"Saying you like good heavy metal is like saying you like a good
Zach Hutton, "Skin Deep"
EDITORIAL: ST NEWS, NOW A MULTI MEDIA MAGAZINE
by Richard Karsmakers
The festive season is behind us again. Christmas has come and
gone, and we have all entered a new year that will bring a lot of
good and perhaps a few none so good things that we don't know
anything about yet.
Of course I saw "Scrooged", my all-time favourite Christmas
film. And, yes, ladies and gentlemen, I had to wink away the odd
tear towards the end. For a moment there it made me feel all
weird and Christmassy inside, something that we should perhaps be
feeling more often than we do. I mean there's senseless wars
going on still, there are people suffering, and there are still
students who don't have enough money.
But seriously, perhaps the world would genuinely be a better
place if we would all just put a little love in heart so to say.
It won't extend your lives and won't make your skin lose its
wrinkles, but it will surely improve the quality of life as we
know it. Why fight over patches of ground that we won't allow
people of another ethnic groups to live on? Why bomb protestants
when you're a catholic, or shoot catholics when you're a
protestant? It all sounds frightfully silly to me - one bad
example of humanity if ever aliens should deign our little planet
worthy of an occasional visit.
Well, it's all easy for me to say that kind of thing. I'm no
catholic, and I wouldn't think of shooting those who are. I have
just about everything my heart desires, at least sortof (knock
wood!). But to make some kind of statement I have totally
overreacted and donated 25 Dutch guilders each to the World
Wildlife Fund and to Greenpeace. Made me feel a whole lot better,
Anyway, so far the portrayal of human sentiments that will no
doubt put you off life for good if I continue. Let's proceed with
the somewhat more objective things that might have to be said in
an editorial such as this.
For the past 8 volumes, ST NEWS has gradually changed course,
swaying to and fro within the boundaries of the co-conspirators'
highly idiosyncratic tastes. However, there has always been a
steady tendency to feature fiction and computer-related material.
This is no longer the case. As you will probably already have
noticed, this very issue is already leading the way into a new
era of computing, a new era introduced by the release of more
advanced computer systems boasting true colour, Digital Signal
Processing, faster processors, more memory and the like.
No longer are computer users limited to archetypal applications
such as word processing, database management, education and
entertainment. New users will quickly find their way to
professional sound synthesis and advanced graphics applications,
so why bore them to death by featuring only that which may be
expected? Why stay "single media" when these new generations of
powerful computers are promisingly billed as "multi-media"
So that's why ST NEWS won't.
There are tens of thousands of dedicated Atari users all over
the world. Many of them will be switching to the Falcon, whether
030 or 040 or Jag-based or whatever, and many already have.
Others will stick to the ST or TT, not yet confident enough or
perhaps simply because they lack the means. Whatever is the case
with you, no problem. ST NEWS is here to serve all. The new
"multi media" setup will merely expand the fields covered, but
will not outgrow the loyal ranks of people who helped to make the
ST and ST NEWS what they are now.
Whereas previously ST NEWS restricted itself mostly to reviewing
computer software and hardware, featuring fiction and
concentrating on the usual "tips & tricks" department, it now
aims to encompass "multi media" as far as can be of interest to
the ST/TT/Falcon user. Of course the usual columns continue, but
added to that you will find more emphasis on books, music, films
and games for selected consoles. Computer users are no longer the
solitary individuals locked up in attic rooms glaring incessantly
at computer screens; they, too, listen to music, communicate, see
films, read books and play games not written for their computer,
usually on dedicated games-only consoles.
Triggered by the "multi media" approach of the new computer
generation, ST NEWS wants to lead the way and be the first true
"multi media" disk magazine. Apart from the columns featured so
far, it will begin to dedicate more time and space to books,
music, films, console games and whatever other topics might be of
interest to the users it addresses.
Around the release of ST NEWS Volume 8 Issue 2, I sent about
sixty letters to the world's most important publishing companies
of books, music, software and films. In it I requested to be put
on the mailing list for receiving the latest news, press releases
and, if possible, review material. Some of the companies assailed
by this fourth ST NEWS promotion package were music publishers
Atlantic, Roadrunner, Shrapnel, Polydor, Sony, Earache and
Peaceville, book publishers Pan, Corgi, Unwin, Fontana and
Penguin, and software publishers Electronic Arts, U.S. Gold,
Ocean, Psygnosis, Acclaim, Taito, Sunsoft, Hudson Soft, Konami
Of course virtually none of these companies replied favourably.
Most of them actually didn't reply at all, or appeared to have
moved without leaving behind anything resembling a forwarding
address. I had been as naive so as to think that probably around
half of them would react in some way or other, but obviously this
just turned out to be another lesson for someone who's already
pretty bad off financially.
Big fish don't play with small ones. As a matter of fact the
small ones can consider themselves lucky if they don't get eaten.
Nonetheless ST NEWS will concentrate more on console games,
books, films and music as of this issue. The only difference
with the original much hoped for scenario is that it will now
cost me and other writers money instead of getting some stuff for
And that leads me smoothly on to the subject of variously
coloured pieces of paper that can be exchanged for various
amounts of goods throughout the civilized world, i.e. dosh,
dough, money, poen, kohle, squazoolies, whatever. You got it, but
obviously I need it more than you do. If you enjoy what ST NEWS
does to you, please bother sending in some kind of monetary
appreciation. I don't care how much, as long as it's something
that will increase my ability to afford sending out ST NEWS to
all those people and PD libraries I have to send it to.
Now for the cheap bit designed especially for those who didn't
get moved by my above subtlety (NOT!). I know it will be cheap -
frightfully so - but it's sheer necessity really.
Should this bit of writing have unleashed in you a desperate
urge that can only be satisfied by shipping huge (or perhaps less
huge) loads of money to me, please direct your attention towards
the "Correspondence Address" article where you will find listed
an address where lives someone who will appreciate all of it
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.