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ST NEWS Volume 4 Issue 4
Released on Saturday, August 12th 1989

 HI READER! HAIL THEE!                                            
  And  welcome  indeed at the twentyfifth issue of  "ST  NEWS"  -  
Volume 4 Issue 4. It was made in the three weeks before Saturday,  
August 12th 1989, the day on which it was actually finished.
 COPY INSTRUCTIONS                                                
  This  disk is supplied on a standard  formatted,  double  sided  
disk. It has the normal TOS number of sectors and tracks, and can  
be  copied  to  any target disk with 9  sectors  per  track  (and  
with 80 tracks; track 0-79) even by using the standard GEM built-
in copy option (drag disk A icon to disk B icon and follow screen  
 But what to do when you only have a single sided disk drive?
 In that case, you must make sure that the "ST NEWS.PRG" file and  
the "DISK_1.A" folder end up on disk one (A),  and the "DISK_2.B"  
folder on disk two (B).
  There are no hidden files on this disk,  and therefore  copying  
should  be  no problem whatsoever provided that  you  have  basic  
knowledge of GEM copying operations. It is not copy-protected and  
can be copied using any commercial copy program as well.
 THIS DISK IS PUBLIC DOMAIN!                                      
  Which  means that you can copy it to your friends  and  various  
acquaintances as much as you like.  But,  since making this issue  
cost us just about 6000 guilders (1600 pounds, $3000 dollars), we
would not particularly mind receiving some (if  possible   hefty)  
donations at the correspondence address you'll find somewhere  in  
this issue.
 WHO DID THIS?                                                    
  This  issue was made by Stefan Posthuma  (coding)  and  Richard  
Karsmakers  (text).  Various  other people  assisted  in  various  
fields,  such as Jochen Hippel and David Whittaker  (music),  and  
Pete  Lyon  and Erik Simon (graphics).  Various  additional  demo  
material was supplied by John Phillips and In Flagranti.
 WHAT DOES THIS ISSUE OFFER?                                      
  Interviews  with (20):  Brynn  Gilmore  (Mastertronic),  Lesley  
Walker  (Mastertronic),   Les  Edgar  (Bullfrog),   Glenn  Corpes  
(Bullfrog), Tim Moss (The Lost Boys), Michael Schussler (The Lost  
Boys),  Anita  Sinclair (magnetic Scrolls),  Jez San  (Argonaut),  
Alex  Herbert ("Goldrunner II"),  John Dower  ("Goldrunner  II"),  
John Phillips ("Nebulus"),  Tony Cooper ("Cybernoid"), Steve Bak,  
Ben  Daglish,  David Whittaker,  Ian Oliver ("Carrier  Command"),  
Pete  Lyon,  Peter  Johnson  ("Arkanoid" &  "Robocop")  and  Jeff  
  Previews  (35):  "Populous  Data  Disk",  "Hounds  of  Shadow",  
"Ferrari Formula One",  "Hawk", "Argasm", "Thunderbirds", "Falcon  
Mission  Disk",  "Bloodwych",  "Phobia",  "Interphase",  "Passing  
Shot",  "Xenon II",  "Guardian Moons",  "Onslaught", "Scavenger",  
"Astaroth",   "Stormlord",   "Hell"  ("Dante"),  "Dogs  of  War",  
"Bomber",  "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade",  "Loom", "Battle  
of Britain",  "Batman - the Movie",  "New Zealand Story",  "Atari  
Portable Color Entertainment System" ("APCES"), "Oriental Games",  
"P47",  "Greenpeace",  "Mr. Heli", "Xenophobe", "Stuntcar Racer",  
"Rick Dangerous" and "Quartz".
 Music (5):  "Panther" (by David Whittaker), "Knuckle Buster" (by  
Jochen Hippel), "Arkanoid + Hyper Sports Loader remix" (by Jochen  
Hippel),  "Shades  + Giana Sisters remix" (by Jochen Hippel)  and  
"Zarjaz Mamacamel" (by Jochen Hippel).
 Pics (3):  "Fright Night" (by Pete Lyon),  "Rick Dangerous"  (by  
Core Software) and "Astaroth" (by Pete Lyon).
  Demos (4):  "Absolutely Insane Demo Screen" (colour as well  as  
monochrome versions - by Stefan Posthuma),  "ST NEWS Demo" (by In  
Flagranti),  "Enigma" (by John Phillips) and "4-voice synth"  (by  
John Phillips).
  Articles:  Over 200 pages (that's over 20 hours  of  continuous  
reading at a good rate) - about 530 Kb.
 Code: Demos, pictures, music and other titbits - 488170 bytes.
 So  this  totals  to about 1Mb of data  on  this  disk.  1Mb  of  
"ST NEWS" stuff on a regular double-sided disk...
 A yeah...the packer we used was supplied to us by The Lost  Boys  
(TLB) Of London. Thanks, guys!!
 SPECIAL MESSAGE TO GARD                                          
  In  our hours of utmost despair during the  finishing  of  this  
issue of "ST NEWS", there was only ONE thing that kept us going -  
only  ONE  thing that could bring faint smiles  (even  bursts  of  
laughter) back upon our faces:  The picture of yourself you  sent  
 We are very serious indeed: Whenever the bugs were crawling over  
the source files and dark clouds of bad moods were gathering,  we  
just  glanced  at  this  small piece  of  shiny  paper  and  that  
  Dear Gard:  We hope to see you in Norway when we come to  visit
thee! We are abnormally indebted to you.
 THIS IS IT                                                       
 Final message from Stefan:
 Ok, it is READY!
 The 4 demos, the 5  musix,  the  520Kb  articles,  the  "ST NEWS"
program who runs and calls it all, all the machine code,  all  the
coding, EVERYTHING!!!
 It took me about 12 hours of hacking to get  it  all  ready,  and  
that was when I thought it was already finished!
 The whole thing  (all  demo coding,  pageview  coding,  "ST NEWS"  
coding, packer coding, packing, crunching, freaking,  cursing  and
falling into despair a dozen of times, must have  taken  God knows  
how many hours. I guess it must have been at least 250 of them...
 Thanks to Richard for converting 13 hours of audio tape into  520
kilobytes of articles (amazing...). Thanks to the  Lost  Boys  for
their exellent packer and thanks to Gard  for  the  loony  picture  
which kept us going!!!

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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.