[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Family Computing

November 21st, 2011 by Benj Edwards

Family Computing - September 1983 - Cover ScanThe cover of the first issue of “Family Computing” magazine, September 1983.

Happy Thanksgiving from VC&G

[ From Family Computing, September 1983, cover ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What’s your favorite food to eat for Thanksgiving? Favorite video game to play?

14 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Family Computing”

  1. MrD Says:

    Holy crap, that kid has a 100 pound weight on his lap.

  2. SirPaul Says:

    “After the portrait, they had to take little Jimmy to the Emergency Room to mend his crushed legs.”

    During Thanksgiving, I typically like to eat the turkey (naturally), as well as the mashed potatoes and cranberries. As for games, sadly, I am typically with my aunt and uncle for festivities, so I generally do not have access to gaming. Usually whatever I quickly grab for the Game Boy the day prior.

  3. Xyzzy Says:

    That family picture looks amusingly like it belongs on the Awkward Family Photos blog… I’m not sure what’s stranger: the way the older boy’s legs don’t seem to fit his body, the younger boy’s semi-smile, the “yikes someone’s giving me a wedgie up to my ears!” expression on the father’s face.

    Anyway, my favorite food is actually mixing the leftover turkey, gravy, stuffing, and putting it on a dinner roll for a cold snack/lunch *after* Thanksgiving. My cousins unfortunately haven’t had any game machines since their Atari 2600, and since I rarely see them, it’d be considered profoundly rude if I brought a handheld system. (This year I believe I’m staying home, though, so it’s moot. Not sure what I’ll play, if anything; I might try to learn how to properly use MESS.)

  4. Geoff V. Says:

    Kingdom Crusade on gameboy. Nothing passed the time faster than this game on the way to grandmother’s house. I highly recommend this game after filling yourself with turkey and gravy.

  5. Batfan Says:

    Too funny. The month/year of my birth 🙂

  6. Donn Says:

    Mmmmm, turkey skin.

    I hope to break out some old-school Space Invaders this Thanksgiving, if I can get my hands on some joysticks, stat!

  7. Jim Leonard Says:

    In 1983 I really wanted a computer, but our family didn’t have a lot of money at the time. My father felt sorry for me and bought me a subscription to Family Computing instead. It turned out that the magazine subscription, which I read cover to cover the day it arrived, was just as valuable a gift. I absorbed everything in that magazine, and because I didn’t have a computer, I would spend hours tracing through the BASIC listings IN MY HEAD (or sometimes with a pad next to me, as I couldn’t remember more than about 5-6 variables at a time). I would also plot low-res graphics out on graph paper so I could see what the graphical programs were drawing. It was like a logical puzzle.

    My dad was secretly saving up for a computer, and in December 1984 surprised the family with an AT&T PC 6300, which he was able to get at a discount because he worked at AT&T at the time. I used that computer just as long as I read Family Computing, both until roughly 1989.

    Today, I program in x86 assembler for fun. It calms me down.

  8. Braybett Says:

    I’m spending this Thanksgiving at a retirement home and eating retirement home food. Should be pretty interesting.

    My favorite video games at the moment are the Mario and Zelda games that came out this month, the former of which will probably get a lot of mileage via my 3DS while on this Thanksgiving trip.

  9. Geoff V. Says:

    Cool memories Jim. You may want to talk to a doctor about writing in assembly to calm down, they have drugs for that. 😉

  10. Donn Says:

    Jim, that might be the most awesome computer anecdote I’ve heard in a long time! (And I just read through folklore.org)

  11. JackSoar Says:

    I’m a vegetarian, so Thanksgiving tends to be less-than-thrilling for me. I rarely get a true main course, and stick to a variety of sides. Usually there will be some kind of soup or salad that will appeal, but it varies from year to year.

    As for games, the only game I really have any memory of associating with Thanksgiving is “Heroes of Might and Magic II,” which my brother and I played all throughout one Thanksgiving weekend, subsisting on leftovers. Good times.

  12. CPBelt Says:

    Wow. I forgot about this magazine. I used to subscribe to it. That cover brought back great memories! It’s the monitor that weighed a ton–I remember those bad boys!

  13. technotreegrass Says:

    Thanksgiving is usually a family reunion so most of us cousins play Mario Kart Wii in the basement, since its so easy to play.

  14. crosscourt Says:

    Favorite food has to be either apple pie or chocolate chip cookies baked by the family. Liking the bowl after they mix up a chocolate cake comes to mind.

    Favorite game its a toss up between Doom and Wolfenstein 3d

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