EDITORIAL - HOOKED AGAIN
It has happened....I am hooked again.
I can remember the days when I was still young and reckless and
did ultra-heavy and primitive codeing on an 8-bit Commodore 64
with two registers and 1 accumulator!
I did not listen to Heavy Music back then, nor was I inspired by
smashing girls. The only thing I did was create raster-
interrupts, do maximegalon-smooth scrolling, create bouncing
sprites, write video games, design character sets, admire Jeff
Minter (I still do...), and use a 1-line assembler a la
Templemon to do all this!
You will have noticed the special scrolling in issue 3.7. Well,
that was only the first experiment I did with scrolling and
rasters. This issue contains an even better demo, with a bouncing
ST NEWS logo and lots of colors. I already finished the demo for
issue 4.2 and it contains tracking sprites, bouncing rasters,
lots of colors, scrolling, moving letters etc. etc. It is the
best thing I have ever programmed on any computer (Well, it looks
nice..) and I still am heavily inspired.
Talking about demos, the Union (TEX and their friends) have
created a new demo. Needless to say it is again setting new
standards. I mean it has no-borders, lotsa screens with the most
brainincinerating full-screen scrolling, fantastic music, the
most baffling techniques, digitized sounds, zillions of rasters,
stunning graphics and loads more (even full-screen filled-in 3D
graphics a la Starglider II!!!). Read more about this Ultra Demo
(it's PD!) in a separate article elsewhere in this issue.
Compared to this unbelievable piece of programming, the ST NEWS
demos I have created look like pathetic tries and don't come near
the quality created by TEX, but I am determined to do more, and
everybody has to start from the beginning, don't they?
Great things are to happen in 1989, ST NEWS is going to continue
in it's present form, with lots of inspired articles and a nice
demo now and then.
Also, in this issue you'll find something unique: a recipe. YES!,
a recipe. It will tell you how to create the Best Dessert Ever:
Chocolate Mousse. Read more about it in a separate article!
One morning I woke up and my mind exploded. I had an idea and I
just had to try it. After getting dressed and stuffing breakfast
in my mouth, I still had 20 minutes before I had to go to work.
Typing like a maniac, I changed some lines in the source code of
the pageview routine, added some MOVEMs here and there,
assembled, ran ST NEWS and banged my head with delight when I
noticed that the pageview mode had become 25% faster! Still five
minutes left, I did some more codeing, and the color version was
even faster! Then the bell rang and they came to pick me up.
It's late and I am running out of things to say. Let me just
thank Richard and the rest of the inhabitants of the flat where
Richard lives for the the unforgettable time I had on New Year's
Very special thanks go to Alida for being fantastic and providing
me with lotsa inspiration....
My bed is calling me.
I have been to 'The Weekend of Terror' in the Tuschinski Theatre
in Amsterdam, february 11th and 12th. I have seen some movies (8
of them) there and I will give you a brief list of them right
Since this movie was directed by George A. Romero (creator of
gore-classics like 'Day of the Dead' and 'Dawn of the Dead', I
expected some half-crazed monkey with a razor running around in
this movie, slicing people to bits. But I was surprised that this
was not a horror-movie, but a thriller. It is about a sportsman
who becomes disabled and gets a trained monkey to take care of
him. (It is amazing to see what they trained the monkey to
do..they do it in real life too, which is great). What he does
not know that the monkey had been subjected to genetic
experiments, and so the monkey is able to turn his feelings of
hatred and anger into real, physical deeds.....
Nice movie, sometimes a bit too slow.
Modern remake of the not-so-good late fifties original. Fast
moving film with lotsa special effects and a touch of humour. It
is about a shapeless being made out of acid slime which devours
people in all sorts of interesting ways (ever seen a human body
being dragged through a drain?). Finally a local underdog and a
nice looking girl beat the slimy creep.
Friday the 13th part VII
No horror, but nice action here. It is an SF film in the near
future, where an alien race has moved to earth to live in harmony
with mankind. Of course, this doesn't go smoothly. The partner of
a tough-guy cop gets killed by some of the Newcomers (as they are
called in this movie) and his new partner is a Newcomer. Again, a
buddy-movie about two guys who don't like each other at first,
but become sworn comrades at the end.
A movie about a gang of vampires in modern day Texas. Killing
cowboys is a lot of fun for them until a girl-vampire falls in
love with a somewhat naive cowboy. This means of course the end
for our tough vampires.
Although I sounded a sarcastic, I must admit that I liked this
one a lot. Again, no gory stuff, but a technically very good
movie. The fear of sunlight is worked out really good, and there
is some nice action and tension now and then. I think this was
the best movie of the festival.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Clive Barker's 'Hellraiser' was pretty tough. But were
'Hellraiser' was spectacular, 'Hellbound' is even better. The
special effects people really have outdone themselves this time.
The most gory and terrible horrors are thrown at the audience,
when they show what hell is all about. Freddy Pinhead roams
around with his hooked chains, and madness spreads like a
disease. The most shocking part is when somebody carves himself
to pieces with a razor, and his blood resurrects a demon who then
uses the guy's flesh to form his own body. If you can stand this
kind of horror, you'll love Hellbound....
The Fly II
Cronenberg's remake of 'The Fly' was nearly brilliant. It was the
tale of a scientist who experimented with a teleportation device,
and used it on himself. But a fly entered the pod with him and
the computer mixed the genes of the scientist and the fly. Soon,
the man noticed that he was slowly turning into the biggest bug
the world has ever seen...
With superb make up effects and some psychological depth, 'The
Fly' was really terrifying.
'The Fly II' tells about the son of the aforementioned scientist
who has inherited the disease from his father. He grows up to be
a super-intelligent guy and he continues the work his father had
started. Eventually, he turns into a monster, slaughters some
people and fuses his body with the body of the Bad Guy who in
turn becomes a monster and he is normal again, and he can finally
embrace his girlfriend without leaving parts of his body on hers.
Fright Night II
'Fright Night' was pretty good, again the modern day version of
the good old Dracula. In this age, Dracula's go to disco's, get
drunk, hang around in gangs and practice safe-sex.
The hero of Fright Night II completes his therapy and does not
believe in Vampires any more. Until some new, strange people move
in. The leader of this gang turns out to be the sister of the
Vampire of 'Fright Night' and wants to avenge her brother's
death. Nice, fast movie with lots of effects and humour. For
example there is a shy vampire who wants to bite this girl, but
it too shy to do it.
This one was pretty O.K.
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.