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From: xx004 (Atari SIG) Subject: News - Dec.89 - Jan.90 Date: Wed Feb 28 18:47:30 1990 Time Capsule - News - Dec.89 - Jan.90 ------------------------------------- News Subject Title Date Posted ------------------ ----------- CompuFest '89 Dec.06,1989 JRI/Genlock Dec.22,1989 MichTron/Fleet Street 3 Dec.22,1989 Abacus/Portfolio Guidebook Dec.22,1989 Atari/Developer partners Dec.24,1989 1989 Third Quarter Report Dec.26,1989 Public Comment on the Lynx Jan.13,1990 -------------------------------------- -Article #187 (208 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa400 (Phillip M. Chow) -Subject: CompuFest '90 -Date: Tue, 5 Dec 89 23:45:32 EST COMPUFEST '90 IN OK STix group hosts shoot-out show by Rod MacDonald _______________________________________________________________________________ OKLAHOMA CITY - ST Information eXchange (STix) is participating in the Oklahoma CompuFest '90, a head to head computer show held at the Central Plaza Hotel in Oklahoma City next March 16th-18th. This is one of the rare shows that pits different systems against each other with a general public crowd. STix Users group will be cohosting the show along with the Oklahoma Apple Users group Computer EnthusiastS (OACES). Anticipated attendance is expected to be more than 5,000 visitors. This CompuFest runs concurrently with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Special Education computer literacy seminars. The attendance at the computer show is bound to contain interested educators. CompuFest '90 will be the 5th annual event. The experience gained in the past will benefit both exhibiting developrs and the attending public. This will allow people to compare Atari to the Apple, Macintosh, and Amiga systems in front of a jury composed of the general public. Atari has the chance to show off their "Power without the Price" systems and software. This is by far the best opportunity available for developers to display their products to students, parents, educators, business representatives and computer hobbyists. Companies that develop for more than one platform will be especially excited about the expanded opportunities provided by CompuFest '90. This joint venture by the Oklahoma User Groups ensures that all previous attendance records will be broken. All activities will take place at the Central Plaza Hotel. Attendees will find that the hotel is featuring special show rates. Developers can reserve rooms through the STix organization when they reserve their booth space. Developer extras include buffet breakfast all three days of the show, low hotel fees, and a specially arranged Steak banquet (with special guest speaker) on Saturday evening for a small extra fee. Developers will be pleased to find out that standard booth rental is only $150, with double booths being $250 for the 3 day show. Developers who want a show info-pack should contact; Steve Balch, Chairman of Vendor Reservations, c/o CompuFest '90, PO Box 3077 Norman, OK 73070-3077. -- Used here with permission from ST Informer -Article #191 (208 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa400 (Phillip M. Chow) -Subject: JRI / Genlock -Date: Fri, 22 Dec 89 23:13:53 EST JRI introduces new Genlock hardware John Russell Innovations has created an external Genlock device for the STe series computer. Convention STs can use the Genlock device after the addition of the STfm RAM plus board described below. Formerly only capable of installation in the Mega Computers, JRI has created an external version of their Genlock device that will work with the new STe fomputers from Atari. The device includes Super VHS High Band Y/C, features external connection via RGB port, and requires no system modification, no soldering, and no software. JRI also has an $100 optional Super VHS High Band Y/C add-on board for their Mega Genlock system. JRI's Genlocking is accomplished entirely through hardware. The device combines any low or medium resolution drawing or animation program with an external video source (RS170/RS170A), i.e.; VCR, Camera, etc. The device provides an additional RGB jack for viewing computer images combined with an external video source. A second RGB monitor can be used to preview computer images prior to combining with video. High resolution (mono) compatibility is retained, even though no Genlocking is possible. Included with the new Genlock hardware is a wired remote control to enable/disable Genlock, reboot computer, select color or monochrome mode, select video mode (keyed/nonkeyed), fade control to dissolve from background image to computer image or dissolve keyed computer image when selected. Announced price of the new device is said to be $650. Several other hardware items were also shown by JRI at Comdex. Among them was the new STfm RAM for 520fm and 1040 computers. These new RAM upgrade boards will feature SIMM type RAM modules for expansion to 4 Megs. The board will incorporate the JRI 4096 color palette technology and will include the connector for the optional GenLock expansion for the 520fm and 1040 machines. According to JRI, the price without RAM is $125. Easy installation requires only minor soldering. John Russell Innovations, P.O. Box 5277, Pittsburg, CA 94565; (415) 458-9577 -- _pmc '92 -Article #193 (208 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa400 (Phillip M. Chow) -Subject: MichTron / Fleet Street 3.0 -Date: Fri, 22 Dec 89 23:18:44 EST Fleet Street 3.0 said to arrive in January 1990 MichTron was showing yet another improved version of their Fleet Street Publisher 3.0 desktop publishing software. As many of you know, Fleet Street Publisher (FSP) 3.0 was introduced at the April '89 World of Atari show at Disneyland and was scheduled to be released by mid summer. Since then, FSP 3.0 has undergone many changes with added improvements and a targeted release date for the fisrt part of next year. A quick run down on the major features that made up FSP 3.0, at the time of past shows, included support for multi-page documents, automatic page numbering, text wrapping around both rectangular and irregular graphics, automatic kerning, frame grouping, search and replace for text and attributes, vertical text justification, 120,000 word expandable dictionary, repeat feature for multiple duplication of text, effects and graphics, plus text and graphic import modules that allow the program to virtually support all paint, drawing and word processor programs. Documents created with FSP 3.0 could be output to dot matrix printers, HP Laser and DeskJet printers, Atari SLM 804 laser printer, UltraScript, and PostScript devices. Although GDOS and GDOS fonts could be used with FSP 3.0 for output, they were no longer required. The Deluxe version of FSP 3.0 added UltraScript built right in. This allows your non-PostScript printers to print out PostScript files. Also, because UltraScript is built right into FSP, you can print directly thru UltraScript without leaving FSP. This feature can save you a lot of time. The newest versions of FSP 3.0 and Deluxe, shown at COMDEX, have all the above mentioned features, with some very nice new ones; these include importing vector graphics, phonetic spell checking, loading and converting 2.0 docs to 3.0, import and exporting Encapsulated PostScript files, hyphenation exception dictionary, multi-lingual hyphenation (English, Italian, French, German), and a Font Scaling Module. The Font Scaling Module was created by Imagen, the folks that brought you UltraScript. This module will allow FSP to use PostScript screen fonts so that you will be able to see exactly what you are going to get when you print. Imagen is allowing software developers to licence this module to use within their programs. This could open up a while new foor for ST applications that ould like to take advantages of multiple fonts and type sizes, but down't want the hassles of GDOS. Look for Fleet Street Publisher 3.0 to release in January of 1990. Pricing will be announced at that time. For more information contact MichTron, 576 S. Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48053; (313) 334-5700. -- _pmc '92 -Article #194 (208 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa400 (Phillip M. Chow) -Subject: Abacus / Portfolio Guidebook -Date: Fri, 22 Dec 89 23:39:50 EST Guide-book released for Portfolio A new Abacus book entitled The Complete Guide to the Atari Portfolio was introduced at COMDEX. This book which is said to quickly make you a Portfolio expert, including sections covering every aspect of Portfolio operation from installing the batteries to creating batch files. Having used both the Atari manual and this book, it seems like spending an extra $17.95 for The Complete Guide, might be a good idea for beginning computer users, If, however, you are fully versed in MS-DOS and Lotus 1-2-3, it probably won't offer much. Considering the speed at which this book was produced (a mere two months after the machine was introduced) the information is remarkably complete. There are a few typos and layout problems, and a glaring error in the statement that all "Personal Computers use the MS-DOS or PC-DOS operating system." I have a feeling Atari, Apple and Commodore might have something to say about that. Otherwise it is a very handy book to have next to you when learning how to use this nifty machine. Every possible command and menu selection is mentioned, and normally discussed in detail. For more information contact Abacus Software, 5370 52nd Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 or call (616) 698-0330 for the dealer nearest you. -- _pmc '92 -Article #195 (208 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa400 (Phillip M. Chow) -Subject: Atari/Developer Partners -Date: Sun, 24 Dec 89 02:06:51 EST Atari says, "We want to be partners" Atari says they want to be a development partner. The most fundamental change seems to be Atari's willingness to provide customer data to developers so they have the information to market their products. At the COMDEX Atari Developers Hospitality Party, held on Wednesday night of the COMDEX week, announcements were made by Antonio Salerno of Atari. Antonio is the Vice President of Applications, and is generally positioned to enhance developer interests. Salerno introduced Charles Cherry, formerly with Antic Software, as the new TOS development manager. Together, they outlined an enhanced developer program that included substantial discounts on equipment used for development, increased Atari-Developer communications, and other assistance. According to Salerno, "Atari is here to invest, in our future and yours. Any developer who is shipping a product will have access to our complete user base, ASCII Format, comma delimited." The provisions to be a registered developer have also been tightened up. The conditions include: 1) Currently shipping an Atari product, 2) Must re-register and sign a non-disclosure agreement annually, 3) Maintain your "Softsource" listing, 4) Provide a disabled version (Demo) of your product on-line, 5) Provide a self running dealer demo, 6) Provide Atari with three copies of your package with automatic updates. "Softsource" will be a database on one of the major on-line services. Atari will set up the on-line database and developers will be expected to maintain their own program listing and information. When "Softsource" is complete, Atari has promised to transfer the database onto CD ROM and put it in every dealer's store, with quarterly updates. -- _pmc '92 -Article #196 (208 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa399 (Len Stys) -Subject: 1989 Third Quarter Report -Date: Tue, 26 Dec 89 19:34:42 EST 1989 THIRD QUARTER REPORT President's Message Net sales for the quarter were $81.4 millon compared to $98.8 million for the same quarter last year. The net loss was $5.4 million compared to net income of $.9 million. Net sales for the nine months were $253.0 million compared to $300.0 million for the same period last year. There was a net loss of $1.8 million compared to a net income of $12.1 million for the same nine months last year. This has been an encouraging yet difficult quarter for Atari. Towards the end of the quarter we began shipping many new products which represents our future. For example, we started shipping the Atari Portfolio, our new hand held, MS-DOS command-compatible computer, and the MEGA-FILE 44, our new removable media hard disk drive. Also, during the quarter, we began shipping the STe computer, an improved version of our core ST product. Additionally, during the fourth quarter, we expect to start shipping Lynx, the new hand held color LCD video game system. However, to reflect the dramatic drop in component prices, especially semiconductors and disk drives, the Company has taken a special charge during the quarter of approximately $10 million in respect of such inventory. With the shipment of new products and less volatile DRAM costs in the fourth quarter, we anticipate normalization of margins as and when the inventories of older products are sold. Portfolio production is ramping up now as planned. Initial sales appear consistent with our expectations. Sam Tramiel, President -- -Article #197 (208 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa384 (Doug Wokoun) -Subject: Public comment on the Lynx -Date: Sat, 13 Jan 90 13:30:47 EST ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 150 Sun Dec 17, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 10:32 EST My friend from Michigan just called me again. He said he tried ordering the Lynx again through the Sears Catalog and this time they said no problem, deliver on 12/20/89, and they took his order. Must have been the first Catalog operator he spoke to the first time, I guess. In the words of the immortal Emily Letilla, "Never mind!" ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 151 Sun Dec 17, 1989 M.WARNER at 08:14 PST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? I hope all this info on the Lynx delivering on the 20th is correct, I ordered mine about 2 weeks ago and was told it was B.O. till 12/31. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 152 Mon Dec 18, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 23:12 EST IgotmineIgotmineIgotmineIgotmineIgotmine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 153 Tue Dec 19, 1989 REALM at 00:07 EST Alright Jeff! Glad to see some people are getting them before Christmas. I ordered mine in October from Sears. They were only backordered until 11/30 then. I had the same problem with Sears sayin the Games were unavailable. Call the B.N.Genius people they were getting some in last week. It cost a little more but who cares at this point, it's Christmas, might as well owe as much as you can. May your stocking be stuffed with a Lynx... Binarly yours! REALM <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 154 Tue Dec 19, 1989 CGEE at 00:30 EST Uh, I got mine? :-) The surfing game is REAL fun, especially with 3 other players. :-) I'm also rather impressed with the Blue Lightning game. Now, does anybody have the passwords already so that I can go on to the other levels? :-) ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 155 Mon Dec 18, 1989 M.WARNER at 21:36 PST I called Sears Sunday to check on my order and they showed it back ordered till 6/21....but once we got it straightened out they said I would have it by this Thursday. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 156 Tue Dec 19, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 00:37 EST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? I really like the Surfing sequence in California Games. I'm doing terrible with the BMX event though. Man, every time I crash I have to wince. That looks and sounds painful! I have to go back and read the manual to figure out the controls for the other two events. I took this into the computer store with me this evening. I showed it off to a few people and they were all drooling to get their hands on one. As far as I know of I may be the first 'kid' in the Chicago area (outside of the Atari Lombard office) to have one of these puppies! Heh heh heh. Thank you, Atari! Thank you, Sears! ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 157 Tue Dec 19, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 07:26 EST The BMX event is a bit hard but after much practice you do learn the tricks and control. Reading the book helps a little but doing is the best help of all. The local Toys R Us store has plenty of the 3 games they displayed. The games are: Gates of Zendercon Blue Lightning TechnoCop <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? The playtester at Toys R Us told me she LOVED TechnoCop. Blue Lightning was great but Gates of Zendercon....well she was not thrilled. They were told more games will be available the end of December. We shall see. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 158 Tue Dec 19, 1989 D.MCNAMEE at 18:56 EST metoometoometoometoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Finally!!!<G> ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 159 Tue Dec 19, 1989 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp.] at 22:12 EST They could film the next ad upstairs in the tech support and engineering sections! Four man networked surfing contests going on (all in the name of duplicating the customers problems no less! Hah! The "customers" were the ones doing the "testing"!!) Lots of smiling faces in Sunnyvale the last few days! Now I have something else to demo to user groups! Assuming I ever get it back from my kids!! <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 160 Wed Dec 20, 1989 J.BOSSOLINI at 01:55 EST Quick question: How much is the Lynx, and where can I get one?? (I live near Albany, NY) Joe ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 161 Wed Dec 20, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 07:37 EST Only place you can get one at this late date is BNGENIUS, I assume. Their phone # and cost is in this thread. There were 4 stores in NY City that had them and two Toys R Us that I am aware of. One was out in Staten?? I believe and the other in Danbury Ct. The store here still has games and says they MAY be unpacking Lynx on the 24th but that is if the box arrives. Otherwise it wil be the 26th. Prices on the 26th will be $20 cheaper. I have 2 units and it is fun to link them up. The store is getting to know me well here. I have probably bought more Lynx games as presents than anyone else. :-) ------------ <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Category 14, Topic 33 Message 162 Wed Dec 20, 1989 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp.] at 15:57 EST Joe, You can also order one from Sears. It is in the Focus Catalog, page 29. Item number is 49 TD 75425, cost is $159.00. They are probably on backorder thru January 01 though. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 163 Wed Dec 20, 1989 K.OSTERMAN at 18:21 CST the 49 TD 75425 may not be a valid number any more, try 49 GY 75425 ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 164 Wed Dec 20, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 21:48 EST Kirk is right. The 'TD' catalog number for the Lynx is dead now. Use the 'GY' catalog number to order from Sears now. Sears' Catalog order number is 1- 800-366-3000. Again, that's catalog number 49-GY-75425. <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 165 Wed Dec 20, 1989 REALM at 22:20 EST I got mine, I got mine! It's, may I say, Way Cool Dude! It kicks the Game Boy right off the shelf (market!) Well worth the money! Keep me posted on the new games, and I'll do the same. My brother, not even a game fan, wants one. He said and I quote, "Too Tough!" Until next time, in the immortal words of Zak... See Ya! REALM ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 166 Wed Dec 20, 1989 BREHBOCK at 23:20 CST I ordered mine today, and Sears said it'll be in Saturday. It's great to see Atari in high gear! ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 167 Thu Dec 21, 1989 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp.] at 01:45 EST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Maybe we should all meet outside a Toys 'R Us, network our games, and just wait to see how all the gameboy buyers feel when they come out and see the Lynx in action!! ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 168 Thu Dec 21, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:00 EST yeah....wish we could. Here in the east people know the Lynx is the hot item. I have only 2 units so networking is limited but will there be championship Lynx matches in the future with prizes awarded?? I can just see it now....:-) ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 169 Thu Dec 21, 1989 CGEE at 14:08 EST Hehe...I struggle to get 3000 points on Surfing... Then along comes our testers....Boom....10K points.. :-) ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 170 Thu Dec 21, 1989 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp.] at 19:31 EST <RETUR N>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? I got a big Zero on the BMX, but got over 5000 on my first try at Hacky Sack! And I don't even play the real hacky sack! Plugged in my Walkman's headphones, and was really pleased at the sound the Lynx puts out. I wonder how it would sound on a set of speakers like the Tweety Board uses? ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 171 Fri Dec 22, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 02:23 EST I -thought- that the headphone jack was supposed to provide stereo sound on Lynx games, but when I finally got around to trying my headphones, it sounded good, but it didn't sound like stereo to me. Was the Lynx originally intended to have stereo but it just didn't materialize, was I mistaken in expecting stereo, or -is- it stereo and I just need to clean out my ears? I don't need stereo...Lynx blows me away as it is. Just curious. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 172 Fri Dec 22, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:58 EST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Are you playing with your Lynx?? I envy you. I have to wait till Monday. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 173 Fri Dec 22, 1989 D.MCNAMEE at 13:30 EST I don't get to play mine until sunday night ;-( I believe it does have stereo sound, but if the game doesn't take advantage of it.... Kinda like listening to an old show that is mono on a stereo TV. Dan ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 174 Fri Dec 22, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 16:12 EST We might not get to see Jeff if he really gets into the Lynx...:-) I know I am going to really enjoy it and might be online and playing at the same time. :-) Can I say this?? I am also excited about using the Power Glove for the Nintendo. I wish the ST had something similar. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 175 Fri Dec 22, 1989 <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? NEVIN-S at 20:00 EST You mean a power glove instead of a mouse for using Calamus? Zap those icons..! hehehe --Nevin ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 176 Fri Dec 22, 1989 TOWNS at 21:33 EST The Lynx has 4 channel sound. It doesn't have stereo sound tho. I actually took mine into Toys R Us last night. Kind of funny to have people walk up to my younger brother (who was surfing..) and ask him where he got it and if they could buy it here. We even had one of the store employees ask where he could get one. I just said.. "Don't worry.. you will be selling them soon enough! <grin>" -- John ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 177 Fri Dec 22, 1989 <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 21:51 EST What a concept, Nevin. Just think of the possibilities. :-) I had an offer for one of my Lynx. I was tempted. They were offering $300 cash. Some people are just not patient. I know I have a hard time in that department. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 178 Fri Dec 22, 1989 REALM at 22:49 EST Patience is a virtue....thats why I paid $1200 for 1200XL a couple years back. I let my sister play Hackysack and she scored 15,000 her first try. She bought a Gameboy the day before my Lynx arrived (I felt bad) but she converted over real quick. The should sell real easy, I've already sold one to everybody who plays it. (y) Place after (The) above-thanks. Can anybody give any game reviews of something besides Calf-Games. Later.... ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 179 Sat Dec 23, 1989 TOWNS at 00:55 EST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Well, I thought Gates of Zendacon was the loser of the four carts we have out so far. Boy was I wrong! Folks, don't overlook this cart. It looks like a sleeper, but it's really is a pretty decent shoot 'em up type game. I really enjoy playing it. I played for 2 1/2 hours last night (from 1am to around 3:30am! ;-) and really had lots of fun. Even killed a set of batteries! As for the others, I haven't really gotten to those yet. I will let you know more about them as I play them. -- John <I just figured out Half-Pipe on Cal. Games a couple of days ago. Much easier than it appears!> Townsend ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 180 Fri Dec 22, 1989 J.KOVACH at 23:23 MST I got mine!! I got mine!! I got my Lynx today, picked it up at Sears. I'm now wondering how many other people in Arizona have them besides myself and a friend. It's as awesome as everyone here has said, and playing two player games is <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? fantastic!! Now we just have to order some more games. I wish someone from Atari would provide us with info about new games. BTW, the serial number on mine is 7816. Just curious as to what the # is on some of the other units out there. Time to get playing!!!! ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 181 Sat Dec 23, 1989 TOWNS at 03:09 EST I saw one here yesterday that said 214-- something or another. I have no idea if this indicates the number sold. Usually the serial number doesn't/ As for Games, what would you like to know. We have ElectroCop, Gates of Zendacon, Blue Lightning, and California Games. Do you have any questions on those? -- John ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 182 Sat Dec 23, 1989 J.KOVACH at 03:36 MST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? No questions on existing games, John, but it would be nice to have some sort of an idea of when more will be released. I'm out here in Arizona, and I doubt that any stores will be carrying the game cards before they have the Lynx, and from what I understand, it will be some time before the Lynx is available here. It is very important (to me anyway) that you keep us informed regarding what new cartridges are available as well as where they may be obtained. The four existing cartridges are readily available through Sears catalog service--will new ones be available the same way as soon as they are released? Thanks, Jeff ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 183 Sat Dec 23, 1989 M.WARNER at 08:49 PST SIGH..... My Lynx did not make it to my local Sears so I will have to wait till Wednesday night when they get their next shipment.... ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 184 Sat Dec 23, 1989 <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 12:46 EST Gee guy..feel for you. I have a UPS package that never showed. Anticipation... tis hard to deal with the wait but if it is any consolation, I am sure there are others that are waiting. Hope you have a great holiday despite the delay. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 185 Sat Dec 23, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 13:49 EST I finally got to try the Comlynx connection yesterday. A friend from out of town picked up his Lynx from the Sears catalog desk yesterday afternoon and scooted over to the store to see if I had my Lynx with me. I didn't. But we met after I got off work at a Wags Restaurant. I stopped at home along the way to pick up my Lynx. Kirk (K.OSTERMAN) got to Wags before me and was practicing when I arrived. Apparantly just about everyone working that shift stopped by to see what the heck was making all the music and sounds. After I got there, everyone must have been afraid to come near us. Picture this for yourself. Two grown men playing video games on little handheld machines with a cord stretched across the table, facial expressions alternating between intense concentration and hysterical laughter. <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? The multiplayer aspects adds a whole new dimension to game playing. It is a riot! I can hardly wait for more folks around here to get a Lynx so I will have more Lynx partners to game with. And this has been a wonderful Lynx Holiday season for me. Much to my surprise and utter delight, I got a couple of Lynx games as Christmas presents (sorry, this guy has no patience...I'm not waiting until Monday to start playing "ElectroCop" and "Blue Lightning"). It -IS- a wonderful life! Now to get a battery recharger unit. <smile> ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 186 Sat Dec 23, 1989 A.FRIESEN at 13:47 MST I'm here in Arizona (GEEZ ITS COLD HERE!!) and am waiting for the Lynx to appear a little cheaper than the current price in my local Lionel Playworld. A few days ago I talked to the guy at my local Toys R Us who was sure that they would have it in before Christmas. He looked very dissapointed and said sorrowfully that the shipment had been delayed. Oh well, I think I can wait, maybe. Speaking of showing off your games, if I had one now, I would go down to the local mall where <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? there is a Nintendo ONLY store! Boy would those suckers be jealous. HE HE HE! Wow, I can be MEAN can't I?! :-) :-) :-) Anyway, that's what I would like to do if I got a STacey-go to Computer Land (an IBM and Mac store with unfriendly salesmen who despise the Atari) and show it off maybe with Spectre GCR! Oh well, have fun making people jealouse. (NOTE: Don't take my comments too seriously!) * * * ** ** * * * * * * *** ** * * * *** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** *** *** ** ** * *** * * * * * * *** * ** * * * * * * * * * * *** *** ** * * * *** Aric Friesen ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 187 Sat Dec 23, 1989 BREHBOCK at 22:55 CST Well, I picked mine up at Sears today, (ser# 005957) we have a do-it-yourself catalog pickup up department at the Sears by ouur house. As I walked down the long aisle where Sears' computer said my Lynx was waiting, I saw no less than 10 others waiting to be picked up. Congratulations again to Atari, keep <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? cranking them out! John, I think Gate of Z. is the best out of the 3 that I've got, too. The good sound, digitized muahahahaha is fantastic! When is the next batch of games due? Jeff W: When's the Chi-town tournament? :-) Happy Holidays to All! -Bill Rehbock ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 188 Sun Dec 24, 1989 FB [Fred Beckman] at 00:22 EST Stopped by the local (San Jose, CA) Kiddie World and picked up a Lynx and the three extra titles. This is my Xmas present. The kids Lynx should be in at Sears on Wednesday so we can do our own linkups. I can see flying back to Florida in March with both of them and keeping the kids quiet. Then again they all (4) might want their own! Fred ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 189 Sun Dec 24, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 22:37 EST Bill - Next Saturday, okay? Maybe you, Kirk, and I can get together for a three-man California Games elimination tournament. <grin> Any other Chicago area Lynx-ers out there who want to get in on this? <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 190 Mon Dec 25, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 09:49 EST I am lynxed out until this afternoon. The Power Glove...eeek it takes a bit of getting used to but hot when you figure it all out. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 191 Mon Dec 25, 1989 M.VEDERMAN2 at 13:20 CST I just got my lynx last week! WOW! I love it, but alas only have the California Games. I don't know if the Sears here has more cartridges. Does anyone have the catalog numbers on the others, and how much are they? Anxiously awaiting more games (and I thought I outgrew video games)! - mike ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 192 Mon Dec 25, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 14:33 EST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Mike - Here are the current Sears catalog numbers and prices for Lynx games: Catalog Number Title Price --------- ----------------------- ------ 49GY75431 Electro Cop $34.50 49GY75434 Blue Lightning $34.50 49GY75432 The Gates Of Zendocon $34.50 49GY75433 Gauntlet III $38.50 (and of course...) 49GY75425 Atari Lynx Game System $159.00 The toll-free number for Sears catalog orders is 1-800-366-3000. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Message 193 Mon Dec 25, 1989 TOWNS at 15:13 EST Wow.. They have Gauntlet III listed already. BTW, I have seen this game in test and it's different from the other Lynx games. You hold the Lynx with the Fire Buttons at the top and the joypad at the bottom and the screen runs the lengthwise portion. You can still flip the screen. Gaunlet is on the way and I know of at least two games that are already in their testing stage. I know that the Entertainment Division is busy working on original titles and trying to license arcade conversions. Anyway, I will see what else I can find out soon.. For those that got Lynx in time for Christmas, have fun playing and I hope you still have feeling left in your left thumb when the day is over! For those that tried to get Lynx and couldn't.. I'm sorry. We are shipping them as fast as we can and I hope you get them soon! -- John ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 194 Mon Dec 25, 1989 <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? D.GAXIOLA at 16:25 PST The Lynx -- Simple Fabulous. I've had mine since Saturday afternoon, and I almost can't get enough of it. When I inserted ElectroCop and turned it on, I was in no way prepared for the animation that followed (well, I shouldn't say "in no way" since I had already played California Games). What a Christmas present! What a machine! Now all I can do is hope that one is still left at Kiddie World for my friend to get tomorrow (yeh, sure, and pigs can fly too). David Gaxiola o o \___/ Happy Holidays! ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 195 Mon Dec 25, 1989 R.ZACCANO [Bob Z.] at 22:58 EST I got my Lynx!!! THIS GAME IS FANTASTIC! On my machine the game card is a real tight fit. Any one else have this problem??? Merry Christmas, All!!! - Bob Z. ------------ <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Category 14, Topic 33 Message 196 Mon Dec 25, 1989 TOWNS at 23:25 EST The card slot takes alittle getting use to. Also it loosens up alittle after you take a card out a couple of time. -- John ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 197 Tue Dec 26, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 00:40 EST Yep, the card is quite a snug fit. In fact, I was a bit nervous about the amount of force I had to use to remove a card. But I find that if I hook a couple fingernails on the raised Atari logo on the card, I can remove the card fairly easily (after a bit of practice). ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 198 Tue Dec 26, 1989 TOWNS at 02:11 EST BTW, I wanted to mention that you will notice a "snap" sound when you <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? apply pressure to the card to pull it out. I have heard this numerious times on several different units and haven't had any problems with any of the units. So, if you hear this sound when pulling out a cart, don't be alarmed.. it's normal. -- John ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 199 Tue Dec 26, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:40 EST I have a dead transformer. I have two units so I know what it is. Who takes care of this?? We plugged it in and sparks came out. It is not the 4th of July...sigh. My other transformer works fine. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 200 Tue Dec 26, 1989 GORDON at 11:13 EST Fred you got yours but the kids don't get theirs until Wed.. What kind of person are you to take your game ahead of the kids. <grin> <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 201 Tue Dec 26, 1989 TOWNS at 14:06 EST Darlah.. I am not sure. I will ask the Customer Relations Dept tommorow Atari is closed today.. In the meantime, if you can take the Lynx back to the place you bought it.. They might be able to help you. -- John ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 202 Tue Dec 26, 1989 M.VEDERMAN2 at 14:05 CST Thanks Jeff for the numbers and prices! Now the question is, which ones do I get??? Gates seems like a vanguard program, ElectroCop (obviously RoboCop), Blue Lightning lloks like AfterBurner, and of Course Guanlet III we all <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? know, except what is different about it? Harder or is it the same, just for a smaller screen? Blue Lightning and Guantlet seem to be the ones I would like... Help!!! I haven't wanted to buy games for a long time, now I am getting into a frenzy! Last game I played was a year ago when I finished DM. - mike ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 203 Tue Dec 26, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 16:21 EST Mike, I think that Blue Lightning is a 'must have' because not only is it fun to just pick up and spend a little or a lot of time with, but it is also perhaps the simplest game in the ones I've seen so far (Ca. Games, Blue Lightning, & Electro Cop) in terms of handing the Lynx over to someone and giving them a taste of what the Lynx is all about. The controls are fairly intuitive and the object of the game is fairly obvious. The most in-depth game of the bunch is definitely Electro Cop. This one is a toughie and sure to challenge folks <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? for hours and hours. Even though I don't have Gates Of Zendocon and Gauntlet III doesn't mean that I am giving them short-shrift. I loved Defender so I'm looking forward to Gates. I've never been much of a Gauntlet player, but that doesn't mean I can't start now. <grin> ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 204 Tue Dec 26, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 18:17 EST Ha Ha Ha take it back to where I bought it?? I had Nevin buy me one in New York and the other I got mail order from Babbages. Its not too realistic to take it back but do appreciate you looking into it for me. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 205 Tue Dec 26, 1989 M.VEDERMAN2 at 20:13 CST Well, as it turns out, I couldn't wait... I called Sears and bought all three (Blue, Electro and Gates) cards, and they told me that "Guantlet is no longer available." Which to me means they haven't gotten it yet. Has anyone out there seen Guantlet III at their local store? If so, I'd like <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? to arrange getting it. Or perhaps Atari has this on their proce sheet for developers? :-) Mikey's got a new toy! BTW - I took a look inside my LYNX (what do you expect!) and noticed that everything is surface mount, and the two custom VLSI chips are named 'Mikey' and 'Suzy.' I kinda feel special... Hey John, I didn't notice any CPU, is it a hybrid built into one of the VLSI chips? Also, I saw a full sized crystal, but didn't look at the MHz, what does this baby run at? - mike ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 206 Tue Dec 26, 1989 J.CURTICE at 18:17 PST I got mine today! They had a bunch of them in FAO Schwarz in San Francisco They also had the three games. My friend and I picked one up immediately and went back and played California games together. We also picked up Electrocop and Gates. I was very impressed with all of the different monsters in Gates <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? of Z., but so far the easy level is way too easy. Electrocop has some very impressive scrolling and zooming effects. I didn't ply it too much though. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 207 Tue Dec 26, 1989 OUTRIDER [Terry May] at 18:43 PST Me thinks it is time to give the LYNX its own catagory, and break up all this stuff into separate topics. This topic is getting more and more use, and I think it'd be nice to have everything all neatly organized. Whattya think, Darlah? ...Terry ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 208 Tue Dec 26, 1989 V.AVERELLO [Vince-Cubed] at 23:14 EST Since Atari Chicago is supposed to be selling the developer's kit, I'd like to ask one simple question .... What computer forms the base of the developer's kit ... the Amiga or the ST ??? <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? PS ... No matter which it is the system (Lynx) is the best on the market ! ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 209 Tue Dec 26, 1989 R.ZACCANO [Bob Z.] at 23:44 EST Thanx John & Jeff, I just got Lightning today and after swapping cards a couple times, noticed it's not quite as vise-like (still snug tho!) I LOVE MY LYNX - Atari should sell a million of 'em! - Bob Z. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 210 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 00:46 EST I rather think we need one too. Will be setting it up soon. ------------ Category 14, Topic 33 Message 211 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:33 EST Check out the new Category 36. This topic is now closed. ------------ Topic 33 has been closed. No replies allowed 1. CATegories 10. INDex of topics 2. NEW messages 11. SEArch topics 3. SET category 12. DELete message 4. DEScribe CAT 13. IGNore category 5. TOPic list 14. PROmpt setting 6. BROwse new msgs 15. SCRoll setting 7. REAd messages 16. NAMe used in BB 8. REPly to topic 17. EXIt the BB 9. STArt a topic 18. HELp on commands Enter #, <Command> or <HEL>p 14 ?7 Which topics (#,#-# or 'ALL') ?36 Topic 36 is not available Which topics (#,#-# or 'ALL') ? 1. CATegories 10. INDex of topics 2. NEW messages 11. SEArch topics 3. SET category 12. DELete message 4. DEScribe CAT 13. IGNore category 5. TOPic list 14. PROmpt setting 6. BROwse new msgs 15. SCRoll setting 7. REAd messages 16. NAMe used in BB 8. REPly to topic 17. EXIt the BB 9. STArt a topic 18. HELp on commands Enter #, <Command> or <HEL>p 14 ?3 Enter new category number ?36 Category 36 Lynx - The Game Machine 1. CATegories 10. INDex of topics 2. NEW messages 11. SEArch topics 3. SET category 12. DELete message 4. DEScribe CAT 13. IGNore category 5. TOPic list 14. PROmpt setting 6. BROwse new msgs 15. SCRoll setting 7. REAd messages 16. NAMe used in BB 8. REPly to topic 17. EXIt the BB 9. STArt a topic 18. HELp on commands Enter #, <Command> or <HEL>p 36 ?5 No. Subject Msgs Status Author 1 Lynx from Atari (Game Machine Division) 1 Closed DARLAH [RSYSOP] 2 Games - What is out there?? 3 Open DARLAH [RSYSOP] 3 Strategy and help on playing Lynx 1 Open DARLAH [RSYSOP] 4 Com-Link line 3 Open DARLAH [RSYSOP] 5 General Lynx Info And Discussion 2 Open R.WOHL 1. CATegories 10. INDex of topics 2. NEW messages 11. SEArch topics 3. SET category 12. DELete message 4. DEScribe CAT 13. IGNore category 5. TOPic list 14. PROmpt setting 6. BROwse new msgs 15. SCRoll setting 7. REAd messages 16. NAMe used in BB 8. REPly to topic 17. EXIt the BB 9. STArt a topic 18. HELp on commands Enter #, <Command> or <HEL>p 36 ?7 Invalid message argument Which msgs (#,#-#,ALL,NEW or LAST) ?new Enter one or more Options: AUThor=name MARk CAT[=x-xx] NOReply DAT<=>yymmdd NOText PAUse ? ************ Topic 1 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:30 EST Sub: Lynx from Atari (Game Machine Division) Use this Category to discuss the Lynx. Lynxers unite and share your insight into this wonderful machine. 1 new messages. ************ ------------ Category 36, Topic 1 Message 1 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:31 EST As you know, this machine has been distributed in time for the holiday season. Let us talk about it. ------------ Topic 1 has been closed. No replies allowed ************ Topic 2 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:34 EST Sub: Games - What is out there?? This is only to discuss what games are out on the market and which will soon be available. 3 new messages. ************ ------------ Category 36, Topic 2 Message 1 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:36 EST At this time, these are the games that I am aware are out there: California Games <included> Blue Lightening Gates of Zendercon <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? ElectroCop Rampage <coming soon> ------------ Category 36, Topic 2 Message 2 Wed Dec 27, 1989 TOWNS at 18:33 EST Gaunlet is also on the way.. ------------ Category 36, Topic 2 Message 3 Wed Dec 27, 1989 M.VEDERMAN2 at 18:14 CST John, Please tell us more about the Guantlet ]I[ program! <drool drool> Is it like what we're used to? New enemies... Tell, tell! - mike ------------ REPly to topic, QUIt reading STArt new topic, #,#-# read prior PERmanently ignore this topic or <RETURN> to continue ? ************ Topic 3 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:37 EST Sub: Strategy and help on playing Lynx Got any useful hints on playing any of the games out there?? Please post here. 1 new messages. ************ ------------ Category 36, Topic 3 Message 1 Wed Dec 27, 1989 ANTIC at 17:11 EST Has anyone got past level six on Blue Lightning? It is driving me crazy trying to beat that level, the missiles come at you so quickly that they can't be shot down always. I wouldn't mind knowing the password to level seven if someone has it. I also can give you some passwords up to and including level six if you want them. Steve Mortimer ------------ REPly to topic, QUIt reading STArt new topic, #,#-# read prior PERmanently ignore this topic or <RETURN> to continue ? ************ Topic 4 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 08:39 EST Sub: Com-Link line Lets discuss what effects, if any this feature has to playing with your Lynx. 3 new messages. ************ ------------ Category 36, Topic 4 Message 1 Wed Dec 27, 1989 JEFF.W [RTC Sysop] at 09:16 EST While I have been having tremendous fun playing with the Lynx and the games that I currently have (California Games, Electro Cop, & Blue Lightning), the Comlynx connnection adds a whole new dimension to game play. Of the games I have only California Games supports Comlynx, so that is the only one I've had occasion to go head-to-head with another player with. Let me tell you that after a bit of play where each player is trying to top the score of the other, the emphasis starts to shift from "scoring the most points" to "get the other guy"! <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Last night, Kirk Osterman and I met in a suburban shopping mall and sat down in the common food area at a table. We were going head-to-head with the BMX and Surfing competitions. It was a riot. And we created quite a stir too. Many folks would stop by and look over our shoulders. In fact, one of the other people was someone I already know, from of all places, here on GEnie! It was our own Gordon Meyer (GRMEYER) and his lady friend. I don't know what kind of impression I made on him, but he was sure impressed with the Lynx! Anyway, after thrashing Kirk soundly point-wise in surfing, we started to attack each other, just trying to wipe the other guy out. It was crazy! Those little surfers sure do spin nice when you hit them just right! Another good thing about Comlynx play is that you learn from the other player. Kirk was doing about 200 - 400 points per game on Surfing, but I gave him some pointers about some of the things I had figured out about the game and before long he was scoring over 1000 per game. I'm going to have to watch out for him. By the way, I pulled in my best score to date last night on Surfing. 3745!!! ------------ Category 36, Topic 4 Message 2 Wed Dec 27, 1989 TOWNS at 18:41 EST <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? When you get to around 6000 let us know! <grin> ------------ Category 36, Topic 4 Message 3 Wed Dec 27, 1989 TIMPURVES at 19:11 EST What we need now is a modem interface! ------------ REPly to topic, QUIt reading STArt new topic, #,#-# read prior PERmanently ignore this topic or <RETURN> to continue ? ************ Topic 5 Wed Dec 27, 1989 R.WOHL at 15:16 EST Sub: General Lynx Info And Discussion How About A Topic For Any Comments/Questions That Don't Fit The Others Right Now? Here It Is... 2 new messages. ************ ------------ Category 36, Topic 5 Message 1 Wed Dec 27, 1989 R.WOHL at 15:22 EST Well, I had to do it. Ordered my Lynx today from Sears. I'm not sure if this has been reported, but the price they quoted me for the unit was $147.50. Last I heard here was $159.00. The price break didn't convince me to order, but it might some. Expected delivery was around the first of the year. What a way to start the '90s!! Ro ------------ Category 36, Topic 5 <RETURN>, <S>croll, <Q>uit ? Message 2 Wed Dec 27, 1989 DARLAH [RSYSOP] at 16:28 EST I am sure you wil be happy with it. I know I am with the two units here. -- /-] Doug Wokoun [-]aa384[-] Atari SigOp [-/ "I support the REVOLUTION!" /-]-^-/\-^-/\-^-/\-^-/\-^-/\-^-/\-^-/\-^[-/ - - - ||| ||| ||| ||| Use an Atari / | \ / | \ / | \ / | \ Business and Educational computer! -- ____-______-______-______-______-______ This Time Capsule file was produced by Len Stys. 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