DID YOU KNOW THAT.... by Richard Karsmakers
...this is the seventh issue of ST NEWS Volume 3?
...it will be the last one of 1988?
...it was finished on Christmas Eve?
...it was quite a hassle to do that, since I had some heavy
biology tests to do in the week before that?
...the year 1989 will see the launch of our fourth volume?
...I now (finally) have a harddisk?
...it's one of those old SH204 things?
...it's great, anyway, and very fast and comfortable?
...I wouldn't be able to cope without it anymore?
...this ST NEWS issue was therefore completely written using a
hard disk (since both Stefan and myself now have one)?
...it is also the first issue to be processed entirely by "1st
Word Plus 3.0"?
...there are still some quite serious bugs in the program?
...it involves the 'save defaults' option?
..., when you save the defaults in monochrome and then run the
program in medium resolution, it is all screwed up?
...this is quite annoying?
...it means that one has to rename the WORDPLUS.INF each time one
runs it in color?
...it is, however, still better than the previous versions (as
far as I am concerned)?
...this issue is dedicated to the most gorgeous waitress ever to
have taken shape?
...you will be able to read everything about that in the article
about the HCC Days?
...it's an emotional rather than rational vision?
...so the NEXT issue rather than this one will probably be
dedicated to Jean Michel Jarre?
...Stefan and myself are momentarily zealously reading Stephen
Hawking's "A Brief History of Time", to get some background
info on the man that we will dedicate one of our forthcoming
ST NEWS issues to as well?
...Stefan has been to one of Piper's many parties recently?
...it had been good fun?
...this issue of ST NEWS contains a VERY interesting article by
...it concerns music programming?
...on this ST NEWS disk is a file that allows you to program
revolutionary music yourself?
...it was written by Jochen (Mad Max) from TEX, probably the best
music programmer at the moment?
...thanks need to go to Mr. Tarik Ahmia again, for allowing us to
publish this as an 'all-over-the-world-except-Germany'
...the music in this issue of ST NEWS was also written by Jochen?
...it is called "Balloon Challenge", composed by Rob Hubbard?
...it's one of his better tunes?
...we already wanted to include it over half a year back, but the
music file was each time damaged or crashed?
...we are now proud to FINALLY be able to feature it anyway?
...the hottest review possible is contained in this issue?
...it is of the "To be on Top" game, from Rainbow Arts?
...it is probably the most innovate game to date?
..."To be on Top" features frothingly brilliant graphics and
(YES!!) unparalleled exquisite MUSIC?!
...a full review can be read elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS?
...Stefan has done some additional coding on this issue?
..., on color monitors, there's now some scrolling with more than
16 colors and transparent back-and-before effects?
...this only costs 7 Kb of code and compressed piccy?
...I think that this was a swell idea?
...some other magazines use interesting graphics and stuff, but
that takes up much too much space?
...so Stefan has teached them a lesson again?
...we now also have a nice way of putting the normal pic on the
screen, as well as a grow/shrink-box option?
..., thus, the ST NEWS program is now even more improved?
...Trea (see the previous issue of ST NEWS - Editorial and "Did
you know that....") has moved from my floor?
...I am in reasonably deep grief?
...I cannot really visit her as regularly (and discretely) as I
...these will be my last lines about her?
...my heart is now completely taken up by a girl called Patricia
(I already hinted at her in the previous issue)?
...I have been in love with her (well, more or less) for seven
...we used to 'go steady' seven years ago?
...she has now finally re-entered my life and we are now both
madly in love with each other?
...I will try not to mention her anymore, either, as this might
decrease the quality of ST NEWS?
...I think this has been enough of my oral diarrhoea?
...this issue of ST NEWS is not as absurd as the previous one?
...Volume 3 Issue 6 was very absurd?
...even 'good old' Piper felt inclined to throw up several times?
...we have now tried to act and to write as normal as possible?
...some of the Douglas-Adams-hangovers will probably be left
...we would like to offer our sincere apologies for that?
...the next issue to be launched will be the ST NEWS Volume 3
...it will be hard to get all the interesting stuff of '88 on but
one double-sided disk?
...we will probably again use 10 sectors per track and one
...all disk drives should manage to reach those?
...the Volume 3 Compendium should be ready within the first two
(maybe three) weeks of 1988?
...our Norwegian distributor, Ronny Hatlemark, has started his
own disk magazine?
...it looks VERY much like ST NEWS in its setup, yet was entirely
programmed in GfA Basic, all by himself?
...it looks great, and it's very funny to read (especially if you
don't speak any Norwegian, since it is written in that
...he dedicated his first issue to ST NEWS?
...we were enormously flattered by that?
...the whole ST NEWS staff wishes him lots of success?
...it will be 'reviewed' (as far as this is possible) elsewhere
in this issue of ST NEWS?
...we are now also working on a Spanish distributor (in
...our Turkish distributor, Ata Atun, has now finally been
...many things took a very long time here, in recent times?
...my study, virus killer sales and females took up all my
...I have now defined some new priorities myself?
...these are (in order of most to least importance): Virus Killer
sales and promotion; Girls; My Study; ST NEWS; everything
...this issue of ST NEWS could in fact nearly not be finished?
...it still was, however?
...there will be some great fondue after finishing this issue, at
...there is good news for "GfA Basic 3.0" owners?
...the compiler, once available, will be supplied at a very low
...people that still want to buy the package will get it for
...this is quite amazing?
...there is a new version of Gribnif Software's "Neodesk"?
...it now takes up only 24K of memory?
...a full review will be featured in the first 1989 issue of ST
...Precision Software has launched a new version of "Superbase
Professional", version 3.0?
...it is said to be even better (of course)?
...it costs £249.50 (including VAT)?
...Tommy Software has launched a new music programmer's tool,
that's called "Soundmachine ST"?
...a full review will, again, be present in the next issue of ST
...the program retails at DM 148,-, and an additional sound disk
is available at DM 79.95?
..., for details, you should contact Tommy Software, Selchower
Str. 32, D-1000 Berlin 44, West Germany?
...their telephone number is (germany) 030-6214064?
...it works with three digital voices?
...the next ST NEWS issue will also feature a review of a
revolutionary piece of hardware called "Multiface ST"?
...it is subnamed "The Personal Copier", and is said to be able
to copy ANYTHING (disks, screens, memory, etc.)?
...it's the perfect hacking tool?
...it also allows manipulation of ALL data, ANYWHERE in the
...it's got 64 Kb of own ROM?
...the cartridge costs £49.95 and is made by Romantic Robot Ltd?
...Psyclapse's new game is called "Baal"?
...it features stunning graphics and shoot-'em-up platform
...a full review can be found elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS?
...the next game that Psygnosis is going to launch will be
"Captain Fizz meets the Blaster-Trons"?
...it is a two-player, split-screen shoot-'em-up?
...it had to be banned from Psygnosis' office, since the staff
was playing it all the time?
...it is supposed to be ADDICTIVE?
...a full review will be featured in the next ST NEWS?
...Thalamus is preparing to launch quite some games on the ST?
...among the titles, also "Quedex" and "Sanxion" will be present?
...these games used to bring quite a stir on the Commodore 64?
...they were written by the incredibly talented Stavros Fasoulas?
...he has written another, even more brilliant, game on the 64?
...it is called "Delta"?
...this game is not yet scheduled for launch on the ST?
...the latest issue of "News Channel" is also ready?
...our disk magazine reviewer, John de Bruyn, has taken a look
over this magazine in a separate article?
...it has greatly improved since the previous issues?
...the music, unfortunately, hasn't?
...the tune sounded quite familiar to me?
...there seems to be quite some competition between "News
Channel" and ST NEWS?
...this is very nice, as the reader will eventually benefit from
...Stefan and myself, however, are really set upon winning this
...we will try to do this "fair'n'square"?
...the Atari "Abaq" will be produced in Germany?
...it will now be named "ATW" (Atari Transputer Workstation)?
..."Aladin 3.0" will soon be ready?
...hard disk and sound support is now added?
...system 4.1 is now supported, as well as some more printer
...Stefan and myself recently saw "Larry II" ("Leisure Suit Larry
Looking for Love - In Several Wrong Places")?
...it was, unfortunately, on an MSX system?
...we were thoroughly disgusted by the fact that such an utterly
funny game should appear on another computer than the ST?
...many, MANY games will be launched around Christmas?
...we are talking about dozens of titles here?
...we therefore expect the next ST NEWS issue (Volume 4 Issue 1)
to be literally STUFFED with reviews?
...a new kind of harddisk has been developed recently?
...it is based on battery-backed RAM chips?
...it is made by Ronsat Technologies (c/o Ron Schreiner, 368
Lexington Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL. 60089, U.S.A)?
...it consists of ASICs (Application Specific Integrated
Circuits) of 2 Mb each, of which as many as you want can be
connected to the DMA port?
...it is called STonehenge?
...a print without the DRAM chips costs about $170?
...Math Claessens solved "Fish"!?
...this solution will be included in the next ST NEWS?
...Math sent a disk with Perry Rhodan pictures to the guys of
...they created an intro to it and started selling it through
"News Channel" without notifying Math?
...he did not like this at all?
...John Hiatt's 'Slow Turning' is in fact very good? (Stefan
here, Richard slightly differs from opinion about this)
...I have again acquired some cheats for some games?
...some of them were (again...) taken from the popular ST
magazine "ST Action"?
...typing "HellolamJMP" (no spaces) on the title page of our
"game of the second half of 1988", "Nebulus", gives you a
cheat so that you can press a function key to go to specific
...there are two cheats for Imagine's "Arkanoid II - Revenge of
...the first consists of typing "IMAGINE" whilst holding down the
CAPSLOCK key after loading?
...you can then type "PETEJOHNSONWANTSCHEAT" during the intro,
after which you will proceed to the next level by pressing
...when you type "Daley88" instead of "IMAGINE" during the first
step of the previous cheat, you will continue on the level you
...you can of course also use our 'trainer maker' program that
was offered in a previous issue of ST NEWS (I forgot which)?
...there's also a nifty cheat for the superb game "Super Hangon",
given directly by the guys of Software Studios?
...you should first take care to end up in the hiscores, and then
enter "207L" as your name?
...you should then wait until the next screen appears, where you
must press CTRL, ALT, Z and T, in that order, and wait for the
nexts creen to appear?
...you should then release the T, so that the training mode gets
...you can now change the centrifugal force?
...changing it to zero will make the game very simple?
...another tiny cheat is for "Warlock's Quest"?
...pressing F1 when the game asks if you're ready to start will
give you 1500 extra health points?
...there are, finally, some nice things to know about Hewson's
nice game, "Eliminator"?
...these are the passwords: AMEOBA (this is NO typing error!),
BLOOOP, CHEEKI, DOINOK, ENIGMA, SLIPME, GEEGEE, HANDEL,
ICICLE, JAMMIN, KIKONG, LAPDOG and MIKADO?
...they should be entered after pressing the HELP key during the
...you will then hop on automatically to the corresponding level?
...there's also a nice password for "Cybernoid"?
...you have to press HELP (you then get the info screen), and
then type "RAISTLIN " (without the quotes, but WITH the space?
...you will then not loose any lives anymore?
...a follow-up for Ere Informatique's "Captain Blood" is
...it is called "Purple Saturn Day"?
...it features some pretty mindmangling screens and art?
...I have succeeded in writing quite a lot of lines just now,
without EVER mentioning either hard rock groups or females?
...I DID go to a fabulous Yngwie Malmsteen concert, recently?
...it was guitarnumbingly brilliant what this guy did 'live' on
...he plays classical, ultra-fast solos with just one hand,
throws the guitar around himself in the middle of a solo, and
much more spectacular stuff?
...he MUST be the best guitarist in the world, also able to play
ACOUSTIC guitar at a dazzling speed?
...there is a probability of Piper quitting work for ST NEWS
...he actually auditioned to become the new singer of the
symphonic rock group Marillion?
...this is absolutely NO joke?
...he still has to be contacted by the group whether he will
become employed by them or not?
...Fish (may sound odd, but that's the previous singer's name for
those who didn't know and now start thinking about a certain
adventure game) has in the mean time left?
...Frank recently had a bit too much to drink?
...he did all kinds of uncharming things all over and across the
wall-paper opposite to their loo?
...I really had a good laugh when I heard that?
...Commodore Amiga sales are dropping rapidly?
...this is NO joke?
...I have heard this through a computer salesman?
...the "Virus Construction Set Part II" has been withdrawn from
the sales shelves?
...this was already done two months or so ago?
...the company that sold it, in Bad Soden, had too much problems
...I think (and, with me, probably a lot more people) that this
is good riddance?
...Vangelis' "Direct" CD is quite brilliant (except for the song
with the opera singer in it)?
...his much older CD, "China", is also quite amazing?
...Gandalf's "From Source to Sea" is also excellent, but more in
the field of background music?
...Telecom has turned out to be the 'company of 1987 and 1988'?
...they won our recent pop poll, that was published in ST NEWS
Volume 3 Issue 6?
...Stefan and myself have invited Sue Winslow and Ania Makowska
of that company for a nice diner in a certain Greek restaurant
...we hope they will visit Holland soon, so that we can have a
cosy evening with them?
...this could turn out to be very nice?
...ST NEWS has launched another world-wide offensive?
...it had something to do with Christmas Reconciliation?
...it was made up of sending Christmas cards to all good and
competing disk magazines outside Holland?
...the motto was: "Christmas Pax"?
...we hope to end up with VERY good relations with all other
foreign disk magazines new?
...most programmers, like Ian Oliver ("Carrier Command"), Steve
Bak (e.g. "Goldrunner" and "Return to Genesis") and Pete
Johnson ("Arkanoid" and "Wizball") program their stuff on the
ST, and later port it over for use on the Amiga?
...they think the Amiga has an 'inaccessible operating system'
and that it is sometimes a bit 'too slow' (the Amiga runs on
7.114 Mhz instead of the ST's 8 Mhz)?
...they all use "Devpac" or "K-Seka"?
...Jez (Jeremy) San ("Starglider I & II") programs on the Amiga?
...the Magnetic Scrolls adventures are programmed on a MicroVAX?
...they are done by Anita Sinclair (Wow! Finally! A computer-
minded female!!) and a guy called Ken?
...Anita only programs on ST and MacIntosh?
...Steve Bak's "Return to Genesis" really DOESN'T SCROLL?
...he uses pseudo-scrolling, redrawing the screen each time?
...he wrote the scrolling routine in only half a day?
...he never read a book about programming a computer?
...a VERY interesting article about 'game-gurus' and their tips
is contained in issue 1/89 of the German "ST Magazin"?
...Microdeal will soon launch "Guardian Moons", a furious and
even ruthless and undesirable game?
...you now have to destroy the eight guardian moons of a peaceful
planet, so that the main Evil attack force can blast it?
..., finally, there's a shoot-'em-up with an ORIGINAL plot?
...it is said to include many-colours-on-the-screen and a so-
called "Ridiculax" bonus level with some pretty neat,
horizontally scrolling, animation?
...the game will sell at £19.95?
...the pictures Microdeal sent looked quite promising with regard
to the graphics?
...not much more is known?
...Microdeal also published a very nice Christman demo called
...it is a PD demo that only works on one whole megabyte and
...it is really sad?
...I wrote a story behind this audio-visual presentation, that is
also included in the Xmas issue of ST NEWS?
..., like Stefan has most of the time, I now also have some film
tips for you?
...you should visit "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", a technically
perfect film for all ages?
..., if it's around Christmas, you should visit "Scrooged"?
...I haven't seen this latter one myself, yet?
...it should be GREAT fun?
...you should also go and see Yngwie Malmsteen live?
...he's JUST BLEEDIN' FANTASTIC (sorry for the 'bleedin' bit,
...these were all the 'Did you know that....' facts this time?
...this column was now only moderately filled with non-computer
...I consider that to be quite an achievement from my side?
...the whole ST NEWS staff wishes you a fruitful and virus-free
...we hope to see you all again in ST NEWS Volume 4?
See ya then!