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Video Games Issue 19

ISSUE: 19Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • VCS - 2600 Starpath Supercharger
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari computers
  • ColecoVision
  • Coleco ADAM
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore 64
  • Apple
  • arcade
  • pinball

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



New controls for new video goes one step beyond! (by Mary Claire Blakeman; biofeedback in gaming)


Williams' laserdisc Star Rider gets on track plus How Williams' puts "you" in the game.

  • Williams' Laserdisc Star Rider Gets On Track (by Jim Gorzelany)
  • A Discan Discussion (by Jim Gorzelany)

Spotlighting developments at the Winter CES. (by Roger C. Sharpe)

Tips and strategies for Discs of Tron and Star Wars. (by Steve Harris; 'Arcade Games: Playing Tips and Strategies')


HYPERSPACE (editorial)
Insights into the issue at hand.

BLIPS (news section)
Five bytes to a new you; getting crypt-ic; learning is fundamental; a healthy start; computer age dry cleaning; the "A" teams and more.

  • Five Bytes To A New You (Warpitout; video camera-equipped arcade game)
  • Getting Crypt-ic (Crypt of Medea (Apple))
  • Learning Is FUNdamental (Sesame Street video games (Apple))
  • In A Spin (Randamn (Apple))
  • A Healthy Start (healthware software)
  • The "A" Teams (Atari and Activision to co-op on electronic distribution service)
  • Star Struck (First Star)
  • Computer Age Dry Cleaning (Clean Runner disk drive cleaner)
  • Wrist Watching (wristwatch-type computer system)
  • Game Over (courts uphold Marshfield, Mass, ban of coin-op video games)
  • Handy Pen Pal (PenPad; computer tablet with optical character recognition (OCR))
  • Getting Graphic (computer exhibit)
  • A First For Jr. (Imagic to design IBM PCjr software)
  • Coleco Gets Scarry (Coleco acquires Berenstein Bears license)

STATS (high scores and top lists)

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)
Video Games' readers speak out.

Getting a handle on your game with controls at your feet. (by Dan Persons; Amiga Joyboard controller with Mogul Maniac game; Milton Bradley Power Arcade controllers/games)

COIN-OP SHOP (listed in TOC as 'COIN-OP')
Arcade games with a sporting chance: NFL Football, Spy Hunter, Mr. Do's Castle. (commentary and arcade reviews by Jim Gorzelany and Zelmo; 'Arcade Games with a Sporting Chance')

  • Spy Hunter
  • NFL Football
  • The Adventures of Major Havoc
  • Mr. Do's Castle
  • Dinosaurs

Coming to terms with the pinball revival: Sharpshooter II and Soccer Kings. (commentary and pinball reviews by Zelmo; 'Coming To Terms With The Pinball Revival')

Designs on video games: Space Shuttle, Mr. Do, Rabbit Transit.

  • Designs On Video Games: Soaring Sights And Originality (commentary and home game reviews by Mark Brownstein, Dan Persons, Ted Salamone and Mike Sittnick)
    • Space Shuttle (2600)
    • Zaxxon (Int)
    • Q*bert (Int; two reviews)
    • Mr. Do (2600)
    • Popeye (CV)
    • Star Trek (5200)
    • Star Trek: Strategic Operations (2600)
    • Rabbit Transit (2600 Starpath Supercharger)
    • Vanguard (5200)
    • Omega Race (CV)
  • The Trends And Transformations Of Home Video '84 (by Ted Salamone; commentary discussing the video gaming shakeout with a focus on hardware)

An in-depth look at the first Coleco ADAMs. (by Mark Brownstein; 'Something For Everyone? An In-Depth Analysis Of The First Coleco ADAMS')

Getting down to BASICs. (by Richard Goodwin; book reviews:)

  • Your First BASIC Program
  • Cosmic Games for the Commodore VIC-20

Fun and games with electronic marvels: Spitball, Astrol Patrol, Salmon Run, Mr. Robot and his Robot Factory, Moonbase Io and more. (commentary and game reviews by Mark Brownstein and Dan Persons; 'Fun and Games with Electronic Marvels')

  • Spitball (C64 cart)
  • Astro Patrol (VIC20 tape)
  • Salmon Run (VIC20)
  • Oil's Well (C64 disk)
  • Oil's Well (Atari disk or cart)
  • Beach Head (C64 disk)
  • A.E. (VIC20 cart)
  • Mr. Robot and His Robot Factory (Atari disk)
  • Moonbase Io (Atari tape or disk)
  • Andy The Aardvark (Apple disk)

Cover Illustration Courtesy of Williams Electronics

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    Title: Video Games Issue 19
    Month: April
    Year: 1984
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Roger C. Sharpe
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.50 USA, $2.75 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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