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Videogaming Illustrated Issue 14

ISSUE: 14Content


Atari VCS - 2600
Atari 5200
Atari computers (news coverage)
Apple computers (news coverage)
PC - IBM PC (news coverage)
Radio Shack TRS-80 (news coverage)
Commodore 64 (news coverage)
Commodore VIC-20 (news coverage)
Timex Sinclair 1000 - 2000
Mattel Aquarius


(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.)

(The final issue of Videogaming Illustrated, this installment is largely a collection of reprinted material originally published in issues #1-6. Some material is printed practically identically as before (with the exception of any advertisements sharing page real estate), while other articles have been reformatted with new logos, taglines, artwork, and/or layouts. Some articles have been edited to account for space and/or missing art assets (referenced diagrams, screenshots, etc). Reprinted content is noted below with original issue number and edit/reformat flags. Steve Springer replaces Jeff Rovin as editor.)


As we look back on videogaming's past, we pompously predict its future. ('An Editorial by Steve Springer')

Eye On

New video, computer, and arcade games - from here to the shores of Tripoli! (news section; column headlines:)

  • High Resolutions (brief news section introduction; New Year's resolutions)
  • New Home Videogames (upcoming console videogames commentary, sorted by system:)
    • Atari 2600
    • Atari 5200
    • ColecoVision
  • Computergames (upcoming computer game commentary, sorted by system:)
    • Atari computers
    • IBM-PC
    • Apple computers
    • TRS-80
    • Commodore 64
    • VIC-20
  • The Donkey's Uncle (Donkey Kong 3, Mega Zone, untitled arcade game)
  • Are You Listening, Mr. Blackwell? (Video Maniac action sportswear for gamers)
  • Mossad Attack (PLO soldiers playing arcade games during downtime)


Scrutinies of Buck Rogers, Congo Bongo, and other new home videogames. ('E.C. Meade and Jim Clark Review The Latest Videogames;' console videogame reviews, most with box art and/or screenshot)

  • Buck Rogers - Planet Of Zoom (5200)
  • Congo Bongo (5200)
  • Micro Takes (capsule reviews):
  • Moon Patrol (5200)
  • Popeye (5200)
  • Popeye (Col)
  • Buck Rogers - Planet of Zoom (2600)

VIP: James Levy (VI #1; minor reformatting; 'Videogaming Illustrated Profile: Activision President Jim Levy;' interview)

VIP: Don Imus (VI #4; 'Videogaming Illustrated Profile: Don Imus' by June Davis; interview)

Supergaming: First Annual Vista Awards (VI #5; 'Presenting: The First Annual Vista Awards!;' part one of two; noted games listed in order of placement - so 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)

  • Best 2600 Game (Megamania, Pitfall, Demon Attack)
  • Best Intellivision Game (B-17 Bomber, Demon Attack)
  • Best Odyssey Game (UFO, K.C.'s Krazy Chase, Demon Attack)
  • Best 5200 Game (Centipede, Pac-Man, Defender)
  • Best Colecovision Game (Venture, Ladybug, Zaxxon)
  • Best Game Based On A Non-Arcade Medium (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman; Fantastic Voyage, Tron: Deadly Discs and Journey/Escape tied for 3rd)
  • Best Arcade Adaption (Pac-Man (5200), Zaxxon (Col), Centipede (5200), Donkey Kong (Col))
  • Best Educational Game (Sid the Spellbinder (Ody2), Word Zapper, Nimble Numbers Ned)
  • Best 2600 Sports (Super Challenge Baseball, Realsports Baseball tied for 1st; Boxing, Video Olympics)
  • Best Intellivision Sports (NFL Football, Horse Racing, Boxing)

Supergaming: The Joystick Revolution (VI #4; by Jim Clark; improving joysticks with upgrades/third party controllers)

Supergaming: First Annual Vista Awards, Part Two (VI #6; minor reformatting; 'Presenting: The First Annual Vista Awards!;' part two of two; noted games listed in order of placement - so 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.; includes summary of part one (see above))

  • Best Odyssey Sports (Speedway/Spinout, Baseball, Alpine Skiing)
  • Best 2600 Graphics (Pitfall, Phoenix, Grand Prix)
  • Best Intellivision Graphics (B-17 Bomber, Demon Attack, PBA Bowling)
  • Best Colecovision Graphics (Zaxxon, Smurfs, Donkey Kong)
  • Best 5200 Graphics (Centipede, Pac-Man, Defender)
  • Best Game (Centipede, Megamania (2600), Venture (Col), Ladybug (Col), Pac-Man (5200))

Arcadia: The Making of Pinball Machines (VI #6; 'The Making of Pinball Machines' by Richard Meyers)

Close Up: Videogaming: The Inside Story

Anatomy class is in session - for intestinal analysis of your game unit! (VI #2; 'Videogaming: The Inside Story' by Martin Levitan; includes 'Peripheral Vision' sidebar)

Computereyes: "But Captain Kirk has one!" (VI #5; '"But Captain Kirk Has One!"' by Martin Levitan; general personal computer commentary with some focus on the Timex Sinclair 1000; Timex Sinclair 1000, Atari 1200XL shown)


CONQUERING: THE EIGHT MOST CHALLENGING GAMES OF ALL TIME (game overviews and strategies (arcade game unless noted)):

Conquering Kangaroo (VI #4; by Randy Palmer)

Conquering: Dig Dug (VI #4; minor reformatting; by Chris Ochsenkiel)

Conquering: Q*bert (VI #5; by Randy Palmer)

Conquering: Donkey Kong (VI #2; reformatted and edited, no longer includes referenced level diagrams)

Conquering: Zaxxon (VI #3; by Randy Palmer; reformatted and edited, no longer includes 'The Mark of the 'Z'' sidebar (Zektor arcade game))

Conquering: Pitfall (VI #3; reformatted; 2600)

Conquering: Robotron (VI #3; by Randy Palmer; reformatted, originally published as 'Conquering: Robotron 2084')

Conquering: Defender (VI #1; reformatted; includes 'The Aliens as they appear on the videoscreen!' sidebar)


Meet the Original Zaxxon (VI #3; reformatted; space cities in mythology, entertainment and culture; The Brick Moon, Battlestar Galactica, Rendezvous with Rama; more)

Meet the Original Donkey Kong (VI #2; 'Meet the Original... Donkey Kong;' apes in entertainment, culture, history; Weird Tales, Tarzan, King Kong, more)

Turn Your Videogame into a Supergaming Center

Don't sit still while technology passes you and your videogame unit by! (VI #1; researched by Samuel Lawrence, written by Michael Alexander; add-on 'TeleStereo' and 'Teledapter' accessories to improve game sound output)

Close Up: The Making of Videogames (VI #3; 'The Making Of Video-Games' by Richard Meyers; running discussion commentary with Joe Cicak of Gamexxx)

Focus On: Videogame E.T.s

Beware! Most videogame aliens are after more than your Reese's Pieces! (VI #3; a look at aliens in video games; upcoming E.T. game from Atari)

Computereyes: Special "K's" (VI #6; 'Special "K's"' by Martin Levitan; general personal computer commentary discussing computer memory, with a focus on the Mattel Aquarius and Timex Sinclair 2000 (both shown))

Close Up: Computer in Orbit

Computers are helping us to chart our destiny on the final frontier. (VI #5; minor reformatting; running discussion commentary with astronaut Mike Lounge)

Arcadia: The Exidy Experiment (VI #3; reformatted, with different arcade games shown than the original printing; 'The Exidy Experiment' by Richard Meyers; running discussion commentary with Exidy President Pete Kauffman and Director of Market Analysis Arlen Grainger; arcade games shown:)

  • Fax
  • Hard Hat
  • Pepper II

You Read It Here First (Tongue-in-cheek video games ideas by the VI staff. This issue includes two installments of 'You Read It Here First' - the first set is a reprint of the complete column originally printed in VI #6, and the second is a mix of items originally printed in VI #1 and VI #4.)

  • Ear To The Ground
  • Accelerando
  • Emily Attack!
  • Kublai Khan
  • Whistler's Mother
  • Tote That Bard!
  • There Goes $79.95 (VI #4)
  • Cinema 1, 2, 3 (VI #4)
  • Santa Claus (VI #1)
  • Dune (VI #1)
  • Frosty (VI #4)
  • John Henry (VI #1)
  • B.C. (VI #1)

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    Title: Videogaming Illustrated Issue 14
    Month: March
    Year: 1984
    Publisher: ION International Inc.
    Editor: Steve Springer
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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