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Video Games Issue 8

ISSUE: 8Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Odyssey 2
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • arcade

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



Deadly Disc

The people at Vidmax have seen the future of video games and it lies in interactive laserdisc technology. "Murder, Anyone?" puts players in the thick of a heinous crime. Sue Adamo is on the case.

Cartoons, Comics, Muppets and Puppets Come Home

Cartoon characters aren't just for Saturday morning TV shows anymore. Everyone from the Flintstones to Heckle and Jeckle have been tapped for video games. Bob Greenberger reports.

Toy Fare

A tour of Toy Fair '83 shows off an array of the newest portable efforts, some interesting variations on video game themes and a bevy of home systems's improvements.

Screen Gems

Video gamers who like to think and play big may want to take a closer look at those new wide-screen television sets. Roger Sharpe brings us the big picture.

Score One Bonus Life

In VIDEO GAMES' first science fiction short story, J. Ray Dettling weaves a special tale of a brother, sister and Dr. Know.


Video Sports Games Illustrated

It's time to play ball! Armchair sportsman Noah Greenberg reviews the field of baseball, football and soccer carts in part one of this two-part installment.

  • Baseball (Int)
  • Baseball (VCS)
  • Real Sports Football (VCS)
  • Baseball (Ody2)
  • Football (Int)
  • Football (VCS)
  • Football (Ody2)
  • Real Sports Football (VCS)
  • Football (5200)
  • Soccer (5200)
  • NASL Soccer (Int)
  • Soccer (VCS)


DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

HYPERSPACE (editorial)

Insights into the issue at hand.

BLIPS (news section)

Video games on the air; Sega gives 20 cities free rides on the Enterprise; Palmtex's little wonder; Scholastic's alternative to arcade games; how they spend their time in Tokyo.

  • The Buck Starts Here ('Electronic Games World' radio talkshow)
  • Handy Craft (Palmtex PVS (artist rendition shown))
  • Live and Learn ('Microzine' magazine)
  • Reader's Digests (Imagic's 'The Numb Thumb News', Coleco's 'ColecoVision Experience')
  • Snap To It (Shinjuku arcades)
  • Free For All (free-play Star Trek: The Arcade Game promotion)


You can come fatally close to a reactor, protect succulent fruits from invading spiders, pilot a land/air vehicle and protect innocent children from the creepist aliens you'll ever want to see without ever leaving the sofa. Perry Greenberg offers tips on the newest home games. ('Visions of Eight: A Seasonal Collection of Carts')

  • Megaforce
  • Spider Fighter
  • Cross Force
  • Amidar
  • Reactor
  • Bermuda Triangle
  • Cosmic Creeps
  • M.A.D.


One look outside the arcade will tell you spring is in the air. But all the action's still inside. John Holmstrom reviews the latest crop of games, including Pole Position, Front Line, Super Pac-Man, Popeye and Buck Rogers. ('Harvesting Spring's Crop of Arcade Games')

  • Pole Position
  • Popeye
  • Time Pilot
  • Pac-Man Plus
  • Front Line
  • Super Pac-Man
  • Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom
  • Lost Tomb


Last year's computer sensation, the VIC-20, is expanding its sights, sounds and capabilities. Sue Adamo reports. ('The Vic-20: Commodore's Small Wonder')


Chapter five of Matt Howarth and Lou Stathis', "The Zyrdoid Legion."

STATS (high scores and Top lists)

Cover Illustration by Hovik Dilakian

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    Title: Video Games Issue 8
    Month: May
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Roger C. Sharpe
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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