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Video Games Issue 1

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  • Atari 2600/VCS
  • Magnavox Odyssey2
  • arcade
  • pinball
  • Radio Shack TRS-80
  • Atari 400
  • Atari 800
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Texas Instruments 99/4A
  • Sinclair ZX-81
  • Apple II

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VIDEO GAMES Interview: Nolan Bushnell

King Pong talks about Atari, Chuck E. Cheese and what's good and bad about video games.

The Absolutely, Positively Last Word on Pac-Man

Profile of a phenomenon - by Steve Bloom.

They've Got Their ACT-ivision Together

The leading software specialists in the burgeoning TV-games business may triple their sales in '82 - by Randi Hacker. (includes 'Like, Imagic' sidebar)

PLAY BALL! Can't Tell the Computer Without a Scorecard

A primer for computer illiterates and a guide to what to buy - by Howard Coors.

Hey, Buddy! Can You Spare a Quarter?

Don't look now but John Holmstrom's on the loose. His bonzo sketches and gonzo scribblings come from deep within the heart of video darkness.



How to play 15 of the most popular coin-op videos. Including Donkey Kong, Robotron, Amidar, Frenzy and Zaxxon. (b&w; 1-page of tips per game; includes arcade cabinet/pinball machine product shot and (if applicable) game screenshot)

  • Stargate
  • Space Duel
  • Hyperball (pinball)
  • Donkey Kong
  • Turbo
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Zaxxon
  • Robotron
  • Bosconian
  • Frenzy
  • Mousetrap
  • Centipede
  • Qix
  • Tempest
  • Amidar


HYPERSPACE (editorial)

A word from the editor.

BLIPS (news section)

Buckner & Garcia, New York's proposed games tax, Mesquite update, videostats, CES preview.

  • Q&A With Buckner & Garcia (interview)
  • Be the First on Your Block (sidebar; misc new products)
  • Just the Tax, Jack (NY proposed games tax)
  • Best Little Court Case in Texas (Mesquite v Aladdin's Castle)
  • SF to Atari: Thanks (sidebar; Atari donates to 'Save the Cable Cars' campaign)
  • Welcome to CES! (CES preview)
  • Four Score and Seven Billion Points Ago... (sidebar; Twin Galaxy scores)
  • Doonesbury, Tank McNamara, Cathy (newspaper comic strips, video game themed)


Clinicians across America are starting to use video games as a therapy tool. Dr. William Lynch discusses his findings. ('Video Games as Therapy a Modest Success')


Steve Bloom's diary of recent AOE extravaganza. ('AOE Report: Showdown in Chi-town')


A laborious look at Atari's VCS and N.A.P.'s Odyssey2 - by Randi Hacker. ('Atari's VCS vs. Odyssey2 - Pick 'em')


How's about all those how-tos? Bob Mecoy reviews a bunch.

  • How to Master the Video Games
  • How to Master Home Video Games
  • Score! Beating the Top 16 Video Games
  • How to Win at Pac-Man
  • Playing Ms. Pac-Man to Win!
  • How to Beat the Video Games
  • Winners' Book of Video Games

OUTTAKES (photos)

  • Thanks 1

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    Title: Video Games Issue 1
    Month: August
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Steve Bloom
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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