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  • Krull (Atari 2600)

    KRULL (1983)


    Krull for the Atari 2600 is based on the movie of the same name. It was released late in 1983 and video game sales were plummeting at this time so Krull probably didn’t sell as well as it could have. For a game based on a movie, it isn’t as terrible as most.

    Krull the movie is a cult classic and is sort of a fantasy/sci-fi hybrid. While it doesn’t have quite the name recognition of say Tron or Star Wars or probably even Willow, it was a decent movie for those that like that sort of thing. The game follows the plot of the movie pretty closely and consists of four different parts matching up with different parts of the movie. While the game received mixed reviews, it’s above average for a movie license and is worth a try, particularly if you are a fan of the movie.

    There aren’t any sequels, remakes or rereleases of this game that I know of so you will have to play on an original Atari 2600 or use emulation. The only other game based on Krull was an arcade game by Gottlieb but it is unrelated to the Atari 2600 game other than also being based on the movie.

  • Modems: Close Encounters Of The Computer Kind

    This article, written by Lindsey Van Gelder, was published in the
    September, 1983 issue of MS. magazine

    Last February, MS. published an article of mine entitled “Falling In
    Love With Your Computer.” Back then, my computer and I spent days and
    nights staring into each other’s eyes with the single-minded intensity
    typical of new relationships. But, as these things often go, after
    some months had passed and the initial mysteries became familiar, a
    certain restlessness set in. I wanted to reach out and touch another

    I bought a modem.

    My modem is a Hayes 1200, a sleek silver box about the size of a book.
    It has three cables connecting it to my computer, my phone line, and
    an electrical outlet. Using special software – computer programs
    specifically designed to operate the modem – my computer can “call”
    other computers anywhere in the world and transfer any information of
    theirs onto my screen. If you’ve been following the computer field,
    you probably already know that a modem can get you stock prices,
    airline schedules, financial news, worldwide schedules, and a whole
    host of other services for the business community. Less publicized
    are some of the *really* interesting things you can do “on-line”:
    making friends, arguing about politics, playing chess, even (bizarre
    as it sounds) have “sex” with people thousands of miles away.

    Such carryings-on go under the general name of “telecommunications.”
    I do a lot of it on CompuServe, the largest “information service” in
    the country, which I and nearly 60,000 other people subscribe to. I
    paid a $20 initiation fee, and I’m billed at $5 an hour after 6 P.M.
    on weeknights and all day on weekends (prime business hours cost more
    than four times as much) to sample 800-plus different services. I
    would be severely remiss if I didn’t warn you that cruising around in
    this infinity of info can be awfully addicting, not to mention
    expensive – $5 an hour can add up when you’re having fun. But, come
    with me on a typical evening’s foray:

    After turning on my modem and computer and loading my software I tell
    my system to dial up CompuServe’s New York number. When CompuServe
    answers, I’m asked for my ID number and my secret password. Then I’m
    officially logged on. As often as not these days, I get a message
    informing me that I have “EMAIL” – electronic mail – sent by others to
    my ID number (73125,470) waiting for me. After I read and answer my
    mail, I’m presented with the “prompt” signal (“!”), and I can type
    in where I next want to go. (Beginners who aren’t sure where they
    want to go can call up “menus” with different choices.)

    My first stop after the mailbox tonight is the Special Interest Group
    (SIG) for Family Matters, a sort of electronic bulletin board devoted
    to child care and related topics. The 10-year-old child of two of my
    best friends is recovering from a car accident and is about to come
    home from the hospital in a full body cast; her parents have asked me
    to put a notice on the SIG asking for advice from other parents who’ve
    had to cope with similar experiences. Sure enough, there are several
    long replies, offering both practical advice (see if your health
    insurance will pay for an air conditioner, don’t let the child scratch
    inside the cast, make sure the child’s modesty is respected in such a
    vulnerable condition) and emotional support. I turn on my printer and
    automatically make a copy to read to my friends later on.

    My clothes dryer is dying a slow death and I want to buy a new one, so
    after entering in a few more keyboard commands, my next stop is the
    Comp-U-Store. I tell the computer what brand I’m interested in and
    the maximum I’m willing to spend; in seconds the computer spews out a
    discount price it can get me on a Whirlpool portable. At this point,
    my daughter Sadie wanders in, and I’m cajoled into heading over to the
    games data base and printing out her biorhythms chart for the month.

    From there I move on to see what’s doing in some of my other favorite
    SIGs: the Work-At-Home SIG (whose motto is “Take your coffee break
    with us”), the Good Earth SIG (camping, ecology, and farming), the IBM
    Owner’s SIG, and the Cooks’ Underground, (there’s an urgent message
    from a guy who needs to know if a recent recipe for cream cheese pie
    was for one pie pan or two).

    There are other SIGs and SIG sections for lawyers, educators,