"Telepathy: Knowing what people think when really they don't
think at all."
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
by Richard Karsmakers
Concerning ST NEWS
...this is the tenth undead issue of ST NEWS, Volume 9 Issue 2?
...it is the 37th issue in total?
...it was finished on July 23rd 1994?
...this issue is dedicated to Steven Spielberg?
...I decided this should happen after having seen "Schindler's
...it suddenly seemed weird that no ST NEWS issue had been
dedicated to him before?
...for a moment I thought about dedicating it to the late Kurt
Cobain (suicidal singer of Nirvana)?
...I decided against it because I've never been much of a Nirvana
fan anyway and it would be hypocritical?
...the music in this issue has been conceived by Big Alec again?
...we are again very proud to offer this song called "Bangkok
...it was composed by David Whittaker but enhanced by Big Alec?
...we have offered the Mad Max version of this tune years ago?
...the new version is vastly superior and uses the "SID"
...I like it a lot?
...it's the first of a batch of much better music he's given us?
...Stefan has taken the trouble to recode the ST NEWS program so
that I only have to change one INLINE command for each
upcoming issue of ST NEWS to have different music?
...a few things have changedin the ST NEWS program?
...the screensaver has been dumped?
...it had been a stupid decision to put it in in the first place?
...a 'current issue's statistics' dialog has been added in the
'Options' pull-down menu?
...internally the maximum article size has been increased to 55
...this should still work on 512 Kb machines, though I haven't
...the dialog boxes requested a selection have had a 'default'
selection possibility added?
...as a rule, any leftmost selection (usually 'yes') will be
chosen additionally with the [RETURN] or [ENTER] keys?
...the rightmost selection (usually 'no') can be additionally
selected by pressing [ESCAPE]?
...a routine to switch Falcon internal speaker on/off status has
been added too?
...thanks need to go to Alexander de Vries (Bonus of DBA
Magazine) for the code?
...the "Back Issues" column has been improved?
...it now also contains full compatibility details for each
individual ST NEWS issue?
...you will now be able to check which issues run on STE, ST or
...subscriptions to ST NEWS are now possible, sortof?
...this is possible only if you have an email address?
...by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org you can
request to be put on a mailing list that will mail you a small
message each time an ST NEWS issue is released?
...it will tell you exactly where to get it?
...all you have to to is send one message out and you'll get it
...it is not possible to get the latest issue or back-issues this
...the ST NEWS Volume 8 Issue 3 competition results are known?
...only one person sent in his efforts?
...the answer to the question "what's my favourite Peaceville
band", "My Dying Bride", was correctly identified by this
...the dinosaur question was answered wrongly?
...congratulations go to Michael Noyce?
...this issue has some more interesting interviews, now also with
more people in the computer scene?
...I have always not liked computer-related interviews much in
many other disk magazines because they usually revolve around
totally unknown people spilling forth totally uninteresting
...I hope the ones included in this issue will prove more
interesting, also because they are with somewhat more famous
people rather than the average unknown demo group member?
...this issue of ST NEWS contains the first part of Han Kempen's
highly acclaimed "GfA Basic" tutorial?
...it is actually kind of a book, but changed to run line a
...I'd like to thank Han for allowing me to use it?
...our Danish distributor's address has changed?
...you should check the "Colophon" article to see what it is now?
...Nial Grimes, resident disk magazine review freelance author of
"ST Review", has given ST NEWS its most favourable review yet,
in the August 1994 issue?
...the whole thing makes it difficult to live up to people's
...I would like to mention, however, that we don't review a lot
of "pop concerts/albums" (eh, Nial?)?
...this is the first issue since somewhere in 1986 that has
absolutely no programs on offer on the disk?
...all you get is some "GfA Basic Course" source material?
...I had planned to throw in "Revenge Doc Displayer" and "Triple
Yahoo" but there were way too many articles for them to be
...I regret that?
...it might have been solved if if were possible to format disks
with 12 sectors per track without switched to High Density?
...this is without a doubt the biggest ever ST NEWS, with the
exception of the "Final Compendium" which contained well over
2 Mb of articles?
...this issue of ST NEWS might very well be the biggest disk
magazine ever on any computer format?
Atari - Jaguar
...I recently spotted a Jaguar sitting on a shelf in a Utrecht
...it's a very catchy design that you can't help but notice?
...more detailed info is arising as to the Jaguar's CD ROM specs?
...it is now known that it is about twice as fast as the
Panasonic FZ-1 CD player incorporated in the 3DO?
...this may prove the final nail in the coffin of that machine?
...we're talking 350 Kb per second here, which would be 50 frames
per second in 160x120 pixels or 24 frames per second at
320x160 pixels (the 3DO can do 160x120 pixels at 24 frames per
...the Jeff Minter "Colourspace 2000" Jaguar Light Synth system
will be built into the Jaguar CD ROM unit?
...it will be called "Virtual Light Machine"?
...it can generate stunning visuals when playing ordinary CDs on
...Jeff Minter has gotten the go-ahead to do "Defender 2000" for
...an MPEG cartridge will be available to watch motion pictures
on the Jag CD ROM?
...the CD ROM will sell at a confirmed US$ 199.95, and will be
available (probably in the US only) in ample quantities before
..."Doom" for the Jaguar will support multiple players?
...by means of Atari's planned "voice modem" addition you can
play "Doom" with a friend via the phone whilst simultaneously
being able to chat with that friend via the headset?
...this sounds very interesting?
..."Tempest 2000" is now ready and shipping and getting the
ravest reviews possible?
...it's getting "game of the year" awards and all that, and is
quoted by many people to be the reason to buy a Jaguar?
...I will seriously consider purchasing one in a few years' time,
when I'm no longer a student and my funds have increased?
...a separate "Tempest 2000" audio CD soundtrack will be
available for under US$ 15 in the third quarter of this year?
...if will fearture dance/rave sortof techno stuff the likes of
the original "Tempest 2000" soundtrack plus unreleased
...Atari Games (which is rather independent from Atari Corp.)
will do Jaguar-based arcade hall machines?
...it sounds like what we have is a Neo Geo here, but this time
an affordable one?
...the Nintendo Project Reality thing should be available in the
fall of 1995 at below US$ 250?
...by 1996 we should perhaps be seeing the release of the Jag II?
...this will be 100% downward compatible with the original?
...Atari is momentarily trying to license CD-I technology so that
perhaps Interactive CDs can be played on the Jaguar some day?
...if you're interested in JagWare (Jaguar-related merchandise)
you should contact the Norscot Group Inc., 10510 North Port
Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092-5500, U.S.A. (toll free USA
and Canada 1-800-653-3313, fax toll free USA and Canada 1-800-
653-4904, International 414-241-3313, fax international 414-
...merchandise includes T-shirts, caps, jackets, mugs, lapel
pins and even a stylish watch?
...I have taken from "Atari Explorer Online" the following table
of expected Jaguar game releases?
Company: Title(s) (expected date):
? = No titles known, but developer is registered
 = Game already released
20th Century Fox Interactive
21st Century Software
Pinball Dreams (9/94)
4Play (ICD & Phalanx)
Accent Media Productions
4Varuna's Forces CD-ROM
Al Michaels Announces Hardball
Brett Hull Hockey
Charles Barkley's Shut Up and Jam
Jack Nicholas Cyber Golf CD-ROM (Q4/94)
Return to Zork CD-ROM
Alfaro Corporation Limited
All Systems Go
Hosenose and Booger CD-ROM (Q1/95)
Video Jukebox (cart multiplexer) (Q1/95)
BIOS Fear CD-ROM
(IR controller station)
American Laser Games
Mad Dog McCree
Anco Software Ltd.
Kick Off 3 (for Imagineer)
Creature Shock CD-ROM (For Virgin)
Chaos Agenda CD-ROM
MPEG 1 and 2 carts
Space War (was Star Raiders 2000)
Tiny Toons Adventures
Atari Games Corp.
Arcade Games Using Jaguar
Attention to Detail
Battlemorph: Cybermorph 2 CD-ROM
Blue Lightning CD-ROM
[Cybermorph] (For Atari)
Bando Svenska AB
Beyond Games Inc.
Ultra Vortex (Q3/94)
Black Scorpion Software
Borta & Associates
[x86 Jaguar Development System]
Brandlewood Computers Ltd.
Bullfrog Productions Ltd.
Syndicate (For Ocean) (Q3/94)
Theme Park (For Ocean) (Q3/94)
Celebrity Systems Inc.
Computer Music Consulting
Cross Products Ltd.
[Jaguar Development System]
Delta Music Systems Inc.
Denton Designs Ltd.
Domark Group Ltd.
Lester the Unlikely
Iron Soldier (For Atari)
Electro Brain Corp.
EZ Score Software Inc.
Flair Software Ltd.
Funcom Productions a/s
Genus Microprogramming Inc.
Gremlin Graphics Ltd.
Zool 2 (10/94)
Unknown title (racing)
H2O Design Corp.
Hand Made Software
Kasumi Ninja (For Atari)
High Voltage Software
White Men Can't Jump (for Trimark) (10/94)
Human Soft Ltd.
Cat Box (AV & comm expansion box)
Doom: Evil Unleashed
Imagineer Company Ltd.
Imagitec Design Inc.
Freelancer 2120 CD-ROM
Busby in Clawed Encounters of the Furried Kind
Dino Dudes 2
JVC Musical Industries
Krisalis Software Ltd.
Soccer Kid (6/94)
Limelight Media Inc.
[Tempest 2000] (For Atari)
Defender 2000 (For Atari)
Lost in Time Software
Manley & Associates Inc.
Media Technology Scandinavia
Merit Industries Inc.
Air Cars (10/94)
Dungeon Depths (10/94)
Brutal Sports Football (For Telegames) (7/94)
Network 23 Software
NMS Software Ltd.
Ocean Software Ltd.
Apeshit (working title) (12/94)
Odyssey Software Inc.
Rage Software Ltd.
Rainmaker Software Inc.
Dragon's Lair CD-ROM
Dragon's Lair II CD-ROM
Space Ace CD-ROM
Rebellion Software Ltd.
Alien vs. Predator (For Atari) (Su/94)
Checkered Flag II (For Atari) (Su/94)
Legions of the Undead (For Atari)
Riedel Software Prod.
Sculptured Software Inc.
"Jaguar on a PC" PC card (Q4/94)
Robinson's Requiem CD-ROM (09/94)
Software Development Systems
Spaceball Technologies Inc.
Steinberg Soft-und Hardware Gmbh
Team 17 Software Ltd.
Tecnation Digital World
European Soccer Challenge
Ultimate Brain Games (9/94)
World Class Cricket
Teque London Ltd.
Flashback (for U.S. Gold)
Rise of the Robots
U.S. Gold Ltd.
UBI Soft International
And more (American Football)
Virtual Artistry, Inc.
Indiana Jags (platform)
Zzyorxx II (vertical shooter)
Burn Out (m/c racing)
Wave Quest Inc.
Troy Aikman NFL Football (10/94)
Double Dragon 5: The Shadow Falls (Q4/94)
Center Court Tennis
Atari - Falcon 030
...I have read somewhere that over 30,000 Falcons have been sold
worldwide so far?
...that isn't half as bad as some people would have us believe?
...that the name of an icon of a program on the desktop doesn't
have to be the same as the actual file name?
...this might also be valid for pre-TOS 4.xx users?
...an example is the following line:
#X 0A 06 03 FF H:\VIEWERS\IMAGECPY\IMGC3.PRG@ IMAGECPY.PRG@
...the first string is the file name plus path, and the second
separate name is the name under the icon on the desktop?
Atari - Lynx
...the following games are now officially available for the Lynx
from Atari Corporation: "A.P.B.", "Awesome Golf", "Baseball
Heroes", "Basketbrawl", "Batman Returns", "Bill & Ted's
Excellent Adventure", "Blockout", "Blue Lightning",
"California Games", "Checkered Flag", "Chip's Challenge",
"Crystal Mines II", "Dinolympics", "Dirty Larry: Renegade
Cop", "Dracula: The Undead", "Electrocop", "Gates of
Zendocon", "Gauntlet: The Third Encounter", "Gordo 106", "Hard
Drivin'", "Hockey", "Hydra", "Ishido", "Jimmy Connors Tennis",
"Joust", "Klax", "Kung Food", "Lemmings", "Lynx Casino",
"Malibu Bikine Volleyball", "Ms. Pacman", "Ninja Gaiden",
"Ninja Gaiden III", "N.F.L. Football", "Pacland", "Paperboy",
"Pinball Jam", "Pitfighter", "Powerfactor", "Rampage",
"Rampart", "Roadblasters", "Robosquash", "Robotron 2084",
"Rygar", "Scrapyard Dog", "Shadow of the Beast", "Shanghai",
"Steel Talons", "S.T.U.N. Runner", "Super Skweek",
"Switchblade II", "Todd's Adventures in Slimeworld", "Toki",
"Tournament Cyberball", "Turbo Sub", "Ultimate Chess
Challenge", "Viking Child", "Warbirds", "World Class Soccer",
"Xenophobe", "Xybots" and "Zarlor Mercenary"?
Software - Disk Magazines
..."DBA" no longer supports the ST as of their 10th issue?
...they decided that the demo scene - their main audience - has
sufficiently switched to the Falcon?
..."Digital Disk ST" has sortof missed issue 6?
...this multi-format magazine issue was released on the Amiga
...the reason for this is that the editor, Stephen Hill, had
problems with his ST?
...the next issue should catch up and become Issue 6/7, due out
any day now?
...there is quite an excellent non-disk magazine called "Wired"?
...Stefan already mentioned it some time ago?
...it has an online back-issue article server on the Net?
...I have obtained every single back issue article and compiled
them together into the complete issues lacking only artwork
...you can get Volume 1 Issue 1-6 and Volume 2 Issue 1-5 on two
HD disks if you send me two High Density disks plus 3 IRCs
(one extra IRC if you live outside Europe)?
...this offer is for people with High Density (!) disk drives
...you'll get 1.8 Mb worth of ZIP files that will de-compress
into 4.5 Mb of highly interesting text?
...this offer is valid up to December 1994 only?
...if you send your request in by December 1994 and add another
disk (HD of course) and one extra IRC I'll send you all later
back issues that I have as well?
...this is, as far as I came to understand, nothing illegal?
...the text may be spread as long as it is left intact, including
a copyright notice?
...you should never forget to add a note what you want from me?
Software - General
...there is now finally a truly Falcon compatible version of
...there's no longer a need to switch of the Falcon's processor
...Danish company GoldSoft Computing will soon be releasing some
...they include "Little World of Devices" (a terrifyingly souped-
up "Boulderdash" clone that so far took about six years to
develop) and "Eagle" (a debugger that will beat "Mon ST" hands
...dealers, buyers and interested software companies (HiSoft for
the debugger?) are invited to write to Rørsangervej. 14, 1mf,
DK-3650 Ølstykke, Denmark, c.o. the Warlock of the Future?
...the Polish Acid Team (of which our Polish distributor is a
member) will soon release a Falcon megademo?
...it will be called "Cottage on the Moon"?
...a UK company by the name of Caspian Software is trying to
bring life again to the STE/Falcon scene?
...they are a small company that deserves a break, and more info
about them can found in a separate "Caspian" article?
...this article, incidentally, is written by our main competitor,
editor Chris Holland of "Maggie"?
...I hope it won't be the last he'll do for ST NEWS?
...Bela will release a new versionof "NVDI" in August?
...it will be version 3.0, which will support "SpeedoGDOS" and
...it should be interesting to see if it will be even better?
...Leon O'Reilly, author of "Tautology", is currently writing a
...it will be called, modestly, "Godpaint"?
...from what I've seen of it it (will) look(s) a bit like
"Rainbow" (review in this issue's "Reviews in Short")?
Hardware - General
...Motorola is supposed to have introduced the new 68060 CPU?
...it is compatible with the 68040 chip with extensive cache
...it has a duel 4-stage integer pipeline, an 8 Kb instruction
cache, 8 Kb data cache and 256 entry branch cache?
...these specs mean nothing whatsoever to me but might bring you
into saliva-excreting ecstasy?
...running at 50 Mhz it will give around 100 MIPS (Million
Instructions Per Second) performance?
...Sega have introduced a 32-bit chip upgrade for the Genesis
...it will be called "Super 32X", and will be available at around
US$ 149 later this year?
...sounds like the console equivalent of an Atari STE to me, i.e.
no company will bother doing stuff on it?
...time will tell, as usually it does?
...it seems unclear what is meant by "Saturn", "Mars" and even
...Sega originally toyed with the idea of building DSPs into game
...a company called GreenDisk Inc has been recycling disks for
about 18 months now?
...basically this means they recycle the disks and stuff of ready
software packages of which old stock remained for some reason
...they have already recycled about US$ 5 million worth of
software (was that ST budget software or expensive MS DOS
integrated packages, I wonder)?
...there is now a new version of "Screenblaster", imaginatively
called "Screenblaster II"?
...its software has been dramatically increased, and it now costs
around 170 Dutch guilders?
...there is now a quite cheap Falcon speeder?
...it is called HighSpeed 40 and cranks up processor speed to 40
...processor operations get over twice as fast, and there's a
hardware switch to turn it on/off?
...its price is around 280 Dutch guilders and it's released by
Digital Data Deicke (in Germany) with Dutch distribution done
by ACN/Atari ST Nieuws?
...ICD has released a new version of "The Link", their DMA->SCSI
...it's called "The Link 2"?
Miscellaneous (personal stuff and other)
...Commodore Business Machines USA has gone into receivership?
...they are looking for a buyer, and if not bought they will be
...this sortof makes dubious further use of purchasing a
...these include the CD32, CDTV and Amiga 5000?
...a rumoured prospective buyer is Amstrad?
...this will most likely not be an excellent thing to happen?
...I have met no Atari enthusiasts so far that did not greet
this news with a big grin?
...Klaus Berg, PR person of ST Connexion (by the name of Vantage)
and French ST NEWS distribution keyperson, will leave the
French army on August 31st?
...he is currently the French James Bond, an intelligence
...after that he'll become a reserve officer?
...Wilfred Kilwinger left Atari Benelux on last April 1st?
...he now works for the number one computer retailers, Vobis?
...he used to do an excellent job at Software Support and was
always available to give answers to the stupidest questions?
...I think his presence in the Atari world will be missed?
...a similar thing has happened to Atari America's Bob Brodie,
director of communications?
...as of June 3rd this year he has taken on another job that will
"allow him to work 2/3 days at home" and that also entails "an
...Tyrem of Respectables is coding a Falcon racing game?
...he also has a Jaguar development system?
...one of my old dreams has come true recently?
...I bought a rather cheap electric guitar?
...it's a "Cyclone", not too bad actually, and black like the
...I have a small 15 W "Gorilla" amp and a Boss HM-2 (HM = Heavy
Metal) effects pedal?
...it's not much but enough to drive my girlfriend and my house-
music-loving neighbours up the wall?
...my playing has improved drastically?
...when some friends of ours went on their honeymoon in May and
we had to look after their dog, this particular canine was of
a wholly different opinion?
...I barely escaped from having my legs chewed off and the guitar
brutally massacred in the cause of dog supremacy?
...the New Kids On The Block have split up?
...this is Great News?
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.