Compute! (July 1982)

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Cover of the July 1982 issue of Compute!

Compute! was one of the earliest home computer magazines. By 1982 it had already been published for a couple of years and was covering computers such as the Atari 400/800, Commodore PET, VIC-20, Apple II and others. The July 1982 issue includes:


  • Gold Rush! - A type-in game for the VIC-20 and Atari 400/800 in which you must mine gold while avoiding cave-ins.

  • IRA Planner - A type-in BASIC program to help you plan and calculate the future value of your IRA.

  • Maze Race - A type-in BASIC maze race game in which you can race the computer or a human opponent to the center of the maze.

Education and Recreation

  • Recursive BASIC Subroutines - A tutorial on using recursive programming in BASIC programs using the Towers of Brahma problem as an example.

  • Screen Graphics - A tutorial on manipulating screen graphics with specific examples for Atari and Commodore computers.

  • Answer Selection With Joysticks - A BASIC program for the VIC-20 and Atari computers that demonstrates how to use the Joystick to select items on the screen.

  • Apple Game Paddles - Think you're a hardcore gamer? Gamers in the early 80s built their own controllers.


  • Caverns of Mars - An action game for the Atari 400/800 in which you must fly your way through the tunnels of Mars battling Martians along the way.

  • Two Programs from the VIC Six Pack - Reviews of Car Chase, a game in which you race a car around a square while collecting dots and avoiding the other car; and Blue Meanies From Outer Space, a game somewhat similar to Space Invaders.

  • SoftBox: CP/M for PET/CBM - A CP/M emulator for the PET. It's essentially a CP/M computer that plugs between the PET and disk drive that allows you to use the monitor, keyboard and disk drives of your PET.

Table of Contents from the July 1982 issue of Compute!

Columns and Departments

  • The Editor's Notes - A brief look at the Chicago Consumer Electronics Show and National Computer Conference in Houston. Highlights included a bunch of new computers from Commodore, including the BX256, B128, "P" Series, Commodore 64, and Commodore MAX.

  • Ask the Readers - A conversation with readers about extending languages, Atari computer lock-ups, Fast-Find for the Commodore PET and VIC-20, using the GET BASIC command on Atari computers, and more.

  • Computers and Society - Achieving computer literacy with PILOT and LOGO, making music with computers, and more.

  • The Beginner's Page: Making Files Work - File handling in BASIC using the Commodore PET/VIC-20, Atari 400/800 and Apple II.

  • Friends of the Turtle - Fractal graphics using Apple LOGO and Atari PILOT.

  • The World Inside the Computer - Kids and computers.

The Journal

  • A Direct Access File Editor - A type-in BASIC file editing tool for the PET/CBM and Atari disk users.

  • MicroDOS - A technique for optimizing your Atari DOS disks to reduce disk storage and memory requirements.

  • Whither VIC - A look at the brief history of the VIC so far (about a year old at the time) and its immediate future.

  • Super QuadraPET - A type-in program for partitioning memory on the PET and moving programs between those partitions.

  • Apple DOS Changer - A BASIC program that will rename potentially destructive DOS commands (like INIT which erases a disk). Useful in a classroom setting.

  • Atari Video Graphics and the New GTIA - In 1982 Atari computers got a graphics upgrade with the new GTIA chip. It included a new sixteen color mode, the ability to generate 256 colors, and much more.

  • All About PET/CBM Character Sets - An article describing all of the currently existing PET/CBM character sets in detail.

  • Language Lab - A type-in program to help you learn a foreign language on your Atari 400/800.

Back cover of the July 1982 issue of Compute!

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