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Video Games Issue 10

ISSUE: 10Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Colecovision
  • Odyssey
  • Astrocade
  • Atari 800
  • GCE Vectrex
  • arcade
  • pinball

(TOC transcription follows, with (notes) and bullet lists added for clarity.)



Your Show of Shows

When is a game show more than just a game show? When video games take center stage. A behind-the-scenes look at Starcade. (by Barry Schuler; subtitled 'Video Games Hit Home Television Screens')

VIDEO GAMES Interview: Robert L. Hunter

The CBS video games vice president is an enthusiastic, hands-on executive with an awareness of the present and an eye to the future. (by Roy Trakin; subtitled 'Casting an Eye on CBS Video Games')

Reaching the Top in Ottumwa, Iowa

How does a small town of 27,000 people attract the nation's highest-scoring game players? A visit to the Twin Galaxies arcade delivers the answers. (by Sue Adamo; 'The Championship Season: Reaching the Top in Ottumwa, Iowa;' includes 'Behind the Scenes at the Twin' sidebar)

Image Makers

The UCLA Extension conference, "Video Games and the Graphic Designer," provides a forum for artists wanting to make the leap into electronics. (by David Rowe; 'Image Makers: UCLA's Conference on "Video Games and the Graphic Designer"')


Coin-Op '83: Arcade Games Show Off

Industry members gather at Chicago's O'Hare Expo Center for the staging of the fourth annual Amusement Operators Expo. What they find on display are some new twists on old-time favorites and a number of new arcade games guaranteed to keep players coming back for more. (by Roger C. Sharpe; includes 'The Rites of Spring' sidebar)

Enter the Dragon

Cinematronics' new Dragon's Lair delivers a coin-op vision of the present and future. Tom Campbell, director of marketing, talks about the evolution of this laserdisc wonder. ('Dragon's Lair: Enter the Dragon')


HYPERSPACE (editorial)

Insights into the issue at hand.

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

BLIPS (news section)

WarGames infiltrates movie screens; Bushnell and Atari - the saga continues; Saker One Space Probe prepares for its maiden voyage; Star Raiders hits Earth-based comic stands; Fox Video Games runs a tomato of a promotion.

  • A Fight to the Finish (WarGames movie)
  • Shell Shock (Turtles (Ody) contest)
  • Beware of the Hot Tomato (Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomato PR)
  • Pinpoint Precision (Atari game pins)
  • Easy Rider (Saker arcade ride)
  • A Seemingly Never Ending Courtship (Atari v. Bushnell)
  • For Designing Minds Only (Broderbund 'Arcade Machine' game design contest)
  • Between the Covers of Star Raiders (DC graphic novel)
  • Little Egypt (Charles Compton, Imagic's Riddle of the Sphinix contest winner)


You might not find all the games previewed at AOE at your local arcade, but it couldn't hurt to acquaint yourself now with Zookeeper, Gyruss, Wacko, Mario Brothers, Sinistar and others. (arcade reviews by John Holmstrom; 'Show-Offs from the A.O.E.')

  • Dragon's Lair
  • Sinistar
  • Wacko
  • Kozmik Kroozer
  • Mario Bros.
  • Zoo Keeper
  • Monster Bash
  • Gyruss


Stern's Mazer Blazer (shooting-gallery arcade) and Williams' Joust (head-to-head competitive) pinball combine somethings old with somethings new. (by Zelmo; 'Making A Double Play for Coin-Op')


You can catch the fireworks (some sizzlers, some duds) at home by plugging in the latest home carts, including Seaquest, Flash Gordon, Space Fury, Demolition Herby, Countermeasure, Microsurgeon and more. (reviews by Perry Greenberg; 'A Holiday Cart Display: Catching The Fireworks at Home')

  • Seaquest (VCS)
  • P.T. Barnum's Acrobats (Ody)
  • Flash Gordon (VCS)
  • Demolition Herby (VCS)
  • Space Fury (CV)
  • Defender (5200)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (CV)
  • Countermeasure (5200)
  • Squeeze Box (VCS)
  • Microsurgeon (Int)


With GCE's Art Cart, Vectrex owners can unleash the artists within, and there's even more in store as the self-contained game system forges new ground. (by Anne Krueger; 'A Movable Feast: Vectrex Serves Up a New Array of Games and Features;' commentary discussing Vectrex Light Pen, Color-3D Imager, Vectrex Computer; includes 'A Vectrex Hit Parade' sidebar; software mentioned in this article:)

  • Bedlam
  • Rip Off
  • Star Hawk
  • Space Wars
  • Solar Quest
  • Cosmic Chasm
  • Spike Speaks
  • Web Wars
  • Fortress of Narzod
  • Spinball
  • Heads-Up Action Soccer
  • Dark Tower
  • Pole Position
  • Star Castle
  • Polar Rescue
  • Art Cart
  • Art Cart II
  • Art Cart III
  • Art Cart IV
  • Music Maestro (tentative name)
  • Mail Plane


A classic endures as the Atari 800 gains recognition for its design, features and capabilities. (by Mark Andrews; 'The Amazing Atari 800')

STATS (high scores and Top lists)

Cover Illustration by Jim Owens

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    Title: Video Games Issue 10
    Month: July
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Roger C. Sharpe
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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