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Electronic Games Issue 2

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  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Atari 400
  • Atari 800
  • Apple II
  • TRS-80 Color Computer
  • Odyssey2
  • stand-alones
  • arcade


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(Arnie Katz is editor of this issue under pseudonym Frank Laney, Jr.)

Switch On! - The Joys of Electronic Gaming

Electronic Games takes on the arcade stooges! (Editorial by Frank Laney, Jr.)

Readers Replay

Our faithful readers put pen to paper to tell us what they think. (Reader letters column)

Inside Gaming - Meet Odyssey's Lords of the Rings

Meet the design braintrust behind Odyssey's "Master Strategy series". (by Bill Kunkel; the making of The Quest for The Rings (videogame/boardgame hybrid) for Odyssey2, plus trilogy plans (Conquest of the World, The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt); original Odyssey shown)

Test Lab - Is the Atari 400 the Ultimate Game Machine?

In terms of personal computers, the Atari 400 is the new kid on the block, but gamers have already taken it to their hearts. Now here's the "inside" story from Technical Editor Jet Wright. (by Jethro Wright III; includes 'Atari 400 at a Glance' and 'computer glossary' sidebars)

Arcade Spotlight - Castle Park: Game Parlor First Class

Pay a visit to one of the poshest arcades in the world - Castle Park! Photos by David Ross.


The friendly ol' Game Doctor is definitely in, and hard at work answering our readers' toughest stumpers! (by the Game Doctor)

The History of Videogames

It all started at MIT in 1962 - and look what's happened since! We've come a long way, baby, and this story tells you all about how it happened! ('A Decade of Programmable Video Games;' Intellivision, Odyssey 300, Odyssey 3000, Odyssey 500, Atari VCS shown; includes 'Great Moments in Videogame History' timeline; b&w)

New Products

Videogame furniture, rechargeable batteries and Versa's E-Z Port for the Apple II are all featured in this new column!

Electronic Games Hotline

Tournaments, new games and a new super-game system from Atari are all in the news this issue - and lots more! (capsule news section:)

  • Atari report (new games; Centipede, Tempest for arcades)
  • Computer shorts (Nasir founds Sirius Software; On-Line ports; Tandy releases TRS-80 games; Mark Turmell developing new game; ANALOG magazine releases software)
  • Inside Mattel (new games; Dungeons & Dragons, Dallas stand-alone games)
  • Tabletop Pac-Man (Coleco Pac-Man and Galaxian tabletop games; Entex handheld stand-alones)
  • PDI goes Beyond (PDI establishes Beyond Software to develop computer games)
  • Odyssey Outlook (K.C. Munchkin released; Monkeyshines; board game hybrids; O2 newsletter)
  • Tournament fiasco (tournament back-lash and failures)
  • Activision Close-up (Activision sponsors U.S. Tennis Open)
  • Imagic debuts (announcing formation of Imagic)
  • Play with Cable (Mattel, General Instruments develop Intellivision "Data-Channel" game delivery via cable)
  • Adult Games ('The Dirty Book;' software guide to "adults only" computer games)

Feature - Slaying Dragons

An introduction to computer adventure games for all your wizards, warriors, dwarves and clerics. ('An introduction to computer adventures' by Arnie Katz)

The Making of an Arcade Machine

From inspiration to destination - the saga of the coin-op videogame! ('The Making of an Arcade Game' by Willy Richardson)


Videogames' very own star wars is the subject of this issue's magazine-within-a-magazine. For space gamers everywhere!

1981 Arcade Awards

It's been quite a year for electronic games, and you'll find the best of them gathered right here to pick up their Arkies! ('The 1982 Arcade Awards;' Commentary by Bill Kunkel & Frank Laney Jr.)

Computer Playland

The hottest computer game software, including "Raster Blaster," "Jawbreaker" and "Sneakers" are all reviewed! (computer game reviews)

  • Raster Blaster (Apple II)
  • Falcons (Apple II)
  • Timebomb (400,800 cassette)
  • Sneakers (Apple II)
  • Jawbreaker (400,800)
  • Missile Command (400,800 cart)
  • Galactic Chase (400,800 cassette,disk)
  • Dodge Racer (400,800 cassette,disk)
  • Imperial Walker (400,800 disk)
  • Star Thief (Apple II)
  • Meteoroids (TRS80)

Passport to Adventure

EG's newest review column looks at the latest in adventure gaming! ('Swords Against the Evil Wizard!' by Arnie Katz; game and book reviews)

  • The Quest (800 disk)
  • Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (Apple II disk)
  • Book of Hints (Scott Adams Adventures strategy guide)

Strategy Session

Learn the secrets behind UFO, "Jawbreaker (400,800 disk)," "Star Raiders (400,800)" and "Scramble (arcade)" from super-gamer Frank Tetro Jr. ('Let's Save the Universe' by Frank Tetro, Jr.)

Programmable Parade

The latest in Atari, Odyssey, Intellivision, Activision and Chanel(sic) F videogame software are given the thrice-over from our demanding staff of experts. (video game reviews by Bill Kunkel and Frank Laney Jr.)

  • Asteroids (VCS)
  • Stampede (VCS)
  • Video Pinball (VCS)
  • K.C. Munchkin (Ody2)
  • Ice Hockey (VCS)
  • PBA Bowling (Int)

Insert Coin Here

Check out the new quarter-snatchers from Atari, Centuri, and GDI! ('Patrolling the (Un)friendly Skies' by Bill Kunkel)

  • Red Baron
  • Centipede
  • Red Alert
  • Vanguard
  • Tempest

Stand-Alone Scene

Casio's new computerized keyboard and a system for the electronically-oriented quiz whiz are among the stand-alone wonders reviewed this time out! (by Joyce Worley)

  • Game Time (electronic wristwatch)
  • Omni Entertainment System (programmable stand-alone)
  • VL-Tone (electronic keyboard)
  • Head to Head Electronic Boxing

Crime Does Not Pay

Be an electronic Sherlock Holmes with two computerized board games. (by Joyce Worley; Electronic Detective and Stop Thief)

Reader Poll

Our first poll was such a rousing success we decided to make it a regular feature!

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    Title: Electronic Games Issue 2
    Month: March
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: Reese Publications
    Editor: Arnie Katz
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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