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Atari 2600 Game History: 1982

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Release Date Quick List

January

Super Breakout (Atari)

Spacechase (Apollo) BG

Space Jockey (U.S. Games) BG

 

February

Haunted House (Atari)

 

March

Pac-Man (Atari) [official release]

Barnstorming (Activision)

Grand Prix (Activision)

Demon Attack (Imagic) BG

Star Voyager (Imagic) BG

Trick Shot (Imagic) BG

 

April

Pac-Man (Atari) [small towns & rural]

 

May

Yars' Revenge (Atari)

Defender (Atari) [unofficially]

 

June

Defender (Atari) [official release]

Chopper Command (Activision)

Starmaster (Activision)

S.W.: The Empire Strikes Back (P.B.) BG

 

July

Frogger (Parker Brothers) BG

Math Gran Prix (Atari)

Demons to Diamonds (Atari)

Atlantis (Imagic)

 

August

Berzerk (Atari)

Donkey Kong (Coleco) BG

Cosmic Ark (Imagic)

Riddle of the Sphinx (Imagic)

Fire Fighter (Imagic)

Towering Inferno (U.S. Games) BG

 

September

Pitfall! (Activision)

Star Raiders (Atari)

The Challenge of Nexar (Spectravision) BG

Tapeworm (Spectravision) BG

 

October

Megamania (Activision)

SwordQuest EarthWorld (Atari)

RealSports Baseball (Atari)

RealSports Volleyball (Atari)

Airlock (Data Age) BG

Bugs (Data Age) BG

Encounter at L-5 (Data Age) BG

Sssnake (Data Age) BG

Warplock (Data Age) BG

Karate (Ultravision) BG

Condor Attack (Ultravision) BG

Bachelor Party (Mystique) BG

Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em (Mystique) BG

Custer's Revenge (Mystique) BG

 

November

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Atari)

Spider-Man BG

Amidar BG

Sky Jinks

 

December

River Raid (Activision)

RealSports Football (Atari)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Atari)

Vanguard (Atari)

Rescue Terra I (VentureVision) BG

Alien (20th Century Fox) BG

Mega Force (20th Century Fox) BG

Fantastic Voyage (20th Century Fox) BG

 

Need a Month

Cosmic Swarm (CommaVid)

Communist Mutants (Starpath/Arcadia)

Lock 'N' Chase (M Network)

Index

Related Links

Atari 1982 in Review

Release dates listed in Atari Age magazine.

 

Atari Owners Club Bulletin / VCS Owners Club Bulletin

Find release dates for Atari 2600 games that were sold in the UK.

 

I. C. When

A chronological history of computers, video games, and related technologies (at archive.org).

Interesting Articles

Video Games - Radio Electronics (Jan 82 p71)

Enjoy the action and excitement of an arcade in the comfort of your home with one of these video-game systems.

 

Activision - Radio Electronics (Jul 82)

Easy to learn, difficult to master, this independent company's game cartridges are very popular with Atari VCS owners.

 

Activision's Alan Miller: Games in Perspective - Electronic Games (Jul 82 p13)

Share the secrets of Activision's ace designer, Al Miller.

 

Video Game Explosion! - Electronic Fun (Dec 82 p12)

We rate every game in the world.

Me in the Atari years

Me (Duane Alan Hahn) in the Atari 2600 years.

Need a Month

Commando Raid (U.S. Games)

Deadly Duck (20th Century Fox)

Sneak 'N Peek (U.S. Games)

Word Zapper (U.S. Games)

Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1982
With pop culture atmosphere.

Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.   Page last updated on: 2015y_01m_27d_0945t

 

Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1982 along with lists of popular movies, TV shows, Top 40 music, and so on to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the early 1980s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time. If you were too young or not even born yet, this page might be able to help you get the feeling of what it was like back then.

 

 

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Quick List and Index

For those who only want release dates and nothing else, there is a Release Date Quick List on the right side of this page. Below the quick list is an Index.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date.

 

 

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January 1982

January 1982

 

Spacechase (Apollo)

Best guess (using info from Videogaming).

Trivia: According to Electronic Fun, Space Chase was the first scrolling game for the Atari VCS and Ed Salvo finished it in just nine weeks.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Videogaming

Trademark Details: First Use In Commerce Date: Nov 20, 81 - Filing Date: Jan 18, 82

Reviews: Electronic Games (May 82 p70)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p58)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (83 p323)

Tips & Tricks: How To Beat Atari (82 p36)

January 1982

 

Space Jockey (U.S. Games)

Best guess (using info from Video Games Magazine). According to The New York Times in April, this game was "just released." They probably should have said that the game was just re-released with the Quaker Oats name on the box.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Video Games Magazine   New York Times

Reviews: Video (Jul 82 p16)   Arcade Express (Aug 15, 82 p6)

Reviews: Electronic Games (Oct 82 p80)   Electronic Fun (Dec 82 p62)

Tips & Tricks: Electronic Games (Oct 82 p41)

Box Scan: Early Box With No Mention of Quaker Oats (GameFAQs)

Article: The Kitchens, Inc. - Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p40)

Article: Brothers By Design - Enter (Jun 84 p42)

January 1982

On the Radio

"I Can't Go For That" by Hall and Oates   YouTube

"Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner & Garcia   YouTube

"Working For The Weekend" by Loverboy   YouTube

"That Girl" by Stevie Wonder   YouTube

January 1982

New on TV

Fame (January 7)   YouTube

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February 1982

February 1982

 

Haunted House (Atari)

February release (according to THE RED-HOT NEW CARTRIDGES FOR 1982, '82 In Review from V1n4, and Analog Computing).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   THE RED-HOT NEW CARTRIDGES FOR 1982

Info: '82 In Review   Analog Computing (N5 1982)

Box Printing Date: G-CO17039-54 REV. 1 January 1982 Aopak The 6 is missing from the 10 numbers under the date.

Reviews: Radio Electronics (Jul 82 p64)   Video Games (Oct 82 p42)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p59)

February 1982

On the Radio

"I Love Rock 'N Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts   YouTube

"Tonight I'm Yours" by Rod Stewart   YouTube

"We Got The Beat" by The Go-Go's   YouTube

"Do You Believe In Love" by Huey Lewis and The News   YouTube

"Take Off" by Bob & Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis amd Dave Thomas)   YouTube

"Make A Move On Me" by Olivia Newton-John   YouTube

"Mirror, Mirror" by Diana Ross   YouTube

February 1982

 

Pac-Man Fever Album

The Pac-Man Fever single was released in December of 1981.

From STARLOG (Jul 82 p31), "In February, Columbia Records released 'Pac-Man Fever,' by songwriters Buckner & Garcia."

Info: YouTube   Wikipedia

Article: Q & A With Buckner & Garcia - Video Games (Aug 82 p9)

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March 1982

March 1982

 

Pac-Man (Atari)

The official release date was March of 1982, but our local Woolco in Roanoke, Virginia didn't get it until April. See April for more about that. And THE RED HOT NEW CARTRIDGES FOR 1982 release schedule actually says "available March/April."

Although the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date, Atari 2600 Pac-Man wasn't released until March/April of 1982.

Trivia: According to Video Games Player, Pac-Man sold more in its first month than Space Invaders did in a year.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   '82 In Review   Analog Computing (N5 82)

Reviews: Radio Electronics (Jul 82 p64)   Video Games (Aug 82 p75)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (83 p313)

Tips & Tricks: How To Beat Atari (82 p15)

Tips & Tricks: Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p88)

Tips & Tricks: How To Win At Video Games A Complete Guide (82 p134)

News: Pac-Man Day - JoyStik (Sep 82 p41)

Top Ten List: [12/18/82] Video Games (Mar 83)   [1/22/83] Video Games (Apr 83)

Top Ten List: [2/19/83] Video Games (May 83)   [3/19/83] Video Games (Jun 83)

Top Ten List: [5/28/83] Video Games (Aug 83)

March 1982

 

Grand Prix (Activision)

March release (according to Activisions newsletter, catalog, and Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Activisions   Videogaming

Reviews: Video Games (Oct 82 p47)   JoyStik (Dec 82 p62)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p57)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p62)

Tips & Tricks: How To Beat Atari (82 p50)

Tips & Tricks: Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p173)

March 1982

 

Trick Shot (Imagic)

Best guess (using info from Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Videogaming

Reviews: Video (Aug 82 p14)   JoyStik (Dec 82 p62)   How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p62)

March 1982

On the Radio

"Freeze-Frame" by The J. Geils Band   YouTube

"Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner   YouTube

"867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone   YouTube

"(Oh) Pretty Woman" by Van Halen   YouTube

March 1982

New at the Movies

Porky's (March 19)   YouTube

March 1982

New on TV

T.J. Hooker (March 13)   YouTube

Cagney & Lacey (March 25)   YouTube

9 To 5 (March 25)   YouTube

March 1982

History

     

    Text below from Videogaming (December 1983, page 25)

     

    In March 1982, Imagic released its first three games, Trick Shot, Star Voyager, and Demon Attack. Demon Attack quickly shot to the top of the bestseller lists and stayed there. Demon Attack money helped Imagic adapt to the changing market . . . for a while.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (August 1982, page 15)

     

    Q: Have there been ideas which Activision has found impossible to conquer, even with its obvious pool of talent?

     

    A: That always happens. But what appears, initially, to be difficult to make work. eventually comes around and does work. Grand Prix, which we released in March, was developed over a year ago. But David (Crane) put it on the shelf and came back to it. You can't say of any particular concept that we have not completed and released that it may not come back around, a solution found to whatever problems plague it during the design.

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April 1982

April 1982

 

Pac-Man (Atari)

The main reason my family bought an Atari 2600 was for Pac-Man and we brought that first Atari 2600 home on March 27, 1982. We had pre-ordered Pac-Man and got it as soon as it hit the store (Woolco in Tanglewood Mall Roanoke, Virginia). The official release date was March, and although other people in the country could buy it in March, it didn't get to our store until April, so that's why it's listed here under April. I was stuck playing Combat for at least a week until Pac-Man arrived at the store. See March for more information.

April 1982

On the Radio

"Did It In A Minute" by Hall & Oats   YouTube

"Get Down On It" by Kool & The Gang   YouTube

"Empty Garden" by Elton John   YouTube

"Don't You Want Me" by The Human League   YouTube

"Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder   YouTube

April 1982

New at the Movies

Diner (April 2)   YouTube

Cat People (April 2)   YouTube

The Sword and the Sorcerer (April 23)   YouTube

April 1982

History

     

    Text below from New York Times (April 23, 1982)

     

    U.S. Games announced earlier this year that it planned to introduce eight video game cartridges that would be compatible with Atari units by the end of this year. It has just released the first one, Space Jockey.

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May 1982

May 1982

 

Yars' Revenge (Atari)

I got to buy this game when it was new in May with money I earned. I was supposed to move some bushes for an old lady (my former step-father's mother). I caught a ride to Woolco, which was only a few miles away from her house, so I decided to walk. I thought I could find a shortcut through some woods, but instead, it took many hours to get there because I kept hitting roadblocks of all kinds: fences, trenches (full of bushes and trees) that were too deep and too wide to cross, vicious dogs, and so on. I don't remember how I finally got there, but I did get there somehow. I transplanted the bushes, got paid around $30 and her husband drove me to a department store so I could buy Yars' Revenge for $24.97.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   '82 In Review   Analog Computing (N5 1982)

Box Printing Date: G-CO17039-55 REV. 3 March 1982 Ivy Hill The 10 is missing from the 10 numbers under the date.

Reviews: Radio Electronics (Jul 82 p65)   Video Games (Oct 82 p45)

Reviews: Electronic Games (Oct 82 p62)   Electronic Games (Oct 82 p81)   JoyStik (Dec 82 p51)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (83 p311)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p59)

Tips & Tricks: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p51)

Tips & Tricks: Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p133)

May 1982

 

Defender (Atari)

Unlike Pac-Man, Defender was early, at least where I lived. Everything says Defender was supposed to come out in June. I even got a card in the mail from Atari Age magazine telling me that Defender was coming in June and that I should order it now, but I was glad I didn't because Woolco had it in time for my girlfriend's birthday (May 17). She loved Defender, but didn't have an Atari, so I was very happy that I got Defender early so she could play it on her birthday at my house. See June for more information.

May 1982

On the Radio

"Rosanna" by Toto   YouTube

"Let It Whip" by Dazz Band   YouTube

"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell   YouTube

"Hurts So Good" by John Cougar Mellencamp   YouTube

"Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me" by Juice Newton   YouTube

"Only The Lonely" by The Motels   YouTube

May 1982

New at the Movies

Conan the Barbarian (May 14)   YouTube

Annie (May 21)   YouTube

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (May 21)   YouTube

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (May 21)   YouTube

Rocky 3 (May 28)   YouTube

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June 1982

June 1982

 

Defender (Atari)

The official release date was June of 1982, but our local Woolco in Roanoke, Virginia got it a month earlier. See Defender in May for more information.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   AAM V1N1 p.6 (EPROM Report)

Info: AAM V2N2 p.16   AAM V2N2 p.17   '82 In Review   Analog Computing (N5 1982)

Box Printing Date: G-CO18996-09 REV. 2 March 1982 SPC There is an 8 on a tiny flap by itself.

Reviews: Video Games (Oct 82 p44)   Electronic Games (Nov 82 p38)

Reviews: Arcade Express (Nov 7, 82 p7)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p56)   STARLOG (Apr 83 p56)

Reviews: Video & Arcade Games (Fall 83 p74)   Book of Atari Software (83 p309)

Tips & Tricks: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p20)

Tips & Tricks: Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p66)

June 1982

 

Chopper Command (Activision)

June release (according to Activisions newsletter, catalog, and Radio Electronics).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Activisions   Radio Electronics (July 1982, p.66)

Box Printing Date: AX-015-02 May 1982 SUS No numbers are missing from the 10 numbers below the date, but the 6 is mooshy.

Reviews: JoyStik (Sep 82 p5)   Video Games (Oct 82 p41)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p56)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (83 p308)

Tips & Tricks: How To Beat Atari (82 p59)   Electronic Games (Nov 82 p86)

Tips & Tricks: Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p160)

Article: The Clone Game Challenge - Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p70)

June 1982

 

Starmaster (Activision)

June release (according to Activisions newsletter, catalog, and Radio Electronics).

Trivia: According to an article in Electronic Fun, Al Miller worked months getting the stars in Starmaster correct.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Activisions

Box Printing Date: AX-016-02 July and August 1982 SUS The 3 is missing from the 10 numbers below the date. [Has to be a later printing.]

Reviews: JoyStik (Dec 82 p57)   Electronic Games (Oct 82 p64)   Video Games (Oct 82 p36)

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p58)   How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p57)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (83 p318)

Tips & Tricks: How To Beat Atari (82 p54)   Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p217)

Article: The Clone Game Challenge - Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p70)

June 1982

 

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Parker Brothers)

Best guess (using info from Billboard, Videogaming, Video Games Player, and Arcade Express).

Trivia: From Electronic Fun: "You really have to drag music out of the system. It doesn't have a musical scale built into it. You have to take the tones you want to try to find the best fit of frequencies. Actually, Empire was the first time more than three or four notes were put together in an Atari game. One of the other Parker Brothers designers, Ed English, did us one better when he designed Frogger. It's the first home video game that has two-part harmony."

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog

Info: Billboard   Videogaming   Video Games Player   Arcade Express

Reviews: Video (Sep 82 p30)   Electronic Games (Oct 82 p63)   Electronic Fun (Nov 82 p66)

Reviews: JoyStik (Dec 82 p56)   Video Games (Dec 82 p57)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p58)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p56)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (Winter Supplement 83 p76)

Tips & Tricks: How To Beat Atari (82 p28)

Article: The Empire Talks Back - Electronic Fun (Jan 83 p28)

Dropped Gameplay Features: Video Games (Oct 83, p22)

June 1982

On the Radio

"Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder   YouTube

"Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor   YouTube

"Abracadabra" by Steve Miller Band   YouTube

"Hold Me" by Fleetwood Mac   YouTube

"Hard To Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago   YouTube

"Even the Nights Are Better" by Air Supply   YouTube

June 1982

New at the Movies

Poltergeist (June 4)   YouTube

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (June 4)   YouTube

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (June 11)   YouTube

Firefox (June 18)   YouTube

Blade Runner (June 25)   YouTube

The Thing (June 25)   YouTube

June 1982

History

    Text below from Billboard (November 6, 1982, page 58)

     

    [TRIVIA: JOURNEY ESCAPE CARTRIDGE CONCEPT BORN IN JUNE OF 1982]

    Rice said that because the Journey cartridge concept was born in June, it precluded an earlier release for the pre-Christmas season. However, Rice added, the cartridge would be timely as a result of Atari hardware sales during Christmas. He said surveys indicate that new Atari buyers purchase at least three cartridges during the first two months of ownership.

     

    Rice noted that Data Age will eventually produce the Journey game for both the Coleco and Intellivision systems and is currently negotiating arcade rights. An arcade deal would mark the first time a home game was adapted for arcades instead of the other way around.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Billboard (December 11, 1982, page 8)

     

    PARKER BROTHERS RELEASING 16 NEW GAME CARTRIDGES

    Parker Brothers, the General Mills toy and game manufacturer which successfully launched a video game line in June, plans the release of 16 new cartridges in 1983.

    . . . .

    Parker's introductory cartridges were "Frogger" and "The Empire Strikes Back," which the company says have had a combined sales in excess of three million units. A November release consisted of "Amidar" and "Spider-Man."

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (February 1983, page 10)

     

    Parker Brothers certainly has had a phenomenal start with The Empire Strikes Back videogame: released in June, it has achieved over thirty million dollars in retail sales. That makes it one of the top grossing home videogames in history.

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July 1982

July 1982 (maybe August)

 

Frogger (Parker Brothers)

Best guess (using info from Billboard, Videogaming, and Video Games Player).

Trivia: From Electronic Fun: "You really have to drag music out of the system. It doesn't have a musical scale built into it. You have to take the tones you want to try to find the best fit of frequencies. Actually, Empire was the first time more than three or four notes were put together in an Atari game. One of the other Parker Brothers designers, Ed English, did us one better when he designed Frogger. It's the first home video game that has two-part harmony."

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog

Info: Billboard   Videogaming   Video Games Player

Reviews: JoyStik (Dec 82 p60)   Electronic Games (Jan 83 p42)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p56)

Reviews: Radio Electronics (May 83 p21)   Radio Electronics (Jun 83 p76)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p60)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (Winter Supplement 83 p78)

Article: Staying Power - Radio Electronics (Nov 83 p12)

Top Ten List: [12/18/82] Video Games (Mar 83)   [1/22/83] Video Games (Apr 83)

Top Ten List: [2/19/83] Video Games (May 83)   [3/19/83] Video Games (Jun 83)

Top Ten List: [4/16/83] Video Games (Jul 83)   [5/28/83] Video Games (Aug 83)

Top Ten List: [6/25/83] Video Games (Sep 83)   [7/23/83] Video Games (Oct 83)

Top Ten List: [8/20/83] Video Games (Nov 83)

Top Ten List: [11/26/83] Video Games (Mar 83)   [1/21/84] Video Games (Apr 83)

July 1982

 

Math Gran Prix (Atari)

July release (according to Atari Age order form, page 4 of V1n2, and Analog Computing).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog

Info: AAM V1N2 p.6   '82 In Review   Analog Computing (N5 1982)

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p57)

July 1982

 

Demons to Diamonds (Atari)

July release (according to Atari Age order form and page 4 of V1n2).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   AAM V1N2 p.6   '82 In Review

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Nov 82 p69)   JoyStik (Dec 82 p60)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p56)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p60)

July 1982

 

Atlantis (Imagic)

Late July release according to The Making of Atlantis documentary. Atlantis was supposed to be available starting in August according to the Imagic catalog.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Numb Thumb News

Reviews: Arcade Express (Sep 26, 82 p7)   Video Games (Dec 82 p59)

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p55)   Electronic Games (Feb 83 p30)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (83 p310)

Tips & Tricks: Conquering Atlantis - Videogaming (Feb 83 p33)

Article: Screen Magic - BLIP (Jul 83 p3)

July 1982

On the Radio

"Your Imagination" by Hall & Oats   YouTube

"Eye In The Sky" by Alan Parsons Project   YouTube

"Take It Away" by Paul McCartney   YouTube

"Vacation" by Go-Go's   YouTube

"I Found Somebody" by Glenn Frey   YouTube

"Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" by Donna Summer   YouTube   ARC Top 40

"You Should Hear How She Talks About You" by Melissa Manchester   YouTube   ARC Top 40

"Love Will Turn You Around" by Kenny Rogers   YouTube

"Blue Eyes" by Elton John   YouTube

July 1982

New at the Movies

The Secret of Nimh (July 2)   YouTube

Tron (July 9)   YouTube

Six Pack (July 16)   YouTube

Zapped (July 23)   YouTube

The World According to Garp (July 23)   YouTube

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (July 23)   YouTube

An Officer and a Gentleman (July 28)   YouTube

Night Shift (July 30)   YouTube

July 1982

History

     

    Text below from Billboard (July 3, 1982, page 10)

     

    In July, the Beverly, Mass. manufacturer will introduce "Frogger," a home version of an arcade favorite, licensed from Sega Enterprises.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (August 1982, page 10)

     

    One month after the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Parker Brothers will ship Frogger, a Freeway-like challenge based on the Sega arcade game.

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August 1982

August 1982

 

Berzerk (Atari)

August release (according to Atari Age order form, page 11 of V1n2, Analog Computing, Arcade Express, Creative Computing, Video Games Player).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   catalog   AAM V1N2 p.11   AAM V2N4 p.15

Info: '82 In Review   Analog Computing (N5 82 p37)

Info: Arcade Express   Creative Computing   Video Games Player

Box Printing Date: G-CO18996-50 REV. 2 June 1982 Ivy Hill The 3 is missing from the 10 numbers below the date.

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p55)   Electronic Games (Jan 83 p45)   Book of Atari Software (83 p322)

Tips & Tricks: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p16)

Tips & Tricks: Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p45)

News: From Video Games (Feb 83 p80): "Lately, Atari has begun to redeem itself after the Pac-Man blunder. Its translation of the arcade sensation, Berzerk is probably the surest example of this redemption. As would be expected, there are fewer robots in a given maze than in the original, but that's about the only drawback to this cartridge. The best thing about it is its 12 variations, one of which allows you to go at it with Evil Otto, as in Berzerk's arcade sequel Frenzy. Admittedly, Berzerk lends itself to the VCS; this is more the reason to buy it."

Top Ten List: [12/18/82] Video Games (Mar 83)   [1/22/83] Video Games (Apr 83)

August 1982

 

Donkey Kong (Coleco)

Best guess (using info from Arcade Express).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Arcade Express   Arcade Express

Box Printing Date: 79976 July 1982 Ivy Hill The 4 is missing from the 12 numbers below the date.

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p56)

Article: The Kitchens, Inc. - Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p40)

Article: Staying Power - Radio Electronics (Nov 83 p12)

Top Ten List: [12/18/82] Video Games (Mar 83)   [1/22/83] Video Games (Apr 83)

Top Ten List: [2/19/83] Video Games (May 83)   [3/19/83] Video Games (Jun 83)

Top Ten List: [4/16/83] Video Games (Jul 83)   [5/28/83] Video Games (Aug 83)

Top Ten List: [6/25/83] Video Games (Sep 83)   [7/23/83] Video Games (Oct 83)

August 1982

 

Towering Inferno (U.S. Games)

Best guess (using info from Arcade Express and Video Games Player).

Trivia: Original instructions completed by Paul Allen Newell on May 28, 1982.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Arcade Express   Video Games Player

Trademark Details: First Use In Commerce Date: Jun 6, 82 - Filing Date: Sep 17, 82

Reviews: JoyStik (Dec 82 p56)   Video Games (Feb 83 p77)   Videogaming (Feb 83 p62)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p56)

August 1982

On the Radio

"Someday, Someway" by Marshall Crenshaw   YouTube

"Only Time Will Tell" by Asia   YouTube

"Jack & Diane" by John Cougar Mellencamp   YouTube

"Words" by Missing Persons   YouTube

"Who Can It Be Now?" by Men At Work   YouTube

August 1982

New at the Movies

Pink Floyd: The Wall (August 6)   YouTube

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (August 13)   YouTube

Friday the 13th, Part 3 (August 13)   YouTube

August 1982

New on TV

Filthy Rich (August 9)   YouTube

August 1982

 

McDonald's/Atari Contest

"Taste the Thrill of Atari at McDonald's" promotion starts on 8/15/1982.

Info: YouTube   AAM V1N2 p.8   Atari History Museum

August 1982

History

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (August 15, 1982, page 3)

     

    Parker Brothers released "The Empire Strikes Back" for the Atari VCS earlier this summer.

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (August 15, 1982)

     

     

    NEW ATARI GAMES FOR VCS

    "Berserk" [Berzerk] will be published by Atari in August and should be in the stores before the end of the month. This is the home version of the popular coin-op from Stern Electronics that has been wowing the arcaders for the past two years. Just as "Berserk" comes to the VCS, a super deluxe version of this maze shootout called " Frenzy" is going into the arcades.

     

    "Star Raiders" premiere date is September. It will be packaged with a new controller (much in the same way that "Indy 500" was marketed), and is priced at $39.95. The new controller is a keypad type with a disk. Company sources characterize "Star Raiders" as a mindblower, with outstanding visuals and hot play action.

     

     

     

    SUPERCHARGER FOR THE VCS

    A Supercharger for the Atari VCS is being marketed by Arcadia. This RAM cart plugs into the game slot to increase the graphic resolution capabilities of the VCS, making it possible to move more objects around on the screen simultaneously.

     

    The Supercharger connects to an ordinary tape recorder, and games will be marketed on cassette for about $15 each. Among the releases is a wacky invasion game called "Communist Mutants From Outer Space", and a space pilot game that's said to outdo "Star Raiders".

     

    The Supercharger retails for around $70, and comes packaged with one game.

     

     

    TIGER PLANS VCS CARTRIDGES

    Tiger Electronic Toys is one of the newest entrants into the video cartridge sweepstakes! Tiger has formed a videogame cartridge division called Tigervision, for development and marketing of cartridges for the Atari VCS.

     

    Long on the fringes of the electronic game business, Tiger plans to emphasize arcade-style action coupled with superior graphics. "Jawbreaker" has chomping sets of teeth eating candy dots in this maze-chase game. "King Kong" requires the gamer to rescue Faye Wray from Kong by climbing to the top of the Empire State Building, while leaping the bombs Kong throws. In "River Patrol", the gamer steers a leaky boat up the Congo, saving refugees and avoiding obstacles. "Threshold" is a vertical scrolling shootout in space, and "Marauder" requires you to maneuver through mazes while killing or avoiding the robot guards.

     

    Randy Rissman, President of Tiger, says, "Tigervision's cartridges will aim to be among the best in graphic quality and play value."

     

     

    INTELLIVISION MEETS ATARI

    Mattel Electronics has developed a new line of videogame cartridges for the Atari VCS. Mattel claims the new games, named the M Network, are designed to fully utilize the capabilities of the VCS. The M Network games use the themes of Intellivision cartridges, both currently popular games and carts that are soon to be released.

     

    The first M Network cartridges entered distribution in mid-July. Some of the titles to be released in 1982 include "Astroblast", "Space Attack", "Super Challenge Baseball", "Super Challenge Football", and "International Soccer". The company plans 11 M Network games in 1982.

     

    Mattel promises appealing game themes and advanced programming techniques for the new videogarne series. Joshua Denham, President of Mattel Electronics, says, "M Network offers owners of Atari VCS units access to markedly improved graphics, gameplay, and extended enjoyment."

     

     

    FILM MAKER PLANS FOXY GAMES

    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation has formed Fox Video Games, Inc., to develop and market a line of cartridges for use with the Atari VCS. Four new games will be marketed in the Fall.

     

    Sirius Software designed four new games for Fox. In "Deadly Duck", programmed by Ed Hodapp, crabs bomb a duck with bricks, and the duck must shoot back with a gun. "Beany Bopper", programmed by Grady Ward, has a stun-fire laser for the gamer to shoot at propeller beany-creatures. In "Worm War I", programmed by David Lubar, gigantic worms terrorize a city. The gamer fights back using a tank. "Fast Eddie", by Mark Turmell, challenges arcaders to gather treasure by climbing up and down ladders to different levels, while evading Sneakers trying to run him down and stomp on him.

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (August 30, 1982)

     

     

    VIDTEC NAME PHASE-OUT PLANNED

    The brand name "Vidtec," seen on the scrolling shoot-out "Space Jockey," will soon be relegated to no more than a minor role, if that. The company, which operates as part: of the Fisher-Price division of Quaker Oats, will henceforth emphasize the name "U.S. Games." The next cartridge from the company will be "Towering Inferno," a firefighting action game in which the player must race through a burning skyscraper to save residents and douse flames.

     

     

     

    COLECO ROLLS VIDEOGAME LINE

    Coleco began shipping cartridges for the Atari VCS at the end of July. "Donkey Kong", "Venture" and "Carnival" are the first releases, followed by "Zaxxon" and "Turbo" sometime in September or October. "Mousetrap" and "Smurf" will follow in time to be on the shelves before the Christmas buying season.

     

     

     

    COLECO RECAPTURES DONKEY KONG CARTS

    Coleco's new cartridge for the Atari VCS, "Donkey Kong", has proven to be unplayable on Model #2600 of the VCS. The cartridge works fine on new consoles, but it turned out to be unusable on older versions. (You can tell the difference by the location of the difficulty switch. Older models have the switch in the front of the console.) Even though roughly 90% of the cartridges would represent no problem to the consumer (since most VCS consoles are the newer models), Coleco decided to recall all "Donkey Kong" carts from distribution. "It was just an oversight, and requires only a minor modification in the game to make it work," says Coleco spokesman, Mike Katz. The company felt it was preferable to make the change in all cartridges, rather than waiting for dissatisfied individual customers to return unusable games to the retailers. Mike Katz estimates that the recall will affect tens of thousands of game carts, but promised the corrected cartridges should be back on the market the second week in August. After that, there'll be no problem.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (August 1982, pages 7 and 8)

     

    APOLLO, LIKE ITS NAMESAKE, SHOOTS FOR THE VIDEOGAMING STARS!

    Despite the downbeat reviews Apollo garnered for Skeet Shoot, its first videogame, no one's going to nap through four cartridges the company recently put on the market. Indeed, like Shakespeare, author of the world's best literature, and who, by the way, was castigated as an "upstart crow" after his own first work was performedApollo intends to create classics. Lively, unique, fraught with color and exotica, the newest of the Atari-compatible games suggest that the Texas-based manufacturer is well on its way.

     

    Apollo is a subsidiary of National Career Consultants, a company founded by entrepreneur Patrick Roper. For eleven years NCC has successfully produced and distributed educational and career guidance films to high schools and colleges. Unfortunately, government belt-tightening has limited the funds available to many of NCC's customers and, early last year, NCC had no choice but to cut back on their film operation and branch into other fields. Initially. the firm considered distributing dramatic works on videocassette, but discovered that the major studios and producers of popular entertainment were already committed to other manufacturers. As for creating their own feature-length motion pictures, the high cost of such an undertaking was prohibitive. However, NCC was not unaware of the booming videogame industry; the decision to diversity in that direction was reached in October of 1981, after market research and the obvious growth of the field indicated that there was room for a newcomer.

     

    Roper decided to concentrate solely on software, adding a computer programmer to the existing staff of NCC and rushing the company's first game to the market by December of last year [December 7, 1981]. "All in all, Skeet Shoot wasn't a spectacular game to start off with," concedes Emmitt Crawford, Apollo's director of public relations. He acknowledges that the graphics were flat, little more than a bor flinging pellets at a small saucer. To make matters worse, a high percentage of the cartridges had to be recalled due to image roll. But Skeet Shoot managed to cash in on the lucrative Christmas buying season and, more important, made dealers and consumers alike aware of the new company.

     

    One month after the inauspicious debut of Skeet Shoot, the company released the better-conceived, more topical Spacechase. This time, both the graphics and subject were worth writing home about. As commander of three Mark 16 starcruisers, the player is required to beat back alien raiders who, materializing from hyperspace, mercilessly fire neutron missiles and heat-seeking proton missiles as they attack from all sides. With its scrolling planet surface and fast-paced action, Spacechase was an immediate hit. Crawford says it's presently back-ordered to the tune of nearly 200,000 cartridges "and," he marvels, "even Skeet Shoot is still hanging in there," with several thousand orders waiting to be filled as Apollo's production schedule allows.

     

    Today, Apollo has a staff of five programmers plus thirty production people to handle cartridge assembly. To ensure continued prosperity, Apollo has endowed the four new games with an individualistic blend of mystery, fantasy, and even humor, traits which are helping them to secure a following in the marketplace. They plan to release a new game every four to six weeks.

     

    Space Cavern is the trendiest of the games, the saga of an astronaut on a mission to a mysterious planet in a remote quadrant of the galaxy. The pioneer's assignment is to chart a maze-like cave inhabited by a monstrous hydra whose tentacles generate twenty million electron volts. Iridescent eyes appear throughout the game, but the player can never tell until seconds before contact which pair of eyes will materialize into the deadly monster. The space explorer is armed with a pistol which can shoot horizontally and vertically. affording full protection from two aerial nasties and one ground-based creature. A particularly impressive touch is the way the astronaut's skeleton lights up whenever the monster strikes, after which the explorer demolecularizes, ending the game as a pile of dust.

     

    Lochjaw is a slightly more out-of-the-ordinary game, as players send their divers to a Spanish galleon which lies at the bottom of a seabed. As the waters ripple around them, colors trickling through, the divers must enter a yawning hole in the ship and recover a fortune in diamonds, one gem at a time. This is accomplished by navigating through a mazethe one tired motif in this excellent gamewhere in due course the diver is assaulted by a pair of sharks as well as a saurian relative of the beast from Loch Ness. The sharks travel at random, one considerably faster than the other, while the sea serpent has the capacity to home in on and pursue the diver. To thwart the animals, the diver can have at them with a shark gun or crawl into a shark cage. There is also a cave which acts like a dimensional warp, enabling divers to escape any predator. However, like the hyperspace mode in Asteroids or Astrosmash, there is no way of knowing exactly where the cave will hurl you. Chances are good that it will bear you from one danger quite literally into the jaws of another.

     

    Unquestionably the most charming of Apollo's new games is Lost Luggage. It would not be inaccurate to dub this the first "comedy cartridge": the player is at an airport as the suitcases arrive via conveyor belt. Suddenly, the luggage flies from the carousel and the player must catch it. Miss the suitcase and it opens, spilling all manner of personal effects over the ground.

     

    Last of the current Apollo releases is Racquetball, a faithful recreation of the indoor sport seen from the players' point of view rather than the sidelines.

     

    Apollo maintains that these games barely hint at the novel cartridges and accoutrements soon to appear. Roper informed this magazine that six additional cartridges will be released by December. "No licenses," he reports, "all our own ideas," and Apollo has already made available the first personalized cartridge. For $99.95, you can have Space Chase programmed [ad] so that your initials will flash on the screen when the mother ship is destroyed. It's ideal for businesses, which Crawford indicates have been their biggest client. using the electronically embossed games as premiums. Apollo also expects to release software for Intellivision consoles by mid-1983, and may yet enter the videocassette field using the medium for educational purposes. "We've even briefly considered using videocassettes to offer strategies for our games," Crawford notes. Preparing games for computers is another of Apollos short-range objectives, though they have no plans to enter the arcade field.

     

    The people at Apollo realize they've got to burn the midnight oil if they're going to compete with the giants like Atari and Coleco. Crawford admits the battle will be a rough one, but feels up to the challenge. "We're in good shape because we got in ahead of a number of companies. Even though they're conglomerates and pretty stiff competition creatively, we think there's ample room for everybody. Besides," he observes, "what you need in this business is more than a big budget. You have to have games that people want, and we think we've got just that."

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September 1982

 

David Crane talks about programming PitFall!

September 1982

 

Star Raiders (Atari)

September release (according to Atari Age order form, page 9 of V1n3, and Analog Computing).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   catalog   AAM V1N3 p.9   AAM V2N2 p.30   '82 In Review

Info: Analog Computing (N5 1982)   Arcade Express

Box Printing Date: G-CO17039-60 REV. 1 July 1982 SPC There is a 1 on a tiny flap by itself.

Reviews: JoyStik (Dec 82 p63)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p58)   Electronic Games (Feb 83 p31)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p63)

Tips & Tricks: JoyStik (Apr 83 p26)

Article: The Clone Game Challenge - Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p70)

September 1982

 

The Challenge of Nexar (Spectravision)

Best guess (using info from Arcade Express).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   catalog   Arcade Express

Reviews: Arcade Express (Oct 24, 82 p7)   Electronic Fun (Dec 82 p63)

Reviews: Electronic Games (Jan 83 p40)   Video Games (Jun 83 p62)  Videogaming (Jun 83 p71)

News: From Electronic Fun: "Six months ago I got a press release from Fox announcing NEXAR. Two days ago I got a copy of NEXAR . . . by Spectrovision! It looks like David Lubar, NEXAR designer, took the game to Spectra when Fox didn't want it."

September 1982

 

Tapeworm (Spectravision)

Best guess (using info from Arcade Express).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   catalog   Arcade Express

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p54)

September 1982

On the Radio

"Valley Girl" by Frank Zappa/Moon Unit Zappa   YouTube

"I Ran (So Far Away) ~ A Flock Of Seagulls   YouTube

"Gloria" by Laura Branigan   YouTube

"Heart Attack" by Olivia Newton-John   YouTube

"Don't Fight It" by Kenny Loggins/Steve Perry   YouTube

September 1982

New at the Movies

Eating Raoul (September 24)   YouTube

Amityville II: The Possession (Sept. 24)   YouTube

September 1982

New on TV

The Powers Of Matthew Star (September 17)   YouTube

Tales Of The Gold Monkey (September 22)   YouTube

Family Ties (September 22)   YouTube

Bring 'Em Back Alive (September 24)   YouTube

Silver Spoons (September 25)   YouTube

Pac-Man Saturday Morning Cartoon (September 25)   YouTube

Knight Rider (September 26)   YouTube

Matt Houston (September 26)   YouTube

Square Pegs (September 27)   YouTube

Cheers (September 30)   YouTube

September 1982

History

    Text below from Arcade Express (September 12, 1982)

     

    PAC-MAN GOBBLES UP SATURDAY T.V.

    "Pac-Man", an animated television series, will air on September 25, on ABC's Saturday morning children's schedule. "Pac-Man" will also star in a prime time kiddy holiday special later this year.

     

    The series, long on cute but probably as sensible as most Saturday cartoons, features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac, and Pac-Baby. They live in Pac-land along with the family dog, Chomp Chomp, and Sour Puss, a sly cat. This utopia is threatened by Mezmaron, a meanie who wants all the power pellet trees in the forest. Mezmaron's assistants are the ghost monsters Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, along with a girl-ghost named Sue.

     

     

    PARKER BROTHERS ROLLS NEW GAMES

    The "Monopoly Playmaster" enhances electronically America's favorite boardgame with lights, sounds and visual effects. The Playmaster is said to speed up the game by managing dice rolls, sales and repurchases of property, and bank loans.

     

    A two-week ad blitz started August 23 introduced the "Monopoly Playmaster" in New York and Chicago, with a series of 10-second spots highlighting the features of the unit.

     

     

    Meanwhile, "Frogger", Parker Bros.' latest cartridge for use with the Atari VCS, has hopped into the stores, and "Spiderman" will be swinging along sometime in November.

     

     

    "EMPIRE" BIG HIT

    Parker Brothers projects $30-million in retail sales of "The Empire Strikes Back" videogame cartridge in its first year. The cartridge, usable on the Atari VCS, will be followed next year by another Star Wars Saga game. The next George Lucas movie in the epic adventure, "Revenge of the Jedi", will be released in May of 1983. The next Parker Bros. game will coincide with the debut of the 20th Century Fox movie.

     

     

    VIDEOGAMES GO TO THE MOVIES

    Three videogame manufacturers benefited from record movie attendances during the 1982 summer season. Activision, Mattel and Atari all bought cinema commercial packages from Screenvision, which has 1600 theater affiliates nationwide.

     

    Activision started it, with ads for "Chopper Command" and "Star Master". Mattel ordered four weeks of two-minute "Tron" ads, run at theaters playing the Disney feature. Atari followed with ads for "Dig Dug", and will begin movie promotions of "Yars' Revenge" in October.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (September 26, 1982)

     

    ARCADIA TO CHANGE NAME

    Arcadia is the company marketing the Supercharger for the Atari VCS, a RAM cart that increases the graphic resolution capabilities of the VCS, making possible games that move more objects on the screen simultaneously. And the Arcadia 2001 is a new videogame system from Emerson Radio Corp. Names too close for comfort, you think? Well, so did they, and Arcadia is going to have to come up with a new moniker. Seems that the Emerson Arcadia 2001 beat the Supercharger onto the retail shelves, and they have first dibs. No word yet on the new name, but watch this space.

     

     

     

    SPECTRAVISION ANNOUNCES NEW CARTRIDGES FOR VCS

    Spectravision doubled its line of game cartridges for the Atari VCS with the shipment in September of two more titles. "The Challenge of Nexar" is an arcade-style action game that Spectravision's President Josh Kalter says requires constant movement by the arcader. "You can't sit still in this game," says Kalter. "It's really different." The other addition to the line is "Tape Worm". The slithery creature crawls around the screen eating vegetarian prizes while avoiding spiders and birds.

     

     

    DATA AGE GIVES FREE RECORD

    In a unique marketing move, Data Age will provide distributors and retailers with free records to pass out to customers on Sept. 17, 1982. On that date, 3½ minute stereo discs will be given away by dealers to promote the Data Age product line. Data Age has 5 videogames: "Sssnake", "Warplock", "Airlock", "Bugs", and "Encounter at L-5". Elements of each game are contained in the record produced by Craig Hundley, creator of special electronic music for films such as "Star Trek: The Movie", "The Black Hole", "Firefox", and others. The disc, called "Mindscape", is said to "blend the imagery and action of Data Age's first five videogames"

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October 1982

October 1982

 

Megamania (Activision)

October release (according to Activisions newsletter).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   catalog   Activisions   Designer's Corner

Reviews: Electronic Games (Nov 82 p36)   Electronic Fun (Nov 82 p68)

Reviews: JoyStik (Dec 82 p52)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p57)

Tips & Tricks: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p52)

Tips & Tricks: Be A Home Videogame Superstar (82 p186)

Top Ten List: [12/18/82] Video Games (Mar 83)

October 1982

 

SwordQuest: EarthWorld (Atari)

October release (according to Atari Age order form, '82 In Review from V1n4, and Video Games Player).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   AAM V1N3 p.11   '82 In Review

Info: Video Games Player

Reviews: Arcade Express (Oct 10, 82 p6)   Electronic Fun (Nov 82 p67)   JoyStik (Apr 83 p53)

October 1982

 

RealSports Baseball (Atari)

October release (according to Atari Age order form and '82 In Review from V1n4).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   AAM V1N3 p.6   '82 In Review

Reviews: Vidiot (Aug/Sep 83 p15)   Enter (Nov 83 p10)   Electronic Games (Jul 84 p58)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (Winter Supplement 83 p82)

Top Ten List: [12/18/82] Video Games (Mar 83)  [2/19/83] Video Games (May 83)

October 1982

 

RealSports Volleyball (Atari)

October release (according to Atari Age order form and '82 In Review from V1n4).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   AAM V1N3 p.6   '82 In Review

Reviews: Arcade Express (Dec 5, 82 p6)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p59)

Reviews: Electronic Games (Sep 83 p50)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (Winter Supplement 83 p83)

Tips & Tricks: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p55)

October 1982

 

Airlock (Data Age)

Best guess (using info from Billboard and Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Billboard   Billboard   Videogaming

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Dec 82 p65)   Electronic Games (Jan 83 p52)

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p55)   Video Games (Feb 83 p80)

Article: Faded Glory - Video Games (Sep 83 p18)

October 1982

 

Bugs (Data Age)

Best guess (using info from Billboard and Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Billboard   Billboard   Videogaming

Reviews: Arcade Express (Nov 21, 82 p6)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p55)

Reviews: Video Games (Feb 83 p79)   Videogaming (Apr 83 p38)

Article: Faded Glory - Video Games (Sep 83 p18)

October 1982

 

Encounter at L-5 (Data Age)

Best guess (using info from Billboard and Videogaming).

Trivia: According to Videogaming (Feb 83 p8), Encounter at L-5 was originally going to be called Magalon Invasion.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Billboard   Billboard   Videogaming

Reviews: Arcade Express (Nov 7, 82 p7)   JoyStik (Jan 83 p56)   Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p65)

Article: Faded Glory - Video Games (Sep 83 p18)

October 1982

 

Sssnake (Data Age)

Best guess (using info from Billboard and Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Billboard   Billboard   Videogaming

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p58)

Article: Faded Glory - Video Games (Sep 83 p18)

October 1982

 

Warplock (Data Age)

Best guess (using info from Billboard and Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Billboard   Billboard   Videogaming

Reviews: JoyStik (Jan 83 p59)

Article: Faded Glory - Video Games (Sep 83 p18)

October 1982

 

Karate (Ultravision)

Best guess (using info from Arcade Express).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Arcade Express

October 1982

 

Condor Attack (Ultravision)

Best guess (using info from Arcade Express).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Arcade Express

October 1982

On the Radio

"Love Me Tomorrow" by Chicago   YouTube

"Nobody" by Sylvia   YouTube

"Mickey" by Toni Basil   YouTube

"Rock This Town" by Stray Cats   YouTube

"Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson   YouTube

"Pressure" by Billy Joel   YouTube

"Muscles" by Diana Ross   YouTube

"I'm So Excited" by Pointer Sisters   YouTube

October 1982

New at the Movies

My Favorite Year (October 1)   YouTube

First Blood (October 22)   YouTube

Halloween 3 (October 22)   YouTube

Monsignor (October 22)   IMDb

October 1982

New on TV

Remington Steele (October 1)   YouTube

Voyagers (October 3)   YouTube

Tucker's Witch (October 6)   IMDb

Newhart (October 25)   YouTube

St. Elsewhere (October 26)   YouTube

October 1982

History

     

    Text below from Video Games (October 1982, page 16)

     

    ARCADIA VIDEO GAMES

    Announced in April, the company plans to have four games and its Supercharger unit ready by August. What's unusual about all of this is that the games are recorded on cassette tapes ($14.95 each) and must be played back by first plugging the Supercharger ($69.95) into the VCS, then connecting it to a portable tape player. Not only are the cassettes cheaper, but the graphic resolution is of extremely high quality. Fireball, Suicide Mission, Communist Mutants from Space, Excalibur (not the film), and Phaser Patrol are Arcadia's initial game titles. The last game comes complete with the Supercharger.

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (October 10, 1982)

     

     

    ULTRAVISION INTRODUCES 32K GAMES FOR ATARI VCS

    Ultravision enters the videogame software biz this month with two 32K VCS-compatible cartridges. "Karate" was designed by Joseph Amelio, a man who ought to know. Amelio has 25 years experience in martial arts, and holds a black belt. The expertise he has in that field is carried over into this unusual hand-to-hand combat. The referee starts the match, and two fighters courteously bow to each other. Players score points when their on-screen counterparts land kicks or punches to the opponent's head or stomach. Each match has five two-minute rounds. The on-screen fighters wear white robes and belts that go through color changes to indicate their achievements, from white to red, brown, purple, and finally to the coveted black belt. An unusual dimensional approach allows fighters to move around each other rather than being superimposed as they pass next to one another. "Karate" can be played solitaire or by two gamers.

     

    The second release this month is "Condor Attack", a very fast invasion game described as being for the champs. October brings a strategy action game, "Quest For the Idol", and "Spider Kong", a climbing game. Ultravision expects to market eight games by Christmas, all with superior 32K graphics and arcade-quality sound effects.

     

     

     

    HERE COME THE ADULT VIDEOGAMES

    "When you score, you score" is the slogan for the Mystique/Swedish Erotica games reaching the market in October. Some of the titles retailing for $49.95 are "Bachelor Party", "Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em" and "Custer's Revenge" (with a naked general running a desert obstacle course to ravage an Indian maiden). The relatively poor reproduction of body parts on TV screens is said to soften the sexual impact of the games, and the packaging has been subdued in order to make them more suitable for mass retailing. Backers of the venture expect X-rated games to be a huge category, just as live-action movies are a big part of the videocassette industry.

     

     

     

    SUPERCHARGER IS A HIT

    The Supercharger for the Atari VCS went on sale in 40 Broadway Department Stores in Southern California at the end of August, and the company describes early consumer reaction as "exceptional". The $70 Supercharger, which increases graphic resolution capabilities of the VCS, comes with one game, "Phaser Patrol". Three additional games, "Communist Mutants From Space", "Fireball", and "Suicide Mission" will be marketed this fall for $15 each.

     

    "Consumers came in, took a look, then came back and bought, reports Ken Hall, a spokesman for Arcadia. The Supercharger next goes on sale in Northern California, then Chicago, New York City, and Detroit. It should be in 10 major markets before Christmas.

     

    Meanwhile the company is still seeking a new name, since Arcadia was previously tagged by Emerson for the Arcadia 2001 videogame system. The new moniker should be chosen soon.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Video Games Magazine (October 1982, page 16)

     

    U.S. Games/Vid Tech.

    The company was recently bought by Quaker Oats and. appropriately enough, its first cart challenges you to eat a bowl of cereal before it becomes soggy. (Just kidding.) Space Jockey has been out since January and six more games are expected by the year's end. So far we know that Word Zapper involves spelling in space; Sneak'n'Peak is video hide'n'seek for the pre-school crowd; and Towering Inferno features a burning building (bet you never would have guessed). Commander Raid and Missile Intercept are two of its other titles.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Billboard (June 26, 1982, page 15)

     

    Data Age will bow five $31.95 list games Oct. 1. They are: "Encounter at L-5," "Warplock," SSSnake," "Airlock" and "Survival Run."

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    Approximately Sept. 1, Woodman [Telesys] expects to deliver three home video games. Listing for $31.95, they will include: "Fast Food," "Coco Nuts" and "Space Maze."

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Billboard (November 6, 1982, page 3)

     

    The Campbell, Calif.-based company [Data Age] introduced its first five game cartridges Oct. 1.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (February 1983, page 7)

     

    DATA AGE

    This new company began distributing its Atari-compatible videogames in October. The first five releases were:

     

    SSSnake, in which you must overcome pterodaetyls, trachodons, and other dinosaurs in order to reach an ancient fortress. There, deadly snakes try to invade your hiding place, snakes which you must cut down to size.

     

    Encounter at L-5, not the game we suggested in last issue's You Read It Here First, but a battle between space colonists and invaders from the Megalon Solar System. (Never mind that Data Age places the human colony beyond the orbit of the moon, when L-5 is a point between the earth and the moon. It's easy to become disoriented in space.)

     

    Bugs, a struggle between astronauts exploring subterranean hives on an alien world and the creeping monsters which dwell thereinincluding the defense-penetrating Super-Drones.

     

    Warplock, more star wars, this time between your space Cruiser and intergalactic pirates.

     

    Airlock, a clever variation of the multi-level game popularized by Donkey Kong, as the captain of a disabled submarine must retrieve keys to free the crew before the craft takes on too much water; all the while, the officer must dodge torpedoes which have come loose from their bays.

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Video Games Player (Fall 1982, page 65)

     

    CALENDAR

    [Anything not for Atari VCS has been removed from their list. Also remember that their list is incorrect in places.]

     

     

    AUGUST

    Parker BrothersThe Empire Strikes Back and Frogger.

    U.S. GamesWord Zapper and Towering Inferno.

    TigervisionThreshold and King Kong.

    AtariBerzerk.

     

     

     

    SEPTEMBER

    20th Century FoxFirst four games will be Beany Bopper, Deadly Duck, Worm War I and Fast Eddie.

    U.S. GamesCommando Raid.

    ActivisionPitfall and Megamania.

    Apollo6 new games.

    TigervisionJawbreaker and River Patrol.

    Parker BrothersSpider-Man [Nov], Amidar [Nov], Super Cobra [Jan 83] and Reactor [Apr 83].

     

     

     

    OCTOBER

    Mattel's M System debutFrogs and Flies, Lock 'N Chase, Dark Cavern, Sea Battle, Armor Ambush, and Tron: Deadly Discs.

    AtariEarthworld, Fail Safe, and Baseball (new version)

    U.S. GamesMaze Chase [Entombed], Squeeze Box, and an untitled game.

     

     

     

    NOVEMBER

    U.S. GamesSpace Jockey [already released in Jan.] and Guardians of Treasure [Name This Game].

    AtariDemons to Dragons, Volleyball, and Frog Pond.

    Parker BrothersSky Skipper.

     

     

     

    DECEMBER

    Apollosix new games.

    AtariRaiders of the Lost Ark and Football (new version). [Raiders was released in November.]

    CBSWizard of WOR and GORF.

     

     

    JANUARY

    U.S. GamesWeird Bird [Eggomania] and Gopher Attack [Gopher].

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November 1982

November 1982

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Atari)

November release (according to my own experience, page 11 of V1N4, '82 In Review from V1n4, and Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog

Info: AAM V1N4 p.11   AAM V1N4 p.7   '82 In Review   Videogaming   STARLOG

Box Printing Date: G-CO19743-59 REV. 1 October 1982 SPC Shorewood Packaging There is a 2 on a tiny flap by itself.

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Nov 82 p64)   JoyStik (Dec 82 p56)

Reviews: Irate at Ratings - Electronic Fun (Mar 83 p8)   Video Games (Mar 83 p69)

Reviews: How To Win At Home Video Games (82 p56)

Tips & Tricks: JoyStik (Jul 83 p22)   Videogaming (Jul 83 p65)

News: Raiders of the Lost Ark Finds the Atari VCS - Arcade Express (Aug 15, 82 p3)

News: "People are not asking for Raiders of the Lost Ark" - Vidiot (May 83 p14)

Top Ten List: [12/18/82] Video Games (Mar 83)

November 1982

 

Spider-Man (Parker Brothers)

Best guess (using info from Billboard, Arcade Express, and STARLOG).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Billboard   Arcade Express   STARLOG

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Feb 83 p58)   Video & Arcade Games (Fall 83 p48)

Tips & Tricks: Videogaming (April 83)

News: Climbing the Walls With Spider-Man - Arcade Express (Aug 15, 82 p4)

November 1982

 

Amidar (Parker Brothers)

Best guess (using info from Billboard and Electronics For Kids).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Billboard   Electronics For Kids

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p58)   Video Games (May 83 p73)   Radio Electronics (Jun 83 p21)

November 1982

 

Sky Jinks (Activision)

November release (according to Activisions newsletter).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Activisions

Box Printing Date: AG-019-02 October 1982 SUS The 3 is missing from the 10 numbers below the date.

Reviews: Arcade Express (Dec 5, 82 p7)   Electronic Fun (Jan 83 p71)

Reviews: JoyStik (Apr 83 p53)   Videogaming (Apr 83 p37)

News: Activision Takes to the Skies Again - Arcade Express (Oct 24, 82 p3)

November 1982

On the Radio

"Whatcha Gonna Do" by Chilliwack   YouTube

"It's Raining Again" by Supertramp   YouTube

"Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye   YouTube

"Maneater" by Hall & Oats   YouTube

"Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley   YouTube

"Rock The Casbah" by The Clash   YouTube

"You Can't Hurry Love" by Phil Collins   YouTube

"The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney   YouTube

"Down Under" by Men At Work   YouTube

"Africa" by Toto   YouTube

November 1982

New at the Movies

Creepshow (November 12)   YouTube

Tex (November 19)   YouTube

November 1982

History

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (November 7, 1982)

     

    ARCADIA HAS NEW NAME

    Arcadia Corp., the company producing the Supercharger, has chosen its new name. The firm henceforth will be called Starpath Corp. The Supercharger is a cartridge expanding game-play capabilities of the Atari VCS by adding Random Access Memory. Starpath is also marketing a line of games utilizing the expanded qualities of the Supercharged VCS.

     

    Additional venture capital and bank financing totaling $8 million will enable the firm to double its personnel over the next few months, and to gear up to be "a major competitor in the home video game business," says Alan Bayley, President of Starpath. The change of name resulted from confusion with Emerson's Arcadia 2001 videogame, and "because some people thought the name Arcadia suggested that we make games for arcades," according to Bayley. "We needed a name that will allow us to eventually go beyond our present business of making arcade-quality games for the home."

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Electronics For Kids (January/February 1983, page S19)

     

    A fifth arcade-based game, Amidar, was shipped in November.

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (August 1982, page 60)

     

    This November, Atari will be releasing a new home videogame based on the hit motion picture Raiders of the Lost Ark. . . .

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December 1982

December 1982

 

RealSports Football (Atari)

December release (according to Atari Age order form and '82 In Review from V1n4).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog

Info: AAM V1N3 p.6   AAM V1N4 p.7   AAM V1N4 BC   '82 In Rev.

Box Printing Date: G-CO19743-68 REV. 2 November 1982 SPC Shorewood Packaging There is a 1 on a tiny flap by itself.

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Mar 83 p58)   Enter (Nov 83 p10)   Electronic Games (Nov 84 p32)

Reviews: Book of Atari Software (Winter Supplement 83 p82)

Top Ten List: [2/19/83] Video Games (May 1983)

December 1982

 

Vanguard (Atari)

A kid at school let me borrow this game to play during the 1982 Christmas break. I was surprised because the game was new and he barely had time to play it before he let me take it home. By the way, this game kind of snuck in. It wasn't in the November/December issue of Atari Age magazine, then it popped up in the next issue like "Oh yeah, this game was also released. Hope you didn't miss it." Well, the November/December issue of Atari Age does slightly mention Vanguard in the Captain's Log: "Please don' t call the telephone number listed in Atari Agethat's just for orders. There's nobody there to tell you about games or service . . . or when Vanguard is coming out."

In the September/October 1983 issue of Atari Age magazine they said that Vanguard was released in January of 1983, so maybe some stores got it early and put it on the shelves before they were supposed to. I played it near the end of December 1982, so that's why it's listed under December instead of January of 1983.

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog  

Info: AAM V1N5 BC   AAM V1N5 p8   AAM V2N1 Deep Secret p19

Box Printing Date: G-CO19743-69 REV. 1 November 1982 Ivy Hill The 6 is missing from the 10 numbers under the date.

Reviews: Video Games (Apr 83 p63)   Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p61)

Reviews: JoyStik (Jul 83 p61)   Videogaming (Sep 83 p17)

Tips & Tricks: Master Strategy Guide - Atari Age (Sep/Oct 83 p19)

Top Ten List: [1/22/83] Video Games (Apr 83)

Top Ten List: [2/19/83] Video Games (May 83)   [3/19/83] Video Games (Jun 83)

Top Ten List: [4/16/83] Video Games (Jul 83)   [5/28/83] Video Games (Aug 83)

December 1982

 

Rescue Terra I (VentureVision)

Best guess (using info from Videogaming).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Videogaming   Arcade Express

Trademark Details: First Use In Commerce Date: Aug 1, 82 - Filing Date: Nov 24, 82

Reviews: Electronic Fun (May 83 p60)   Video Games (Aug 83 p65)

December 1982

 

Alien (20th Century Fox)

Best guess (using info from Video Games Magazine).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Video Games Magazine

Reviews: Arcade Express (Mar 27, 83 p7)

News: New Products - Electronic Fun (Dec 82 p11)

Tips & Tricks: Tip from Douglas 'Dallas North' Neubauer - Electronic Fun (Jan 83 p20)

December 1982

 

Mega Force (20th Century Fox)

Best guess (using info from Video Games Magazine).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Video Games Magazine

Reviews: Arcade Express (Mar 27, 83 p7)   Video Games (May 83 p72)

December 1982

 

Fantastic Voyage (20th Century Fox)

Best guess (using info from Video Games Magazine).

Info: YouTube   Atarimania   AtariAge   Catalog   Video Games Magazine

Reviews: Electronic Fun (Apr 83 p54)   Videogaming (Apr 83 p56)

December 1982

On the Radio

"Goody Two Shoes" by Adam Ant   YouTube

"Shock The Monkey" by Peter Gabriel   YouTube

"Allentown" by Bily Joel   YouTube

"Heart To Heart" by Kenny Loggins   YouTube

December 1982

New at the Movies

Gandhi (December 8)   YouTube

48 Hours (December 8)   YouTube

Sophie's Choice (December 10)   YouTube

The Toy (December 10)   YouTube

Tootsie (December 17)   YouTube

The Dark Crystal (December 17)   YouTube

December 1982

History

    Text below from Billboard (December 4, 1982, page 66)

     

    VID GAME FIRM APOLLO FILES CHAPTER XI

    The Nov 12 Chapter XI bankruptcy filing by Richardson, Tex.-based Games By Apollo is being attributed to pressure for payment from the Company's advertising agency, Benton & Bowles.

     

    The video game software manufacturer owes its agency $2.5 million, a figure representing only half of the year-old firm's total debts. The bankruptcy filing occurred one week after Benton & Bowles obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting Apollo from disposing of its inventory in any way.

     

    The agency wanted to sell the inventory itself, to pay the $2.5 million debt for ad services. But rather than appear in court to respond to the temporary restraining order, Apollo filed Chapter XI.

     

    Apollo president Patrick Roper has said he expects the company to reorganize and return in smaller form.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (December 5, 1982)

     

    THREE TITLES FROM ACTIVISION STRESS ADVENTURE & WHIMSY

    Activision will ship three titles in the next quarter that should follow their established route of whimsy combined with action-adventure, a formula that has proved successful for that company in the past. "River Raid", the first game designed by Carol Shaw, requires the gamer to pilot an assault jet over a constantly changing river course, destroying gunships, helicopters, jets, bridges and oil depots. The course features 48 different river sections, sometimes clear and wide, and then so choked with islands that flight corridors shrink to a single wing span. "Spider Fighter" is another first game, this time from designer Larry Miller. A single player uses a bug blaster to dodge hostile arachnids before they steal his crop of fruit. Described as frenetic, a whorl of on-screen activity uses arcade-like features such as bonus points for surviving an insect wave with no loses, and a demonstration mode when the game ends. The third Activision release, "Sea Quest", was designed by veteran programmer Steve Cartwright, who also gave us "Barnstorming" and "MegaMania". The player controls a submarine to locate his team of scuba divers with their treasures. Then the arcader must rescue the divers from man-eating sharks and pirate subs, getting them to surface before the air supply runs out.

     

    "River Raid" will be shipped in December, "Spider Fighter" in January, and "Sea Quest" will follow in February.

     

     

    LATE BREAKING NEWS FLASH

    Games By Apollo, the Texas-based firm making VCS-compatible cartridges, has filed for Chapter 11 (bankruptcy). This is the first major software company to hit the rocks.

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Billboard (December 11, 1982, page 8)

     

    PARKER BROTHERS RELEASING 16 NEW GAME CARTRIDGES

    Parker Brothers, the General Mills toy and game manufacturer which successfully launched a video game line in June, plans the release of 16 new cartridges in 1983.

     

    Keyed to movie, comic and arcade licenses, they will be supported with a major advertising program that will reportedly cost the company about $30 million.

     

    In another 1983 direction, Parker will enter the computer software market, hoping to capture a market that is expected to double in size to about $500 million next year, with an anticipated 4.5 million personal computer homes. Parker will offer game cartridges compatible with such computer systems as Atari, Commodore, Texas Instruments and, possibly, IBM and Apple.

     

    Following the introduction of four games since Juneexpected to generate about $75 million in sales by ChristmasParker plans a January release of a second "Star Wars" cartridge, "Jedi Arena," followed by "Revenge Of The Jedi"the next "Star Wars" filmin May and a fourth cartridge based on a similar theme in late summer.

     

    Also due in January is "Super Cobra" and, during the year, such other arcade games as "Reactor," "Sky Skipper" and "Tutankham."

     

    In March, the company will attempt to reach boys and girls ages four and eight with two entries, "Strawberry Shortcake" and "G.I. Joe."

     

    Currently, all Parker cartridges are compatible with the similar Atari and Sears systems, but other systems, including Intellivision, are expected to also be able to play the firm's software.

     

     

    Parker's introductory cartridges were "Frogger" and "The Empire Strikes Back," which the company says have had a combined sales in excess of three million units. A November release consisted of "Amidar" and "Spider-Man."

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (December 1982, pages 10 and 59)

     

    NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

    Just when you thought it was safe to go into your local video store, briefed on what's coming from Atari and budgeted accordingly, your money is being tempted away by the first games of Spectravision. The cartridges will fit your Atari unit and, one hopes, your budget.

     

    Currently on sale are:

     

    *Gangster Alley, in which the player must gun-down criminals who appear randomly at windows in an abandoned warehouseand at the same time be wary of Nitro Ed, who skulks about the roof of the building dropping grenades. As the game progresses, the player is forced to continue battling from daylight into night.

     

    *Cross Fire, a space game in which the player must destroy the evil Morpuls which have been menacing the planet Tzoris (a Yiddish word meaning "troubles"). Not only must the player liberate the galaxy, but she or he must continually monitor energy and temperature gauges.

     

    *Planet Patrol, a game which sends the player flying across alien terrain destroying enemy bases and dodging missiles. On occasion. the pilot must descend to refuel or rescue fallen allies. As in Gangster Alley, play carries from daylight to darkness.

     

    *Tape Worm, a food hunt wherein Slinky the worm, Spanky the spider. and Beeky the bird all try to eat the player, who is moving about the screen trying to gobble down fruit.

     

    *China Syndrome is the name of a disaster game set in Spectraville, where an earthquake has cracked the core of a nuclear power plant. Players must recover loose particles of radiation, doing so before there is a meltdown.

     

    The New York based company expects to release new games early in 1983, although no plans have been formalized as yet.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from STARLOG (December 1982, page 13)

     

    Due this month [November] from Atari is the Raiders of the Lost Ark cartridge ($27.95), where the player takes on the persona of Indiana Jones. In order to get to the coveted Ark, Indy must, as in the movie, survive several rounds (13) of tough environments and situations.

     

     

    Atari's E.T. ($39.95) is still slated for a December release. Again, following the film, E.T.'s spaceship lands on Earth where he is instantly pursued by the FBI and scientists. In order to radio back to his ship, E.T. must gather the pieces of his phoning device.

     

     

    Comic/game fans will be happy to know that come November, Parker Brothers will be releasing a Spider-Man cartridge for owners of Atari's VCS and Sear's Video Arcade.

     

    The object of the game is to move Spidey up a high-rise bulding where he must diffuse sizzling super bombs. By pushing the joystick forward, Spidey's web becomes activated and permits him to swing past the criminals appearing in the windows. Players must monitor the web fluid, which can only be replenished if he reaches containers on the building and towers or catches the criminals with web fluid. The ultimate nasty, the Green Goblin, is also out to do Spidey in. The cartridge will retail for between $25-$30.

     

     

    In addition to Frogger, Empire Strikes Back and Amadar [Amidar], Parker will be releasing Reactor (this fall) [wrong], Super Cobra (January), Star Wars (January), Tutankam (April) and Sky Skipper (April).

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Creative Computing (December 1982, page 81)

     

    In the arcades, Stern's Berzerk game has a large following. When Atari released their home VCS version of Berzerk back in August. the demand for the game almost cleared the shelves.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Arcade Express (December 19, 1982, page 3)

     

    VENTURE VISION GOES TO SPACE

    Venture Vision, a new outfit in Texas, is looking at the stars for inspiration for a new line of VCS-compatible games. The first release, "Rescue Terra I", designed by Dan Oliver (who programmed "Space Caverns" when he was with Games by Apollo) is in shipment for holiday shoppers. This multi-level-screen game features space pirates, asteroids, robot interceptors, and force fields.

     

    VentureVision will introduce two new titles at CES, both described as space games. A new programmer, Robert Weatherby, is working on the CES releases with Dan Oliver. The company promises a line of high-quality action games.

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Videogaming Illustrated (April 1983, page 8)

     

    QUITE A VENTURE

    Small videogame companies are taking it on the chin. Astrocade is virtually extinct and Apollo's rise from the ashes of bankruptcy does not seem to be holding.

     

    Yet, in November, Robert Hesler of Grand Prairie, TX, started up a new videogame company called VentureVision. Hester owned an Atari 2600, and founded his company with a starry-eyed, "If they can do it, I can do it."

     

    Using some of Apollo's ex-employeesa programmer and sales personnelhe put together his first release, Rescue Terra I and released it in December. The purpose of the game was to navigate meteor storms, destroy space pirates, battle robots and force fields, and reach the planet Terra I. The game sold well at a modest $19.95 . . .

     

     

     

     

     

    Text below from Video Games (February 1983, page 34)

     

    In December, Fox shipped its first movie gamesAlien, Megaforce, and Fantastic Voyage. The latter is a direct translation of the 1966 science-fiction classic. In the game, you try to save a dying scientist by guiding a miniaturized submarine through his bloodstream. Combating white corpuscles and other natural catastrophes, you must safely and speedily maneuver yourself to a blood clot lodged near the brain and destroy it.

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Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Digital Press Library

2600 Connection Library

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariGuide

AtariAge

Steve R's Atari 2600 Rarity List

The Numbers

440 International: Those Were the Days (Today in History)

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: List of Years in Television

My family's calendars from 1982 and 1983. We wrote down almost everything back then.

The Billboard Book of Top 40 hits (5th Edition) by Joel Whitburn

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (5th Edition) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh

Book & Video Update newsletter

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