DID YOU KNOW THAT.... by Richard Karsmakers
...this is already the 18th issue of ST NEWS (excluding the two
...it is Stefan's second issue?
...this issue of ST NEWS is dedicated to Ms. Corinne Russell?
...Corinne is probably better known to you as Miss "Vixen"?
...she's the astounding female featured on the cover packaging as
well as on a large poster?
...we offer an exclusive feature article on both her and the
"Vixen" game in this issue of ST NEWS?
...we even feature a competition with some amazing prizes?
...you only need to answer a simple question to get your hands on
one of the exclusive, autographed copies of the game we will
be giving away?
...the Amazing Cracking Conspiracy (ACC) recently celebrated its
...that was on June 13th?
...open polemological war is now declared to the Foundation Atari
Users (Stichting Atari Gebruikers, SAG)?
...you will find an exclusive feature article in this issue of ST
NEWS that contains an article about the SAG?
...it contains shocking facts about what has gone wrong at the
SAG during the last year or so?
...this article was also uploaded to several major Dutch Bulletin
Board Systems (in Dutch)?
...the Dutch football crew has succeeded in becoming European
Champion of the Year 1988?
...all of Holland went bananas (or should I say: Orange?) on that
historical Saturday, the 25th of June?
...they had already beaten those darned Germans by "zwei zu
eins" in the half finals? (Hi Daryl - we just WERE better....)
...the star of the tournament was Marco van Basten, who scored a
mega-magnificent goal in the second half of the final?
...ST NEWS wishes the whole Dutch football crew a happy holiday?
...that's enough about football this time?
...yours truly has succeeded in finishing school officially?
...I will be studying Biology real soon now?
...I will try to make sure that ST NEWS does not suffer?
...the faithful ST will be taken to Utrecht as well?
...there have been dozens of graduation-parties recently?
...I have therefore turned into a creature of the night?
...I touch my computer only seldom now?
...that enough shit-chat?
...Atari will soon be delivering the long awaited CD-ROM in
..., at the moment, a price of 1299 Dutch guilders (excluding
VAT) is mentioned?
...this price might get a bit lower, depending on whether or not
Atari decides to add some applications to it?
...there are two applications at the moment: One with MIDI
samples and one encyclopaedia?
...the audio-side of the device features two-fold oversampling?
...Atari hopes to deliver the device in the after-summer?
...they already supply a floating point co-processor?
...it's the 68881, selling at 399 Dutch guilders (excluding VAT)?
...this is VERY cheap?
...the previous issue of ST NEWS was a huge success?
...this is probably due to Stefan's fabulously fast page view
...some people even think it's TOO fast?! (Hi, Mr. Ellingham)
...there is quite some news about viruses?
...you should read the article about "the ST's virus Part..." if
you're interested in that?
...the most shocking event is the launch of a highly dangerous
bootsector virus, that empties the entire track 0 (bootsector
...it was written by a Swedish hackin' group called ACA?
...the phone number of the virus creator is (Sweden) 0300/63350?
...I'd like to encourage you all to call that number right now
and start swearing, cursing, etc.?
...this is no doubt the most dangerous virus yet?
...I have recently sold my 150th "Virus Destruction Utility"?
..., unfortunately, many IBM owners bought the program after an
article had appeared in "Personal Computer Magazine"?
...the word "PC" wasn't even mentioned in the article, whereas
"Atari ST" was even written in bold capitals sometimes?
...you can now again see how weird PC users are?
...a virus is said to have knocked down the entire NASA computer
in the first week of July?
...this is NO joke?
...Atari will soon launch a new TOS version?
...a full article about this new TOS can be found elsewhere in
this issue of ST NEWS (thanks, Andreas!)?
...the famous softwarehouse "STRIKE-a-LIGHT" has stopped
protecting their software recently?
...this was due to the fact that several disk drives did not
accept their schemes, whereas it also considerably decreased
the userfriendlyness of the programs?
...we have had a lousy summer uptil now?
...this means that I have been able to work behind my computer a
lot more than usual?
..., when the sun shines, it can get awfully hot up in my "roof-
room" (that's raped English for attic room)?
...there's going to be some more competition in the field of disk
magazines in Holland?
...after "ST Info", which isn't altogether that good, "News
Channel" has now appeared on the Dutch market?
...it is also written in English?
...I haven't seen much of it, yet?
...it's quite much slower than ST NEWS' page-view mode, and it's
still starting (children's illnesses, etc.)?
...a more complete article about this magazine can be found
elsewhere in ST NEWS?
...someone in the 'feedback' column of "ST Info" #4 told the
editor there that "ST Info" was better than ST NEWS?!*%?!
...I think this is slightly far-fetched?
...I recently discovered a kinda disk magazine from the U.S.?
...it is called "ST Report" and can be downloaded from Atarinet's
"ST Report" SIG?
...the magazine appears every week, and is sometimes very
...some of its articles will find their way into ST NEWS from now
...Frank Lemmen's parents were married for 25 years on June 28th?
...you can drop Frank a note on Atarinet if you now feel the
sudden urge to congratulate him?
...G-Data now sells a 16-bit sound sampler?
...is samples at 44,1 Khz (CD-quality)?
...it costs DM 598, and it is called "AS Sound Sampler III"?
...Atari "Turbo Dos" is said not to be quite full-proof?
...Atari U.K. has a £1,300,000 budget until Christmas?
...about £400,000 will be spent on the older XL/XE systems?
...Atari is now selling the ST in the U.K. with some pretty
excellent software bundled at no extra price?
...titles include "Super Sprint" and "Test Drive", to name just a
...£200 worth of software is included?
...Psygnosis is launching a new label called Psyclapse?
...the first game should be available in September for the ST?
...it will be called "Menace"?
...the price will be somewhat under £20?
...this means that it's the first cheaper game launched there?
...the game was actually first thought to be called "Draconia"?
...another game will also be launched by them?
...it will be an adventure game called "Chrono Quest"?
...Jeff Minter's Llamasoft has finally launched "Colourspace II"?
...the program has been renamed to "Trip-a-Tron", however?
...it is very extensive, and costs £24,95?
...another of Mr. Minter's games, "Die Filth", has become Public
...he's now working on a much faster and better shoot-'em-up
...FTL's "Sundog" has been relaunched at a price of 59 Dutch
...Infocom was planning on bringing out "Sherlock" for the ST?
..., according to the latest news, this has been cancelled
...Tynesoft will soon be launching the sequel to "Winter
Olympiad", which will be called "Summer Olympiad"?
...a demo was sent to me (thanks Harry!) containing some Fencing
(average), Skeet shooting (hmmm...) and diving (great!)?
...a full review will no doubt be found in an upcoming ST NEWS
...Epyx is also going to launch some sports games?
...the first will be "The Games" (Winter Edition)?
...the disciplines will be figure skating, cross country skiing,
speed skating, ski jump, slalom, downhill skiing and luge
...a summer edition of this package will also appear?
..., while the previous issue of ST NEWS was being prepared,
Frank, Stefan and myself were at the Brabantse Computerbeurs?
...that is a sort of CES/CeBit, but much smaller?
...there was some 'live' performing of Floris Kolvenbach with a
whole bunch of Roland equipment?
...he played some numbers specially for us (rather: We were the
only ones listening)?
...he refused to do an Ynwgie Malmsteen impression on his guitar
...the concert of a drumming band called "Slagerij van Kampen"
was much more impressive?
...their latest album was recorded entirely using Steinberg's
"Twenty_four" on an ST?
...Kolvenbach, by the way, used a MIDI-interfaced IBM-clone (a
Bull, in fact)?
...we all thought that was 'somewhat strange'?
...I am at the moment re-reading "The Lord of the Rings"?
...I would again advise you to start reading it as well?
...it is still probably the best fantasy/fiction book ever
...Sierra-on-Line is finally announcing the long awaited sequel
to the funny, funny adult game "Leisure Suit Larry in the Land
of the Lounge Lizards"?
...it will be called "Looking for Love (In Several Wrong
...this will probably be the funniest game of 1988 if it lives up
to what everybody expects of it?
...a sequel to "Police Quest" is also announced?
...that will be called "Police Quest II - The Vengeance"?
...Sonny Bonds will have to save mankind again from the threat of
...our Italian distributor, Gerardo Greco, will soon start an
Italian version of ST NEWS?
..., as things are going now, he will translate all ST NEWS
articles, after which Stefan (and perhaps myself) will smash
it into a program for launch?
...ST NEWS will then be the first ever Italian disk magazine?
...it will probably be supported through Atari Italia?
...I'd like to extend me sincere thanks to Gerardo for wanting to
do it in the first place?
...The Exceptions (TEX) have discovered some excellent
programming talent in Sweden?
...they are currently planning to make another demo, together
with these newly discovered guys?
...this demo will also features left border graphics (yes! I have
seen it and it's POSSIBLE!)?
..., at the moment, they also have 12 extra scanlines for
graphics even in the UPPER border?
...there's a very interesting cheat for Firebird's "Return to
...you will have to type WASP.ASM at any time during the game?
...you will then enter a special mode, in which some keys have
...the Control key then displays the program version message?
...F5 makes your ship indestructable?
...F4 changes your monitor frequency (change hertz)?
...it might also be handy to know something about some
...each scientist, when chosen, gives the ship an extra feature?
...this feature is triggered by the space bar?
...this is a small table of what some scientists do?
MANX Shoot backward
VEGAS Hide ship
MORGAN Scramble enemies
SADOR Scare off enemies
...the "Arkanoid Construction Kit" will be relaunched in a much
...the original "ACK" was made by the DMA, over a year ago?
...I have acquired the source stuff and was allowed to extend the
...it will be relaunched under the name "ACK II" when "Arkanoid
II: Revenge of Doh" is launched?
...it will be freeware?
...it will also include the original "Arkanoid" soundtrack from
the Commodore 64?
...the thing will work on monochrome as well as color, and will
even allow the old "Arkanoid" to work on a MEGA ST (which was
...there is a new version of Microdeal's "ST Soccer"?
...it is called "ST Soccer V2.0"?
...it has got rid of all minor problems (like the fact that you
always got a penalty whenever the ball was taken away near the
...people who bought the old "ST Soccer" should send their disk
to: Microdeal Ltd., Freepost, St. Austell, PL25 4BR England?
...they will then replace a new disk free of charge?
...Commedia, the computer shop that used to work quite close
together with us, has moved?
...their new address is: Commedia, Leidsekade 98, 1017 PP,
...their telephone number is 020-231740, and their fax number
...Homesoftware Benelux has also moved?
...their new address is Küppersweg 63-65, 2031 EB Haarlem,
...their telephone number is still 023-311241, while there fax is
...there is a new usergroup for IBM/Amiga/ST in Holland?
...it is called Foundation Soft-User International (FSI)?
...information can be obtained through P.O. Box 1057, 5602 BB
...they have a lot of members outside Holland, so this may be
...there is a very promising new company in Holland, too?
...it is called Stichting STEM?
...they are very interested in giving PD talents a chance?
...they are: Stichting STEM, Saffierstraat 95d, 1074 GN
...you should talk to Henk van der Molen?
...their telephone number is 020-6644022?
...you may get a FAX machine on the line?
..., if that's the case, you should call back at a later time?
...the Stichting STEM has also set up a mail-order software
...you will be able to buy the latest software there - at the
...there is a new magazine being published in the U.K.?
...it is called "ST-Amiga Format", and always includes a disk
that can be booted on both systems?
...Atari is now only making 520 STFM computers with double-sided
...it was about time that they got rid of the single-sided drive
...I hope it won't take long before some software will end up
being supplied on double sided disks?
...this will most probably increase the quality of ST games?
..."Starglider II" is said to include no-border graphics?
...this would mean that ALL of the screen is used?
...I somehow doubt this, as it would consume processor time in
...the review copy of 'Virus' DOES NOT WORK????
...this fact distresses both Stefan and me to great extend?
...we will therefore not be able to review it in this issue?
...you will have to wait until after the summer holiday?
...my feelings for Willeke have still not disappeared, in spite
of my sudden interest in a certain "Vixen" girl?
...my feelings have merely deepened and ripened?
...this is about all there is to say in this time's "Did you know
that...." article in ST NEWS?
...I therefore hope to see you all again after the summer's
...it might take a little bit longer for the next ST NEWS issue
to be launched, as I am moving, starting with REAL studying,
...we WILL be back?
See ya, and remember: Vrij veilig of vakantie (that's Dutch)!
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.