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Videogaming Illustrated Issue 5

ISSUE: 5Content


Atari VCS - 2600
Timex Sinclair 1000
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 expands its 'Preview' review section, adds a new 'Media Preview' feature, upgrades 'RAMblings' from minor sidebar to full-fledged computer game review section, and informally merges the mag's 'Facetiae' and 'Golden Pons' puzzle/trivia features.)

The Keyboard

A guest editorial by Ben Bova. (discussing NASA's 25th anniversary and how advances in space technology have benefited entertainment and videogaming)

Eye On (news section; column headlines:)

  • On The March (Parker Bros. upcoming games, including:)
    • Tutankham
    • Reactor
    • Sky Skipper
    • Strawberry Shortcake Musical Match-Ups
    • The Incredible Hulk
    • James Bond Agent 007
    • Lord of the Rings
  • Quite A Venture (VentureVision upcoming games, including:)
    • Inner Space
    • Solar Defense
  • Put A Tiger In Your 2600 (TigerVision upcoming games, handhelds; games including:)
    • Miner 2049er
    • Polaris
    • Intuition
  • While We're On The Subject (AudioSource handheld games)
  • Stop! Buck's Here (Sega arcade games, including:)
    • Super Zaxxon
    • Monster Bash
    • Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom
  • Sega Chan (Sega robot used for promotion)
  • Different Tastes? (Nibbler arcade game)
  • Where Were We? (upcoming Atari system games)
  • The Tron Flap (Tron sequel manuscript, 'Warrior Tron')
  • A Bigger Legal Battle (MGM, 20th Century Fox battle of rights to 2010: Odyssey Two film)
  • Finally, Something Legal (Odyssey Adventure magazine reprints VI's Pick Axe Pete strategies)
  • Our Mistake (corrections)
  • Also, Something Cheap! (Time-Life's Game-Stars videogame mailorder operation)
  • Beebot-Shoo-Op (upcoming Odyssey2 games; Killer Bees, Turtles)
  • Raiding The Barnyard (Activision's upcoming games:)
    • Oink!
    • Dolphin
    • Keystone Capers
  • Oh, Oh, N-Nooo (upcoming Data Age games; Mr Bill's Neighborhood, Frankenstein's Monster)
  • A Game To Sink Your Teeth Into (upcoming Dracula themed games for Intellivision & Colecovision; upcoming Imagic games for Intellivision:)
    • Ice Trek
    • Swords & Serpents
    • Tropical Troubles
    • White Water
    • Safecracker
    • Shootin' Gallery
    • Escape from Argos
    • Sky Patrol
  • Video Vermin, And Proud Of It (upcoming UMI games for VIC-20 and C64; Vermin, Arachnoid, Motor Mania)
  • Coleco Invasion (screenshot collage of upcoming Colecovision games)

Focus On: Law and the Videogame

A prominent, Hollywood-based entertainment lawyer examines the legal controversies which plague videogaming - matters that are costing their manufacturers millions. ('The Law of the Videogaming Jungle' by Steve Burkow, Esq.; discusses video game legal battles, including Tarzan and Jungle King, Pac-Man and K.C. Munchkin, Jaws and Lochjaw, Custer's Revenge and other "X-rated" games)

Close Up: Computers In Orbit

Computer technology is helping to build our future in outer space. (running discussion commentary with astronaut Mike Lounge)

Fiction: User Deadly

A Video Game of Murder. ('User Deadly - Part Two: Rip Off' by Richard Meyers; prose fiction)


Videogaming Illustrated picks the best cartridges on the market. ('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)

Behind the Scenes: Dig Dug

The making of a videogame commercial commercial. ('Dig Dug Movie Star' by Richard Meyers)

Cinema: Videodrome

David Cronenberg, the self proclaimed "Master of Horror," presents a thriller in which people are destroyed by TV. ('The Terror of Videodrome' by Richard Meyers)

Conquering: Spiderman (VCS; game overview and strategy; includes sidebar discussing Parker Brothers' upcoming 'The Incredible Hulk' video game)

Stan Lee: The Man Behind Spider-Man (running discussion commentary with Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee; this article in not listed in this issue's TOC)

Conquering: Tron Deadly Discs (game overview and strategy)

Preview (game reviews; includes one-page collage of reviewed game screenshots; each review consists of opening commentary and two reviewer opinions; most reviews include box art)

  • Microsurgeon (Int)
  • Demon Attack (Int)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Int)
  • Dragonfire (Int)
  • River Raid (2600)
  • Sky Jinks (2600)
  • Phoenix (2600)
  • Bugs (2600)
  • Sid the Spellbinder (Ody2)
  • Acrobats (Ody2)
  • Smithereens (Ody2)
  • Fantastic Voyage (2600)
  • Journey Escape (2600)
  • Bermuda Triangle (2600)

Media Preview

"The emphasis in "Media Preview" will be on what is new in videocassettes, videodiscs, and other software and hardware to use with your television. There will also be occasional pieces of technological or creative innovations which affect the media." (sections:)

  • Novelty ('Odorama' movie with sniff card)
  • Home Video ('Tron' on video)
  • Music ('Fantasia' re-recorded soundtrack available)
  • Network Television (U.N.C.L.E.)

Arcadia: Other Attractions (arcade stuff not otherwise video game or pinball; fussball, shooting galleries, air hockey, biorhythms, skee-ball, kiddie rides)

Conquering: Q*bert

Forget everything you've learned about beating other videogames. Q*bert is unique. (by Randy Palmer; arcade; game overview and strategy)

Conquering: Slither

Cutting the serpent down to size (by Randy Palmer; game overview and strategy)

Meet the Original Joust (birds in mythology, entertainment and culture; dinosaurs evolved, Roc, Phoenix, Flash Gordon, The Rescuers, etc)

Print Out

EC Meade looks at books about videogames and related fields. (book recommendations and warnings)

  • Defending the Galaxy by Michael Rubin (video gaming guide)
  • The Playboy Winner's Guide to Board Games by Jon Freeman
  • Universe (role-playing games)
  • Dragonquest (role-playing games)

Input (letters column)

Our readers write.

Computereyes: But Captain Kirk Has One

Even if you don't have a four hundred crewmember starship to run, there are many good reasons to own a computer. ('"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)

star words (celebrity opinion of video games; this feature is not listed in this issue's TOC)

  • Kirk Douglas, Actor and Director
  • Cleavon Little, Star of Blazing Saddles and Greased Lightning
  • Andy Kaufman, Comedian, Film Star, and Wrestler

RAMblings (computer game reviews by Dale Rupert)

  • Microsoft Decathlon (PC; 'Olympic Decathlon' on TRS-80,Apple II)
  • The Human Fly (Apple)

Golden Pons (video game related puzzles and trivia; includes 'Facetiae' feature)

Championship Videogaming

A Column of Tips and Trivia From Our Readers (reader submitted game strategies and trivia; usually addendums to game guides published in prior issues; this issue:)

  • Donkey Kong (arcade)
  • The Incredible Wizard
  • Pitfall
  • Starmaster
  • Yar's Revenge
  • Missile Command (2600)
  • Defender (2600)
  • Voting anti-videogame Surgeon General C. Everett Koop out of office
  • Dig-Dug
  • Donkey Kong (Col)
  • Jungle King
  • Donkey Kong Jr.

Video Victor (comic strip)

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

  • Evolution
  • Invention
  • Agriculture

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    Title: Videogaming Illustrated Issue 5
    Month: April
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: ION International Inc.
    Editor: Jeff Rovin
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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