POP POLL RESULTS by Richard Karsmakers
Do you remember? In the first 'new-look' issue of ST NEWS, that
was launched on Januari 2nd 1987, I issued a popularity poll
contest. I have had to work through 265 reactions from all over
the world that dropped in. And....there's a winner as well! Mr.
Jørgen Borgström from Norrköping, Sweden, has won the new games
"Airball" and "Goldrunner" from Microdeal. He will now probably
have received them already. I wish him lots of fun with it (I
just hope he has a color monitor!).
On the following pages, you will be able to read the results from
the popularity poll. Most results are converted to a Top x.
Who do you think is the best graphic artist currently working on
1 Tom Hudson
3 Steve Bak
Who do you think is the best music programmer currently working
on the ST?
1 Rob Hubbard
2 David Whittaker
3 'Mad Max'
4 Holger Gehrmann
5 Ed Bogas
Who do you think is the best overall programmer currently working
on the ST?
1 Frank Ostrowski (GfA Basic)
2 Peter Johnston (Arkanoid)
3 Tom Hudson (Degas Elite)
Please name the three best game programs you have ever seen on
1 Flightsimulator II Sublogic
2 Goldrunner Microdeal
3 The Pawn Rainbird
4 Arkanoid Ocean/Imagine
5 Starglider Rainbird
6 Time Bandits Microdeal
7 Plutos Micro Value
8 International Karate System 3
9 Sundog FTL
10 Winter Games Epyx
Please name the best disk utility program currently available for
1 Michtron Disk Utilities Microdeal
2 Hippo Disk Utilities Hippopotamus
3 Disk Doctor Antic
Please name the best drawing program currently available on the
1 Degas Elite Batteries Incl.
2 Art Director Andromeda
3 Neochrome Atari
Honourable mentioning: The Artist+
Please name the best music program currently available on the ST.
1 Music Studio Activision
2 Musix32 Tommy Software
3 G.I. Sound Tool ??
Please name the best word processor, the best database and the
best spreadsheet program currently available for the ST.
Best Database: DB Man
Best Wordprocessor: First Word Plus
Honourable mentioning: Signum
Best Spreadsheet: VIP Professional
Who do you think is the best known man in the world of the ST?
1 Jack Tramiel
2 Wilfred Kilwinger
3 Wilfried de Graaf
4 Frank Ostrowski
Name the three best softwarehouses that currently work on the ST.
3 GfA Systemtechnik
In which language do you program? You can select (or make several
selections) from: GfA Basic, ST Basic, C, Modula-2, MC68000
assembler, LOGO, Lisp, Cobol, Forth, other:.........
1 GfA Basic 56%
2 C 23%
3 Modula-2 21%
4 Machine language 13%
5 Pascal 9%
6 ST Basic 8%
7 Forth 6%
8 LOGO 2%
9 Cobol (not on the ST, however) 1%
10 APL 1%
Please name the best program you use for programming (e.g. a C-
compiler of you program in C, an assembler if you program in
Machine Language, etc.)
Best Basic: GfA Basic
Best C compiler: Megamax C
Best Modula-2 compiler: TDI Modula-2
What do you think of ST NEWS? You can select from: The Ultimate
rubbish, could be much better, it'll do, very nice, extremely
good idea, something I couldn't do without, other:........
The Ultimate rubbish 0%
Could be much better 7%
It'll do 12%
Very nice 20%
Extremely good idea 52%
Something I couldn't do without 9%
Which of our Synth Samples do you think is best (I-IV)?
1 Synth Sample III
2 Synth Sample IV (mostly chosen by monochrome owners)
3 Synth Sample II
4 Synth Sample I
Did you have another computer before you bought the ST? If yes:
1 Commodore 64/128 30%
2 Atari 600/800 XL 27%
3 BBC-B 15%
4 Spectrum 7%
5 Commodore Amiga 2%
6 TI99/4A 1%
7 Other 1%
Of all people that sent in, 17% (45 people) had had no computer.
What do you spend most time on on the ST? You can select from:
Playing games, programming, word processing, business use, or
1 Programming 64%
2 Business use 54%
3 Playing Games 53%
4 Drawing 14%
5 Making music 4%
How many hours per week can you be found sitting behind your
0 - 10 47% 125 people
10 - 20 12% 32 people
20 - 30 7% 19 people
40 - 50 1% 2 people
50 - 60 12% 32 people
60 - 70 18% 47 people
80 -> 3% 8 people
Note: Most people specified that they use their computer more in
the holidays - an average of 43% more...
Which three articles would you like to see appearing in an
upcoming issue of ST NEWS?
1 A C-problems column
2 Adventure column
3 Floppy course
4 More programs
Note: Many people also thought the music should re-appear in ST
NEWS, just like Volume 2 Issue 1. Who knows?
In the upcoming issues of ST NEWS, I will try to publish a games
top 10 every time. This will be based on software sales, reader's
reactions and personal impressions. So If you think a game
deserves a place in the top 10, do not hesitate to write and tell
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.