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Video Games Issue 9

ISSUE: 9Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Columbia Home Video System
  • Atari 5200
  • Mattel Intellivision - Intellivision II - Entertainment Computer System
  • Odyssey 3
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Colecovision
  • Bally Astrocade
  • arcade
  • pinball

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



VIDEO GAMES Interview: Arnold C. Greenberg

As far as video games are concerned, the best is yet to come, according to the president of Coleco. By Toy Trakin. (subtitled 'A Colecovision of the Future')

Sights to Behold in the Video World

When George Opperman sees a blip on a screen several million images flash through his head. But only a few of these will grace the Atari coin-op cabinets, posters and advertisements seen throughout the country. Mark Osmun steals some time out of Opperman's hectic schedule. ('George Opperman: The Fine Art of Video Games')

The Computerization of Video Games

Turning your home game system into a computer is a snap. Literally. Anne Krueger, Suzan Prince and Mark Brownstein report on what's in store for owners of Intellivision, Odyssey, Astrocade, Coleco, and Atari game systems. ('All Keyed Up')

  • Mattel Intellivision II - One Step Beyond ('Entertainment Computer System')
  • The Atari 2600 Keyboard - All in the Family (Atari brand keyboard attachment for 2600)
  • Entex 2000 Piggy Back - Added Attraction (Entex brand keyboard attachment for 2600)
  • Odyssey 3 Command Center - Once More With Feeling
  • Colecovision's Keyboard Computer - Making the Grade
  • Coleco's Supergame Module 3 - A Slice of Life
  • Astrocade - One More Time


Video Sports Games Illustrated, Part 2

Take out the gloves, line up those pins! Noah Greenberg reviews the hockey, bowling, basketball, golf, tennis, boxing and skiing carts for video games sportsmen.

  • Tennis (VCS)
  • Tennis (Int)
  • Skiing (VCS)
  • U.S. Ski Team Skiing (Int) (US Ski Team Skiing)
  • Bowling (Int)
  • PGA Golf (Int)
  • Boxing (Int)
  • Boxing (VCS)
  • N.H.L. Hockey (Int) (NHL Hockey)
  • Hockey (VCS) (Ice Hockey)
  • N.B.A. Basketball (Int) (NBA Basketball)


DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

HYPERSPACE (editorial)

Insights into the issue at hand.

BLIPS (news section)

Three ring video games, more fun with Journey, staying in style in the arcades, Atari surveys the coin-op scene, Pac-Man - on the road and in the drugstores.

  • Step Into the Ring (arcade and video 'circus' tour info & schedule)
  • It's the Little Things That Count (gamer accessories; gloves, coin holder, Intellivision 'Thumb Savers')
  • What's in a Name? (Columbia House 'Columbia Home Video System' (Atari VCS clone manufactured by Coleco))
  • Practice Pays (Harry Lubin, winner, Activision's Spider Fighter home video game tournament)
  • Journey: Playing at an Arcade Near You (Journey laserdisc arcade game; Paul McCartney, Devo games)
  • Meet Joe Video Game Player (gamer survey results)
  • Paperback Video Games ("designed 'to bridge the gap between the arcade and the library'")
  • Pac-Man Holds Fort (Six Flags Over Georgia recreation park attraction)
  • Dreams Come True (Pac-Man vitamins)
  • Pac-Man Goes on the Road (Pac-Man themed hot-rod)
  • TV Game Show Games


Mark Andrews delivers a programmer's perspective of Commodore's VIC-20. ('The VIC-20: A Programmer's Perspective')


From simple to sublime, the latest offering of home carts has something for everyone. Perry Greenberg reviews Venture (VCS), Smurf Rescue (CV), Bomb Squad (Int), Gopher (VCS), Space Spartans (Int), Centipede (5200), Turmoil (VCS) and Nexar (VCS). ('Eight is Enough: A Selection of the Summer Games')


The latest batch of arcade games indicate a return to strong game-play and continued improvement of graphics, new challenges and bizarre themes. John Holmstrom reviews Xevious, Star Trek, Bagman, Bump 'n' Jump, and Quantum. ('Sampling the Newest Arcade Games;' arcade Nibbler also reviewed; includes Arcade Watch sidebar)


Q*bert's taken his cast of zany characters and taken them over to pinball. In the first installment of this new column, Zelmo tells all about Gottlieb's latest. ('Q*bert Makes the Jump Over to Pinball')


Having a home video game party can be both fun and profitable. Rawson Stovall gives hints on how to thrown one without irritating mom. ('Hosting a Home Video Game Tournament')


Milton Bradley's back in the Wall Street eye, reports David Leibowitz. ('The New Contender')


Stephen Manes' book Video Wars sheds modern light on the age-old conflict between teens and adults. Reviewed by Anne Krueger. ('This Isn't Kids' Stuff, This Is War!')


The saga continues! Chapter six of Matt Howarth and Lou Stathis' "The Zydroid Legion;" Gene Williams' "Raiders of the Lost Arcade,(") and Peter Bagge's "The Video Kid."

STATS (high scores and Top lists)

Cover Illustration by Michael Waldman

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    Title: Video Games Issue 9
    Month: June
    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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