DID YOU KNOW THAT....
...this is the first 1989 issue of ST NEWS?
...we have now entered our FOURTH year of production?
..., within a very short time, it will be one year ago that
Stefan took over ST NEWS?
...there is a new demo screen in this issue?
...we intend to feature a different screen every time?
...the current one features a bouncing ST NEWS logo, scrolling
...the next one will include tracking shapes, scrolling, rasters,
and even more?
...this issue of ST NEWS is dedicated to Alida, the Creatress of
the most Divine Dessert imaginable?
...this dessert is called "Chocolate Mousse"?
...there are two articles contained in this ST NEWS issue that
are entirely devoted to this miraculous stuff?
...we are NOT in love with Alida (well, I'm not particularly sure
about Stefan, really; he seems to be seein' her more and more
...I hope that it's no HAR-relationship (Hit-And-Run-
...we were actually going to dedicate this issue to the master of
synthesizer music, Jean Michel Jarre?
...we decided that Alida was well worth putting Jarre off to
Volume 4 Issue 2?
...she actually lives on the same floor in my student's flat as
...she is nice, cuddly, sugar-sweet and adorable? (YEAH! Stefan)
...this issue's (and the next ones, of course) 'Page View Mode'
is 25% faster than it used to be?
...Stefan found out a way to increase his 'clear screen' routine
...it is now almost just as fast as "Tempus"?
..."Tempus" doesn't support different text styles and
decrunching, whereas ST NEWS does?
...this issue also contains a new monochrome scrolling type with
some nice trix?
...'Veel Liefs Alida' (color scroller) means 'Much Love, Alida'?
...Stefan really knows how to program?
...he even did more this time?
...you should have a look at the monochrome scroller?
...it features some neat tricks!?
...this time's picture features the cover of Iron Maiden's "Can I
Play with Madness" mini-album?
...it was originally located in a picture show on ACN PD disk
...it was made by someone with the initials N.O.D.?
...we don't know who that is?
...it's a pretty neat picture?
...our good friend Piper couldn't write anything for this issue?
...there are therefore not that many 'application-reviews' in
...Piper was trying to get a job as the new singer of
...they said he was excellent for their older work, but he
sounded too much like their old singer, Fish, to be able to do
the new work?
...we're sorry for Piper?
...I myself wrote quite a lot more articles in this issue than
...I this time delivered almost 200 Kb of articles?
...it took me two whole weeks to write all the stuff, in which I
skipped class quite often?
...things are going very bad in the ST's software world?
...software piracy is now truly killing the market?
...some of the biggest software wholesalers in Holland have
stopped supporting the ST as a major product?
...this is VERY BAD?
...rumours are also spreading that some big UK software houses
will be quitting on the ST as well?
...you will be able to read more about this in the "Software
Piracy Part II" article, elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS?
...Atari will soon not produce single sided disk drives any more?
...all systems will be supplied with a double sided one?
...Atari also intends to market a 'game package', consisting of a
520 STFM (with double-sided drive), joystick and some games?
...the new Atari TT has been seen here and there?
...the machine still contains the old YM-2149 soundchip?!
...this is about the most stupid thing they could have done?
...it is my opinion that they should AT LEAST have ADDED another
sound chip (what about the AMY?!)?
...GfA Systemtechnik got into a bit of a fight with Michtron
...Michtron used to sell GfA products in the States and England?
...GfA was 'greedy for more money' and support has now been
...Michtron is now in business with a company called HiSoft
(remember "Fast Basic")?
...this might well do in GfA Systemtechnik for a part?
...GfA also published "GfA Basic 3.0" for the Amiga?
..., at recent shows, they couldn't keep the program running for
more than a couple of minutes?
...the program kept on crashing all the time?
...version 3.0 of this new Basic will thus be far off on that
...Psygnosis recently made a multi-million dollar deal with CSS
(Computer Software Services), for sales of their 16-bit line
of software in the States?
...they are also planning on launched a second game in the near
...it's called "Ballistix", a ball game that's 'going to blast
all other ball-games right off the pitch'?
...it's priced at £19.95 and will be published through their
...the game features over 130 different pitches?
...the first game they already launched in 1989 is the multi-
player split-screen game "Captain Fizz meets the
...the game features some pretty neat graphics?
...a review can be found elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS?
...they are also planning on launching a third game soon, called
...there are now a number of alternative keyboard caps available
for the ST?
...I have recently typed on one of those?
...it is really different, the keys touch nicer and it looks
...it's IBM AT-style?
..., for info, you can contact Jørgen Slings, Doornelei 12, B-
2018 Antwerpen, Belgium (please enclose SAE or IRCs)?
...the price would be around 145 Dutch guilders for one set?
...many companies are starting to launch some neat games at so-
called budget labels?
...Mastertronic is launching some games at £9.95?
...some GREAT games have been launched recently?
...especially the graphic presentation seems to go ahead with
...I hereby refer to some recent German games, "To be on Top" and
"Warp", that feature "A PLUS" graphics?
...there are more games out with good graphics, though?
...I'd like to mention Ocean's "Operation Wolf" separately?
...this game comes supplied on FOUR disks?
...this is not much?
...System 3's "The Last Ninja" will soon be ready too...on FIVE
...a 'preview' version is already circulating?
...you can read something more about that in the "Software Piracy
Part II" article?
...Stefan and myself are working on something quite remarkable
for the next summer holiday?
...it will STUN THE WORLD?
...we will not reveal more?
...you will see it all in ST NEWS Volume 4 Issue 4, to be
launched at the end of July of this year?
..., around last new year's day, we both bought a new Walkman?
...we both bought the Aiwa HS-J202 (auto-reverse, stereo record,
radio, 10 preset stations, metal/chrome/ferro tape select,
clock, digital display, DOLBY-B, automatic radio fine
...this device is excellent for making hangovers disappear?
...it's probably about the best walkman money can buy?
...the "VDU" will probably almost not be sold any more in its
...some foreign companies are currently negotiating with me with
regard to exclusive distribution in the United States and
England, whereas the Dutch deal is already quite rounded off?
...I am also contacting some German companies?
...the "VDU" will be sold under a different name (not yet
definitely known) and at a higher price (about 50 Dutch
guilders, or $25 or £15), with manual, packaging and company
...this all concerns the next "VDU" version, number 3.3?
...it should be ready within two weeks of the launch of this
issue of ST NEWS?
...people that have already ordered it at the old price will
still get it sent, but in a cut-down version (manual on disk,
no packaging, old name)?
...the new "VDU", by the way, will be MEGA times better than the
...Stefan recently had a nightmare about the new Kobold virus,
that he dreamed that had infected his harddisk?
...the Kobold virus is one of the new viruses that the next "VDU"
...this virus is said to format the harddisk?
...one of our most enthusiastic Norwegian readers, Frøystein
Hustadnes, recently read our "Super Hangon" review and felt
very inspired when he read the introductory novelette?
...he therefore wrote an essay based on this intro-novelette for
...he was the best of the class with it?
...when I read that, I felt quite flattered?
...I would hereby like to express my gratitude to Frøystein -
you're the guys that make creating ST NEWS worth its while!
...Stefan and myself are thinking about soon dedicating an entire
issue of ST NEWS to the fabulous people from Norway (Ronny
...they seem to be the nicest people around, writing lengthy
letters to our editorial address and generally being swell?
...this will probably happen in ST NEWS Volume 4 Issue 3?
...we intend to dedicate the next one to Jean Michel Jarre after
...the largest part of my articles in this issue of ST NEWS were
written using an entirely different computer system?
...I am talking about the Cambridge Computer Z88 here?
...a full 'review' can be found elsewhere in this issue of ST
...I recently bought this machine?
...it is really STUNNING?
...there will shortly be a revised edition of the book
"Scheibenkleister - Massenspeicher am ST" (that we reviewed in
the previous issue of ST NEWS)?
...it will also contain a revised copy of the "Kleisterscheibe" -
...it is planned for launch at the 1989 Cebit in Hannover?
...the latest demo with The Exceptions co-appearing in the
production team has recently been launched?
...it is called the "Union Demo"?
...it is not of this earth?
...a full review can be read elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS?
...we would like to thank the TEX crew for so promptly (?)
sending it to me?
...Stefan and myself will be visiting TEX on March 5th and 6th?
...some other people (Gigabyte Crew, Level 16, maybe 42 Crew)
will also be there?
...a new demo screen for ST NEWS will then be designed by them?
...we will also launch a real-time-article and will discuss
something about piracy and stuff like that?
...it might be a very nice weekend (with pizzas, food, booze)?
...Atari is planning to start producing the ATW (the new name for
the Abaq; Atari Transputer Workstation) in March?
...the price was not yet officially known, but will probably be
below 15,000 Dutch guilders (system without monitor)?
...Atari Benelux recently gave some ST word processing systems to
some well known (even pretty famous) Dutch book authors?
...some names are: Wim de Bie, Gerard Reve and Harry Mulisch?
...Harry Mulisch is the man who wrote the book "The Assault", the
film of which won an Oscar in 1988 for 'best Non-English
...some parts of that film were actually shot in a street only a
couple of minutes walking distance from where Willeke lives?
..., in spite what you might think after recent issues, Willeke
and myself are still the best of friend and see one another
...there are rumours about a "Super ST"?
...this means an ST with a 16 Mhz 68000 processor (instead of the
regular 8 Mhz), featuring a 95% speed increase?
...it should be out soon?
...there are also rumours about 4096 colours and an Amiga-bashing
stereo sound chip?
...these are not confirmed by Atari UK, however, whereas the 16
Mhz 68000 stuff was?
...Frank Lemmen, previously a member of the ST NEWS editorial
staff, now works for STRIKE-a-LIGHT software in Eindhoven?
...he's the financial director there, and is also very busy
programming in C all the time?
...STRIKE-a-LIGHT is, by the way, looking for male and/or female
programmers, part time programmers, manual writers/translators
and graphic artists?
...they are also looking for people that have already programmed
good software and that want it marketed?
...you should contact them at STRIKE-a-LIGHT, Grote Berg 85, NL-
5611 KJ, Eindhoven, The Netherlands?
...their phone number is 040-455281?
...Microprose have recently increased their development team?
...Paul Hibbard, Peter Moreland and Steve Perry, all formerly
with Telecom Soft, were attracted?
...Microprose U.S.A. also has a new Vice President of Sales, Jim
...he's said to be "an aggressive, intelligent salesman who will
serve Microprose well be seeing to the needs of our retailers
...Microprose's "Gunship" has in the mean time sold PLATINUM in
the U.S.A. (that represents 250,000 units sales on all
...Microprose U.S.A. is also setting up a new label called
...they will also sell Hewson, Software Simulations and Paragon
...they are seeking for more companies to join?
..., if you belong to a company that's interested in working
together under this label, you should contact either Stewart
Bell or Martin Moth at Microprose UK?
...their address is: Microprose, 2 Market Place, Tetbury GLOS GL8
8DA, England, telephone (0666) 54326?
...Microprose recently signed the rights to "Universal Military
...the rights didn't go to Telecom, as was probably expected?
...the original "UMS" author, Ezra Sidron, will work together on
it with Ed Bever (Doctor in History at Princeton, and also
former Microprose team leader for "Gunship")?
...prices for "UMS II: Nations at War" are not yet known, but the
simulation package should be available in August 1989?
...Microprose will also soon launch "Ultima V" and "Airborne
...they already sent screen slides to us?
..."Ultima V" is twice the size of its predecessor, and
characters from "Ultima IV" can be used in the new one?
...Blackthorn (the once-loyal) is this time the man to fight?
...it is schedules for launch in March at £24.95?
...the graphics look like the average "Ultima"-quality to me?
...Lucas will probably go bananas when we get it?
...he can look forward to receiving it, because I am not quite
planning to do that myself?
...he is currently reviewing the role-playing game "Times of
..."Airborne Ranger", an 'action strategy' simulation, will also
be ready in March and equally priced?
...it features 12 different missions set in three areas of the
world (arctic, desert and temperate)?
...a review can be anticipated in an upcoming ST NEWS issue?
...this issue of ST NEWS seems to feature quite many new
entertainment software releases?
...we intend to keep it that way?
...the Volume 4 Issue 4 issue might be an exception to that rule?
...I won't say more?
...the latest "News Channel" disk magazine was supposed to be
launched last Saturday (February 11th)?
...it was supposed to be dedicated to...Math Claessens (our
...he (and we) found this somewhat strange?
...I haven't seen this issue yet?
...this might be because it hasn't been actually finished yet?
...Math this time solved quite some adventures again?
...he even completed "King's Quest IV" (not yet ready on the ST)?
...he did that on an MS-DOS system?
...the best disk magazine ever on the ST, Canada's
"F.A.S.T.E.R." newsdisk, has quit?
...their last issue to be released was Volume 2 Number 5
(launched in May 1988)?
...they quit 'due to lack of good programmers on the Montreal
...Rene Luesing, their PD man, is currently negotiating about
distributing ST NEWS in Canada, since the market there is now
ready for ST NEWS?
...I guess ST NEWS is now running to be on top of the world?
...we have also acquired a new distributor recently, who will
cover the Southern part of the U.S.A.?
...his name can be found in the ST NEWS Colofon article?
...he's our sixteenth distributor (or was it our seventeenth)?
...we're also working on a Yugoslavian distributor?
...we hope one day to reach the 'twenty distributors' mark?
...all official distributors now get each ST NEWS disk sent to
...they don't have to send disks and postage any more (well, they
DO have to send disks plus reply postage for the back-issues)?
...I pay for the disks and envelopes, and Stefan does the
postage, copying and packaging?
...this assures that all our distributors have all recent ST NEWS
issue in their collection as fast as possible?
...we decided to do this because some distributors were kinda
slow on the sending of new disks to put recent issues on?
...things went kinda wrong with Patricia (see the previous
...she couldn't leave all her friends, family and acquaintances
...she lives near Rotterdam, at quite a distance from Utrecht?
...my heart is now totally and utterly broken apart?
...everything is very complicated, so I shan't discuss it
...I'd like to confront you with a poem, though (yeah...sorry!)?
...it's: "Loneliness - a feeling taints my heart
Shall we be forever apart?
Sadness - emotions that torture me
I desperately need you to make me be
Love - a simple word in mouth of man
Embody it - only you can
I love you with my body and soul
Loving you is my only goal
Making love till the morning's due
That I wish to do with you
I want to give you all my heart
But why must we be apart?..."
...I am very sorry for not being able to restrain myself again?
...you have no idea how rotten it all makes me feel at times?
...you will probably think "well, he's knocked off by some other
chick this time"?
...I cannot blame you for this thought?
...I now only have the feeling that all my life is different and
...I really thought to have found IT this time (wife, work,
settled life, love)?
...it turned out I didn't?
...this is what hurts most?
...I WILL NOW DAMN WELL QUIT WITH THIS NOT-QUITE-SO-SUBTLE ORAL
...Stefan: for God's sake Richard!
...I have been talking a lot with Alida (yes, the same!) to get
Patricia out of my system?
...it doesn't quite work, yet, but might work in the future?
...the poem, by the way, was NOT written using either "K-Roget"
...the latter program has been ready for about a year now, and
Kuma said they sent it to me FOUR times?
...I didn't receive anything, though?
...I want to have it, even if I have to buy it?!
...there are several great new music releases?
...you should all get Rush' "A Show of Hands", a brilliant live
CD featuring many of the songs they performed during their
recent "Hold your Fire" tour?
...there's also a superb four-and-a-half-minute drum solo on it,
called "The Rhythm Method"?
...it's just like a whole band playing at once?
...Cacophony has also launched a new CD?
...it's called "Go Off!"?
...there's quite some singing included on it, which I really
wouldn't miss when left out?
...the guitar solos, however, are sharp, aggressive and super-
..., if you'd like to find out what most of the recent guitar
heroes are like, you should get the "Guitar Masters" CD?
...it only costs 14.95 Dutch guilders here (a bit over £4 or $7)?
...it features Cacophony, the solo projects of Cacophony's Jason
Becker and Marty Friedman, Racer X, Apocrypha, Greg Howe, Joey
Tafolla and Dr. Mastermind (this one sounds like hip-hop but
...it's brilliant and CHEAP!?
...I also got Racer X's "Extreme Volume Live" CD recently?
...it's also great, featuring TWO guitar heroes, an incredible
bass-player and a very good drummer?
...their "Second Heat" studio-album is also quite fingermashing?
...guitarist David T. Chastain and the trash-metal band Kreator
are also bringing out albums shortly (March, probably)?
...they are called "Within the Heat" and "Extreme Aggressions"
...the first maxi-single of Queensrÿche, featuring "Queen of the
Rÿche", is also available on CD?
...I spent months looking for that one and I suddenly found it in
a U.S. import shop?
...it also features a bonus track off the "Rage for Order"
sessions: "The Prophecy"?
...I listen to it while typing this?
..., following Sodom's "Mortal way of Live", some of the other
popular German trash-metal bands have launched live albums?
...Destruction did "Live - Without Sense" and Kreator did a mini
called "Out of the Dark - into the Light" (recorded at
Eindhoven Dynamo hardrock pub)?
...I of course got them both?
...they are brainsmashing, headbanging and nervestraining?
...Stefan recently went to London for a long weekend and visited
a record shop called "Tower Records"?
...his stories of 'walls full of Samantha Fox and Yngwie
Malmsteen posters' and 'thousands of rare CDs' made me decide
that this shop (three storeys high) will definitely be worth
...I have deep feelings inside me that say that this will be done
sooner than most of you expect?
...I hope that they have some of the older live Deep Purple
albums on CD ("Live in London", "In Concert", "Powerhouse" and
of course "Made in Europe")?
...they are now not yet available here, and I have to gear up my
record player once in a while when I want to play them?
...I have again succeeded in getting together some game hints &
tips (to enable you to play them with more ease)?
...the first one if for "Fernandez must Die"?
...you should pause the game and the type "SPINYNORMAN" for
...there's another cheat for Hewson's "Cybernoid"?
...here, you should type "RAISTLIN" on the title screen for
..."Afterburner" is a very LOUSY game?
...I read a cheat for it anyway?
...you should start up the game and press Backspace to pause it?
...you should then type "THUNDERBLADE" to activate the cheat
...you then have extra keys with special functions?
...these are: N = Increment lives
G = More missiles
T = Less missiles
< = Increment stage number
> = Decrease stage number?
...there's a final cheat for Ocean's "Daley Thompson's Olympic
...whilst on the title page you should type "HINGSEN-J" (where
the '-' is located on the numeric keypad)?
...you should now be able to enter all the disciplines by
pressing different function keys?
...the computer magazine "ST-Amiga-Format" is now also available
in regular Dutch book stores?
...this is a magazine that also features a disk, that can be
loaded in ST as well as Amiga drives?
...it is quite expensive, though?
...it costs about 18 Dutch guilders here?
...it is very interesting, although I think the Amiga programs
are generally better than those for the ST?
...Issue 8 (the one I got recently) offers a "Purple Saturn Day"
demo with some good digital drumming effects?
...I kinda like the magazine?
...the only thing left to be wished is that it was for ST only?
...there's a gnat-plague in my student's flat?
...this is somewhat weird for early february?
...is strange but true?
...I have had about ten sleepless nights this year already?
...Microdeal's "Fright Night" will not soon be out for the ST?
...the programmer, Steve Bak, is now making an Amiga version
with 32 colours and large sprites?
...he doesn't want to port it over to the ST, he says?
...Timothy Purves (remember "Michtron Disk Utilities/Mutil"?)
might now do the ST version?
...David Small ("Magic Sac") recently developed a "Spectre 128"
cartridge with which it is possible to emulate an Apple
...there also seems to exist a MacIntosh Plus (or was it
MacIntosh II) emulator?
...this is just about everything to read in this issue's "Did you
know that...." column?
...I hope to see you all again in the next issue of ST NEWS,
scheduled for launch somewhere in April?
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.