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Video Games Issue 5

ISSUE: 5Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Bally Astrocade
  • Phillips Odyssey2
  • arcade
  • pinball
  • Atari 400
  • Atari 800
  • Apple II
  • PC
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Radio Shack TRS-80

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VIDEO GAMES Interview: Ralph Baer

The godfather of video games tell everyone who's boss. By Steve Bloom.

Video Games Go to the Movies, Part 2

What started as a fling (Tron) has blossomed into a beautiful friendship. Sue Adamo has the latest on Hollywood's hottest romance.

Future Shock Talk

There are dreamers, and then there are dreamers. Bob Mccoy caught up with six of them, including Dave Nutting, Richard Taylor and Ed Rotberg. Plus, VIDEO GAMES' Dream Machine for '83. Illustrated by Alan Wallerstein. (Ed Rotberg, Bob Brown, Dave Nutting, J. Ray Dettling, Richard Winn Taylor II, Dave Bischoff)

Playing Games With Cable

Are you ready for the "Interactive Age?" PlayCable and The Games Network can take you there. Dave Smith examines this trend towards cartridgelessness.



If you're just getting caught up in the computer revolution and have been looking for an easy-to-read publication, this is it. EHC is a layman's guide to home computers written by experts. Edited by Roger Sharpe.

  • Introduction
  • Well-Equipped: Getting the basics about computer hardware by Jerry Willis
  • Bits and Pieces: Getting personal with Savvy by Nelson Winkless
  • The Options Are Yours: Features to look for in selecting a computer by Jerry Willis
  • Escape From the Planet of the Microzealots: The almost endless crusade for computer literacy by Anton Braun Quist
  • Service Stations: Tapping into the world of tele-communications by Merl Miller
  • Software Sights: A brief overview of computer programs by Jerry Willis and Merl Miller


HYPERSPACE (editorial)

A few words of hype from the editor.

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

BLIPS (news section)

Life in the fast maze with Marty Ingels; sex, games & rock 'n' roll (not necessarily in that order); the Atari Force wants you; the powers of Super Pac-Man; Billy Martin & George Plimpton have it out; Jungle King has a problem; video games on TV; the latest greatest coin-op scores.

  • Life in the Fast Maze with Marty Ingels (Pac-Man cartoon voice actor)
  • Can Video Games Save the Radio Star? (Journey/Data East video game deal)
  • Dems Gain Points on Hill (sidebar; Republican Zoids and Atari Democrats)
  • May the Atari Force Be With You (DC to produce Atari Force mini-comics)
  • Souped-up Pac Has Snack Attack (sidebar; Super Pac-Man)
  • Atari to Billy: You're Fired! (Atari fires Bill Martin as spokesperson)
  • Bungling in The Jungle (Jungle King renamed to Jungle Hunt)
  • Video Meets Video In Tinseltown (video game cameos in TV shows)
  • Getting Higher (sidebar; high scores)


Our resident whiz kids, Perry Greenberg and Roger Dionne, review 18 cartridges, including Jawbreaker, The Incredible Wizard and Berzerk. (running commentary reviews; '15 Reviews: Old Win in New Bottles')

  • Firefighter
  • Towering Inferno
  • Threshold
  • Command Raid
  • Timelord
  • K.C.'s Crazy Chase
  • Jawbreaker
  • Bugs
  • Donkey Kong
  • King Kong
  • Airlock
  • Berzerk
  • Venture
  • Marauder
  • Infiltrate

(Includes additional section, 'Roger Dionne's Guide to Three New Games,' covering Astrocade and Intellivision:)

  • The Incredible Wizard
  • Lock 'N' Chase
  • Tron: Deadly Discs


To Roger Sharpe, 1982 will go down in the books as the year that wasn't. To John Holmstrom, it was the year of the revenge game. (includes 'Pinball Goes Through Changes' sidebar by Sharpe)

  • '82 in Review: The Year That Wasn't by Roger C. Sharpe
  • Beyond the Valley of the Revenge Games by John Holmstrom


Phil Wiswell test-drives Atari's 5200 and Starpath's Supercharger.

  • Atari's 5200 Will Take You for a Ride
  • The Supercharger Is Not a Communist Plot


Meet Dr. Thomas Radecki and Peter Favaro. One's psychiatrist, the other's a psychologist. Meet Howard Mandel. He moderates the discussion about video game violence. ('NCTV Takes Stand On Video Game Violence')


New column. Disorder in the court is the idea. ('The Fight for Ms. Pac-Man')


Dale Rees provides a first hand account of his Defenderthon. ('My 40-Hour Defenderthon')

COMIC RELIEF ('The Video Kid;' 'Joyshticks;' 'Zippy;' 'Bernie')


What's new on Wall Street? Optimism, for a change. David Leibowitz explains. ('Wall Street's Switcheroo')


Cover Illustration by Richard Kriegler

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    Title: Video Games Issue 5
    Month: February
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Steve Bloom
    Pages: 108
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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