"Education is learning something you didn't even know you didn't
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
by Richard Karsmakers
Concerning ST NEWS
...this is the eighth undead issue of ST NEWS, Volume 8 Issue 2?
...it is the 35th issue in total?
...it was finished on Saturday, October 23rd 1993?
...this issue is dedicated to the kind Norwegian folk that made
it possible for Miranda and me to have a great 1993 summer's
...this issue's rather brillo air vibrations were conceived by
Big Alec again?
...we are again very proud to offer this song called "In Visible
...I have reorganized the network of international ST NEWS
...Andreas Ramos, our ex-Danish distributor, seems to have moved
without notice (over a year ago already!) so that mail was
...we have therefore appointed a new Danish distributor?
...you should refer to the "Colophon" for his new address?
...there seems to have been a mistake in the previous ST NEWS'
...it mentioned a review being contained of "The Chaos Engine",
whereas of course there was none?
...I'd like to apologise for that?
...I'd like to welcome another new official foreign distributor,
Mr. Joao Teixeira?
...he will see to it that people in Portugal can get their hands
on ST NEWS issue a.c.a.p. (as cheap as possible)?
...Math Claessens has left the ST world?
..., on the contrary to earlier statements, he will also not buy
...he will throw himself even more on the PC instead?
...he will still send some solutions now and again, so you
shouldn't worry about a lack of those in ST NEWS?
...we have acquired new talent recently?
...this was caused by the ST NEWS sister magazine "Twilight
Zone", which is also (and especially) readable to those with
...such a new talent is Jason Brew, who submitted his short story
"No Smoking" for perusal in "Twilight Zone" and ST NEWS?
...we have some new regular columns?
...probably the most interesting for you is the "Help!" column
where an excitedly capable team of computer freaks sits ready
to help you with whatever query you have?
...another new regular is the Falcon compatibility list, made up
of information taken from various sources, not the least of
which is research by ST NEWS associates?
...we have also been joined by an active writer by the name of
Michael Noyce, who has already contributed significantly to
the review sections in this issue?
...I'd like to welcome him to the ST NEWS co-conspirators?
...this issue of ST NEWS also features the third (and, I think,
knee-slappingly funny) instalment of "Perverts Monthly"?
...I hope you'll like it?
...Chris Banham has also written something this time?
...it's a rather extensive and worthwhile reading report on the
Heineken Music Festival?
...it should be noted that our English distributor, the ST Club,
has increased its prices from £1.95 to £2.50?
...I am still searching for occurrences of the number "42" in
...occurrences may be specified and sent to the correspondence
...the less idiosyncratic the entry, the better?
...I still need quite a lot of information, what with my aim of
the article itself having to be 42 Kb?
...I will also send a copy of the article to Douglas Adams when
...the ideal finishing date would be just before March 11th 1994,
which will be the date on which he'll become 42 himself?
...at any rate the article will be published in a Volume 9 issue
of ST NEWS?
...I'd like to ask you all to keep your eyes and ears open, and
send lots of "42" occurrences?
...you shouldn't hesitate, but send them right now?
...I still need as many entries as possible?
...Kiss have released "Alive III"?
...although not as much a classic at their two previous live
efforts, it's still quite OK with the exception of two rather
too poppy ballads?
...I certainly enjoyed listening to it?
...I recently got two copies of a Peaceville promo tape, "Broaden
...you can win my spare copy if you jot down the name of my
favourite Peaceville band, My Dying Bride, on a postcard and
send it to the correspondence address before April 1st 1994?
...the nicety of the postcard might help to influence the
randomness of my winner selection?
...we've got another competition in this issue, about which you
can read everything in the "Stone Age" review?
...that was a remark that didn't really fit in the "music"
section of this article?
...Jean Michel Jarre released another album by the end of May?
...it's called "Chronologie"?
...being slightly longer than 42 minutes, it once more features
rather good music?
...some of the tracks are a bit too housey for my taste?
...the first track, however, is certainly superb?
...especially "Chronologie IV" and "V" are a bit too light-
hearted, too repetitive and too housey?
...they are relatively short tracks, however?
...somewhat of a revolutionary discovery, at least for me, was
Rage Against the Machine's debut?
...this self-titled album is quite brilliant, and eloquently and
aggressively words the frustrations that linger through the
minds of current-day intellectuals?
...the aggression is unparalelled, I haven't heard this sort of
intensity anywhere before?
...Rage Against the Machine really kicked ass thoroughly at the
May 31st Pinkpop Festival, the Netherlands?
...a bootleg CD had appeared, capturing part of this amazing
performance at commercial quality?
...it's a 20-minute four-track CD single called "Four Track
Live", featuring relentless performances of "Killing in the
Name", "Bullet in the Head", "Take the Power Back" and
...the last two tracks are of a slightly less quality?
...it has been released by Dead Dog Records (Italian, I suppose),
order number SE-423?
...musical trio Whistler Courbois Whistler (interview in ST NEWS
Volume 7 Issue 3) have split with bassist Barend Courbois?
...the band will now continue under the name Whistler, and a new
bass player and even a singer have been gathered?
...this year should see two Whistler CD releases, one
instrumental and one with vocals?
...the reason for the split was the development of musical
differences between Barend and the rest of the band?
...Metallica have released some rather expensive thingies
...these are the "Metallican" and the "Metallicoffin", retailing
at the equivalent of 100 and 700 Dutch guilders respectively?
...the Metallican contains a gold-mastered and signed "Metallica"
CD (not the bonus-tracked version though) and a 15 minute live
video as well as a T-shirt?
...this is just one version of the Metallican, and I've heard
there are four different versions of it?
...the Metallicoffin contains a multitude of CD singles (all the
recent ones with the exception of the Freddie Mercury Tribute
version of "Nothing Else Matters" plus a picture CD single of
"Sad But True", which I suppose is unique), a T-shirt, a cap
and a set of cards in a lined 50 cm coffin shape?
...they are soon to release the "Live Shit: Binge & Purge" box, a
3 CD and 3 video box with deluxe booklet and special
flightcase design box?
...it costs something like 225 Dutch guilders, and the release
date is November 22nd?
...the CDs feature 22 tracks, the videos 37, and all of them are
from different concerts?
...excellent bootleg recordings are available from Metallica
stadium tour gig at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes,
England, on May 6th 1993?
...I also heard of a triple CD bootleg of this concert, which
features some more tracks?
...the gig is truly excellent, especially because they play
"Disposable Heroes", "The Thing that Should not Be" and some
other surprising tunes?
...Mercyful Fate, cult heavy metal band of early and mid
eighties, have gone through a reunion?
...they performed at Dynamo Open Air and released a reunion
...the album is called "In the Shadows" and it's quite excellent
(if you can stand King Diamond's excruciatingly high voice,
...although the heights of their earlier albums are not quite
reached, it will certainly not let down the fans?
...for those of you who like Obituary, there has been an
interesting and quite new Dutch band by the name of
...their most recent demo was most excellent and f*@king heavy?
...I'd almost go as far as proclaiming they are better than
...if you're interested in obtaining this latest demo you could
send the equivalent of 25 Dutch guilders to Alexander Paul,
Beverstraat 155, 3074 SK, Rotterdam, the Netherlands?
...the tape is much cheaper but the extra will suffice for them
to send it anywhere you want (and package it, too)?
...unfortunately the band disbanded late August?
...they might well have been the best Dutch band that was still
in its demo stadium (what with Donor, Gorefest, Kong and
Whistler having outgrown this stage already)?
...Steve Vai has released a CD with his new project, Vai?
...its name is "Sex & Religion"?
...it has vocals on it and only 3 of the 13 songs are
instrumental (and 2 of those are about 90 seconds), but it's
quite good nonetheless?
...I look forward to a tour, supposed to happen in autumn?
...I don't really like the rather too overt Christian thing that
is now in his music, though?
...Ship of Fools, the band that I think I mentioned somewhere in
the previous issue of ST NEWS, have released their first full-
...it is called "Close your Eyes (Forget the World)" and came out
around mid July?
...Ship of Fools is sortof a Fields of the Nephilim on LSD?
...their music is really nice to dream away on, to travel the
vast distances between various awarenesses?
...Lars Johansson, our official Swedish distributor, is doing
excellent work in Sweden?
...the Swedish magazine "Svenska Hemdator Nytt" regularly
includes the latest news about the latest ST NEWS issue?
...Lars writes everything regarding news from the scene, mega
demos and disk magazines?
...the reason why he is mentioned here in the 'music' department
is because he read something spectacular about Yngwie
Malmsteen before I got to know it through other sources?
...it's about Yngwie having kidnapped and beaten up his second
...these accusations have been uttered by Amber's mother, who is
said to be deranged?
...Yngwie and Amber intend to get married soon in Stockholm,
...this story is not half as spectacular as the stuff that's been
going around about Michael Jackson having sexually molested a
13-year old boy?
...I tend to believe that stuff, because Jacko is just a severely
deranged and utterly estranged, messed-up being?
...Dream Theater released an excellent live CD called "Live at
...it features a dazzling live performance of the band at their
recent tour that I had to miss (reluctantly) because I only
found out about it after it had been sold out, taped later
April at the Marquee in London?
...pieces features include the totally awesome "Metropolis", and
a long jam called "Bombay Vindaloo" among others?
...I now surely rate Dream Theater among the best few progressive
rock groups, together with Rush and Queensrÿche?
...Entombed's latest album, "Wolverine Blues", is quite good but
much too short with only 35 minutes of music?
...late September saw the release of Paradise Lost's fourth
...it's a most excellent album much in the vein of their previous
"Shades of God", with only a few mediocre songs?
...if you liked their previous effort you'll like "Icon" too?
...there are rumours going around that Rush is going to split up?
...this will happen after another album for Atlantic after
"Counterparts", a live album and a boxed set?
...keep this in mind, and remember where you read it first, when
in one or two years the music press starts writing about it?
...Sepultura's new "Chaos A.D." is most excellent?
..., although the compositions and sound lines seem less complex
than before, especially Igor's drumming has vastly improved?
..., also, these guys seem to really have something to say with
this new album?
...it rages against unneccessary government violence and racism,
about the rights of Brazilian indians (but in a way infinitely
more gut-honest than the way Sting does it), and many other
...there are two versions, one regular and one digipack with
extra track ("Policia")?
...the digipack is sold at regular price, and the regular version
at a lower price?
...Joe Satriani has released a new double-CD?
...the second disc is all live recordings of brilliant quality,
and the first CD contains previously unreleased stuff
(including the entire "Joe Satriani" debut EP that has been
long out of print)?
...it also features some tracks that didn't make it on "The
Extremist", which are quite fantastic?
...this CD is available at 1.25 times the price of a regular CD,
is really interesting to get and is thus fantastic value for
...only two tracks in total could be had already on one of the
recent CD singles, and the rest is all new?
...four of the live tracks are from the same concert as the
"Dreaming #11" EP live tracks (that can be found on the
"Guitar Killer" bootleg CD, but probably with a different
...no Satriani fan should be without these 140 minutes of music?
...a further album worth getting is Rush' "Counterparts"?
...this is a very good new album of a by now very old band?
...the music is now much more to the point, with very catchy
songs and a most excellent single release, "Stick it Out"?
...I think it's one of the best Rush albums to date (especially
of the last batch) with some excellent songs like "Animate
Me", "Leave that Thing Alone", the single release, and "Double
...in the summer holidays I've been to the cinema several times?
...first I went to see "Last Action Hero"?
...it's an amazingly action-packed film with excellent camera
angles and lots of unexpected humour (I really like Sly as
...if it hadn't been for the last quarter of an hour, it would
have been a 100% excellent?
...the ending is slightly (actually very much so) cliché?
...the rest was great?
...next I went to see "A Crying Game"?
...this is a truly excellent and very moving picture involving
things that I should not tell you as otherwise it will spoil
the film for you should you decide to go and see it?
...the acting in it was excellent, the emotions genuine, and the
story highly original?
...even the ending proved to contain an unusual twist, not at all
one of those thirteen-in-a-dozen American film endings the
likes of (unfortunately) "Last Action Hero"?
...this film will not leave you unmoved?
...next in line was Stallone's "Cliff Hanger"?
...this film was possibly even more spectacular as the
...again camera work was most excellent, and the bad guys were
really, really mean?
...of course it also has the obligatory Sly-biceps-bulging-with-
veins-on-top shots, but on the whole it was a very good and
aesthetically pleasing film that you should really try and see
on the big screen?
...next in line was Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park", probably
the most overhyped and overmerchandised film ever?
...the special effects, camera work and excitement were genuinely
...the storyline is a bit thin with a particularly corny element
involving parenthood that I suppose was the obligatory
...this particular ingredient utterly spoils the last few minutes
of the film?
..., even after having said this, I think "Jurassic Park" is the
most spectacular film ever, together with "Terminator II"?
...the best way to watch it is in a digital sound cinema (with
sound all around you) and the way to enjoy it most is not to
believe the hype and simultaneously not to have that hype
already impress you negatively?
...I will most certainly get it on video the second it's out?
Books and magazines
...this issue of ST NEWS has another pseudo-literary column
...in it you may find some short comments on various books I've
been reading during the summer holiday?
...I have read quite a lot in between all programming and writing
Atari - Jaguar
...there is some interesting news to tell you about the
forthcoming Atari games console, the Jaguar?
...production will be taken over by, of all companies, IBM?
...this will mean that the machine will be made by IBM and sold
by Atari (with the exception of the United States, where IBM
will also sell them)?
...the Jaguar is supposed to be far superior to any other console
on the market, including the SNES Super FX thing?
...features include a 64-bit custom RISC main processor, 16
million colours in 24-bit true colour graphics, DSP CD-quality
sound (16 bit, 27 MIPS, with (8 Kb of zero wait-state internal
SRAM), real-time texture mapping (bitmap 3D), shaded 3D
graphics manipulation, morphing, warping, lighting, animation
capabilities in excess of 850 million pixels per second, 27
MIPS programmable graphics co-processor with 4 Kb of zero
wait-state internal SRAM, a 32-bit expansion port, a 106.4
Mb/sec 64-bit data path, 16 megabits (i.e. about 2 megabyte)
of system RAM, a Blitter that can perform a full range of
logical operations at high speed with hardware support for Z-
buffering and Gouraud shading, a programmable Object
Processor, an MC68000 processor (13.3 Mhz) thrown in as a
general-purpose control processor, 16 megabits of fast page-
mode DRAM, a ROM cartridge capacity of 48 megabits (i.e. about
6 megabyte - and that can be compressed by a factor of almost
10, too) and a double-speed compact disc peripheral which will
play regular CD audio, CD + G (Karaoke) and Kodak's Photo-CD
at 350 Kb per second?
...all in all the machine is about 100 times more powerful than
the Genesis (i.e. Sega Megadrive) and SNES (i.e. Super
Famicom), and twice as good as the 3DO at less than 1/3 of its
...Atari are going to invest about US$ 50 million in the US
...currently, there are multiple software titles in development
...these include spectacular new versions of "Battlezone 2000",
"Crescent Galaxy", "Raiden", "Evolution Dino Dudes", "Club
Drive", "Checkered Flag", "Battlewheels" (the supposedly
brilliant Lynx game), "Tiny Toon Adventures", "Kasumi Ninja"
and "Tempest 2000", whereas new 3D games will include
"Cybermorph" and "Alien vs. Predator" as well as "Jaguar
Formula One Racing", with other titles coming as well?
...the Jaguar will include one game (Atari calls it 'software
experience') and a Power Pad Controller with a ten-key pad and
other special features?
...the game will probably either be "Crescent Galaxy" or
...some of the registered Jaguar game developers now include
Telegames Beyond, Anco Software Ltd., Maxis Software, Games
Inc., Microids, Tiertex Ltd., Dimension Technologies, Midnight
Software Inc., Titus Eurosoft, Ocean Software Ltd., Tradewest
High Voltage Software, Rebellion Software Ltd., Trimark
Interactive, Krisalis Software Ltd., Retour 2048, U.S. Gold
Ltd., Loriciel S.A. and Silmarils?
...the Jaguar will be available in New York in the fourth quarter
of this year, to be released in Europe and the rest of the
globe in the second quarter of 1994?
...the price is set at US$ 200?
...Time Warner, the world's largest media and entertainment
corporation, has licensed their entire library of video clips
(including video films?) to Atari for use in Jaguar games?
..., in connection with CD ROM, this would bring to the home a
totally new level of game play?
...I just hope the CD ROM will not be too expensive?
...the price will at least be below US$ 350, so has been said?
..., additionally, Atari have licensed the Cinepak picture
compression technique for use on Falcon and Jaguar?
...using this compression technique, a full length feature film
can be put on a single CD?
...as opposed to MPEG, the compressed picture is identical to the
...the price of Jaguar cartridges will be about the same as those
for SNES (Super Famicom), with a high end price of US$ 69
having been quoted?
...I think that's rather expensive?
...Nintendo has already released plans on their answer to the
...it will be a 64 bit RISC machine incorporating technology from
Silicon Graphics (the people behind the special fx in
"Jurassic Park" and "Terminator II"), with whom it will be
...this machine is to be expected at around early 1995 at its
...I think Nintendo's new plans indicate that the Jaguar is to be
taken most seriously?
Atari - Falcon 030
...Falcon sales are excellent?
..., although they don't want to mention overall figures, they
don't expect to reach the 100,000 mark before January '94?
...the reason is that the machine only really started selling in
May this year, and 8 months is a small time to sell 100,000
...in The Netherlands they said they've sold 500 Falcons in the
first two months?
...in France over 3,000 Falcons have been sold already?
...Falcons without hard disk retail in the US at US$799?
...Falcons without hard disk built in, however, are (to quote
DBA's Slimer) like birds without their wings?
...Atari are doing a three month Falcon ad campaign costing some
...it will be throughout Europe?
...Falcons will no longer be sold with 65 Mb hard drives, but 80
Mb ones instead, at no extra cost?
...I know of some stores (for example Elektronikaland in the
Netherlands) who build in 120 Mb hard drives at about 150
Dutch guilders (a bit more than £50) extra?
...I think that's rather excellent?
...CGS Computerbild (19 Ledbury Place, Croydon, Surrey, England,
Phone (081)686-8121) have released a Falcon memory expansion
board that requires no soldering when built in?
...it costs £76.38 plus P&P, and allows your Falcon (even a 1 Mb
one) to be expanded up to 14 Mb using SIMMs?
...I hope the price increase of SIMMs that is currently going on
because a large SIMM factory in Japan burned down will not
make this a very expensive solution in the end?
...you can reset the NVRAM in your Falcon 030 back to the
original US specs by keeping ALTERNATE, CONTROL and UNDO
pressed while the Atari sign is on the screen?
...I recently found a small bit of text explaining just what is
bundled with the Falcon 030 and what isn't?
...I don't know whether this applies to the whole world or just
to the US?
...Falcons with Hard Drives are currently (early September)
shipping with "MultiTOS", "SpeedoGDOS", "Landmines",
"Breakout", "Calappt", "ProCalc" and "Talking CLock"?
...they will also be supplied with cards you can mail in to Atari
so as to receive "Atari Works", "System Audio Manager", "Audio
Fun Machine" and "Falcon D2D"?
...people without Hard Drives will get the whole lot, too, but
without "SpeedoGDOS", "Atari Works" and "Falcon D2D"?
...Hard Drive updates will contain the whole lot again?
...Compo are doing 386-and 486-based MS-DOS emulators for the
Atari - Falcon 040
...more and more rumours start to appear concerning the Falcon
030's big brother, the Falcon 040?
...the machine will almost certainly come in a PC-style casing?
...it will use a 68040 running at either 25 or 33 Mhz (certainly
no more, for Motorola doesn't produce faster 68040 chips)?
...it will probably be a bit less ST compatible than the 030?
...this is partly caused by the 68040 not being highly compatible
with the 68000, and the bus sizes being restricted to 32 bits
...rumours state a price of around £1000?
...this seems rather unlikely, as the 68040 alone would cost
something like £100-200 pounds and of course you have to add
the cost of everything else as well as production and
...rumours about a CD Falcon most likely centre around a Falcon
030 with SCSI CD ROM drive built in?
...I have even heard an unconfirmed but trustworthy rumour that
Atari are designed a totally new, non-Falcon-based, computer
system as we speak already?
...I don't think that's good news?
...unlike news to the opposite, the Bitmaps will for the moment
not do anything on the Falcon?
...a Falcon version of "The Chaos Engine" can thus be discarded
as a rumour?
..., speaking of "The Chaos Engine", this is definitely one the
very best games to be released on the ST this year?
...Psygnosis also did a rather excellent thing, called "Lemmings
2 - The Tribes"?
...reviews of both these games can be found elsewhere in this
issue of ST NEWS?
...Psygnosis has been purchased by Sony Electronic Publishing?
...Psygnosis intend to release many CD-ROM titles soon as a
result of that?
...it may be wondered whether there'll be Atari titles at all?
...Imagesoft, a famous Gameboy/NES/SNES label, is also owned by
...some small mistakes have crept in the previous issue's
"Peaceville / Virusoft" article?
...they claim the "Autopsy" demo did work on a regular ST?
...Final Holocaust and Cogumelo are not bands but labels who
release selections from the Peaceville catalogue in their
...Virusoft is sortof putting the lid on their ST releases?
...they have felt a need to do PC stuff instead?
...they might get back on Atari if the Falcon turns out to sell
...the Virusoft press release mentions various forthcoming ST
demos nonetheless, so we'll just have to see?
...Gribnif, famous for Dan Wilga's "NeoDesk" among others, have
announced a Multitasking Application Environment by the name
...it can multitask unlimited GEM applications (providing you've
got sufficient memory, of course)?
...you can load and unload unlimited desk accessories?
...you can put any application (including desk accessories) to
...it also allows the use of "MultiTOS" applications, as it also
supports the new AES 4.0 calls?
...they have spent almost two years on its development?
...some other bits included are a Task Manager, Tear-off Menus,
3D buttons, 3D window gadgets, keyboard shortcuts to dropdown
menus, the ability to run single-tasking programs (if they
can't multitask properly), keyboard control of windows and
dialogs, mouse animation/shape change support, MiNT
compatibility and enhanced file selector?
...it has several advantages over Atari's "MultiTOS"?
...these include smaller memory requirements (<125 Kb of RAM),
faster application speed, faster AES code and higher
...it is incompatible with the standard ST desktop (the program
in ROM), so you would require an alternative desktop or file
launching shell if you didn't want to use the Task Manager to
...the official release date was September 1st and the price is
set at $99.95 (including "NeoDesk 4") or $69.95 (on its own)?
...the address to contact for information is Gribnif Software,
P.O. Box 779. Northampton, MA 01061-0779, USA?
...there are rumours going around involving a court case between
"GfA Systemtechnik" and "Richter Distributor" involving the
"Basic 4.00", the sequel to "GfA Basic" version 3.6?
...nothing much is likely to happen except for quite a
considerable delay in the release of said basic version?
...I think this is quite a shame, because more and more people
are lost to "GfA Basic", converting to C?
...I have been assured, however, that the whole thing is still
very much alive (as of late September last)?
...the Atari HDX hard disk utilities supplied with the Falcon are
...you should check whether you have a version of 5.04 or higher
to be safe?
...The Carebears (TCB) will never release their megademo?
...they will released their "Flashback Demo" screen as a stand-
alone demo soon though?
...Codehead has announced their Falcon version of the rather
excellent screen speeder "Warp 9" is underway (as a matter of
fact it was already finished around last May but just not
...features include full compatibility with the Falcon 030 (of
course) and "SpeedoGDOS", new Extend-O-Save modules, newly
designed Control Panel and a 30-page addendum manual?
...retail price is $44.95, or $25 plus $3 shipping ($4 Canada, $6
overseas) for upgraders?
...for further information you may care to contact Codehead
Technologies, P.O. Box 74090, Los Angeles, CA 90004, Tel.
...PHF, creators of the by now surely infamous "Ultimate Muzak
Demo" trilogy, are set to release their fourth "UMD" soon?
...this "soon" might be a bit premature, though?
...the new demo will have music ripped composed by people the
likes of Mad Max, Ben Dalglish, Martin Walker, Tao, Scavenger,
No More, Mat Furniss, Big Alec, Tyan, Rhino, EIA, Baz Leitch,
Iso, Jess (yes!!), Doclands, Donald Fakk, Powapixel, Chris
Hülsbeck, Dune & Wolfgang and lots more?
...there will also be four digi pieces - "Amberstar", "Amberstar
II", "Jim Power" and "Lethal XCess" game completion music)?
...a review may be expected in a future issue of ST NEWS, though
I wouldn't venture as far as to say which precise issue?
...Steven Spielberg's company Amblin Entertainment is going into
the software games business?
...I think this is good news, but I don't know which formats they
will be covering?
...I surely hope Jaguar (and, perhaps, the Falcon) will be among
...the Lynx has had a bad time games-wise recently?
..., nonetheless, some games have been released for it and some
other will be released soon?
...the ones out already should include "Fidelity Ultimate Chess
Challenge", "Qix", "Robotron: 2048" and "Joust"?
...the most excellent of all recent Lynx games is said to be
...it has been claimed to be "the game to buy a Lynx for"?
...in the pipeline are "Desert Strike", "Double Dragon" and
"Super Off-Road", whereas confirmed news also reached me with
regard to "Lemmings", "Jimmy Connors Tennis" and "Gordo 106"?
...someone mentioned there being a total of 50 games in the
..., even if that is true, the Lynx is still leagues behind on
...I think that's a shame, what with the Lynx having vastly
...Titan Designs is in the latest stages of designing a Falcon
real-time true-colour video digitizer?
...it will set you back a whoppin' £350 (approximately) and will
be called "Exposé"?
...it will digitize at 25 frames per second at 16 bit-colour in a
...no further pieces of interesting hardware news reached my
senses this summer?
...therefore this part of the "Did you know that..." column is
...this issue of ST NEWS contains the most extensive (and totally
revamped) disk magazine roundup ever seen?
...it has been limited to include no paper magazines and the
hundreds of Internet digests specific to some mailing list?
...it is quite up-to-date?
..."Maggie", probably the ST disk magazine of old, has been
revived and is totally alive and kicking again?
...it is now done by some British chaps who do a loads better job
at it (for starters their English is way better)?
...more about this can be read in the "Selected disk magazines
...my midget short-tailed dwarf hamster, a Podopus roborovski by
the name of Cronos, recently died at the most respectable age
of almost 2 years (they're described as animals to die at
around the age of 1 year)?
...the date was Sunday, September 26th 1993?
...condolances are to be sent to the correspondence address?
...I recently started my third year studying English at Utrecht
...I have already started my specialisation, Celtic?
...it is awfully difficult, what with my having to learn Old
Irish, Middle Irish, Modern Irish and, in fourth grade, Welsh?
...these are rather difficult languages that, somehow, I have to
learn to read?
...I hope I'll manage eventually?
...Commodore Business Machines (yes, of Amoeba fame) have booked
a US$ 77 million loss in the first quarter of this year?
...that's good news for all Atari fans?
...the Delta Force are said to be dead, so told me Big Alec (ex-
...Big Alec will soon assume a new nickname and appear on a
Falcon group of which Stefan "Tyrem" Kimmlingen and Georges
"Gunstick" Kesseler are also members?
...I registered the shareware file selector replacement
"Selectric" at least 8 months ago?
...I have written to the guy twice (first time with DM 50,-
registration fee, which was too much) and emailed another two
...I have never received news from him?
...he never replied to my regular mail or my email, and never
sent me the current version?
...I don't really like that at all?
...I think the programmer, Stefan Radermacher, is a seriously
lazy person whom you can't rely on?
...Microprose has been dealing badly recently?
...the company that bought FTL, Firebird, Silverbird, Rainbird
and a whole host of other companies about five years ago, made
a loss of US$ 5 million for last year?
...if you ask me this may be due to the many advertisements sen
on MTV and the like?
...Spectrum Holobyte has helped them out by buying US$10 million
worth of shares, anmounting to 60% of them?
...Microprose and Spectrum Holobyte claim to remain operating
...Microprose has shut down its French branch and 30% of their UK
...they will concentrate solely on flight simulators and strategy
games, and have quit developing any other projects?
...Network PDL, the most excellent and totally free-of-charge
Public Domain library based in England, has ceased to exist?
...this bad event already happened as far back as January, but I
just never got around to hearing about it?
...I think their ceasing to offer this service is not good at
...that's all there's to say in this column?
...I hope to see all of you again in the next issue of ST NEWS,
Volume 9 Issue 1?
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