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Video Games Issue 4

ISSUE: 4Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Coleco Colecovision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • GCE Vectrex
  • Bally Astrocade
  • Entex AdventureVision
  • Emerson Arcadia 2001
  • Phillips Odyssey2
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • arcade
  • pinball

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



VIDEO GAMES Interview: Bill Grubb & Dennis Koble

They left Atari to start up their own video game company in 1981. Two years later, Imagic is challenging Activision for the TV-game software crown. A candid conversation with two of the founders.

Zen and the Art of Donkey Kong

While the Chinese were worshipping dogs in 1982, we went nuts over a "stupid monkey" from Japan. Mark Jacobson has a few thoughts on the Donkey Kong phenomenom.

Parker Brothers Strikes Back

Tak off, Monopoly, Risk and Careers. Parker Brothers is living proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Steve Bloom tells the story. (includes 'The First 100 Years' PB history sidebar, 'Conquering the World, Computer-Style' sidebar)

Confessions of a Pinball Junkie

Roger C. Sharpe has seen the enemy and it is video. The author of Pinball! yearns for the good old days whena flipper was a flipper, a bumper was a bumper, and every ball had a life of its own.



'Tis time to take out the old checklist and do your Christmas shopping. Have a few video gamers on your list? Don't leave the house until you see the stocking stuffers we've assembled. (Pictorial product guide, with many items (swag, systems, electronic handhelds) shown. Programmable consoles shown: ColecoVision, Vectrex, Atari VCS, Atari 5200, Intellivision, Bally Astrocade, Odyssey2, AdventureVision, Commodore VIC-20, Emerson Arcadia 2001)


HYPERSPACE (editorial)

A few words of hype from the editor.

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

BLIPS (news section)

Analyzing TRON, Larry Kaplan calls it quits, coin-op ads on the tube, Custer's Revenge, the Who takes on video, Rawson Stovall makes his move, Firebug gets hosed, free games at Beefsteak Charlie's.

  • Tron Coulda Been a Contender (movie woes at box office; critical reception)
  • Kaboom! Kaplan Quits Activision ("I wasn't having any fun at Activision anymore.")
  • Prime-time Coin-Op Ads to Continue
  • They Say It Ain't Porno (Mystique games controversy)
  • Who's Fooling Who? (The Who's It's Hard album)
  • Who'll Stop Rawson Stovall (child video game journalist)
  • Fire Officials Hose Down Game (Firebug game controversy)
  • Beefsteak Chalie's Has a Better Idea - Free Video Games
  • A Day in the Life of Beefsteak's


Phil Wiswell's bark is as mean as his bite in "Rating the Latest Video Game Books."

  • Secrets of the Video Game Superstars
  • Guide to the Video Arcade Games
  • How To Win At Video Games
  • The Video Master's Guide to Pac-Man
  • The Video Master's Guide to Centipede
  • The Video Master's Guide to Defender
  • The Video Wizard's Handbook


Does Ken Uston ever sleep? Nooooooo! He's too busy writing about video games. Some of this favorites - and least favorites - are the subject of this article, From Ken Uston's Home Video '83.

  • B-17 Bomber (Int)
  • Cosmic Avenger (Col)
  • Lady Bug (Col)
  • Pac-Man (5200)
  • Super Challenge Football (VCS)
  • Swordquest I (VCS) (Swordquest: Earthworld)
  • The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt


Hey, buddy can you spare a quarter? John Holmstrom knows the feeling after prowling the arcades for new, improved games. Have you ever heard of Q*bert? He has. ('Hot Fun in the Wintertime')


New department! Results of the first interstate video game face-off, the Astrosmash Shootoff and the world's "largest" Pac-Man contest. Plus, some of the latest greatest scores. ('72,547,630')


ColecoVision and Vectrex are as good as home game systems come. Reviews by Mike "How to Beat the Video Games" Blanchet and Perry "Stand Alone" Greenberg. ('ColecoVision's Well Worth the Wait,' 'Vectrex: A Unique Alternative')


David Leibowitz returns with more words-to-the-wise from a Wall Streeter's point-of-view. Topic: computers. ('Year of the Home Computer')


Last time we heard, the bugs were ready to hook themselves a live one. Take Two: "The Zydroid Legion." By Matt Howarth and Lou Stathis.

Cover Illustration by Bob Radigan

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    Title: Video Games Issue 4
    Month: January
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Steve Bloom
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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