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  • Star Wars: The Arcade Game

    Star Wars: The Arcade Game was how most of the home ports of the Star Wars arcade game were titled. Seems a bit redundant but there’s marketing for you. The original arcade game was an impressive looking (even today I think it looks impressive) vector graphics based space flight combat game. You pilot an X-Wing on approach to the Death Star and then take part in the trench run to destroy the Death Star. The original arcade game was released in 1983 with a large number of home ports to follow later in 1983, 1984 and beyond.

    Initially, Star Wars was ported by Parker Brothers to the Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Commodore 64 and ColecoVision. Later in 1987 and 1988 it was ported to the Amiga, Atari ST and DOS based PCs among others. In addition, it was ported again to the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit so there are multiple versions of this game out there for those platforms.

    Today, there’s not really any reason to track down these home versions. Quality varies among the different ports but the arcade original is much better. You’ll have to resort to emulation to play it though as there has been no official release of an arcade perfect home version as far as I know.

    The images above are from a commercial for the original 1983/84 home ports. The version of the game shown is the Atari 5200 version. Except for perhaps the game graphics I think this commercial probably would have been more likely to reduce sales than increase them.

    Star Wars (Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, ColecoVision)

  • GamePro (October 1993)


    Source: GamePro – Issue Number 51 – October 1993

    There were tons of video game magazines from the late 1980s through the late 1990s. GamePro wasn’t my favorite but there is no doubt that it was one of the most popular. The October 1993 issue includes the following:

    • Cutting Edge – Atari’s 64-bit Jaguar is finally on the prowl.
    • Special Feature: Hot at the Arcades – It’s Part 2 of our Slam Masters Strategy Guide.
    • Role-Player’s Realm – In our first-ever column devoted exclusively to RPGs, we journey through Shining Force – complete with tips (Genesis), The Seventh Saga (SNES), Final Fantasy Legend III (GB), and Defenders of Oasis (GG).
    • Special Feature: 3D0 Games – Check out the first 3D0 releases.
    • Cover Feature: Super Street Fighter II – The World Warriors are back in the arcades with a new coin-op that boasts four new fighters.
    • Special Feature: Disney’s Aladdin – Disney’s Aladdin is a whole new world for video gamers.
    • Special Feature: Star Wars – The saga continues as Super Empire Strikes Back (SNES), Rebel Assault (Sega CD), and Star Wars (Game Gear) come to a galaxy near you. Plus, we’ll show you how LucasArts creates these incredible carts.
    • ProReviews
      • Genesis: Aero the Acro-Bat, Haunting Starring Polterguy, Dashin’ Desperadoes, Dinosaurs for Hire, Gauntlet IV, The Adventures of B.O.B., Previews: Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition, Robocop Vs. Terminator, Robocop III, Pink Panther: Pink Goes to Hollywood, Sonic Spinball
      • Sega CD: AH-3 Thunderstrike, Spider-Man vs. Kingpin, PreView: Stellar-Fire
      • SNES: Terminator 2: Judgement Day, SimAnt, Legend, Battle Cars, Super Aquatic Games, Incredible Crash Dummies, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Mr. Nuts, Previews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter, ActRaiser 2, Captain America and the Avengers, Cliffhanger
      • Nintendo: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mario is Missing!
      • Neo Geo: Samurai Showdown Survival Guide
      • Game Boy: DuckTales 2, Ring Rage, Lemmings, Tumble Pop, WWF: King of the Ring
      • Game Gear: WWF Steel Cage Challenge, Strider 2, Cave Dude, Off the Wall
      • Lynx: Gordo 106
    • Overseas ProSpects – GamePro goes 3D with Loricel.
    • The Sports Page – NHL Hockey ’94 (Genesis and SNES), Legends of the Ring (Genesis and SNES), Riddick Bowe Boxing (SNES), Evander Holyfield (Game Gear), Madden NFL ’94 (Genesis and SNES), Football Fury (SNES), Top Gear 2 (SNES), Nigel Mansell’s World Championship Racing (Genesis, NES, Game Boy), Sports Insider: Sega Sports.
    • GamePro Lab Report – Get your hands on remote controllers, a Pro Action Replay update, with info on the Pro CD-X for the Sega CD, and finally, Naki’s Game stackers.
    • S.W.A.T.Pro – Secret weapons and tactics from the GamePros.
    • GameBusters: X-Men (Genesis)

    …and more!

  • Antic (December 1985)


    Source: Antic – December 1985

    Antic was one of two popular magazines dedicated to the Atari 8-bit line of computers. Antic also had some coverage of the Atari ST at various times. The December 1985 issue includes the following:


    • Video Star Atari – Computereyes…plus other new graphics goodies
    • Behind the Scenes at Lucasfilm – New games from the Marin magic factory
    • Diskio Plus – Antic super-utility now even better
    • 4th Annual Shoppers Guide – 100 best products for your Atari
    • Proburner Review – Best EPROM burner on the market
    • Antic Catalog Goes to U.K. – Overseas readers get software bonanza

    ST Section

    • 1st Annual ST Shoppers Guide
    • 4xForth Review – First serious language for ST users
    • Introducing 520ST Assembly Language – MC68000 tutorial
    • ST Logo Exploration – Mapping uncharted memory


    • Communications: BBS Crashbuster – Exorcise those evil online crashers
    • Assembly Language: Build Your Own EPROM Burner – Chip programming for $30
    • Game of the Month: Box-In – Lots classic from Biffdrop’s creator

    …and much more!