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Video Games Issue 7

ISSUE: 7Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Coleco ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision - Intellivision II
  • Bally Astrocade
  • TImex 1000
  • Ultravision
  • Spectravideo SV-318
  • arcade

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



VIDEO GAMES Interview: Jim Levy

Activision's "Little Big Man" tells what it takes to become No. 1. By Steve Bloom.

The Life and Times of Q*bert & Joust

If you can't beat the Japanese at their own game, then join 'em. Neil Tesser dissectstwo very un-American American coin-op games.

Coin-Op Quiz

Professor John DiPrete puts you to the ultimate arcade test. And no cheating!


A pictorial tour of the biggest Consumer Electronics Show yet. See the latest games and systems, meet Mickey Mantle and Mr. T, fall in love with all those Vegas girls, girls, girls. Shutterbug Perry Greenberg caught it all.

The Silicon Valley Story

They drive Mercedes and switch jobs with a frequency that would make most peoples' heads spin. They are the creative workforce that has made California's Silicon Valley the high-technology capital of the world. Excerpted from Dick Hanson's The New Alchemists.

Journey to the Center of EPCOT

Take a stroll through Walt Disney's Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Sue Adamo introduces you to some of the fun 'n' games you'll find there.



HYPERSPACE (editorial)

A few words of hype from the editor.

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

BLIPS (news section)

Astrocade fights for its life, Custer's Revenge is no more, Coke has a better idea, Superman and Dindi enter the computer age, Mr. Bill gets his own game, Videa and Bushnell tie the knot, Astron Belt makes waves, Qube plays games, Joyshticks goes to town.

  • The Astrocade Question: Sink or Swim?
  • Vid-Custer's Last Stand
  • No Pepsi! Coke Video Game
  • Computer Comix Bring Capers to Paper Screen
  • Oh Nooooo! It's Mr. Bill
  • Videa to Do Pizza Time with Bushnell
  • Astron Belt! The First Videodisk Game
  • Qube: Beam Me Next Door, Scotty?
  • Joyshticks (comic; four comic strip guest artists)


Phil Wiswell has good news for TV-gamers: 12 new carts, including Ms. Pac-Man, Dragonfire, and River Raid, are all worth the price of admission.

  • Ms. Pac-Man (VCS)
  • Lock 'N' Chase (VCS)
  • Mouse Trap (Col)
  • Phoenix (VCS)
  • Vanguard (VCS)
  • River Raid (VCS)
  • Dragonfire (VCS)
  • Turbo (Col; sidebar)
  • Spiderman (VCS) (Spider-Man)
  • Journey (VCS)
  • Riddle of the Sphinx (VCS)
  • Utopia (Int)
  • Fireworld (VCS)


A nostalgic John Holmstrom remembers the good old days when Space Invaders was king and a driving game meant running over harmless pedestrians for points. ('Was There Life Before Space Invaders?' - includes 'The Boring Truth About Board Games' sidebar)


The Timex 1000 is now. Dale Archibald takes a watchful look. ('A Watchful Look at the Timex 1000')


If computer crime is to the '80s what wiretapping was to the '70s, then Apple Crunch is a very '80s kind of book. Review by David Smith. ('New York City, This Is A Stick-up')


The Video Game Olympics is Iowa and U.S. Games' "Name This Game" sweepstakes. ('That's Incredible!')


Dr. Stephen Balter examines whether video games are hazardous to our health. ('Are Video Games a Radiation Hazard?')


Some take-outs from Tim Skelly's hilarious cartoon book, Shoot the Robot, Then Shoot Mom; chapter four of Matt Howarth and Lou Stathis' thriller, "The Zydroid Legion."

STATS (high scores and Top lists)

Cover Illustration by Hovik Dilakian

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    Title: Video Games Issue 7
    Month: April
    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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