DID YOU KNOW THAT... by Richard Karsmakers & Gerardo Greco
...all hell has broken loose over the software world of the ST?
...the strangest software companies start writing software now?
...System 3 has finally launched their fabulous new game
"International Karate" (review elsewhere in this issue)?
...they also plan to launch "The Last Ninja"?
...the only programs to be written for the ST seem to be golf-and
...Kingsoft, in Germany, also launches a game called "Black
...this is, as could be guessed, a karate program?
...no companies start writing nice and simple soccer programs?
...I now have to play "Soccer" on the good old Commodore 64
...Frank has recently seen advertisements of SubLOGIC's game
"Jet" for the ST?
...he also saw some screenshots from the scenery-disks?
..., on one disk, you can fly around the Space Shuttle on Cape
...Mirrorsoft's "Strike Force Harrier" is now finally launched?
...it looks nice?
...it must not be mistaken for "Harrier Strike Mission", a super-
dull and super-stupid game from some other company?
...we are now desperately waiting for Mirrorsoft's "Spitfire
...,according to someone I spoke at Mirrorsoft, this game will be
launched in March or April of this year?
...some other games to be launched soon are: "Macadam Bumper",
"Gauntlet" and "Quasar II"?
...we ourselves will be launching some new products in the very
...one of those will be "Amiga <> ST....Part I", a picture show
that combines STupefying ST pictures with several Amiga pix?
...it is launched under the motto "You don't need one of those
bleedin' Amigas to be Artistic?"?
...another of our products soon to be launched will be written on
the Commodore 64?
...it will be called "Rob Hubbard's Super Game Music Sampler
...it is supposed to break all records on that machine, with more
good musix in one programs than have ever appeared before?
...they will also be of absurd length together?
...all the music together will probably keep you busy for about
two full hours!!?
...there should be about 30 or more musix in it, from e.g.
"Knuckle Buster", "W.A.R.", "Sanxion", and some oldies?
...it might already be finished as you read this?
...I have not yet finished mentioning future PD releases?
...one of them will also be "Synth Sample V"?
...it will feature some musix of the best music programmer on the
ST, Holger Gehrmann?
...it will include all the music from "Hollywood Poker" and
"Extensor", as well as an exclusive musical composition?
...a company called Top Copy says to have developed a full-proof
software protection method?
...it is called "Black Box"?
...it is a device that destroys the magnetism on a specified
track, which causes unstable tracks?
...a reading of one of these sectors causes different checksums
to be generated every time they are read?
...the actual "Black Box" will not be sold?
...it costs £1,50 a copy (by a minimum of 100 copies), according
to managing director John Juleff?
...it costs £1,15 a copy for more than 100,000 disks?
...this protection method is said not to be copyable?
...this method seems to sound much like the one used on Astona's
"Astodat II" version 1.4 and upward?
...this will take care that my viewpoint (read the editorial)
will never be accomplished?
...I will now go on with some better news?
...the software house Elite is starting on the ST?
...they are a company that launched e.g. "Airwolf" and "Commando"
on the good old Commie?
...the best Commodore 64 music programmer - Rob Hubbard - might
now be persuaded to launch music on the ST as well?
...but this is just making rash conclusions?
...the American softwarehouse Brøderbund has now launched four
products on the ST range?
...they are called "Breakers", "Brimstone", "Essex" and
...these are all said to be text adventures?
...this company has not launched one title on the Amiga yet, in
spite of the fact that they program on many other computers as
well (MacIntosh, Apple II series, IBM, Commodore 64 and Atari
...they have published some classics like "Lode Runner",
"Championship Lode Runner", "Airheart" (for the Apple II),
"Karateka", "Print Shop" and much more?
...,in fact, "Lode Runner" & "The Print Shop", are written for
all the computers they work on, except on the Atari ST?
...this might mean that they're launching them in the future on
the ST as well?
...I sincerely hope so?
...you should write to them to encourage them to do so?
...their address is: Brøderbund Software, Inc., 17 Paul Drive,
San Rafael, California 94903-2101, United States of America?
...you should write to U.S. Gold, Ltd., Units 2&3 Holford Way,
Holford, Birmingham B6 7AX, England, for more info about their
current releases I mentioned before?
...I don't know anything about prices?
...well informed sources have told me that the new Atari ROMs are
not upwards compatible with the old STs?
...this would be a terrible shame to the ST?
..., if this should happen, many software development companies
will quit the ST, right now when we need them the most?
...I hope this will never happen?
...Atari ST usersa can now enjoy CAD 3D in true 3-dimensional
...LC Technologies has designed a low cost version of $3,000
stereo LCD glasses, that are usually sold to large
universities and to the military?
...alternately displaying left and right views every 1/60-second,
liquid crystal shutters create the illusion of true depth
right on the screen?
...only imagination can limitate the kinds of objects streaming
out of the screen now?
...the package includes source code for writing own stereo
programs, LCD glasses, demo disk and cartridge interface and
...a new professional 3D design package will be launched in the
...it will be called "Cyber Studio", which is in fact an
integrated version of CAD 3D V2.0, CAD 3D Animator and
Cybermate, by Tom Hudson and Mark Kimball?
...CAD 3D version 2.0 features include:
-Dimensioning for real-world abject scaling.
-Three indipendent light source icons.
-GDOS printer output for ultra-high res printouts.
-Custom palette/shading selector.
-Illustrated tutorial includes 3-D objects on disk.
...Cybermate features include:
-Delta data compression with 10 Megabytes of storage in 1!!
-Top playback speed of 60 frames a second.
...the whole package is compatible with the Stereo Tek 3D glasses
that were mentioned earlier?
...the program requires 1 Megabyte of RAM and costs $89.95 on two
...an upgrade for original CAD 3D owners will only cost $40, plus
the original disk?
...Atari has entered a new era in its history by the beginning of
this month (Februari 1987)?
...they sold 4.5 million shares of common stock as 12 Dollars
...the quotation on Februari 3rd closed at 20.7/8, which can be
said to be a nice figure, wouldn't you say?
..., with this move, ATARI has been able to pay its debt and rise
its working capital by 11 Million Dollars?
..., due to the volatility of Wall Street (for ATARI Common Stock
figures, look for "Atari n" among American Exchange - AMEX -
quotations), ATARI's new information policy is: "No news
prior to 30 days of production"; so it will be harder and
harder to get hold of news from them in advance but, on the
other hand, arriving news about their policy will probably be
actually reflected in reality in short time?
...a major educational project in the city of Utrecht, Holland,
has decided to use the ST for educational purposes?
...we can thank Hubert van Mil of ST Club Eindhoven for this?
...they selected the ST above MSX (uugh - I almost had to vomit)
and IBM (!)?
...Commodore Business Machines has finally withdrawn the Amiga
1000 from its production scheme?
...they have released an Amiga 500 (a 1040-look Amiga 1000 with
all custum chips built into one 'superchip' and built-in disk
drive) to replace the Commodore 64?
...it is supposed to be available soon at a price of DM 1300-1400
without a monitor (and maybe even without tax - VAT, MwSt,
...the Amiga 500 is said to be fully compatible with the Amiga
...Commodore has also announced the launch of the Amiga 2000?
...this machine is supposed to stun everything, together with
compatibility with the Amiga 1000?
...it is therefore probable that software houses will design
software for the 2000 rather than the 500?
...it's therefore logic to think that the Amiga 500 will not last
terribly long (just like the 1000)?
...the 2000 will be price-tagged around 10,000 Dutch guilders?
...that is again too much for the average user?
...the fiasco of the Amiga 1000 has given software manufacturers
a whole lot of distrust in the Amiga concept?
...a complete failure of the Amiga may therefore be anticipated?
...this works largely to the benefit of the Atari Corporation,
that has steady and ever-growing success with its ST line?
...it is said that the STs revisions B are not upgradable to 1
Megabyte of memory?
...I have heard from quite official instantions that this is a
load of bull?
...I will report my findings to you as soon as I've had my (rev.
B) ST upgraded?
...that will hopefully be in the very next issue of ST NEWS?
...I hope that you've enjoyed this issue's "Did you know
...I will now have to stop with this article, since there nothing
much to tell anymore?
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