I recently found something that I wanted to share with you guys. This is the December 1982 issue of Electronic Fun with Computers and Games. Although I don’t remember reading this specific publication in its time, I think it’s a pretty good example of prototypal video game journalism long before there were debates over the ethics of same.
The almost 100-page magazine features reviews of lots of then-current games including Pitfall! and Demon Attack for the Atari 2600, Beauty and the Beast for Intellivision and K.C.’s Krazy Chase for Odyssey 2. Other highlights include a piece on modems on page 77 of the PDF, a “computers made easy” guide on page 80 (including one of the best basic descriptions of a computer I’ve ever read), and a feature on the Commodore VIC-20 (page 73) which had recently come down in price. A feature on page 57 compares Coleco’s just-released versions of Donkey Kong for Colecovision, Intellivision and the Atari 2600, the latter of which actually fares pretty well under the reviewer’s scrutiny.
The writing style leaves no doubt as to the primary demographic of video games at the time, reminding me of a high-tech version of old Scholastic kids’ magazines like Bananas or Dynamite. What’s really nice, though, is reading about classic video games at their pre-crash height. Some of these old publications got pretty cynical as the years went on, but here there is nothing but enthusiasm for this fantastic new hobby and its latest developments. Enjoy!