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Videogaming Illustrated Issue 4

ISSUE: 4Content


Intellivision - TandyVision
Atari VCS - 2600
Atari 5200


(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, Videogaming Illustrated adds prose fiction, a comic strip ('Video Victor'), and a new puzzle/trivia section ('Golden Pons') as regular features.)

The Keyboard

Sticks and Stones (editorial by Jeff Rovin; Rovin discusses the glut of video game magazines and why Videogaming Illustrated is different)

Eye On (news section; column headlines:)

  • Trouble For Astrocade (Astrocade, CBS legal battle over The Wizard of Wor, The Incredible Wizard)
  • Double Trouble (Milton Bradley, The Great Game Company, Wizard Video, Data Age to produce video games; games discussed:)
    • SSSnake
    • Encounter at L-5
    • Bugs
    • Warplock
    • Airlock
    • Flesh Gordon
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • But Is It Literature? (Cracked magazine publishes dedicated issue lampooning video games)
  • On A Higher Plane... (video game playing character in 'Funky Winkerbean' comic strip)
  • Duck, Donald (Color Cubes Program Pak for TRS-80)
  • Simulations? Pshaw! (Subroc-3D arcade game)
  • Speaking Of Which... (LaserTour; stationary bicycle video tour; Neiman-Marcus stores)
  • Back At The Ranch... (Parker Brothers sales)
  • Apollo's Face-Lift (new logo, game packaging design)
  • Not Us (TandyVision)
  • One Step Better (Halfway House; Apple games by mail)
  • For Real Addicts (London testing adding video games to rail travel)
  • That's Where (Casinos adding video game features)
  • Ex-Jungle King (Tarzan v Taito court battle; future Jungle King games to be redesigned)
  • Clean Videogame Act (Imagic video game storage center)
  • Lay Off! (bad press for videogames)
  • Take That! (videogames hurting toy sales)
  • Short Notices (Odyssey, Spectravision plan new games; Odyssey games discussed:)
    • Smithereens
    • Acrobat
  • A Hot One (Firebug game causing controversy)

Fiction (prose fiction; short stories)

  • The next logical step by Ben Bova
  • User Deadly: A Videogame of Murder by Richard Meyers ('Part One - Defender')

Close Up: Swordquest

"SwordQuest is both the title and the intent of the combination videogame, comic book, contest." (commentary describing the SwordQuest set of four games and the ambitious contest associated with them; $25,000 valued EarthWorld pendant prize shown)

V.I.P.: Don Imus ('Videogaming Illustrated Profile: Don Imus' by June Davis; interview)


The Joystick Revolution: Buttons and arcade-quality controls invade home videogaming. (by Jim Clark; improving joysticks with upgrades/third party controllers)

Conquering: Cosmic Creeps

How to avert the most ruthless mayhem in space invasion history. (VCS; game overview and strategy)

Cinema: Star Wars Saga

A New Film and Two New Videogames Are Headed Your Way. ('Star Wars;' upcoming 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Jedi' movie; Parker Bros.' Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Jedi Arena videogames; interview with David Prowse (physical actor, Darth Vader))

Video Victor (comic strip)

Conquering: Atlantis

Prevent the continent from sinking anew in versions for both Atari and Intellivision consoles (VCS, Int; game overview and strategy)


Pinballyhoo: How pinball was hyped into respectability (by Richard Meyers; pinball history and mass-market acceptance through licenses; running discussion commentary with Bally marketing director Tom Neiman; many pinball games mentioned, shown or partially shown:)

  • Capt. Fantastic (shown with Elton John)
  • Wizard! (shown with Ann Margaret)
  • Kiss
  • Nugent (Ted Nugent)
  • Dolly (Dolly Parton)
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Star Trek
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Flash Gordon
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Rocky
  • Ali

Conquering: Kangaroo (by Randy Palmer; arcade; game overview and strategy)

Conquering: Dig-Dug

How to inflate your foes and your ego. (by Chris Ochsenkiel; arcade; game overview and strategy)

Golden Pons

Test your videogaming knowledge. (video game related puzzles and trivia; this feature is not listed in this issue's TOC)

Meet the Original Dig-Dug

The scrappy hero is not the first to hunt dragons underground. (underground adventuring in mythology, entertainment and culture; Orpheus, Dante, Journey to the Center of the Earth, more)

Computereyes: Time Zone

Journey from the remote past to the far-flung future in a race to save the earth from annihilation. ('Time Zone' by Michael Alexander; game review; includes 'RAMblings' sidebar discussing 'Space Games,' 'The Monster Mash' and 'Crush, Crumble and Chomp!')

Starwords (celebrity opinion of video games)

  • Marc McClure, Actor, Jimmy Olsen in the Superman films
  • Jeff East, Star of Superman and Deadly Blessing
  • Fred Williamson, Actor and ex-football player

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

  • Kick Man
  • Ulysses and the Golden Fleece (Apple)
  • Pitfall


The column which dares you to identify five popular home videogames based on the following verse. (this feature is not listed in this issue's TOC)

Input (letters column)

Preview (game reviews; sorted by level of recommendation)

    • Centipede (5200)
    • Towering Inferno (VCS)
    • Venture (Col)
    • Fast Food (VCS)
    • Threshold
    • Gorf

Print Out (by E.C. Meade; book recommendations and warnings)

  • Guide to the Video Arcade Games by Creative Computing magazine
  • 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Amazeman book series by Vladimir Koziakin

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

  • Ant Eater
  • Frosty
  • Playground Action
  • Cinema 1,2,3
  • There Goes $79.95

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    Title: Videogaming Illustrated Issue 4
    Month: February
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: ION International Inc.
    Editor: Jeff Rovin
    Pages: 76
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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