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POPULARITY POLL by Richard Karsmakers

 When I published the results of the official popularity poll  in 
the previous issue of ST NEWS,  I announced that I would continue 
making a kind of 'pop poll' in future issues as well,  based upon 
software  sales,   mouth-to-mouth  advertisements  and   personal 
opinions.  Well,  this time's issue includes the first of  these, 
and you'll be able to read some stunning results...

The  first  thing to strike you,  is the fact  that  professional 
music programmers like Rob Hubbard and David Whittaker have  been 
beaten  by Jochen from TEX ("Mad Max"),  the guy that  wrote  the 
music  for the famous TEX demos and for the latest issues  of  ST 
NEWS
.  In fact, he has been discovered by some software companies 
and will soon write music for a new game from Germany.

At the 'best graphics artist' poll,  it turns out that reputation 
can  last  very long - Tom Hudson is still firmly  on  the  first 
place,  but  closely  followed by Pete Lyon (the man  behind  the 
graphics  of  Airball),   who's  still  beaten  by  yet   another 
'newcomer': Garvan Corbett (from Psygnosis' "Barbarian" fame).

Reputation  also  has to be taken into account for  the  games  - 
"Flightsimulator  II"  is  still the best selling  title  and  is 
therefore still solidly present on the first spot of this  time's 
software  top  ten.  There have been some changes  in  the  lower 
regions,  however,  due  to the launch of some great software  in 
recent months.

Graphic Artist Top 3:   1) Tom Hudson (Degas Elite/CAD 3D)
                        2) Garvan Corbett (Barbarian)
                        3) Pete Lyon (Airball)

Music Programmer Top 5: 1) Jochen from TEX (ST NEWS/TEX Demos)
                        2) Rob Hubbard (Goldrunner/Jup. Probe)
                        3) David Whittaker (Ninja M./Renegade)
                        4) Holger Gehrmann (Extensor/Holly.Poker)
                        5) Ed Bogas (Hardball/Activ. ST Demo)

Games Top 10:  1) Flightsimulator II (Sublogic)
               2) Arkanoid (Ocean/Imagine)
               3) Airball (Microdeal)
               4) Goldrunner (Microdeal)
               5) The Pawn (Rainbird)
               6) Barbarian (Psygnosis)
               7) Starglider (Rainbird)
               8) Time Bandits (Microdeal)
               9) Plutos (Micro Value)
              10) Gauntlet (U.S. Gold)

Hope to see ya again in this popularity poll article in the  next 
issue of ST NEWS.

Disclaimer
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.