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Videogaming Illustrated Issue 1

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Atari VCS - 2600


(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents with select article taglines and/or excerpts (noted in quotes) included. (Notes) and bullet lists added for clarity.)

(A short-lived golden age mag, Videogaming Illustrated is especially notable for its (often) multi-page 'Conquering' strategy guides, in-depth news section (some news stories could be considered full-fledged articles in their own right), and - surprisingly enough - celebrity guests. The magazine would see three minor title changes before ending with its 14th issue.)

The Keyboard

An editorial (by editor Jeff Rovin)

Eye On

What's New In Hardware, Software, The Industry! (news section; column headlines:)

  • Apollo, Like Its Namesake, Shoots For The Videogaming Stars! (personalized Space Chase available; Intellivision plans; VCS games discussed:)
    • Skeet Shoot
    • Space Chase
    • Space Cavern
    • Lochjaw (the eventual Shark Attack)
    • Lost Luggage
    • Racquetball
  • K.C.K.O. (Atari's successful K.C. Munchkin lawsuit)
  • More Pac-Mania (Saturday morning cartoon planned)
  • ... And In Case You Didn't Know (what the 'Pac' in 'Pac-Man' actually means)
  • You Don't Say! (voice modules; Intellivision, Odyssey2; Intellvision voice cartridges discussed:)
    • Space Spartans
    • B-17 Bomber
    • Bomb Squad
  • The Force Is With Them (Parker Brothers; Intellivision, Colecovision plans; VCS games discussed:)
    • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    • Frogger
    • Spider-Man
    • James Bond: 007
    • Jaws
    • Star Wars: Revenge of the Jedi (the eventual Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • The Rolls Royce Joystick (Zircon Video Command Joystick)
  • Atari Finds The Lost Ark (Raiders of the Lost Ark game)
  • Art Imitates Life (Spaceblasters movie)
  • So That's How They Did It! (Demon Attack packaging)
  • Unsheath Your Joystick! (Astrocade Conan; Krull video and pinball games)
  • Top That! (deluxe Pac-Man high-score)
  • The Glitchery (Activision April Fool's Day party; Freeway emblem foolery)

Odyssey2 Master Strategy

A cross between videogame and boardgame, the Master Strategy series has found favor among videogamers. More importantly, it's bringing converts to the field. ('Odyssey2 Master Strategy Series!;' includes 'Corporate Strategy - The long-awaited Odyssey3 is coming in mid-1983!' sidebar; discussing Odyssey2's video/board hybrid games:)

  • The Quest For The Rings
  • Conquest of the World
  • The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt

Videogaming Illustrated Profile: Jim Levy

('Videogaming Illustrated Profile: Activision President Jim Levy;' interview)

How To Turn Your Videogame Into A Supergaming Center

"This issue's topic is enhancing the sound generated by your videogame." (researched by Samuel Lawrence, written by Michael Alexander; add-on 'TeleStereo' and 'Teledapter' accessories to improve game sound output)

Coleco: Climbing Toward Video Supremacy

"The growth of Coleco is the archetypical American Success Story." (featuring running discussion commentary with Coleco's Arnold Greenberg; includes 'Peripheral Vision: The Smurf Wars!' mini-article; the rise of Coleco)


The most innovative motion picture in years takes views on an incredible journey inside a videogame! (by Jeff Rovin; movie overview)

Conquering: Superman

Fighting For Truth, Justice, And The American Way... In Under Two Minutes Flat! ('Superman;' VCS; game overview and strategies)

Conquering: Laser Blast

How to make sure that you're the blastor and not the blastee! (VCS; game overview and strategies)

Conquering: U.F.O.

Ramming and blasting your way to a safer universe! (Ody2; game overview and strategies)

Amusement Arcade Expo '82

An Arcade Experience! (running commentary)

What's New In The Arcades

('Move over Pac-Man... What's Coming in the Arcades!' by Richard Myers; upcoming coin-op games with a focus on the following:)

  • Jack the Giantkiller
  • War of the Worlds
  • Boxing Bugs
  • Jump Bug
  • Pioneer Balloon
  • Fantasy
  • Robotron 2084

Conquering: Defender

No longer will the world's most popular space arcade game blast your ship to atoms! (arcade; game overview and strategies; includes 'The Aliens as they appear on the videoscreen!' sidebar)

Conquering: Stargate

Once you've mastered the rapid-fire, space-distorting challenge of Defender, it's time to out-play the more difficult menace of Stargate! ('Conquering Defender: Stargate!;' arcade; game overview and strategies)

Star Words

A monthly column in which celebrities look at videogames! (celebrity opinions of video games)

  • Charlton Heston, Star of Ben-Hur, and the upcoming Mother Lode
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers, Author and Lecturer
  • Martin Landau, Star of TV's Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999


The column which dares you to identify five popular home videogames based on the following verse.

You Saw it Here First

('You Read It Here First!;' game ideas and concepts publicly proposed by the Videogaming Illustrated staff)

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Keystone Kops
  • John Henry
  • Noah's Ark
  • William Tell
  • B.C.
  • Dune
  • Santa Claus

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    Title: Videogaming Illustrated Issue 1
    Month: August
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: ION International Inc.
    Editor: Jeff Rovin
    Pages: 68
    Price: $2.75
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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