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Videogaming Illustrated Issue 7

ISSUE: 7Content


Apple - Apple II
Atari VCS - 2600 - Starpath Supercharger - Amiga Power Module
Commodore VIC-20 (news coverage)
Commodore 64 (news coverage)
Atari 400 - 800 - 1200XL
Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer - TRS-80 Model 100
Atari 5200
Ultravision (news coverage, never released)
Sears Video Arcade II (news coverage)


(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 Keyboard

Guest Editorials. (a duo of editorials by Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) and Adam West (Batman))

Eye On (news section; column headlines:)

  • Cartridge Potpourri (upcoming games sorted by system:)
    • Atari 5200
    • ColecoVision
    • Intellivision
    • Atari 2600
  • A Better Mousetrap (Sears Video Arcade II; Sears exclusive 2600 software)
  • This Stick Figures (Triggerstick controller)
  • Welcome Back, Bullwinkle (kids games; upcoming games from Mattel for 2600 and Intellivision; Mattel and Hanna-Barbera license; Atari Kids' Library; Atari Fun Club; shown: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Scooby-Doo, Kool-Aid, Masters of the Universe, Kids' Controller)
  • Going Up (Amiga Power Module for 2600 (add-on system))
  • Going Down (U.S. Games, Data Age going out of business?)
  • Hand Helds & Portables (shown: Tiger Toys Deluxe Hand Arcade Games (Space Invaders, Star Castle, Jawbreaker, King Kong); Technotel's Pop Games; Coleco Donkey Kong Junior tabletop; Donkey Kong Game & Watch; Mattel handhelds)
  • Ultrafriendly (Ultravision system (shown))
  • We're Number One (Sierra On-Line profile; numerous games discussed)
  • We're Number One Too (Creative Software upcoming VIC20 and C64 games, including:)
    • Rat Hotel
    • Moondust
  • Hal Read Lips (MicronEye computer digital camera accessory (shown))
  • Think Small (Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 portable computer (shown))
  • RAM Expansion Gone Mad (Mosaic Electronics' RAM Select upgrades for Atari 400,800)
  • Do The Russians Know About This? (Ottumwa, Iowa named "Videogame Capital of the World;" home of Twin Galaxies Arcade)
  • Nowhere To Hide (Exidy's Hardhat edutainment arcade game)
  • Paging Lawrence Welk (upcoming arcade and pinball games, including Bubbles and Joust (first dual-player pinball game))
  • We Want Cheetah (World's Largest Arcade and Video Circus)

Behind the Scenes: Atari vs. Coleco

"Atari alleges that Coleco's Expansion Module #1 and the Gemini unit, above, are an infringement of two patents issued to Steven Mayer and Ronald Milner, two patents that have since been acquired by Atari." (Atari vs. Coleco - Clash of the Titans... in Court.' by Stephen Bent)


Highlighting Your VCS - Prolong the life of your Atari with a light-emitting diode. (by Bob Guerra; DIY)

Fiction: Neighbors 1999

The vengeance-bent cuckold's best weapon is his home computer. (by Tim Moriarty; prose fiction)

Focus On: Sturm und Drang

The late eighteenth century produced a wave of German literature wherein the individual was exalted, traditions were opposed, and nationalism ran high. Coleco and Atari continue that tradition. (Written by E.C. Meade with contributions from Jim Clar, Martin Levitan, Dale Rupert, and Samuel Lawrence; Atari 5200 and ColecoVision comparison; includes 'What Is The Future Of 2600?' article)

Conquering: Frankenstein's Monster

A Recently Unearthed Manuscript translated by Robert J. Sodaro. (game overview and strategy)

Conquering: Galaxian

Stamp out the firestorm of murderous aliens. (by Robert J. Sodaro; 2600; game overview and strategy)

Close Up: The Incredible Expanding Machine

A Parade of Peripherals Can Make the Atari 2600, 5200, and ColecoVision into Race Cars, Computers, And More. (by Richard Meyers)


Our editors review the latest videogames. (by E.C. Meade and Jim Clark; includes box art Gallery; console video game reviews)

  • Adventures of Tron (2600)
  • Tron: Solar Sailer (Int)
  • StarGunner (2600)
  • Ram It (2600)
  • Centipede (2600)
  • Space Fury (Col)
  • Air Raiders (2600)
  • USCF Chess (Int)
  • Swords of Serpents (Int)
  • Donkey Kong Junior (Col)
  • Tropical Trouble (Int)
  • Utopia (Int)
  • EggoMania (2600)
  • Killer Satellites (2600 with Starpath Supercharger)
  • Space Panic (Col)
  • Polaris (2600)
  • Ice Trek (Int)
  • Dracula (Int)
  • Gorf (Col)
  • RealSports Tennis

Golden Pons

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

Arcadia: Raiders of the Lost Arcade

The Ones That Got Away (by Richard Meyers; unsuccessful arcade games from Rock-ola, Nintendo, Gottlieb, Data East, Midway, Cinematronics, Nichibutsu, Centuri)

Conquering: Popeye

Olive's in a pickle and only mus-kels can get her out! (by Randy Palmer; arcade; game overview and strategy)

Conquering: Millipede

A whirling dervish of insect madness. (by Randy Palmer; arcade; game overview and strategy)

Print Out

E.C. Meade looks at books. (book recommendations and warnings; Bantam Books' "Be An Interplanetary Spy" series for young readers)


Our readers write. (letters column)

Media Preview

  • Motion Pictures (computer animation in film; upcoming movies)
  • Cable Television (Brain Games on HBO)
  • Music (overview of new Compact Disc (CD) technology)

Computereyes: Fun and Games and Future-Think

Atari is opening a string of summer camps with their three computers as the primary attraction. (by Martin Levitan; Atari 400,800, 1200XL computer systems; Educator, Entertainer, Programmer, and Communicator Kits (all shown); Bookkeeper, Home Manager kits)


Computer game reviews.

  • Star Blazer
  • Pig Pen (Apple II)
  • Evolution (Apple II)
  • A.E. (Apple II)
  • Pandora's Box (Apple II)
  • Bird Attack (TRS80)
  • Defense (TRS80)

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 Jr. (Col)
  • Galaga (arcade)
  • Jungle King (arcade)
  • LadyBug (arcade)
  • Time Pilot (arcade)
  • Smurf Rescue in Gargamel's Castle (Col)
  • Starmaster (2600)
  • Sinistar (arcade)
  • Mr. Do (arcade)
  • Popeye (arcade)
  • Tutankham (arcade)
  • Stargate/Defender (arcade)
  • Super Pac-Man (arcade)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (2600)

Video Victor (comic strip)

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

  • Be All That You Can Be
  • Fly The Friendly Skies
  • We've Got the Look

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    Title: Videogaming Illustrated Issue 7
    Month: July
    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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