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Videogaming Illustrated Issue 2

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Atari VCS - 2600
Channel F


(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 second issue of Videogaming Illustrated introduced several new ongoing features, including 'Print Out' (book related commentary) and 'Meet the Original...' (the possible origins & inspirations of particular video games).

The Keyboard

A guest editorial. Arcades are centers for drinking, drug abuse, devil-worship... (by Ben Bova, editor of Omni magazine, discussing arcade stereotypes)

Eye On (news section; column headlines:)

  • A Giant Flexes Its Muscles Deep In The Heart Of Texas (Texas Instruments' computer and video game plans, including online; games discussed)
    • TI Invaders
    • Munchman
    • Car Wars
    • Hidden Numbers
    • Starship Pegasus
    • Tickworld
    • Ships!
    • Maze of Ariel
    • Don't Throw Away Those Old Ataris (Activision's upcoming VCS games discussed:)
    • Pitfall!
    • MegaMania
  • "Catching Up Rapidly..." (Apollo renames Lochjaw to Shark Attack; Blue Angels, Cosmic Combat planned)
  • Gabriel's Horn Sounds (CBS to produce home ports of Bally arcade games)
  • Pac-Cardiologist (video games bad for health)
  • On The Other Hand... (gamers to literally evolve into better game players)
  • And That's Not All! ('Peg-Man' prose short story)
  • When Does Snoopy Get Into The Act? (video games appearing in comic strips, comic books; 'Atari Force' comics packaged with Defender, Berzerk, Star Raiders, Phoenix)
  • Life Imitates Art (Captain Video arcade mascot)
  • Wish-Fulfillment (Le Stick controller)
  • What, Me Worry? (video games hurting MAD magazine sales)
  • Easy Come, Easy Go (new high scores)
  • ABC's (Zircon re-introduces Channel F tech)
  • Tron Jr? (upcoming video game based movies; Star Fighter, Mirror Man)
  • The Iliad Of Odyssey (Odyssey official videogame of 1982 World's Fair)
  • The First Home Videogame Sequel! (K.C. Krazy Chase, sequel to K.C. Munchkin; future Odyssey releases)
  • Missing Link? (Shel Silverstein's 'The Missing Piece' children's book, Pac-Man inspiration?)
  • On Another Front (Activision to produce Intellivision games)
  • The Glitchery ('Atari Age' fan club magazine inteviews Pac-Man, excerpts)
  • In This Corner... (Astrocade v Atari over bit mapping)
  • The Robert Redford Game (Universal, 20th Century Fox getting into video games)
  • Psychological Warfare (Conan game planned for Astrocade)

Close Up: Videogames, the Inside Story

Your videogame is a computer whose working parts are switches one-millionth of a meter wide and molded primarily from silicon - sand! Amazing? It's just one of the wonders which bring videogames to life. ('Videogaming: The Inside Story' by Martin Levitan; includes 'Peripheral Vision' sidebar)

V.I.P: Dallas Cowboy Jay Saldi ('Videogaming Illustrated Profile;' interview with pro football player and arcade owner Jay Saldi)

Supergaming, Part Two

Turn the page and discover the wonders of stroblasting. ('Supergaming;' DIY building a strobe light video game accessory; labeled in contents as 'Part Two,' although - technically - a Part One doesn't formally exist in prior issue)

Focus On: Isaac Asimov's "The New Learning"

"Yes the day will surely come when the world's libraries, the world's entire store of information will be computerized; when elaborate retrieval systems will be established so that key words can, with little delay, produce reference lists and, for that matter, the reference content itself; if the request is specific enough." ('The New Learning' by Isaac Asimov; discussing how computers are a new means for learning and sharing of information)

The Further Adventures of Tron

The motion picture superstar performed some of his greatest feats off-screen. (by Jeff Rovin; movie related origins and info, lots of photos)

Conquering: Space Cavern (VCS; game overview and strategies)

Conquering: Pick Axe Pete (Ody2; game overview and strategies)

How to keep from losing your mine.

Conquering: Space Battle (Int; game overview and strategies)

Arcadia: An Industry Tilts

The world of arcades, pinball, and other coin-operated paraphernalia. ('Arcadia' by Richard Meyers; running commentary discussing briefly pinball innovation history and primarily new innovations to compete with video games; includes 'The Antediluvian Denizens of Caveman' sidebar; many pinball games discussed with a focus on the following (all shown))

  • Hyperball
  • Rapid Fire
  • Haunted House
  • Black Knight
  • Mr. and Ms. Pac-Man Pinball
  • Caveman
  • Orbitor 1

alleyway: Videogaming Beat

Pity the poor arcade owners... (by Richard Meyers; jukeboxes with video displays to accompany music)

Conquering: Donkey Kong (arcade; game overview and strategies)

Conquering: Turbo (by Randy Palmer; arcade; game overview and strategies)

The class act of arcade motoring.

Star Words

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

  • Robert Culp - An actor speaks out about television, heroes, science fiction, and videogames. (running discussion commentary; includes 'Be A Great American Hero... Sort Of.' sidebar (Starmaster (VCS) contest))
  • Christopher Reeve (Star of Superman)
  • Chevy Chase (Actor and Comedian)
  • Mel Books (Comedian, Director and Bon vivant)


Games for your personal computer.

  • Advanced Air Traffic Controller (TRS-80,Atari,Apple II disk and Atari,PET cassette; review/strategy)

Meet the Original Donkey Kong

The arcade ape comes from a long line of monkeys who can't keep their hands to themselves. ('Meet the Original... Donkey Kong;' apes in entertainment, culture, history; Weird Tales, Tarzan, King Kong, more)


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

Print Out (running commentary discussing early video game book history; includes 'From Bored To Board' section discussing board game books and puzzle books)

You Read It Here First!

('You Saw It Here First' in TOC; game ideas and concepts publicly proposed by the Videogaming Illustrated staff)

  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Post Office
  • Sand Castles
  • Swimming Hole
  • Morosco
  • Big Bang
  • Roller Coaster

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    Title: Videogaming Illustrated Issue 2
    Month: October
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: ION International Inc.
    Editor: Jeff Rovin
    Pages: 68
    Price: $2.75
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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