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Video Games Issue 16

ISSUE: 16Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Atari computers
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore 64
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • arcade
  • pinball
  • non-programmable handhelds and portables

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



Hollywood Style Bits and Bytes

Whiz Kids' Executive Producer Phil DeGuere takes you behind-the-scenes of his hit TV show. (by Richard Goodwin; 'Hollywood-Style Bits and Bytes: Whiz Kids' Executive Producer Phil De Guere Takes You Behind the Scenes of His Hit TV Series')

The Art Side Of Video Games

The wave of the future: An artistic view of "Moondust" and "Lifespan." (by Mary Claire Blakeman; subtitled 'The Wave of the Future'; includes 'Lifespan: Playing Through the Stages of Living' and 'Moondust: Music of Your Own Making' sidebars)

Harry Williams

A list tribute to a coin-op legend. (by Roger C. Sharpe; 'Harry Williams: Rememberances of a Coin-Op Legend')


Blasting Into the Laser Disc Age!

A look at the latest entries: Cliff Hanger and Pitchman (by Mike Shaw and Roger C. Sharpe; 'The Laser Age Continues: A New Technology Brings Remarkable Change')

Beating The Coin-Ops

Tips and strategies for the latest arcade games. (by Steve Harris; 'Arcade Games: Playing Tips and Strategies')

  • Gyruss
  • Crystal Castles

The Untold History of Video Games

Discovering the true beginnings and some revealing facts. (by Frank Lovece; 'The Birth of a Notion: Discovering the True Beginnings of Video Games')


HYPERSPACE (editorial)

Insights into the issue at hand.

DOUBLESPEAK (letters column)

VIDEO GAMES' readers speak out.

BLIPS (news section)

Wizardry wonders, video games blues, world champs go for the gold, dialing for dollars, a TKO before the starting bell.

  • Wizardry Wonders: A Novel Idea (Warlords graphic novel by DC Comics)
  • Learning Can Be Fun (edutainment software)
  • A Collective Bargain (VIDION - The International Association of the Video Game Players)
  • Scholarly Feats (grant awarded to research impact of microcomputers on family/education)
  • Computer Bytes (Atari/General Foods; exchange box tops for Atari hardware, software, peripherals)
  • Chuck E. Cheese Builds a Better Mousetrap (Unprofitable Chuck E. Cheeses converted to Zapp's; combination bar/restaurant/arcade/dance hall)
  • A Duplicating Design (Video Game Recorder and Copy Cart)
  • Color Me More Aware ('New Technology Coloring Book' by Bantam Books)
  • World Champs Go For Gold (Atari's Centipede Video Game Championship)
  • Undercover (K-Cover computer keyboard cover)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (Atari Adventure; arcade/computer learning centers)


The Commodore 64: A computer for all ages. (by Mark Brownstein; 'Commodore 64: A Computer To Grow With')


Paying the price for excellence: Cliff Hanger, M.A.C.H. 3, Aztarac and more. (commentary and arcade reviews by John Holmstrom; 'Paying the Price for Excellence')

  • Cliff Hanger
  • Pro Soccer
  • Discs of Tron
  • Aztarac
  • Hoccer
  • M.A.C.H. 3


Changing Times: Centaur II and Rack 'Em Up. (commentary and pinball reviews by Zelmo; 'Changing Times')


The sleeping giant awakens: Robot Tank, Happy Trails, Battlezone, Pole Position, Super Cobra and more. (commentary and home video game reviews by Dan Persons and Perry Greenberg; 'The Sleeping Giant Awakens')

  • Robot Tank (2600)
  • Battlezone (2600)
  • Pole Position (2600)
  • Buzz Bomber (Int)
  • Happy Trails (2600)
  • Super Cobra (2600)
  • Centipede (2600)
  • Cakewalk (2600)
  • The Activision Decathlon (2600)
  • The Return of the Jedi: Deathstar Battle (2600)
  • The Adventures of Tron (2600)
  • Blueprint (2600)


A giant leap ahead for computer games: Cannonball Blitz, Astro Chase, and more. (commentary and game reviews by Dan Persons and Mark Brownstein; 'A Giant Leap Ahead for Computer Games')

  • Cannonball Blitz (VIC20 cart)
  • Astro Chase (Atari cart)
  • Threshold (VIC20 cart)
  • Rat Hotel (VIC20 cart)
  • Choplifter (VIC20 cart)
  • Zap (VIC20 cart)
  • Jumpman Junior (Atari cart)
  • Type Attack (VIC20 cart)
  • Crossfire (VIC20 cart)
  • Pipes (VIC20 cart)
  • Jawbreaker II (VIC20 cart)
  • Blue Max (Atari disk)


Some gift-giving wonders: Table-tops, hand-helds and dual-screen games. (by Patricia Canole and Melinda Glass; 'Some Holiday Season Handiworks')

  • Q*bert tabletop
  • Mario Bros. Game & Watch
  • Space Rescue
  • Space Shuttle

STATS (high scores and Top lists)

Cover Photo of Eric Bergman and Photo Insert by Perry Greenberg

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    Title: Video Games Issue 16
    Month: January
    Year: 1984
    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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