DID YOU KNOW THAT.... by Richard Karsmakers
...this is the sixth 1988 issue of ST NEWS, and Stefan's fourth?
...he's still doing a pretty damn good job?
...this is the second issue that was made during my student's
...I am now quite used to living in a student's flat, studying
and following lectures about some quite interesting subjects?
...I will try not to bother you any more with my life style here
(mainly since it's got nothing to do with the Atari ST)?
...my heart is now torn apart between three girls, that I all
like very much?
...they are Willeke (the perfect mental friend), Patricia (at
which I already hinted in the previous issue of ST NEWS - my
first REAL girlfriend when we both were fourteen) and Trea (a
girl living on the other side of the hall in my student's flat
- quite experienced, one might add)?
...I will try not to bother you with these girls and my feelings
for them, either?
...this issue of ST NEWS is dedicated to Douglas Adams, creator
of the miraculous world contained in "The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy" and following books?
...Stefan and myself found that this man had been of such
enormous influence upon our literary attempts that he finally
deserved such a fate?
...you will be able to read something about this man as well as
some quotes from his books in two separate articles, elsewhere
in this ST NEWS issue?
...the SAG wars are over?
...Mr. Maas read the previous issue (The SAG Part II - The
Reactions) and didn't appear to be upset anymore?
...we will therefore consider the case closed?
...I recently went to the Queensrÿche and Metallica concert, on
November 5th in Leiden?
...it was absolute enormously mindcrunchingly GREAT?!
...Metallica's most recent album, "...and Justice for All", ended
up on the 18th spot of the CD Top 50 here?
...it is an excellent piece of heavy metal, concerning some of
the deeper topics of society?
...Queensrÿche didn't play long (just about one hour) but was
...Metallica played their last gig in Europe, and therefore came
back thrice, playing a massive two hours (even a bit more)?
...the show was great, too?
...I will soon visit Yngwie J. Malmsteen in concert at Zwolle, on
...that should be pretty neat, too?
...I sincerely wonder if this man can achieve on stage what he
appears to be able to do in the studio?
.. STRIKE-a-LIGHT just released two new all-age (except on the
planet Joo-Joo where the inhabitants live their lives
backwards) calculate games called 'Wijsneus' and 'Prof
...Stefan and myself are still thinking about which person to
dedicate the next ST NEWS issue to?
...it might be Jean Michel Jarre after all, also because we still
have Jochen's (TEX) "Zoolook" music lying around, located on
the proper memory address and adapted for use in ST NEWS back
when The Exceptions visited Holland, over half a year ago?
...I am currently playing Level 42's "Running in the Family", a
CD to which Trea and myself have special fond memories?
...my door is slightly ajar, so that she will hear it when she
passes by or enters her room?
...I hope that she will then come in and sit on my lap and....?
...I forgot my solemn pledge not to talk about girls just now?
...the "Virus Destruction Utility" is still selling very well?
...it is amazing how enthusiastic people sometimes react to such
a relatively simple piece of programming?
...I am, however, about three hundred orderings behind, so that I
have also received some letters of annoyed people that are
desperately waiting for their copy?
...the local computer shop recently ran out of disks (after I
bought over 1000 disks in one month)?
...I'm still waiting desperately for some magnetic storage media?
...this issue of ST NEWS was finished quite fast?
...this was due to the fact that the previous issue took such an
enormously long time, as well as the fact that we still has
quite a lot of articles that couldn't be fitted in earlier
...this issue of ST NEWS was again finished at Stefan's place?
...he didn't want to drag his harddisk over to my tiny room
...many computer games have been launched in the few weeks that
passed since the previous issue?
...there could have been even more, but the postal services in
England are said to be striking or something like that?
...the next issue of ST NEWS will feature the solution to
Psygnosis' latest release, "Chrono Quest"?
...this adventure is BIGGER, MORE EXTENSIVE and MORE DIFFICULT
than all other adventures (Math quote)?
...we have also supplied him with "The Fish", the latest Magnetic
...we expect to have the solution of that one very soon, too?
...a review of this Douglas-Adams-like adventure is included in
this very issue of ST NEWS?
...the next issue of ST NEWS will also have something even more
...the mindbutcheringly staggering picture this time comes from
the even better game 'Nebulus' from Hewson?
...this game is reviewed elsewhere in this issue?
...Psygnosis have recently also launched their first no-brain-
shoot-em-all-up game, called "Menace"?
...a review can be found elsewhere in this ST NEWS issue?
...we have acquired the Dutch exclusive rights to publish
Jochen's (TEX) sound synthesizer source code file?
...we therefore still want to thank Mr. Tarik Ahmia of "68000'er/
ST Magazin", for allowing us to do so?
...we'd also like to extend our gratitude once more for the very
kind assistance of all members of The Exceptions in this
international joint venture?
...these exclusivities should keep us ahead of competing disk
magazines for a while longer?
...Jean Michel Jarre's new CD (that Stefan was quite enthusiastic
about in the previous issue of ST NEWS) is indeed GREAT?
...one has to get used to it, though?
...I still don't like the "September" bit, with all that African
chanting through it?
...the rest is pretty neat, though, even featuring Hank "The
Shadows" B. Marvin on the six-stringed monster?
...the new Metallica CD, "Justice for All", is BRILLIANT?
...I already told you that earlier?
...Jason Becker (known from "Cacophony", together with Marty
Friedman) produced a brilliant CD filled with guitar music?
...it's better than Friedman's solo product?
...the German trash-hard-core-heavy-metal band Sodom recently
launched a live CD?
...it's great to blow away my upper neigbour with my 2x80 watts
...this particular upper neigbour has the tendency to play his
guitar quite awfully, one three HUGE amplifiers?
...I have recently bought Napalm Death's "Scum + From Enslavement
to Obliteration" CD for the sole purpose of blowing this same
person off his socks?
...this CD contains 54 tracks of the undisputed world's fastest
trash heavy metal band?
...my upper neighbour doesn't like it AT ALL?
...the British company Hewson is launching quite a bit of
...it includes titles like "Cybernoid", "Eliminator" and
"Nebulus" (the latter of which is extremely original)!
...some more info about these games can be found in other
articles in this ST NEWS issue?
...Microdeal has announced that "Fright Night" will be delayed
until after Christmas?
...they should by now have launched a package called "Hit Disk
...this is a compilation package that consists of "Jupiter
Probe", "Goldrunner", "Karate Kid II" and "Slaygon"?
...they also intend to launch "Talespin" soon, which is a fully
mouse operated adventure generator?
...some adventure made by this will be published soon, too?
...they also launch a game called "J.U.G." that has something to
do with defeating the threat of a VIRUS?
...they also intend to launch "Time Bandit" for the PC and "GfA
Basic" for the Amiga (grmmbblll)?
...we are currently working on a Swiss distributor?
...Math Claessens, our adventure wizard, intends to publish a
piece of Low Price Software soon?
...it will be a special 'Adventure solution' disk magazine, based
around Stefan's ST NEWS programming?
...Psygnosis will launch a new game called "Baal" (scheduled for
...Ms. Lesley Walker, formerly associated with Barrington Harvey
PR, is now working for Mastertronic?
...Mastertronic's Melbourne House label intends to launch
"Double Dragon" and "War in Middle Earth" (yippie!) by
...I recently received a very enchanting press release by "The
Sales Curve Ltd.", a PR company that really believes in the
rather aggressive approach?
...it concerned a new label called Linel?
...they intend to launch quite some brilliant stuff in the near
...one of those will be "Dragonslayer", with 300 rooms and 50
different enemies, some of which are half screen-sized?
...another one is "Ice & Fire", earlier seen here launched from
...this is an adventure for which Math in due course still has to
find out a solution?
...a new strategy simulation by Linel is called "Crown"?
...it is said to be quite detailed, and offers 56 colors at the
screen at all times (Amiga AND ST)?
...they go on with "Solaria", a one or two player arcade game?
..."Dugger" is another one of their scheduled releases, featuring
32 colors on the screen at all times, based on "Crack"?
...Linel is a Swiss-based company?
...Grandslam has announced the follow-up to "Pacland", called
...Martech has recently done "Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix"?
...this game is not one of the best ever seen?
...they also want to launch "Hellfire", what they call 'a
gripping mega miles per hour arcade simulation of a Supercobra
attack helicopter', set 'to enthrall game players everywhere'?
...Domark will soon launch the last part of the "Star Wars"
trilogy, called...."Return of the Jedi"?
...it is said to be different than both its predecessors?
...things have gone awfully wrong with ST Club Eindhoven?
...the club officially didn't even exist, and there was no
bookkeeping to be seen?
...a new board of directors is now starting anew under the same
...many people seem to have mistaken themselves an awful lot by
doing business with the ex-chairman?
...Sabrina insured her two trademarks?
...this has absolutely NOTHING to do with computers?
...I still found that you should know this nice little fact?
...Neil Harris, the PR face at Atari Corp. in the U.S., has left
...it is to be hoped that this won't be another step back in
Atari's user support?
...Dave "Magic Sac" Small will soon come with a Mac Plus
...software piracy has made sure that Jez San, programmer of
"Starglider II", almost quit the ST market?
..."Starglider II" was written by eight people for two years, and
he considers the money spent as being 'thrown away'?
...he will now convert "Afterburner" for U.S. Gold for the ST?
...this game should be in the shops before Xmas?
...Jez San is also the man behind "Out Run"?
...he totally agrees that this game was "shit" (that's a quote,
that I can't disagree with)?
...Word Perfect Corporation also almost quit the ST market?
...they have not done so, lucky enough?
...they will now convert "Data Perfect" and "Plan Perfect" for
..."Word Perfect" version 5.0 is now planned for release in 1989?
...Darek Mihocka, programmer of the Xformer Atari XL emulator,
intends to write an Apple II and a Commodore 64 emulator as
...he has already written a GEM driven "Xformer II", that is
twice as fast as its predecessor?
...Mr. Ahmia of Markt & Technik recently sent me a Commodore 64
...it was made by a reader, but he was not allowed to publish it
due to problems with Commodore?
...I have therefore not spread it?
...it is quite fast and even runs machine code programs up to a
certain limit (ever tried "SMON" on the ST? Well, I did!!)?
...POKEing the border color and POKEing sprites on the screen
didn't work, however?
...this is about all there is to say with regard to "Did you know
that...." facts this time?
...I will therefore bid thee farewell?
See ya in ST NEWS Volume 3 Issue 7!
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