the low-down on all the games of summer in this monster of a feature. We combed both coasts to get the dirt. (running commentary sorted by publisher/system:)

  • Activision
  • Atari
  • Coleco
  • Imagic
  • Mattel
  • Odyssey
  • Fox Games
  • CBS
  • Sega
  • Vectrex
  • Milton Bradley
  • Parker Brothers
  • Data Age

Going, Going, Gone! by Ed Hulse

The way of rights... You can't sell the programs without a license. EF tells you all there is to know about buying the exclusive rights to characters and games. ('Big bugs for video game celebrities;' licensing)

Computer Campout - A summerful of electronic fun by Bruce Smith

ROM. ROM on the range. A look at camps where mosquitos aren't the only things that byte.

The Complete Gamer's Guide... for all Atari 400/800 computer users - the biggest Who's Who of computer games

A complete gamer's guide to all the companies making software for the Atari systems. We'll be bringing you a similar guide for other computers every single month. (game publisher capsule overviews)

Feature Articles

Masterpiece Keyboard - Computer graphics reach the outer limits by Frank Moldstad

One picture is worth $100.00 but sophisticated computer graphics like those seen in films are just around the corner for home computer users. Get ready for some astounding animation.

Phil Wiswell's Gamemakers: Name This Gamer by Phil Wiswell

EF talks to Ron Dubren, the man who was in part responsible for U.S. Games' Name This Game. A gentleman designer and a scholar. ('Ron Dubren, of the Name This Game team;' interview)

Overdue Books - A gamer's best-sellers list by Randi Hacker

What if famous authors had written books about video games? For example, The World According to Gorf or The Decline and Pitfall! of the Roman Empire. A summer reading list. (humor)

First Screening: Boxed In

Not for the claustrophobic - Jon Smith's game for the Atari computers. (winning reader submitted program; includes program code)

Equipment Reviews

Game Workout: Arcadia 2001 - System for the gamer on the go by Suzan D. Prince

How does the Emerson system compare to the other systems out there? Find out in another of our continuing series of in-depth reports.

Computer Workout: The Commodore 64 - Now, the answer to the $64,000-byte question? by David B. Thomas

On beyond VIC, the Commodore 64 offers users 64K, PET BASIC and lots more.

Game Reviews

('Dracula: Fangs for the memories;' game reviews with 1-5 joystick rating scale and "promo" screenshot; some reviews include "pro-tip.")

  • Dracula (Int)
  • Oink! (VCS)
  • Web Wars (Vec)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (Col)
  • Cosmic Creeps (VCS)
  • Dolphin (VCS)
  • Rescue Terra 1 (VCS)
  • Shark Shark (Int)
  • Ice Trek (Int)
  • Bermuda Triangle (VCS)
  • Demon Attack (Ody)
  • Raft Rider (VCS)
  • Turbo (Col)
  • Spider Fighter (VCS)
  • Stargunner (VCS)
  • Squeeze Box (VCS)
  • Eggomania (VCS)
  • Baja Buggies (400,800)
  • Alien Garden (400,800)
  • Serpentine (800)
  • Wizard of Wor (400,800)



A word from our editors. ('A monster of an issue' by The Editors)

Letters to the Editors

We welcome your feedback. (reader mail)

The E.A.T. Report

Jens von der Heide on games ('It's how you change the game;' Answer Software's Personal Game Programming System (PGP-1), a Game Genie-like device for VCS)

New Products

The latest in equipment. ('Keyboards, keypads and power')

  • Video Technology VZ200 computer
  • Wico Command Control Keypad (Model 50-1060)
  • Palmtex PVS (programmable handheld system)
  • Amiga The Power System (VCS add-on system)
  • Discwasher PointMaster Fire Control (auto-fire controller add-on)
  • Mindware TS1000 software


Got a question? We've got the answer. ('Let's get back to normal;' Q&A)


Michael Blanchet's strategy tips. ('Time Pilot and Pole Position: From Fokkers to Ferraris;' arcade game strategies:)

  • Time Pilot
  • Pole Position

E.F.G. Times

You read it here first. (news section)

  • New VIC-20 Game: Rats Check In (Rat Hotel game from Creative Software)
  • EEEK! Gasp! Blecchhh! Killer Tomatoes on the Rampage (Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes from 20th Century Fox)
  • Atari: From Pong to Hong Kong (Atari to move manufacturing overseas)
  • This Month's Contest Winner (Tron Deadly Discs contest)
  • Quote Of The Month
  • Teaching Teach To Teach ('Teaching and Computers magazine' from Scholastic)
  • Coleco Goes To The Doctor (Coleco signs Dr. Seuss)


An irreverent gazette of gaming news. ('Inner space and extra cheese')

  • Freud, Jung and Pac-Man
  • Handheld Grenades
  • A Pizza the Action
  • In Medias (Hi) Res
  • RealSports
  • Food and Games Part III

Top Ten (Home and Arcade top lists)

Top Secret

The latest in gaming gossip. (rumors & speculation by The Fly)

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    Title: Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 7
    Month: May
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Fun & Games Publishing Inc.
    Editor: George Kopp
    Pages: 100
    Price: $2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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