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Video Games Issue 20

ISSUE: 20Content

PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE

  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari computers
  • ColecoVision
  • Commodore 64
  • Timex/Sinclair 2068
  • Radio Shack 16K Color Computer
  • Radio Shack TRS-80
  • Apple
  • arcade
  • pinball

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

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FEATURES

IMAGE MAKERS

Insights into how computers get graphic. (by Richard Goodwin)

YOUNG AT HEART

Playing the field with children's video games. (commentary and 2600 reviews by Dan Persons)

  • Cookie Monster Munch
  • Big Bird's Egg Catch
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Snoopy and the Red Baron
  • Pigs In Space

BEATING THE COIN-OPS

Tips and strategies for Elevator Action and M.A.C.H. 3 (by Steve Harris; 'Arcade Games: Playing Tips and Strategies')

VIDEO GAMES' INTERVIEW

A conversation with Nolan Bushnell: Father of video. (by Mary Claire Blakeman; 'Nolan Bushnell: A Conversation With The Father Of Video')

SPECIAL SECTION

ATOMIC CASTLE

A Behind the scenes look at Laser Games' explosive new game. (by Roger C. Sharpe; 'On Target: Behind The Scenes Of Laser Games' Atomic Castle;' includes interview with Thom Kidrin (Senior Vice President, Laser Disc Computer Systems))

COIN-OP COLLECTIBLES

From vintage Wurlitzers to modern day arcade games. (by Russ Jensen; 'Coin-Op Collectibles: From Vintage Wurlitzers To Modern Day Video Arcade Games')

VIDEO GAMES' CONTEST

Going for the Gold! Win your very own $3,000 Track & Field arcade game.

DEPARTMENTS

HYPERSPACE (editorial)

Insights into the issue at hand.

BLIPS (news section)

Ace's wild, a light touch, talk of the town, making it official, guess who's coming to dinner? One-stop shopping?

  • Ace's Wild (Space Ace laserdisc game)
  • A Light Touch (Atari Light Pen and touch tablet)
  • Talk Of The Town (Tymac Controls Corp's line-up of games with speech)
  • Team Effort (Imagic and Amiga team to deliver Imagic VCS games)
  • Eliminating Electrifying Forces (Staticide static electricity prevention)
  • Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (Hubots, multi-purpose home robot)
  • One-Stop Shopping (MetaWriter rewritable-cart vending machine)
  • Video Game Blues (the video game shakeout continues)
  • Hop To It (The Rabbit II computer)
  • Feat Of Clay (Datasoft announces licensing agreements for Gumby and arcade games)
  • Making It Official (Video Maniac official supplier for the US Video Game Team)
  • Role Reversal (Lode Runner licensed for coin-op)
  • Bringing Things Down To Size (tech (TVs, video cameras) going portable)
  • Tuning Into Video Games (electronic distribution initiatives; Play Cable, Atari/Activision, Coleco/AT&T, The Games Network)
  • Handicrafted (HS20 Tournament Master console joystick)

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Video Games' readers speak out.

FLIP SIDE

Long shot selections for flipping out: Zaccaria's Farfalla and Bally's "X's and O's". (pinball commentary and reviews by Zelmo; 'Long Shot Selections For Flipping Out')

COIN-OP SHOP (listed in TOC as 'COIN-OP')

Spinging(sic) into action with the latest arcade hits: Tapper, Marvin's Maze, Interstellar Fantasy, The Tin Star, Exerion. (by Jim Gorzelany; 'Springing Into Action With The Latest Arcade Hits')

  • Interstellar Fantasy
  • Marvin's Maze
  • Cloak & Dagger
  • Tapper
  • The Tin Star
  • Exerion

SOFT SPOT

Video gaming the second time around: Nova Blast, Subterranea, Miner 2049er, Megamania, Congo Bongo, Pitstop. (commentary and home game reviews by Dan Persons, Ted Salamone and Mike Sittnick; 'Video Gaming The Second Time Around')

  • Subterranea (2600; two reviews)
  • Megamania (5200)
  • Miner 2049er (5200)
  • Congo Bongo (2600)
  • Pitstop (CV)
  • Nova Blast (CV; two reviews)

HARDSELL

The Timex/Sinclair 2068: Was it too little, too late? (by Mark Brownstein)

BOOK BEAT

Biting the computer bug. (by Richard Goodwin; book review: The Complete Buyer's Guide to Personal Computers)

COMPUTER CORNER

Computer game adaption(sic) - Great expectations: River Raid, Buck Rogers, Planet of Zoom, Doubleback, Bedlam, Silicon Warrior and more. (commentary and game reviews by Dan Persons and Ted Salamone; 'Computer Game Adaptions: Great Expectations')

  • River Raid (Atari cart)
  • Badlam (16KCC tape)
  • Silicon Warrior (Atari cart)
  • Doubleback (TRS80 cart)
  • Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom (Atari cart)
  • Bristles (C64)
  • Threshold (C64)
  • Congo Bongo (Atari cart)

STATS (high scores and top lists)

Atomic Castle cover courtesy of Laser Disc Computer Systems.



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    Title: Video Games Issue 20
    Month: May
    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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