DID YOU KNOW THAT.... by Richard Karsmakers
...ST NEWS has been able to welcome three new distributors?
...they are Mr. David Meile, Mr. Ronny Hatlemark and Mr. Thierry
...we now have 12 distributors?
...Stefan Colombier, our German distributor, has switched to an
MS-DOS machine for his work?
...the therefore had to sell his ST and quite distributing ST
NEWS In Germany?
...Guido Stumpe is now our new distributor?
...he's a 23 jear old computer salesman?
...I have stopped copying ST NEWS completely now?
...you should now only order it through your nearest PD library?
...I simply couldn't find any time to do copying work anymore?
...school tends to take up more and more of my precious time?
...music programmer David Whittaker has promised to make a piece
of music for exclusive use in ST NEWS?
...he is the man behind the music of e.g. "Defender of the
Crown", "Xenon", "Rampage", "Tetris" and many more games?
...he was thinking of doing the music from the Spectrum game
"Stormbringer", which he considered to be one of the best he
ever did when I interviewed him some months ago?
...this piece of music was already written for an ST-soundchip
compatible sound device, so it shouldn't be much trouble?
...there is more news with regard to music?
...the "B.I.G. Demo" from TEX is now finally ready?
...a full review will be found elsewhere in this issue of ST
...it is truly fantastic?
...a new ACC demo will be launched soon as well?
...it will be the long expected "Synth Sample V"?
...it will contain TEX-like smooth BIG scrolling?
...it will contains all musix Mr. Holger Gehrmann ever made on
the ST, together with an exclusive composition?
...the codeing will be largely done by our own master programmer
...Stefan is at the moment skiing with his sister Melanie (or
should I say: "Breakin' their legs"?)?
...they both are heavily addicted to "Bubble Bobble" (review in
...I am very addicted to this game as well?
...Stefan got to level 83?
...I got to level 71 myself, and had a hiscore of 592340?
...I need to get back to the subject of music once more?
...it now happens to be 'real' music rather than computer music?
...I am looking desperately for an old Jimi Hendrix record called
"Experience Part II"?
...it cannot be bought anywhere here in Holland, nor can it be
...I would like to get in contact with someone willing to part
from that particular piece of vinyl?
...I can be reached through the ST NEWS correspondence address?
...I am actually not quite sure about the title?
...the album cover is one of those psychedelic ones with lotta
...the album contains a piece called "Along the Watchtower"?
...that's all I know about it?
...a Volume 2 Compendium of ST NEWS has been launched recently?
...it is a double sided disk (sorry, single sided folks...)
containing over 70 of the most interesting articles of 1987?
...it contains a new piece of TEX (Rob Hubbard, in fact) music?
...the music contained in this issue originally could not be made
on the ST?
...it was originally contained in Martech's Commodore 64 game
...it takes almost 9 minutes to listen to?
...Adrie 'Commando' van der Weÿden recently bought a dog?
...it is a most cute little puppy?
...he now has to watch out constantly for the dog eating his
...the virus on the ST and the articles in the previous issue of
ST NEWS have stirred a lot of people?
...articles have appeared in major Dutch magazines, in many
newspapers and even on the Dutch television?
...the continuing story will be told elsewhere in this issue?
...Microdeals program "Tune Up!" sometimes crashes and demolishes
a part of your harddisk?
...you must make sure that there are at least as many bytes free
on your partition as the largest file in it to avoid it?
...this hint came from STRIKE-a-LIGHT's Eerk Hofmeester, who
busted his hard drive once already?
...Adrie busted his one twice as well?
...the first Russian game is now launched on the ST?
...it is not actually programmed by Russians, but designed by
...the game is called "Tetris" and is programmed by people from
...it's a nice game with kinda dull plot?
...we have to thank Mr. Robert Stein for it being made on the ST?
...the music was done by David Whittaker?
...the music in the Commodore 64 version is said to be 25 minutes
...the ST's music appears to be just a bit more than 1 minute?
...some people at Argonaut (the programmer's behind mega-hit
"Starglider") have developed a system that enables two
different computers to use the same game disk?
...it is called Argonaut Loading System?
...it will be used for the first time on "Starglider II", that
will use the same disk for Amiga as well as ST?
...many people consider this to be an extremely negative thing to
...games will now not use full capabilities of ST as well as
...Rob Hubbard has recently done the music for Elite's
"Thundercats" on the ST?
...David Whittaker will do the four-voice digital soundtrack for
the ST version of Psygnosis' "Obliterator", which he has
already finished on the Amiga?
...he considers this to be the best thing he ever did thus far?
...Amstrad is momentarily designing an Amiga clone?
...this machine should sell at £299?
...this isn't very much (to say the least)?
...the Amiga 500 is now selling at £699 in Holland?
...that is a significant price drop?
...Atari's comment was: "Why drop a price of something
...we might conclude therefrom that it isn't that succesful?
...Microprose Ltd. has had some legal difficulties?
...they had to change their name, because it sounded to much like
...the English Microprose department has not yet had these
...disk drive wizard Claus Brod has written a true book now?
...it is called "Scheibenkleister" and is probably THE disk drive
...it is written in German and sells at DM 59,-- (book + disk)?
...P&P costs another DM 5,50?
...is also covers hard disks?
...it can be ordered by calling Germany (0)6196-481811, or by
writing to Merlin Computer GmbH, Industriestr. 26, 6236
...it's a book that no ST drive freak should be without?
..."Barbarian" still is a very nice game (I mean the one from
...it can be even nicer if you make a trainer of it?
...this can be done be pressing the keys: 04-08-59 when the game
...I have not actually tested this?
...there is also a trainer trick for Alligata's "Addictaball"?
...you should type the keys: IJC while the program waits for
...you can then press F1 to F6 to go to level 1 and 6
...there are some "Disk Doctor" hacks for some games as well?
...the following are conventions used for Michtron Disk
...the tricks were supplied by Mr. Harvey Kong Tin of New
...you should zap a backup of the software first?
...the locations are given in hexadecimal notation?
...for "Solomon's Key", you should change $FC $00 $04 (on
location $ED of the file with a length of 53763 bytes)?
...the '04' should be changed to a maximum of $20?
...you now have more lives on the screen?
...there are 23 levels in this game?
...for "Metro Cross", you should change $7C $00 $39 (on location
$66F in the .PRG file)?
...the '39' should be changed to $99, so that you have tons of
more time to complete the levels?
...there are 25 levels in "Metro Cross"?
...the following hack is for "Plutos"?
...you should change $FC $00 $03 on location $10FB?
...this is the number of lives?
...you can change the '03' to $FF for 255 lives?
...this will create a muddled panel, however, but works fine?
...another location in the file, $1103, contains the number of
lives for player two?
...there's also a trick for "Mouse Trap"?
...you should change $FC $00 $05 in the .PRG file, on location
...this is the third and last occurence of this sequence?
...you can change the '05' to $FF for 255 lives?
...you'll need them?
...there are now two viruses on the ST?
...one is the 'old' virus and another one is a 'link'-virus?
...this last one links itself to existing programs, and can
destroy your entire FAT?
...this link-virus has been written by Eckhard Krabel?
...you can read more about it, and the way I think about lowlife
like Herrn Krabel in another article in this issue of ST NEWS?
...the are just some un-written codes that you do not break?
...Krabel must be extremely stupid to have done that?
...I refuse to spend more bytes of my valuable ST NEWS disk space
cursing this pig?
...Activision has stopped making software for the Amiga?
...it is believed that they are the first in a long row?
...the artwork in this issue of ST NEWS was based on artwork by
...it was originally contained in a very nice game called
"Rosemary Raccoon's Strip Game"?
...I think it's very nicely drawn?
...I will have to stop with the "Did you know that...." column
for this issue?
...I hope to see you all again in ST NEWS Volume 3 Issue 2?
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.