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Video Games Issue 3

ISSUE: 3Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Emerson Arcadia 2001
  • arcade


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VIDEO GAMES Interview: Ken Uston

From stockbroker to blackjack whiz to video game maven, the celebrated author knows no bounds. An exclusive interview by Roger Dionne.

Programming for Dollars

Game designers are turning ideas into megabucks. Who are they, how do they do it and could you become one of them? Dale Archibald is on the case.

The Selling of Intellivision

The maker of Barbie has come a long way, baby. An inside look at Mattel and its prime-time duel with Atari. Also, a rare interview with George Plimpton. Susan Prince and Steve Hanks do the job.

The House That Pac Built

Space Invaders, Galazian, Pac-Man, Gorf, Ms. Pac-Man, Tron! Midway Manufacturing has done them all. On the eve of the company's 25th anniversary, Andrea Stone paid a visit to this coin-op Goliath.



On Atari's 10th birthday, VIDEO GAMES brings you the company that started it all. An incredible report by Steve Bloom.


HYPERSPACE (editorial)

A few words of hype from the editor.

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

BLIPS (news section)

Pac-Man gets a TV show, gamer clubs, Siggraph '82, drugs in arcades, the latest and greatest high scores, why Wall Street is saying all those terrible things about video games.

  • Pac-Kojak? Move Over Deputy Dawg (Pac-Man Saturday morning cartoon)
  • Are You Game Enough to Join a Club?
  • Siggraph '82: State of the (Computer) Art (computer tech/art show)
  • What's New (new product sidebar)
  • Report: Drugs in Arcades
  • Scores: All in a Day's Work (Twin Galaxy scores)
  • Bull's-Eye (Wall Street; Warner Communications, Mattel stocks)


Perry Greenberg pulls no punches as he guides you through the ever-expanding software maze. Reviews of 16 brand new cartridges, including Atlantis, Pitfall and The Empire Strikes Back. ('Reviews: 16 New Carts for the VCS;' running review commentary with scores)

  • Cosmic Swarm
  • Planet Patrol
  • Gangster Alley
  • The Empire Strikes Back (shown) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Frogger
  • Frog Pond
  • Megamania
  • Demons to Diamonds
  • Pitfall (shown)
  • Racquetball
  • Shark Attack (shown)
  • Lost Luggage (shown)
  • Atlantis (shown)
  • Cosmic Ark (shown)
  • Astroblast (shown)
  • Space Attack


The mad, mad, mad world of a video game book author. Between hands of poker and the change of cartridges, Roger Dionne found the time to tell us how it's done. ('Notes from the Video Game Underground')


Eugene Jarvis returns with more expert opinions on the latest batch of quarter-eaters. He also has a few things to say about Tron. ('I Can't Believe I Wrote About Pinball;' running review commentary)


The TV-game system that nobody knows about. Introducing Emerson's Arcadia-2001. Critique by Sue Adamo.

COMIC RELIEF (comic strips)

Our resident funny men are back on the loose. John Holmstrom's "Bernie," Gene Williams' "Joyshticks," and Petter Bagge's "Video Kid." (This issue's Holmstorm strip is actually titled 'Ziggy - The Video Game Designer' Bernie is nowhere to be found.)

OUTTAKES (photo)

Cover illustration by Paul Chadwick

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    Title: Video Games Issue 3
    Month: Decmber
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Steve Bloom
    Pages: 86
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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