The issue contains both a compiler for C=64 BASIC and an article on other languages available for the machine, and I think about how in some ways Interpreted BASIC was an odd choice for a generation of computers that were already slow as heck. On the other hand... even these days I prefer programming environments that are run-and-gun and even a quick Edit/Compile/Run loop feels like a drag compared to Edit/Save/Reload, so maybe there's something similar here. I mean, the way that even starting a commercial game had a quick stop at the gateway of BASIC, a language most kids picked up a tad in school, was amazing, so maybe it wasn't such a bad choice.
Slight change in the menu program: now they use regular number keys rather than the function keys, which definitely improves things a bit, especially on emulators.
Space Arena - Bryan Files
Face-Off - Kevin Mykytyn and Mark Tuttle