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Videogaming Illustrated Issue 3

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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.)

(This issue, a new video game review section is added (named 'Previews,' oddly enough) and two new readers-oriented columns are introduced - 'Input' (reader letters) and 'Championship Gaming' (reader submitted tips and strategies). Also, Videogaming Illustrated formalizes it's movie coverage with a newly christened 'Cinema' section)

The Keyboard

A Lesson for Wall Street (editorial by Jeff Rovin; Rovin discussing how - despite Tron and Atari stock disappointments - video gaming is not a fad)

Eye On (news section; column headlines:)

  • A Motion Picture Company Gets Sirius (upcoming 20th Century Fox games; licensed game plans; games discussed:)
    • Deadly Duck
    • Worm War I
    • Beany Bopper
    • Fast Eddie
  • Unmoving Pictures (photo booth)
  • As For The Rest Of You... (Activision's overseas distribution)
  • You Can't Please Anyone (Air Traffic Controller screenshot)
  • The View From The Cellar (Odyssey high scores, reported in Odyssey Adventure magazine)
  • Things Not To Do (Gottlieb's Caveman pinball/video game hybrid cointains picture tube voltage warning)
  • You Are There (aerial photo of Activision's new production plant)
  • For Pros Only (signature analyzer hardware to troubleshoot video game repair)
  • Eat 'N' Ruin (Nolan Bushnell opens Pizza Time Theatres; McDonalds/Atari rub-away contest cards; Roy Rogers; Coca-Cola)
  • It Had To Happen (upcoming X-rated videogames; Custer's Revenge (discussed), Beat 'em and Eat 'em, Bachelor Party)
  • The Emperor Strikes Back (Atari 5200; upcoming 5200 and VCS games; Atari/Lucasfilms deal; VCS games discussed:)
    • FireWorld
    • Fail Safe
    • Frog Pond
  • New Kid On The Block (Spectravision; upcoming games discussed:)
    • Gangster Allery
    • Cross Fire
    • Planet Patrol
    • Tape Worm
    • China Syndrome
  • It Was Bound To Happen (non-gaming products begin licensing video game properties)
  • Raiders Of The Lost Arcade (Raiders of the Lost Ark for VCS)
  • Italivision (Intellivision in Italy)
  • Who Says They're Bad For You (Steve Wozniak backs 3-day music festival)
  • The Count's Rising (First Star Software; upcoming games)
  • AAA (credits, acknowledgements, corrections for last issue; additional credits for this issue)
  • Seven More Ways To Spend Money (Apollo; upcoming games discussed:)
    • Final Approach
    • Wabbit
    • Labyrinth
    • Vat's Incredible
  • No Laurels Here (Spectravision Quick Shot controller)
  • Tilting At Videogames (Williams Electronics' Joust arcade game released)
  • Step Aside, Dukes (The Games Channel cable TV download service)

Close Up: Videogames, the Inside Story Part II

How and Why Games Are Manufactured ('The Making Of Video-Games' by Richard Meyers; running discussion commentary with Joe Cicak of Gamexxx; not technically a 'Part II' in the strictest sense as there was no 'Part I' formally declared in a prior issue)

Focus On: Videogame E.T.s

Videogame extraterrestrials are less kindly than the E.T. featured in that popular film. Play it safe: learn to recognize the dastards on sight. (a look at aliens in video games; upcoming E.T. game from Atari)

  • ET Phones Your Home (video game planned)
  • Alien Invasion
  • Astro Battle
  • Alien Invaders-Plus
  • Yar's Revenge
  • Space Armada
  • Demon Attack
  • Space Invaders
  • Space Cavern

V.I.P.: Cliff Robertson

The Oscar-winning actor talks about computers, videogames, and his good friend Ray Kassar, the man who runs Atari. ('Videogaming Illustrated Profile;' interview)


How to Hook a Stroblaster to Your Joystick (by Lawrence J. Levine; DIY)

Cinema: Halloween III

Witchcraft enters the computer age in a new motion picture.

Conquering: The Incredible Wizard

The Wizard of Wor comes to home videogaming in Astrocade's finest cartridge yet. (Astrocade; game overview and strategies; includes 'Peripheral Vision - The War over Wor' sidebar (potential legal trouble))

Preview: New Games (game reviews, sectioned into Recommended/Not Recommended categories)

  • Demons to Diamonds (VCS)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (VCS) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Frog Pond (VCS)

    Also Recommended:
  • Mega Mania
  • Berzerk (VCS)

    Not Recommended:
  • Racquetball (VCS)

Conquering: Pitfall

Help Harry hurtle his heroic heart out! (VCS; game overview and strategy)

Conquering: Haunted House

How to spook the world's eeriest videogame. (VCS; game overview and strategy)

Arcadia: The Exidy Experiment

Portrait of a Feisty and Futuristic Independent. ('The Exidy Experiment' by Richard Meyers; running discussion commentary with Exidy President Pete Kauffman and Director of Market Analysis Arlen Grainger; arcade games shown:)

  • Venture
  • Mouse Trap
  • Crush Roller
  • Pepper II
  • Victory

Conquering: Robotron 2084

The survival of humankind depends upon how far you can stretch your quarter. (by Randy Palmer; arcade; game overview and strategy)

Conquering: Zaxxon

How to survive the most realistic space game of them all. (by Randy Palmer; arcade; game overview and strategy; includes 'The Mark of the 'Z'' sidebar (Zektor arcade game))

Computereyes: Ulysses and the Golden Fleece

A glimpse at one of the most important and challenging videogames ever created. (along with the main article, includes the following sections:)

  • RAMblings - The people behind the diskettes (interview with Bob Davis, creator, Ulysses and the Golden Fleece)
  • A Taste Of Cold Steel (example of Ulysses and the Golden Fleece gameplay)

Meet the Original: Zaxxon

Zaxxon may be the most popular arcade game in the country, but it isn't the first time we've seen a miles-long alien fortress. (space cities in mythology, entertainment and culture; The Brick Moon, Battlestar Galactica, Rendezvous with Rama; more)

Input: Letters from Readers (letters column)

Print Out

E.C. Meade looks at books (book recommendations and warnings)

  • What If You Were... the Last Man on Earth (short story collection recommended for Robotron fans)
  • Tron by Brian Daley (novelization)
  • Hand Shadows to be Thrown Upon the Wall
  • Magic Tricks and Card Tricks

Championship Videogaming: Readers' Strategies (reader submitted game strategies; usually addendums to game guides published in prior issues; this issue:)

  • Laser Blast (VCS)
  • Superman (VCS)
  • Turbo (arcade)
  • Defender (arcade)
  • Yar's Revenge (VCS)

Star Words (celebrity opinions of video games)

  • Helen Hayes, Star of Stage and Screen
  • Bette Davis, Legendary Actress
  • Patricia Neal, Star of The Day the Earth Stood Still and Ghost Story

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

  • David and Goliath
  • L-5
  • Quasimodo
  • Lassie
  • Bobsled

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    Title: Videogaming Illustrated Issue 3
    Month: December
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: ION International Inc.
    Editor: Jeff Rovin
    Pages: 68
    Price: $2.75
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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