CAIN Newsletter: Je/Jul-95 #0205

From: Atari SIG (xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 10/22/95-09:47:44 PM Z

From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Subject: CAIN Newsletter: Je/Jul-95 #0205
Date: Sun Oct 22 21:47:44 1995

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     The Official Online Newsletter of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG  
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            CAIN Online Newsletter Published and Copyright (c) 1995  
                              by Cain Publishing  
   Voting/Conferences.........Mark Leair  
  Assistant Editor  
   SIG Manager/Jaguar Area....Len Stys  
  8-Bit Support Area..........Michael Current  
  8-Bit Technical Forum.......Craig Lisowski  
  16/32-Bit Support Area......Bruce D. Nelson  
  16/32-Bit Support Area......Thomas Main  
  Atari Classic Gaming Corner/  
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                               Table of Contents  
>From the Editor..........................................The CAIN Newsletter  
                                                                  -Mark Leair  
>From the SIG Manager.............................Jaguar Needs More Retailers
                                                                    -Len Stys  
                                  ATARI LAUNCHES "SUPER BURNOUT" ON JAGUAR 64
                                "THE JAGUAR'S EDGE" ANNOUNCES EDITORIAL STAFF
                         ATARI JAGUAR'S LIBRARY APPROACHES 100 TITLES IN 1995
                                                                 -Atari Corp.  
8-Bit Computers Support Area...............................8-bit News #1 - #5
                                                             8-bit Commentary 
                                                             -Michael Current  
16/32-Bit Computers Support Area.....................JV Enterprises Interview   
                                                   Speed of Light Review v3.8
                                                    Atari ST FTP Sites Update
                                                               -Mark S. Smith  
Lynx Support Area...................................................Lynx News
                                                     Battle Zone (BZ2K) Info!
                                                              Lynx Commentary
                                                             -Barry W. Cantin  
Jaguar Support Area.......................................General Jaguar News
                                                       CatNips Jaguar Tidbits
                                            Hover Strike Review-Mark S. Smith   
                                                           Jaguar Commentary
                                                                    -Len Stys  
Upcoming Atari Shows......................................Atari Show Calendar  
                                                                  -Mark Leair  
Voting Issues and Results..................................Last Month's Issue
                                                           This Month's Issue  
                                                                  -Mark Leair  
General Information of Need.........................How to Contribute to CAIN  
                                                             Article Requests  
                                                                  -Mark Leair  
>From the Editor  
Mark Leair

Welcome to the CAIN Summer Issue -- also known as the June/July 1995 issue of
CAIN.  This issue will prove to be the largest issue to date.  Over 260K of
news and reviews of Atari products.  Our Atari News section alone has 10 press
releases direct from Atari Corp and other sources.  The Atari 8 bit section
brings you 13 large news announcements, and the 16/32 bit section brings you an
interview with JV Enterprises, makers of Towers II for the Falcon.  This issue
even has some exciting news for Lynx owners!  This news is so exiciting, I
encourage you all to just skip to that section now and come back and finish
reading my letter afterwards.

Now that you all have returned, for those who have not heard, CAIN has made USA
Today!  That's right!  The Nation's Newspaper published an article on orphaned
computers titled "Loyal Users Cling to Comfortable Old Computers."  The article
contained quotations from Len Stys and Michael Current of CAIN, Rob Funk, and
Michael Hohman of Fine Tuned Engineering.  The article was published in June
27, 1995 issue of USA Today page 4-D in the "Life" section.

                                                            -Mark Leair
                                                             CAIN Publisher
>From the SIG Manager  
Len Stys  
Since this is already a big issue, I am using my editorial space to provide
you with names and addresses of retailers that you may want to write (hint!)
to encourage these buyers to carry the Jaguar and its games at their stores.
The most important thing that must take place now is the convincing of
retailers to carry the Jaguar 64-bit video game system and its games.  Atari
has convinced a few retailers to carry the Jaguar, but not nearly as many
as the company needs to make the Jaguar successful this year.
Lack of distribution results in a company spending more on advertising than
the company is making in sales.  This is what happened with the Lynx.
Atari had a great "Batman Returns" advertising blitz and sold out of the
Lynx in the few stores that carried it.  The problem is that those few
stores carried less than six systems each.  When consumers had to wait for
more to be ordered, the excitement was gone and they did not want the product
Atari Corporation will run into the same problem unless two or more major
retailers are convinced to carry the Jaguar in addition to the retailers
Atari has already signed this year.
Atari cannot do it alone.  Unless the retailers know that consumers actually
want this product in their stores, they will not carry it.  This is why it is
important for you to actually write these retailers.  I have done my 
homework and I have found the exact names of buyers at six of the largest
retailers in the United States.  These individuals are responsible for
purchasing electornics/video game products at their respective companies.
I have also included the U.S. mailing address of all of these retailers so
that it will be extremely easy for you to contact them.
The contents of the letter should be simple.  Just explain to the buyer that
you are a customer of their store and would like for the stores in your area
carry the Jaguar 64-bit video game system and all of its games.  At the end
of your letter, thank the person for reading your letter and for listening to
the wants of their customers.
The names and addresses are:
Mr. Joe Hofmeister
KMart Corp.
3100 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI  48084-3004
Mr. Jeff Broviak
Walmart Stores, Inc.
702 Southwest 8th Street
Bentonville, AR  72716-0001
Jack Zasadzinski
Toys "R" Us Inc.
461 From Road
Paramus, NJ 07652-3524
Peter Coyne
Best Products Co. Inc.
1400 Best Plaza
Richmond, VA  23227-1125
Dawn vonBechmann
Circuit City Stores Inc.
9950 Mayland Drive
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Lisa Odell
Best Buy Co. Inc.
7075 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
Thank you for writing.  Please capture this text and pass it along to others.
Atari News  
Date: Tue Jul 18 09:38:51 1995
 CONTACT: Jessica Nagel or Patricia Kerr
          Dorf & Stanton Communications, Inc.
          (310) 479-4997 or (800) 444-6663
 _For Immediate Release_
 Atari Corporation Inks Licensing Agreement With Activision
 Inc. Deal yields release of classic Atari titles for PCs.
 Sunnyvale, CA -- (July 17, 1995) -- Atari Corporation
 announced today the finalization of a contract with
 Activision Inc., a Los Angeles based leader in software
 development. Atari Corporation's pact with the prestigious
 developer will bring consumers classic Atari titles in
 multiple formats. The agreement will also result in the
 release of the all-time American favorite, "Pitfall: The
 Mayan Adventure" for Jaguar 64.
 "Our collaboration with Activison will offer exciting
 entertainment for both Jaguar 64 consumers and PC users,"
 said Ted Hoff, Atari Corporation's President of North
 American Operations. "'Pitfall' is a fine example of our
 continued commitment to provide Jaguar gamers with
 top-quality titles."
 The release of "Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure" for the
 Jaguar 64 system will be an ideal showcase for the
 extensive capabilities of this advanced home entertainment
 system.  "Pitfall" reflects the power of Jaguar's superior
 64-bit technology, resulting in brilliant color, intense
 speed, and stereo sound. The jungle adventure game has a
 target ship date of mid September.
 Numerous Atari classic games will soon be available to PC
 users when Activision releases "Atari Action Pak II" for
 single-user IBM and PC compatible computers. The special
 "Pak" will also provide consumers with PC versions of such
 memorable Atari titles as: "Air Sea Battle"; "Breakout",
 "Super Breakout"; "Space War"; "Surround"; "Millipede";
 "Combat"; "Yar's Revenge"; "Canyon Bomber"; "Gravitar";
 "Maze Craze"; and "Night Driver".
 The "Pitfall" release under the Activision agreement is one
 of the many exciting games for the Atari Jaguar 64 library,
 which will approach 100 titles by the end of the year. The
 expanded library will include CD titles for the much
 anticipated Jaguar CD system, which will be shipping in
 For over 20 years, Atari Corporation has provided consumers
 with high-quality, value- priced entertainment. Atari
 Corporation markets Jaguar, the only American-made,
 advanced 64-bit entertainment system and is located in
 Sunnyvale, California.
 -++- ================================================= -++-
 A final note to this episode of CATnips, Darryl Still of
 Atari UK tells me that "Zero 5" and "Gotcha!" (working
 title) were shown at a EuroPress Conference last week. He
 says both are contracted for early '96 release and both are
 "worth watching for". Add those to your lists!
Date: 06 Jul 95 04:56:43 EDT
 CONTACT: Jessica Nagel or Patricia Kerr
          Dorf & Stanton Communications Inc., Los Angeles
          310/479-4997 or 800/444-6663
 For Immediate Release
 SUNNYVALE -- July 5, 1995 -- Earlier this morning Atari 
 Corporation released "Super Burnout", a fast-action 
 cartridge title for the 64-bit Jaguar system. In this 
 crash- and-burn arcade-style game, motorcycle players 
 compete head-to-head with friends, computer generated 
 racers, or against the clock.
 "Super Burnout" has 60 frame-per-second break-neck action 
 graphics and intense realism of motorcycle racing. Players 
 criss cross the globe to compete on the most intense tracks 
 in the world. All eight racetrack locations feature awesome 
 scenery and the hottest music soundtracks.
 The key to a player's driving success is to choose a custom 
 sports bike that provides them with the winning edge. 
 "Super Burnout" offers numerous motorcycles for players to 
 choose from, each with individual style and powerful 
 driving capabilities. The two-player "versus mode" applies 
 split-screen details, which allows competitors to view 
 their racing progress all the way to the checkered flag.
 "'Super Burnout' is a great addition to our library of 
 software titles," said Ted Hoff, president of Atari Corp.'s 
 North American Operations. "It is a fine example of the 
 high- quality, competitively priced software we continue to 
 bring to our Jaguar 64 consumers."
 "Super Burnout" players can race day or night and choose 
 the number of laps in one of four racing modes. "Super 
 Burnout", rated KA (appropriate for kids through adults), 
 is available for sale now for $59.99 (suggested retail 
 Additional Atari Jaguar summer releases will include: 
 "Ultra Vortek", "White Men Can't Jump", "FlipOut!" and 
 "Rayman". These are just a few of the many great titles for 
 the Atari Jaguar library, which will approach 100 titles by 
 the end of 1995.
 For over 20 years, Atari Corporation has provided consumers 
 with high-quality, value priced entertainment. Atari 
 Corporation markets Jaguar, the only American-made, 
 advanced 64-bit entertainment system. Atari Corporation is 
 located in Sunnyvale, CA.
 "Super Burnout" (c) 1995, Atari Corporation, Virtual 
 Xperience and Shen Technologies SARL. All Rights Reserved.  
 "Super Burnout", Atari logo and Jaguar are all trademarks 
 of Atari Corporation. Virtual Xperience, The Virtual 
 Xperience logo and Shen Technologies SARL are the 
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective 
 Other products may be trademarks or registered trademarks 
 of their owning companies.
 Onliners note: A .GIF file is provided with this release
 if obtained in .ZIP form. To obtain an archived version
 of this document, see the download areas of the Jaguar
 sections of GEnie or CompuServe. Copies are also
 available by calling CATscan BBS at 209/239-1552.
Date: 26 Jun 95 23:27:38 EDT
 CONTACT: August Liguori
          Atari Corporation
          (408) 745-2069
          Jessica Nagel and Patricia Kerr
          Dorf & Stanton Communications, Inc.
          (310) 479-4997 or (800) 444-6663
 For Immediate Release...
 SUNNYVALE, CA -- (June 26, 1995) -- Earlier this morning 
 Atari Corporation announced that Theodore M. Hoff has joined 
 the company's core management team as President of North 
 American Operations. Hoff will oversee Atari Corporation's 
 North American operations, which includes the United States, 
 Canada and Mexico.
 "We are very pleased to have Ted Hoff at Atari," said Atari 
 Corporation President/CEO Sam Tramiel. "His extensive 
 industry experience will play an integral part, both in the 
 planning and execution of our long and short term corporate 
 Prior to joining Atari Corporation, Mr. Hoff was Senior Vice 
 President and General Manager of Fox Interactive, a division 
 of Twentieth Century Fox.  During his tenure, Hoff launched 
 Fox's interactive entertainment division, establishing the 
 company's mission, structure, five-year strategic and 
 financial plans, and led the launch of multiple titles based 
 on their film and television properties.
 From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Hoff held the key position of Senior 
 Vice President of Time Warner Interactive, Inc. (TWI), the 
 home entertainment software publisher subsidiary of Time 
 Warner, Inc. At TWI Hoff directed  sales and marketing and 
 established annual and long-range strategies and financial 
 Hoff hired and directed senior staff, including directors of 
 marketing, sales, licensing and acquisition, and third party 
 publisher affiliates. Under Hoff's direction, Time Warner 
 Interactive launched 15 to 20 new titles per year including 
 arcade, theatrical, and sports licenses.
 Mr. Hoff's previous experience also includes senior 
 management positions at United Brands Co. and  Philip 
 Morris, where Hoff launched new products and directed retail 
 sales, marketing, and operations at both corporations.
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty 
 years.  Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, 
 advanced 64-Bit entertainment system. Atari  Corporation  is 
 located in Sunnyvale CA.
Date: 22 Jun 95 02:45:04 EDT
 CONTACT: Jessica Nagel or Tom Tanno
          Dorf & Stanton Communications, Inc.,
          (310) 479-4997 or (800) 444-6663
 SUNNYVALE, CA (JUNE 20, 1995)-Numerous new titles for the
 Jaguar system and Jaguar CD were previewed at the "Fun 'N'
 Games" media event at Atari Corporation headquarters today.
 Hands-on previews and demonstrations were conducted by game
 producers and developers. In addition, the event highlighted
 marketing strategy, technology developments, and a
 presentation of peripherals including Jaguar VR.
 Atari Corporation continues its Jaguar software library
 expansion, approaching 100 titles for its 64-bit Jaguar
 entertainment system by the end of the year. "We will have
 every kind of game that players want, from the best
 developers and publishers in the world," comments Atari
 President Sam Tramiel.
 The titles demonstrated at "Fun 'N' Games" include:
 =*= Blue Lightning (CD) =*=
 Gamers pilot a chosen plane from a squadron of United
 Nations operatives as they fight to stop General Drako, the
 UN member turned terrorist. Players design flight plans and
 use their quick maneuvering skills to destroy key enemy
 locations and bases. Players also protect cargo planes and
 other UN planes transporting important government officials.
 =*= Hover Hunter (working title) (cart) =*=
 The age of limitless resources and vast armies is over. The
 battlefield now belongs to the elite; those with the speed,
 firepower, reflexes and intelligence to get the job done
 fast and done right. As pilot of a high-speed attack
 hovercraft, gamers man the most powerful tool utilized in
 this struggle for complete global domination.
 =*= White Men Can't Jump (cart) =*=
 Trash talk runs rampant on this in-your-face, two-on-two,
 blacktop basketball shoot-out. Automatic camera control
 zooms in and swings around to catch all the action in this
 fast-paced, hard playing new sports game for the 64-bit
 White Men Can't Jump will be released bundled with the Team
 Tap, the multi-player adapter for the Atari Jaguar, a $29.95
 =*= FlipOut! (CD) =*=
 A puzzle game with an alien twist. Take a tour of the Cheese
 Planet (or as the citizens call it, Planet Phromahj) which
 includes nine different areas of game play, with multiple
 games per area, and four difficulty levels, from normal to
 psychotic. Whatever you do, watch out for those mischievous
 little aliens. Some of them will try to help you (if you can
 call it help), but most of them will try to trip you up for
 the fun of it. If they werent so cute, youd wring their
 =*= Highlander (CD) =*=
 You are Quentin MacLeod, the hope of mankind. An immortal
 raised as an ordinary child, your destiny was unknown until
 the day slave traders destroyed your village, kidnapped the
 Dundees, and killed your mother. As she died, your mother
 called you "The Highlander" and urged you to seek out the
 stranger who would train you to fulfill your destiny--to
 wrestle mankind from the grasp of the evil immortal, Kortan.
 You must find this stranger, an immortal named, Ramirez, who
 will help you gather the knowledge you need to defeat
 Kortan. Your first quest is to rescue the Dundees from
 Kortans stronghold.
 Highlander includes original dialog from the actors in the
 animated series and cinepaked sequences from the animated
 series as well.
 =*= Myst (CD) =*=
 Get lost in the worlds of Myst. Use your mind to unlock the
 secrets of ages past. What happened to the worlds Atrus
 created? Is one of his sons behind the destruction? It's up
 to you to find out. Take careful notes. Everything you see
 or hear, no matter how insignificant, could be the key to
 unlocking the mystery.
 =*= SuperX (cart) =*=
 Supercross enables the player to experience this
 exhilarating dirt bike ride and race from a realistic first
 person bikers perspective. The track is constructed from
 texture mapped polygons allowing full 360 degree 3D
 generation of the course. The game is based around three
 main modes: practice, single race, and championship /
 tournament. The riders have particular characteristics that
 affect performance, including strength, weight, agility and
 accumulated factors such as injuries and morale (based on
 recent from). Put on your helmet.... you're in for
 everything from tunnel jumps to triples... get out in front
 quick and youll have everyone freight-training behind you.
 =*= Baldies (CD) =*=
 Ever want to rule the world? With Baldies, you have the
 resources but do you have the strategy and skill? Build
 your own society complete with workers, builders, soldiers,
 and scientists, and use them to create your own world and
 conquer the enemy.
 Use your scientists to invent creative ways to kill the
 enemy. Dropping a skunk into an enemy house to make them run
 out into a minefield youve laid is just one way to get rid
 of them. You can also drown them, electrocute them, and trap
 them, to name just a few of their useful ploys.
 You are only limited by your own imagination. This game is
 truly for all ages. With its advanced AI, it can be a
 "fishbowl" where you observe the baldies multiplying and
 living out their lives or you can interact, decide to
 conquer the world and attack the bad guys (those with hair).
 There are five areas of game play with literally hundreds of
 levels, including secret levels and secret warps to get to
 other levels.
 =*= Robinson's Requiem (CD) =*=
 This is the ultimate test of human endurance in an alien
 world-- a survival / adventure simulation set in a
 startlingly realistic virtual environment the likes of which
 has never before been seen. You are imprisoned on an alien
 planet --Zarathustra-- and your aim is to escape. If you
 have to amputate one of your own limbs in order to survive,
 then that's what you must do.
 To escape, you'll need to use the environment and your
 cunning, and do anything necessary to stay alive-- including
 amputating your own limbs. Features more than 100 variables
 in real time; your body temperature, stress, fatigue, pain,
 coughs, malaria, poisoning, fractures, gangrene,
 hallucinations... Deal with diseases and health hazards and
 fight off predators.
 This is no outward-bound weekend. Robinson's Requiem will
 test your survival skills to the limit. Keep your wits about
 you Robinson, and you just might make it.
 =*= Charles Barkley Basketball (cart) =*=
 Charles Barkley Basketball is an over-the-top, in-your-face
 two-on-two basketball game. The player has 20 characters to
 choose from including Charles Barkley. There are also two
 modes: versus and tournament mode.
 In versus mode, pick your players and go at it. In
 tournament mode, if you're good enough, you can even end up
 endorsing products as your work your way through the
 tournament to meet Charles Barkley in the finals to see who
 really is the best.
 =*= Commander Blood (CD) =*=
 Bob Morlock, the oldest being in the universe, is the boss
 of Kanary Corp., a gigantic business he founded over two
 hundred thousand years ago. All of his millions of employees
 were built by and for Kanary, which spends colossal sums of
 money just to keep Bob alive. Bob has felt the end
 approaching so it is time to delve into the meaning of life,
 the central truth of existence. Bob has put together an
 expedition through time to the final destination: the Big
 Bang. The Kanary Research Corp. scientists have developed an
 amazing black hole, name Oddland; a new era in space travel
 has dawned.
 As Commander Blood, you take command of the Ark (the best
 spaceship anyplace, anytime), aided by Hank, the onboard
 bioconsciousness, and Olga, the onboard translator), with
 Morlock on board as well. Your job is to fly through Oddland
 as often as it takes to get to the Big Bang.  However, black
 holes arent just the natural boundary points between
 universes, they're also political borders and are heavily
 guarded by SCRUT ships. To make your trip a little easier,
 you have several identities:  frozen meat salesman, roadie
 for the famous "Migrators" rock band, etc.  Each universe
 contains not only business and military vessels, but also a
 number of planets.  You'll need to make friends, do favors,
 or get involved in local wars to gather information you will
 need. Good luck!
 =*= Breakout 2000 (cart) =*=
 Breakout 2000 is an update to Ataris classic game,
 Breakout. As in the original, the game consists of a paddle,
 a ball, and a playfield composed of bricks. The difference
 in Breakout 2000 is that it changes the viewpoint by
 rotating the playfield back into a 3/4 3D perspective. The
 objective will still be to get a high score by clearing the
 playfield of all removable bricks and not losing your turn
 by missing the ball.
 To make this more difficult, there are bricks that are
 non-breakable and some must be hit more than once to be
 broken. Also there are power-ups which may give you an extra
 ball, speed up your ball, slow down your ball, etc. If you
 loved the original, youll love this.
 =*= Vid Grid (CD) =*=
 Here's a whole new way to "play" music videos. As you watch
 each video, the screen is divided into squares that are all
 mixed up. You have to unscramble each video while it's
 playing and before the music ends. You choose to divide the
 screen by 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6 squares, upside down, to name
 just a few of the options. Vid Grid features some of your
 favorite full-length, uncut videos including Red Hot Chili
 Peppers, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, Sound Garden and more.
 It takes just minutes to learn, but provides hours of
 challenging entertainment. (And to make it even better, it
 will packed-in to the Jaguar CD player at launch).
 =*= Varuna's Forces (CD) =*=
 Varuna's Forces is an action strategy game with elements of
 a "shoot 'em up". You are in control of a team of four
 soldiers of the United Coalition of Planets, Marine Attack
 Division, nicknamed Varuna's Forces. The team is equipped
 with helmet cameras and microphones linked via radio to your
 tactical command console. You see, on your common screen,
 views from each of your soldier's cameras. Also at your
 disposal is an overall view of a plan of the area with your
 troops' positions indicated.
 Your soldiers have his or her personal characteristics and
 relationships with his or her teammates which change over
 time. Sometimes command decisions must be made not just upon
 the physical status of a particular soldier, but also upon
 his or her personal attributes. You are given a number of
 scenarios from which to choose, however, your objective is
 to successfully complete each one. You may need to obtain
 the release of hostages, or capture an entire area or base,
 or capture a particular piece of equipment.
 =*= Battlemorph (CD) =*=
 One of the most realistic 3D shooter/explorer games to date,
 Battlemorph picks up where Cybermorph left off. This sequel
 will have more unique worlds, more elaborate missions, and
 both underwater regions and underground tunnels to explore.
 Players can use the various formations of the war Griffon to
 battle into enemy territory, using fighter, tank, and
 amphibious forms to gain the edge over enemies.
 =*= Fight for Life (cart) =*=
 This 3D fighting game is set in hell, with each character
 striving for the ultimate prize: the chance to gain
 redemption and live again. Players choose one fighter from
 among eight different characters. They then battle the
 remaining characters one-by-one and proceed to the final
 showdown with the end boss. As they defeat each opponent,
 players can select up to two of each character's five
 special moves, in effect creating their own truly unique
 fighting character.
 =*= Space War 2000 (cart) =*=
 As a space knight, gamers vie for glory, honor, fame and
 fortune in this first-person perspective 3D adventure. With
 the proceeds from each successful intergalactic joust,
 players can procure multiple weapons to defeat the enemy and
 have their name cast for eternity in "The High Score Table".
 =*= Ultra Vortex (cart) =*=
 Players become one of ten eye-popping, bone-crunching
 warriors of the underground who battle it out in
 mind-bending arenas carved from the living rock, with one
 goal in mind: Defeat the dreaded Guardian of the Vortex.
 This game features a "lock-out" code to limit violence
 within gameplay.
 =*= Creature Shock (CD) =*=
 The remains of the SS Amazon, a space-drifting ship
 abandoned in 2023, is the setting for this fully rendered 3D
 animation Sci-Fi / Adventure game. In the hopes of finding a
 new home for the dying planet Earth, players must kill the
 deadly, crawling creatures which have inhabited the ship,
 before the creatures literally slash and burn them first.
 Created by Argonaut, designers of Nintendo's Special FX(tm)
 =*= Demolition Man (CD) =*=
 Based on the movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley
 Snipes, this title features several different types of
 gameplay including shooting, car chasing, tunnel hunting,
 and hand-to-hand combat. Players will actually control
 cinematic-quality live action footage of Stallone as
 Demolition Man in this game, which smoothly merges movie and
 video footage. Includes footage of Stallone and Snipes
 filmed specially for this interactive adventure.
 =*= Black ICE \ White Noise (CD) =*=
 No Respite. No Rails. No Rules.
 In Black ICE \ White Noise players take the role of a
 street-level cyberpunk in the urban blightscape of New San
 Francisco, walking a barbed wire tightrope between the cysta
 line informational world of C-Space and the grimy reality of
 The Street and The Meat. Gameplay features include
 point-of-view C-Space hacking, full-motion video encounters,
 and digitized video sprites of gangs, crazies, cops,
 Corps... and corpses.
 Play a good guy who fights the good fight...or a bad girl
 who left her heart in San Francisco a long time ago.
 Ooops--your mission went bad and you just blew away a cop.
 Now here come allllll his friends. Make a note: Better do
 some creative hacking on that lengthy police record of
 yours, after you get out of this alive.
 If you get out of this alive...
 =*= Defender 2000 (cart) =*=
 This arcade classic (from the creator of Tempest 2000 for
 the Jaguar) will feature autofire for the basic laser; loads
 of enemies; additional weapons; bonus rounds; a graphically
 enhanced ship and enemies; spectacular explosions; scrolling
 and warping backdrops; up to four modes of play (including
 "CPU assist"); and, of course, great music.
 =*= Thea Realm Fighters (CD) =*=
 As one of 12 digitized fighters, you must defeat all the
 others before facing SurRaider, a powerful warrior from
 another dimension. Four or more special moves and two
 "killer" moves will help you win your battles against hidden
 SubBosses and 5 secret characters. Defeat up to 21
 characters in a single game or SurRaider will conquer the
 planet and add Earth to his vast empire.
 =*= Brett Hull Hockey (cart) =*=
 This 3D game offers the player two different perspectives
 and features a camera which zooms in and out and moves in
 all directions to keep up with the fast paced action. The
 power, colors, and speed of the Jaguar and texture mapping
 will give the gamer a true 3D experience.
 =*= Max Force (CD) =*=
 This game takes place at the Max Force Virtual Training
 Facility where you must be smart, quick, and accurate with
 over a dozen Nerf weapons in order to become a member of the
 elite Max Force Team. While shooting enemies and targets,
 collect all four pieces of the Max Force medallion and
 destroy the boss in each level. Three dimensional artwork
 and first-person perspective with action taking place in a
 Virtual Reality Simulator guarantee lots of Nerf fun where no
 one gets hurt.
 #   #   #
 Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a
 registered trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products
 may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their owning
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty
 years. Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made,
 advanced 64-Bit entertainment system. Atari Corporation is
 located in Sunnyvale, CA.
Date: 02 Jun 95 00:25:22 EDT
 Contact: John Marcotte, Publisher
          Jaguar's Edge Magazine
          Editorial or Advertising
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 27, 1995 -- Less than two weeks 
 after the announcement of the world's only gaming magazine 
 devoted to the Atari Jaguar, "The Jaguar's Edge" named its' 
 editorial staff today. "I am proud to introduce an 
 experienced editorial staff that will make our magazine the 
 leader in Jaguar news and information," said John Marcotte, 
 publisher and managing editor of "The Jaguar's Edge".
 Assuming the position of news editor, will be Travis Guy. 
 Atari fans will recognize Mr. Guy as current editor of 
 "Atari Explorer Online", and a leader in the world of Atari 
 publishing for over a decade. Using his extensive industry 
 connections, Mr. Guy will keep readers informed of 
 important news and events that impact the Jaguar 
 Taking on the role of features editor is Pat Solomon. Mr. 
 Solomon is currently developing a computer column for the 
 "Des Moines Register", and was the managing editor of the 
 alternative newspaper, "The Pundit". Under his direction, 
 readers can look forward to in-depth interviews with 
 developers and Atari personnel, strategy guides to their 
 favorite games, and much more!
 Retaining his position as managing editor is John Marcotte. 
 Mr. Marcotte was the editor of "The Catalyst", and 
 currently writes freelance for various publications. "I am 
 excited to work with two professionals like Travis and 
 Pat," said Mr. Marcotte. "I know that with their help we 
 will achieve our goal of being the number one source for 
 Jaguar news and information."
 "The Jaguar's Edge" will premiere as a bi-monthly 
 publication in July. The first issues will be 32 pages and 
 printed on high-gloss stock. Distribution will be direct to 
 paid subscribers through the mail. By special arrangement 
 select Atari Dealers will have copies as soon as they are 
 rolled off the presses.
 Early subscribers of _The Jaguar's Edge_ will find a $20
 discount coupon on Telegames' "Brutal Sports Football" or
 "International Sensible Soccer" as a bonus. A one year
 subscription is just $15.
 For more information, contact the publisher through the 
 internet: <> or call 916/954-0468.
 Atari and Jaguar are trademarks or registered trademarks of 
 Atari Corporation. Other trademarks are owned by their 
 respective companies.
Date: 16 May 95 02:06:56 EDT
 CONTACT: Jessica Nagel or Tom Tanno
          Dorf & Stanton Communications
 SUNNYVALE, CA (May 11, 1995) -- Atari continues to provide new
 gaming options for owners of its 64-bit Jaguar Interactive
 Entertainment System. Key products to enhance the Jaguar play
 experience hit the marketplace in 1995, with many more to come.
 "Since Jaguar has already made the leap to 64-bit technology, we can
 now focus on providing even more value to consumers by expanding the
 system with new and innovative peripherals," says Sam Tramiel, CEO
 of Atari Corporation.
 One of the Jaguar extras is the much anticipated multimedia compact
 disc (CD) player. Priced at approximately $150, the Jaguar CD player
 attaches to the top of the Jaguar console. The Jaguar CD plays many
 new CD games, including "Battlemorph", "Highlander", "Blue
 Lightning", "Demolition Man", "Myst", and "Creature Shock" in
 addition to playing standard audio disks. The Jaguar CD player
 provides 790 megabytes of raw data storage, allowing video game
 programmers to incorporate more complex digitized images,
 full-motion video sequences and high-quality audio soundtracks. This
 powerful double-speed CD player also provides fast access speed for
 smoother game play, and its massive data capacity gives users better
 graphic detail, expanded plot lines and more characters for an
 overall enhanced video game experience. Additionally, built into the
 unit is the "Virtual Light Machine(tm)", which creates and displays
 81 different light patterns on the video screen in response to music
 played through the system.
 Mr. Tramiel says about the system, "The combination of the most
 advanced technology, sophisticated software and affordable consumer
 pricing sets Jaguar apart from all competitors." Target ship date
 for the CD player is August, 1995.
 For around $30, Jaguar owners can take advantage of the Jag
 Link(tm), which allows users to play competitively side-by-side. The
 Jag Link enables users to connect two Jaguar systems for
 simultaneous game playing up to 100 feet apart. The Jag Link uses
 standard RJ11 phone line cable for linking two Jaguar systems.
 Team Tap(tm) is a new peripheral that for around $25 enables
 competitive, simultaneous play for up to four players on one Jaguar.
 The peripheral, which debuts with the new title "White Men Can't
 Jump", provides players with a two-on-two playground simulation
 experience. With two Jaguar systems and Team Tap, the competitive
 play can be expanded up to eight players.
 In addition, the Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator gives players the
 ability to link up over the phone.  Developed by fax-modem-voice
 technology experts, Phylon Communications, the new technology
 permits two players to compete using a phone connection. Players can
 speak with each other during game play through the use of a headset.
 With the utilization of a "call waiting" feature, players can also
 pause a game to answer a phone call.
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty years.
 Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, advanced 64-Bit
 entertainment system.  Atari Corporation is located in Sunnyvale CA.
Date: 16 May 95 02:07:10 EDT
 CONTACT: Jessica Nagel or Tom Tanno
          Dorf & Stanton Communications
 SUNNYVALE, CA (May 1, 1995) -- Atari Corporation has powered up its
 senior management team with the addition of top industry veterans
 Dean Fox and Jon Correll. Mr. Fox comes on board as Senior Vice
 President of Marketing and Correll as Vice President of Software
 Product Development.
 "The formidable skills and experience of Dean Fox and Jon Correll
 will provide Atari with a focused marketing plan and the development
 of the highest quality software for the consumer, taking full
 advantage of Jaguar's capability including 60 FPS, 16 million colors
 and 64 Bit Processing, " Sam Tramiel, CEO, Atari Corporation said in
 making the announcement.
 Prior to joining Atari Corporation, Correll held the position of
 Manager of Development Administration for Sega of America. At Sega,
 Correll implemented and negotiated development contracts and
 produced the first CD titles for Sega Corporation including "Night
 Correll began his career in the software and gaming industry as
 Manager of Product Development for Accolade in 1986. While at
 Accolade, Correll produced some of the company's most popular games
 including "Test Drive" and "Mean 18 Golf". Correll went on to
 consult various Silicon Valley companies including EPYX and worked
 as Director of Product Development for Three-Sixty.
 Before joining Atari, Mr. Fox founded, staffed, and led the
 marketing group for Rocket Science Games. Prior to RSG, Fox directed
 the launch for Sega CD and led ongoing strategic marketing, product
 concept and distribution consultation for several CD-ROM multimedia
 entertainment publishers.
 In his marketing and advertising tenure, Fox contributed to the
 introductions of many consumer products, including Sony Betamax and
 JVC VHS Videocassette recorders, Sharp laptop computers, and Sega CD
 multimedia game systems.
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty years.
 Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, advanced 64-Bit
 entertainment system. Atari Corporation is located in Sunnyvale CA.
Date: 16 May 95 02:07:26 EDT
 Contact:  August J. Liguori
           (408) 745-2069
           (408) 745-2173
  May 16, 1995
 For Immediate Release
 Sunnyvale, CA-- Atari Corporation (ASE:ATC) today reported its
 financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 1995.
 Net sales for the first quarter of 1995 were $4.9 million as
 compared to $8.2 million for the first quarter of 1994. Late in the
 first quarter, the Company lowered the wholesale price of the Jaguar
 64-bit multimedia entertainment system to allow for a $159 retail
 price. As a result of the low sales volume and continued investment
 in marketing activities during 1995, the Company incurred a net loss
 of $4.4 million for the first quarter of 1995 as compared to a net
 loss of $0.9 million for the same quarter of 1994. The first
 quarter of 1994 was favorably impacted by the settlement of patent
 litigation in the amount of $2.2 million.
 Commenting on the results, Sam Tramiel, CEO, said "The Jaguar price
 change was made possible due to technology advances and near term
 cost savings.  We have positioned the 64- bit Jaguar as new advanced
 technology with great software, at an affordable price.  With a
 retail price of $159 or less, the 64-bit Jaguar is in a good
 position to be the upgrade choice for the present 16-bit game
 owners.  We are focused on developing software for the Jaguar and
 preparing for the upcoming fall selling season."
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty years.
 Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, advanced 64-bit
 entertainment system.  Atari is headquartered at 1196 Borregas
 Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94089.
 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
 (in thousands, except per share)
 Quarter Ended
                                              Mar 31,      Mar 31,
                                               1995         1994
                                              --------     --------
 Net Sales                                    $4,874       $8,156
                                              ========     ========
 Operating Income (loss)                     $(5,158)      (3,372)
 Exchange Gain (loss)                              5          272
 Other Income (Expense) Net                      355        2,392 (a)
 Interest Income Net of Interest (Expense)       372         (219)
                                              --------     --------
 Income (loss) Before Income Taxes           $(4,426)        (927)
                                              --------     --------
 Net Income (loss)                           $(4,426)     $  (927)
                                              ========     ========
 Earnings Per Common and Equivalent Share:
 Net Income (loss)                           $ (0.07)     $ (0.02)
                                              ========     ========
 Weighted Average number of shares used
                            in computation    63,701       57,219
 (a)  Includes settlement of litigation.
Date: 16 May 95 02:06:39 EDT
 CONTACT: Jessica Nagel or Tom Tanno
          Dorf & Stanton Communications
 SUNNYVALE, CA (May 11, 1995) -- Atari Corporation announces that 
 there will be nearly 100 titles for its 64-bit Jaguar entertainment 
 system by the end of the year. "We will have every kind of game that 
 players want, from the best developers and publishers in the world." 
 comments Atari President Sam Tramiel.
 Based on the popularity of "Tempest 2000", Atari is launching a 
 complete line of classic games, including "Dactyl Joust" and 
 "Defender 2000", and "Missile Command VR" for the Jaguar VR. 
 "Defender 2000" is being developed with three distinct play modes 
 for the Jaguar by Jeff Minter, developer of "Tempest 2000". In 
 addition, Atari will publish classic games for the PC at the end of 
 the year, beginning with "Tempest 2000". Other new release titles 
 include "Primal Rage" from Time Warner Interactive, the "Highlander" 
 RPG series, "Fight for Life" and "NBA Jam Tournament Edition".
 The featured titles at Atari Corporation's E3 booth in Los Angeles 
 are "TRF", "Rayman", "White Men Can't Jump" and "Ultra Vortex".
 TRF: TRF combines the latest motion capture technology and 
      nationally known martial arts fighters in a wide variety of 
      combat scenarios. Featured fighters include Ho Sung Pak, Dr. 
      Philip Ahn, Katalin Zamiar and Daniel Pesina; who were all 
      featured in the "Mortal Kombat" games.
 RAYMAN: Rayman lives in a fantasy land beyond the reaches of our 
         universe. Rayman must restore peace and harmony to his world 
         by defeating the evil Mr. Black and retrieve the stolen 
         Great Proton.
 WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP: Trash talk runs rampant in this 
                       "in-your-face", two-on-two blacktop basketball 
                       shootout. Automatic camera control zooms in 
                       and swings around to catch all the action.
 ULTRA VORTEX: Players become one of the ten eye-popping, bone 
               crunching warriors of the underground who battle it 
               out in mind-bending arenas carved out of living rock. 
               They have one goal in mind: Defeat the dreaded 
               Guardian of the Vortex.
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty years.
 Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, advanced 64-Bit
 entertainment system.  Atari Corporation is located in Sunnyvale CA.
 Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered 
 trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products may be trademarks of 
 their owning companies.
 Primal Rage(tm) and all related elements are property of Time 
 Warner Interactive(tm).
 Rayman(tm) is a trademark of UBI Soft.
 Ultra Vortex(tm) is a trademark of Beyond Games, Inc.
Date: 16 May 95 02:06:27 EDT
 CONTACT: for Atari Corporation
          Jessica Nagel
          Dorf & Stanton Communications
          for Virtuality U.S.
          Allison Ellis
          Edelman Public Relations
          for VIRTUALITY U.K.
          Helen Horner/Ben Vaughan
          Virtuality Group plc
 Affordable 64-bit Jaguar VR sets industry standards; available by 
 end of year.
 LOS ANGELES (May 11, 1995) -- The Jaguar VR, the world's first fully 
 immersive virtual reality game system for the consumer market, was 
 unveiled today at E3. It is being developed jointly by Atari 
 Corporation, developer of the world's first 64-bit game system, and 
 VIRTUALITY Group plc, the global market leader in VR systems.
 The Jaguar VR incorporates VIRTUALITY's revolutionary new VR 
 head-mounted display (HMD) and optional track joystick, offering 
 unequaled display, audio, and tracking features. Atari's Jaguar VR 
 sets an impressive industry standard for home virtual reality 
 systems and has been designed with the highest international health 
 and safety regulations in mind.
 According to Sam Tramiel, President of Atari, "There is not one 
 consumer VR product that can compete with the Jaguar in terms of 
 price, performance and quality. The Jaguar VR has been designed with 
 human factors in mind and sets the standard for the industry to 
 follow. We are committed to delivering great experiences and 
 The proprietary, ergonomic HMD weighs less than 1 pound and easily 
 adjusts to comfortably fit users, with or without glasses. It 
 features a custom-designed optical pupil projection system and a 
 full-color active matrix LCD screen. In addition, the HMD's 3D 
 spatialized sound system has been enhanced by placing speakers at 
 the player's temple, with sound projected back to the ears allowing 
 for peripheral hearing. A built-in microphone allows networked 
 players to talk to each other.
 A docking station, which links the Atari Jaguar system to the HMD 
 and joystick, houses the technologically advanced "V-Trak" infrared 
 tracking. This is the fastest tracker ever developed for consumer 
 application, reacting to real-time head and hand movements with no 
 perceptible lag time in the virtual world.
 In addition, Jaguar VR is designed to be used only when a player is 
 sitting with the unit stationary on a flat surface. If a player 
 attempts to walk around while immersed in the game, an automatic 
 cutoff will be triggered.
 Players who own an Atari Jaguar will be able to to upgrade by 
 plugging Jaguar VR into their existing system. The Jaguar VR has a 
 targeted retail price of $300.
 Jaguar VR Software Development
 Through a software licensing agreement, VIRTUALITY is developing 
 immersive virtual reality games for the Atari Jaguar VR. Atari's 
 classic home and arcade hit "Missile Command" is being recreated in 
 VR format by VIRTUALITY and will be available by the end of the 
 year. In addition, the popular VIRTUALITY arcade title "Zone 
 Hunter" will also be available for Jaguar VR with the system 
 introduction. Discussions are also underway with a number of 
 third-party developers for the creation of future games that take 
 advantage of this unique technology to create new experiences.
 "The combination of Jaguar's 64-bit graphics processing power and 
 our IVR technology has produced a phenomenal, fully integrated VR 
 consumer product which has no competition, " said Jon Waldern, CEO 
 of VIRTUALITY Group plc. "This system expands the boundaries of the 
 in-home interactive games market and sets a new standard for others 
 to try to achieve.
 Founded in 1987 in Leicester, England, VIRTUALITY Group plc. is the 
 world's leader in immersive virtual reality entertainment systems 
 worth more than 80 percent global market share. VIRTUALITY 
 Entertainment, Inc. headquartered in Irving, Texas, was established 
 in 1993 as the U.S.-based subsidiary to oversee all North American 
 operations, sales, market development and distribution for its 
 parent company.
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty years.
 Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, advanced 64-Bit
 entertainment system.  Atari Corporation is located in Sunnyvale CA.
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8-Bit Computers Support Area  
Michael Current  
This month's CAIN Newsletter brings you a whopping 13 news announcements from
various 8-bit Atari vendors and developers, plus more!
8-Bit News features:
#1: MAE 0.95 at umich!
    The new Macro Assembler/Editor from John Harris
#2: PC Xformer 4.0 !
    More improvements planned for the popular Atari emulator from Branch Always
    A Fine Tooned Engineering update
#4: Current Notes Changing Hands
    CN magazine lives!
#5: PC XFORMER and GEMULATOR info on the Web
    Branch Always unveils a new home page
#6: Current Notes Continues
    8-Bit Editor Rick Reaser spells it out
#7: NEW: Atari 800 emulator for Unix et al.
    A new freeware emulator from David Firth
#8: ST Xformer 3.0 with source code
    Branch Always Software discusses the art of writing emulators
#9: Atari 8-bit Support From Richard Gore
    The vendor/developer based in the U.K.
#10: FTe`s status
     Settling down in Arizona
#11: Atari 800 emulator for Unix
     David Firth keeps at it!
#12: FlickerTerm 80 v0.51
     Improvements to the top-notch terminal emulator by Clay Halliwell
* #13: User Group/BBS Survey '95   *
*      Rick Detlefsen needs YOU!!  *
8-Bit Feature Article:
     Sparta Compatibility Problems, by John Picken
     Writing software with maximum compatibility in mind
Eat it up!
8-Bit News #1
Date: 3 May 1995 00:42:09 GMT
From: (Fredrik Lundholm)
Subject: MAE 0.95 at umich!
Hello everyone!
With permission from John Harris I put mae_95.arc at umich archives! 
 This is John's Macro Assembler/Editor v 0.95.
Below is a list of updates from previous versions.
Please do not distribute modified Archives!
For those of you that still are confused about what MAE is, 
download and try it now! 
Note! This is the 8-bit version, the 16-bit, twice as fast version is 
included with Sweet16 by Fte.
Fredrik Lundholm
PS. Any questions about MAE should probably be directed towards
John himself at:  DS.
- New since version .93 -
This will be the last version of the assembler that will run in 64K
of memory.  Because the symbol table takes up half of the bank select
RAM area, there is just not enough room to fit the monitor into
banked RAM, or add the improvements I would like to do to the editor
and assembler modules. Thus, future versions will be using two banks
of XE bank select memory, and it will no longer be possible to make
do with a 64K machine.
When recording key macros in the editor, you must now use Ctrl-3 to
end recording, instead of Esc.  This allows Esc menu commands to be
entered into macros, primarily to support a chain of assemble
commands when your program contains several modules.  The next
version of the assembler should allow loading and saving macros to
disk, which will further enhance the macro usefulness.
Hunt routine in the monitor now automatically skips over the area
from $D000-$D7FF.  So you can search the OS using $C000-$FFFF and
not generate any hardware accesses.
Hunt and Memory display routines would not always stop when the
address reached $FFFF.  This has been fixed.
I removed the automatic OS routine detection from the trace function.
Now, you must use the S key to trace through OS functions in one
step, just like any other subroutine.  You can also use the R key if
you are already within the OS code.  The reason for doing this, is
that it makes things more consistant, and also allows you to trace
code in the $C000-$FFFF area if you need to.
Pseudo-ops are now available in the debugger's single line assembler.
The debugger now includes a built-in function for switching between
display lists for the debugging text screen, and your program's
screen.  It uses the letter "V", for change View.  Both V and the
"U" user function can be called from both the trace mode, as well
as any paused memory or disassembly listing.
The "%" key did not work as a wildcard in the debugger, since it
was interpretted as the start of a binary number.  I have changed
the default wildcard to "?" in both the debugger and editor.  This
propagated through a few of the debugger command key assignments,
along with a few other changes as well.  Overall, I feel the key
assignments have been improved, and they won't be changed from now
on.  Here is a sumnmary of the changes:
     ? - Change Wildcard
     = - Evaluate expression
     V - Change display view
     \ - Disk Directory
The editor uses the same wildcard configuration byte as the
debugger.  You can use the debugger's "?" command, or a Cntl-?
in the editor to change the wildcard character.  Both modules
will use the new assignment.
1200XL function keys are now supported for moving the cursor.
You may enter Ctrl-key graphic symbols or international characters
into the editor by pressing Ctrl-A, and then the key you wish to
Now uses an improved method for detecting the default drive when
first loaded.  This should be compatible with all SpartaDOS
versions, and cause no problems for non-Sparta DOSes.  It also
allows you to specify a different default drive from the command
line, such as, "MAE D2:".  If a drive is not specified, the
default drive will be where the MAE program was loaded from.
Note that this is slightly different from the previous behavior.
If D1:  is the current  drive, and you type "D2:MAE", this version
will set the default drive to D2:.  The previous versions would
set the default drive   to D1:, being the drive Sparta was logged
on to.
The MAE.COM file now comes with a RUNAD address installed.  The
SpartaDOS bug that prevented using the RUN command to return to
a program which used RUNAD has been fixed in 3.2g and later, so
I have  decided to include RUNAD in the file now.
Fixed a stack corruption problem when disk I/O errors occurred
during assembly with a .IN include file.
Improved documentation.
- New since version .92 -
The editor's label search using either the ^L or ^J commands has been
made a bit cleaner.  Searching for a label "TEST" used to stop if it
found a label "TESTING", since "TEST" is a part of it.  The search will
now find the unique label.  Also, the ^J JSR function will operate
correctly on lines such as "LDA LABEL+1", and will take you to where
"LABEL" is defined.  Previously, things such as "+1" or ",X" used to
confuse the editor about where the label name ended.
An example macro file is now included.
Note that version 1.0 of the asembler is going to use two banks of XE
banked memory.  I received some good suggestions that I want to implement,
plus moving the monitor into banked memory will use up too much space in
a single bank, leaving insufficient space for the symbol table.  I hope
this does not inconvenience anyone, but it is the best way to ensure the
largest amount of main system RAM will be available to the user, without
making any compromises.
- New since version .9 -
A long standing bug which could trash the Esc menu has been fixed.
The TAB compression could sometimes mess up .BY statements with ASCII
The debugger is now ZP clean, so all of ZP is available for the user.
You can look at RAM under the OS, by setting the bit in $D301, as long
as you are using SpartaDOS or some method of handling interrupts when
the OS is disabled.  Previously, this used to crash the debugger, which
uses the E: OS routines for text output.
A faster version of the Hyper_E screen accelerator is included.
- New since version .8 -
Several intermediate versions were released, from .81 to .84.  Depending
upon which version you had, some or all of these changes may already have
been in place.
Fixed problems in the startup code, that could cause crashes either
starting the assembler, or returning to it from DOS.
The debugger crashed when giving an address in the I command.
The RTI instruction was not traced correctly in the debugger.  This bug has
been here for almost 10 years!  I guess in all that time, I never had an
occasion to trace through an RTI.
Fixed problems with extra CR's in the assembly listing.  Note that the only
way to send assembly listings to the printer right now, is by using I/O
redirection through DOS, or you can use the 'O P:' command from the monitor.
I'll provide an option in the Esc Menu in the future.
The editor functions for label searching, and 'JSR', did not work when the
source was entered in lower case.
Raw files loaded with the .BI command were not handled properly when
assembling to disk.
Documentation for the SET directive was incorrect.  The correct usage is:
       SET label = expression
8-Bit News #2
Date: 4 May 1995 17:13:15 GMT
From: (Byron Followell)
Subject: PC Xformer 4.0 !
Hello all,
    I just received the new newsletter from Branch Always Software. Not
only are they working on GEMulator 4.0, but they are also working on PC
Xformer 4.0 and shooting for a summer release! It is a 130XE emulator
similar to v.3.0 but it is said to be even more compaitible (sp?). It
will be a Windows based program, so it will work with almost any sound
card and, as with v.3.0, it will support pc printers, modems and
joysticks. No pricing as of yet. 
    I also received a disk from them that had the GEMulator 4.0 preview
program and a copy of PC Xformer 2.52, an updated version of their
freeware preview program. If any of you are interested in that, let me
know what site you would like it uploaded to and i'll make sure it gets
there in a couple of days. One site i'll definitely send it to is James
King's site at
     - Byron Followell
8-Bit News #3
Date: Sun, 7 May 95 00:58:48 -0500
From: F Tooned <>
Subject: FTe has MOVED TO ARIZONA.
        Hi Everyone!
        Well, the past few weeks have been interesting to say the least.
Some last minute decisions have had to be made, with the result being that
Fine Tooned Engineering HAS MOVED TO ARIZONA.  Just when things were starting
to settle in and get organized...  Moving can be traumatic enough, but moving
a business is even worse! (believe me)
        Things are running behind schedule again, and as soon as I can get
unpacked and set up again, I'll be able to post more info and release dates.
The "new" address is
                        Fine Tooned Engineering
                        PO Box 31270
                        Mesa, AZ     85275
        If you've mailed something to the old address, don't worry.  That
box will still be active for a short period of time.  The mail will take a
little bit longer to get here though...
        (On the brighter side of things, FTe probably won't be moving again
for a while. <grin>)                    Thanks,  Mike
8-Bit News #4
Date: 17 May 1995 08:30:23 -0500
From: REASERRL@POST2.LAAFB.AF.MIL (Reaser, Richard L., LtCol CFR)
Subject: Current Notes Changing Hands
Joe Waters has given me permission to release the following information:
Current Notes is changing hands.  The May/June '95 issue will be the last 
published by Joe Waters, who has been at the helm for about 11 years.  That 
issue is at the printers and will be mailed shortly.  Subscribers should 
have it in a week or so.  There was a two week delay do to transition 
activities and Joe's hurt arm.  (He couldn't type for awhile.)
Details on all this will be contained in Joe's editorial, which I haven't 
read yet.
The new owners are Canadian.
I plan to help in anyway possible during the transition to the new owners. 
 (I'm still collecting and editing 8-bit articles.)  I do plan to step down 
after the transition so some new blood can be infused into the operation. 
 I've been at this for three years myself.
By the way, the May/June issue of Current Notes has a ton of 8-bit articles.
More to follow as events unfold.
Rick Reaser
8-Bit News #5
Date: 19 May 1995 16:30:12 GMT
From: (Darek Mihocka)
Subject: PC XFORMER and GEMULATOR info on the Web
Branch Always Software is now on the World Wide Web. You can access our
home page at "". You can connect now and
immediately download the latest freeware version of PC Xformer, the
Atari 800XL emulator for MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2 Warp.
Within a few days we will also have the PC Xformer 3.0a and Gemulator 4.0
product announcements posted, along with screen dumps of the new
Gemulator 4.0 Mega STE emulator for Windows and OS/2 Warp, and a
complete list of Atari dealers who sell Gemulator and PC Xformer.
If you only have news access but not web access, you can still email
us and we'll mail you our free product brochure which contains all
of that information. Just send us your postal mailing address if you
would like it mailed to you, or your fax number if you want the
information faxed to you directly. Our email addresses are:
America Online: BRASOFT
Compuserve: 73657,2714
Microsoft Network: BRASOFT
- Darek
8-Bit News #6
Date: 29 May 1995 22:15:29 -0500
From: REASERRL@POST2.LAAFB.AF.MIL (Reaser, Richard L., LtCol CFR)
Subject: Current Notes Continues
Many of you have received the May/June issue of Current Notes.  In his 
editorial, Joe Waters announced that Howard Carson (in Canada) as the leader 
of the group that is taking over ownership of the magazine.  Many of you are 
familiar Howard through the Toronto Atari Federation (TAF) ACE '95 event as 
well as his column in Current Notes.  Howard also recently purchased an 
8-bit machine has been active on the FidoNet 8-bit echo on that front.
I am still collecting articles for Current Notes and will turn them over to 
the new crew when they get settled.  I do plan to step down as the 8-bit 
editor after I assist in the transition.
The May/June issue is packed with 8-bit stuff.  (There are a number of other 
fine pieces by Dave Troy and Dave Small as well.)  Here's the run down:
8-bit Tidbits - Rick Reaser (my column)
Tips for Using Fast Fingers - Tom Andrews
IceT - Kent Johnson
FlickerTerm - David Paterson
QWK8:  Offline Messaging for the 8-bit - Robert Stout
Constraints Improve Art - Joe Walsh
The Swift Report: Another Look - Joseph Hicswa
The Search for a Graphics Processor - Tom Andrews
I didn't mention Tom's second article in my column, since I got it after I'd 
turned in my column.  There are probably several confusing things in the 
magazine, since things were all written at different times (like Troy's, 
Carson's and my pieces).  Joe's editorial was written last so it is the most 
Rick Reaser
8-Bit News #7
Date: 31 May 1995 00:14:22 +0100
From: David Firth <>
Subject: NEW: Atari 800 emulator for Unix et al.
If anyone would like a copy of this program or can suggest a suitable
ftp site please E-mail me or post a followup message. Its supplied
in a 30K tar.gz file. ROM images should be obtained from the XF25
The README file follows:-
Atari 800 Emulator for Unix et al, Version 0.1
    Copyright (C) 1995 David Firth. E-Mail:
    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation; either version 1, or (at your option)
    any later version.
This is the first release of my Atari 800 emulator for Unix (consider
it an early Alpha). My main objective is to create a portable freely
distributable emulator (i.e. with source code available). It can be
configured either as text only or using X-Windows.
The text only mode is only useful for running programs such as MAC65,
Atari Basic etc. I have had this version running on Linux, SunOS 4.1.3,
Solaris 2.4, VAX/VMS, CBM Amiga (Dice C) and the HP-UX 9000/380.
The X-Windows version supports graphics but runs *very* slowly. This
appears to be beacuase of the refresh rate that I am achieving through
        I create a window of 384 pixels by 240 pixels which is enough
        overscan graphics. I also create an Image of the same size.
        The Image is built up scanline by scanline by calling the
        X-Windows PutPixel function. When the Image is complete the
        X-Windows PutImage function is called to move the Image onto
        the window. I tried writting directly to the Window but that
        appeared to be even worse.
        If anyone has any suggestions as how to improve the refresh
        rate please forward them to
I used to have support for SVGALIB in Linux but removed it when I increased
the resolution for overscan modes. Thinking about it, I could have just
copied the base 320x192 pixels onto the screen - I'll probably put it
back in.
Why have I written this emulator instead of using PC Xformer?
A few years ago (85/86) I wrote a small 'test' compiler for the Atari 800
computer (It was never released commercially but has had a commercial
game written in it - Enigmatix released by Page 6). For historical reason
I would always like to be able to keep a usable copy of my first compiler.
This was not possible using PC Xformer since it only runs on MS-DOS and
without access to the source code have no chance of porting it to
future computers. This emulator originally had a text only interface
which is all I needed, but as so often happens one gets carried away :-)
PS. If anyone is intrested in the compiler I can make that available
    as well.
48K/52K Atari 400/800 emulation (optional RAM between 0xc000 and 0xcfff)
Slow and Slow modes of operation :-(
Should run on any Unix computer running X-Windows.
Display List Interrupts.
Vertical Blank Interrupts.
All Antic Display modes.
Player Missile Graphics with collision detection.
Character vertical reflect, invert and blank.
Files can be stored directly on your host computer via the H: device.
        (H: replaces the C: device which serves no useful purpose)
Reads XFD disk files.
PIL modes - allows memory between 0x8000 and 0xbfff to be toggled
between RAM and ROM.
Bugs / Known Problems
A lot of colours have the wrong RGB values. Contact me if you know a
way of converting the Atari colours into RGB values. I am using a
lookup table but a lot are just set to cyan (R=0x00, G=0xff, B=0xff).
A few programs cause the emulator to enter its built in debugger. The
reason for this is unknown at the moment.
Future Atari 800 Enhancements
Hardware scrolling - pointless until the screen refresh rate is improved.
GTIA graphics support for ANTIC modes.
Atari 800XL/XE emulation.
Printer support (Print to file + spool on close).
Disk swapping
Specify cartridge to load.
Paged memory using PORTB.
It may be possible to add support for Super Cartridges - The only
problems are :-
        1. I don't have any.
        2. I don't know the how the banks are selected. I assume that
           it would be by writing to an appropriate bank selection
           address. If so, it could be easily emulated with additions
           to the GetByte and PutByte functions.
David Firth <>
8-Bit News #8
Subject: ST Xformer 3.0 with source code
From: Darek Mihocka,
Date: 6 Jun 1995 20:35:22 GMT
With the increasing use of my PC Xformer 2.52 and 3.0 emulators of late, there
seems to be a corresponding increase in the number of questions I get and
postings I see in comp.sys.atari.8bit from people asking about ST
Xformer and other Atari 8-bit emulators. ST Xformer was a shareware
Atari 8-bit emulator I developed back in 1986 through 1989 and have
since made public domain. Although I released the source code to ST
Xformer several times (once in 1987 in ST LOG magazine and again in 1989
via online services) it seems that most people are unaware of the fact
the source code has been available for 8 years (including a "how to
write an 8-bit emulator" article that I wrote in ST LOG). As such, a
number of budding emulator writers have been re-inventing the wheel
trying to write their own emulators and failing or producing miserably
slow versions that are just unusable.
Also, quite a number of people have been asking about a version of ST
Xformer for the 68030 to use on TTs and Falcon. The story on that is
this: back in 1991 I had a TT and I did make modifications to ST Xformer
that allowed it to run on the TT. However, the ST Xformer consists of
mostly highly optimized 68000 code which isn't very well optimized for
the 68030 (when you optimize for one you "unoptimize" for the other) and
so the actual execution speed of "TT Xformer" on a TT was no better than
regular ST Xformer on a 16 Mhz ST - roughly the normal speed of an Atari
800. As such I abandoned that idea. Since then quite a number more TTs
and now the Falcons have been sold, and there is increasing interest to
port ST Xformer to the 68030, which in turn would also permit someone
to easily port it to the Macintosh. There is one idiot running around
right now claiming to be developing an 8-bit emulator for the Mac, but
after exchanging some email with the guy it's clear that he has no clue
what he's doing.
Now, I have no plans to buy a TT or Falcon again to develop a 68030
based Xformer, and my Mac at home is only 68020 based. I also don't like
to see people re-inventing the wheel, botching it, and giving emulators
a bad name as a result. PC Xformer 3.0 is proof that not only can you
write a basic 6502 emulator (as many people have done) but you can also
make it emulate the complex graphics hardware of an Atari 130XE and
display those graphics in real time.
So it is perfectly plausible to write an Atari 130XE emulator for a TT
or Falcon or Macintosh and have it run Atari 130XE programs at full
speed with graphics support. ST Xformer does about 70% of the work
(remember, it's 6 to 9 year old code!) and someone needs to do the
remaining 30% to add 68030 support and improve the video support.
I also want to see some common disk format being used by all these
emulators. Right now there seem to be 3 formats in use: the XFD format
used by ST Xformer and PC Xformer, the ATR format used by PC Xformer and
the SIO2PC cable, and the DCM format used by 8-bit BBSs. If possible I
would like to standardize on one of these formats and have it be used by
everybody - real 8-bit users, ST/TT/Falcon Xformer users, PC Xformer
users, Mac Xformer users, and whatever else comes along. I don't want to
see more and more emulators pop up, each trying to use a different disk
format. That doesn't help anybody. The Atari market is small, the Atari
emulator market is even smaller, and if everybody could settle on a
common method of transferring files it would help everybody, including
my users of PC Xformer. Yes, I have selfish reasons. <grin>
So here is what I have decided to do. I will re-release the ST Xformer
source code this weekend. It is ST Xformer 3.0 source code, which is
almost identical to ST Xformer 2.55 source code released in 1989 except
that it has bug fixes to some common bugs (such as the "font doesn't
look right the first time you boot" bug).
All you budding emulators writers out there are free to take the code
and port it to a TT or Falcon or Mac or any other 680x0 based machine.
Use me as a reference. I will answer any questions you might have about
the code, help you get around the 68030 problem, help you understand the
workings of the Xformer Cable should you plan to support that, and any
other such question. The only catches are: I will not write any code for
you, I will not supply you with any PC Xformer code (sorry), and
anything you develop and release to the public CAN'T BE CRAP!
If you are such a budding emulator writer, send me email at and we'll talk some more. Everyone else, you can
download a copy of ST Xformer 3.0 and source code from the Branch Always
Software web page at Again, I will post
it in a few days so it may not be up when you read this.
- Darek
 Darek Mihocka,
 c/o Branch Always Software, 14150 N.E. 20th St. #302, Bellevue, WA 98007
 phone:206-236-0540  fax:206-236-0257  Compuserve:73657,2714  AOL:brasoft
8-Bit News #9
Date: 9 Jun 1995 10:10:07 -0500
Subject: Atari 8-bit Support From Richard Gore
ARENA         XL/XE 64K   Disk only           PRICE: #5  ($10)
-----    The full 50 level version of the excellent puzzle game that
         was a demo bonus on Page 6's issue 66 disk. You must guide
a set number of balls to the exit by strategically positioning pieces
of wall. Good graphics and very addictive.
BUBBLE ZONE   XL/XE 64K   Disk only           PRICE: #5  ($10)
-----------  A fast blast em set on a grid being invaded by expanding
             bubbles. Collect the tokens and see how far you can
             advance. Original gameplay and top notch graphics make
this a game of high quality.
JAWBREAKER    16K  Disk, Tape, Rambit Turbo tape   PRICE: #4  ($8)
----------   Classic maze game based on Pac-Man, munch the sweets but
             don't forget that important dental hygiene!  Two
different mazes are supplied which were originally sold as separate
games for nearly $30 each on release. Double the value and a bargain
price as well.
MOUSEKATTACK  48K  Disk, Tape, Rambit Turbo tape   PRICE: #4  ($8)
------------   Another classic maze game, but this one involves you
               plumbing the levels of Rat Alley. Addictive arcade
action with a simultaneous two player option.
MAZE GAMES OFFER:  Buy both Jawbreaker and Mousekattack in one pack
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^   for the bargain price of #6.95  ($14)!!!!
TUBE BADDIES  64K XL/XE only, disk only          PRICE: #4.95 ($11)
------------  Tube Baddies is an arcade, strategy type game. The
              Tubular Underworld is being attacked by Tube Baddies,
you must stun these baddies, and then bounce them off the walls into
the collection bucket before the Inspector arrives. The graphics and
sounds are top class and the gameplay is great even if it is hard to
describe. Tube Baddies was to be launched by Atari UK several years
ago, but they changed their mind, but now its available at last!
BLACK LAMP    64K XL/XE only, disk only          PRICE: #4.95 ($11)
----------   This is a wondeful gothic arcade platform adventure. As
             Jolly Jack the Jester you must collect the Lamps in
order to restore peace to Allegoria. Excellent music and fx and some
of the best graphics ever seen on an 8-bit Atari game couple with good
gameplay and a genuine aim to make this a must for your collection.
SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: Buy both Tube Baddies and Black Lamp for only
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  #9.50  ($20).
GTRACKER      XL/XE 64K   Disk only          PRICE: #6.50   ($14)
--------    A new sequencer program for Replay (or Parrot) compatible
            digitised sound samples. You can construct your own digi-
tunes using your own samples. Supplied with several sample tunes, a
player program, 6 page manual and a free PD demo disk showing just
what can be achieved. Now also supports stereo editing of mono
samples, ie you can play your mono sample on either the left or right
channel or even on both channels simultaneously and switch between
channels at will. Playback via the separate Player program (supplied)
is as you designated when you edited your 'digi-tune'. Of course you
need a suitable upgraded stereo (Gumby compatible) machine to take
advantage of the stereo features. Compatible with mono machines, all
the sounds will come from just the one speaker.
We will also be releasing extra tune data disks in the future as well
as new utilities and a XE version using the extra banked memory. 
Updates, where desired, will be available on receipt of your master
disk and for the price of return postage and packing.
SUPER PRINT LAB XE    XL/XE 128K   Disk only     PRICE: #6.95  ($15)
------------------   A new monochrome design and print program
                     developed for 128k (130XE type memory) users.
Features include the usual arrary of drawing tools as well as programs
to create icons, split a screen, mix 2 screens and a mini database for
creating labels. Printer support is included for Atari 1029, Epson
compatibles and the Atari 1020 in upto 4 colours!! Yorky compatible.
   A 256k memory upgrade that simply plugs into the PBI port of your
800XL (or internal 64k 600XL). NO soldering is required. Supplied
ready to plug in and use with all the necessary RAM chips, the manual
and a disk of support software.
PRICE: #50 +p&p  (UK #2, EC #3.50, WORLD #5)  or  $90 complete.
I also have limited stocks of the following commercial software items.
The software items below are brand new, in their original packaging,
with English manual(s) and most are still shrink wrapped. You are
advised to check availability before ordering.
Halley Patrol  (disk) #3.00  ($6)     Antic educational software.
Summer Games   (disk) #5.00  ($10)    great olympics sports action.
Solar Star     (disk) #5.00  ($10)    also known as Sun Star!
ONE ONLY: Gauntlet Deeper Dungeons (disk)- Mindscape version #2 ($4)
--------  Miner 2049er (rom)- no box or docs                 #2 ($4)
          Desert Falcon (rom)- sealed brand new              #6 ($14)
          Dropzone (disk)- sealed brand new                  #5 ($10)  
     These items are offered on a first come first served basis.
     E-mail me to reserve anything you might want.
All software prices include postage and packing to UK addresses,
overseas please add #2 per order. Prices in US$ include shipping but
payment must be made in US$ cash (notes only please - no coins).
UK pounds are accepted in cash, cheque (made payable to Richard Gore), 
IMO or postal order. From within Europe Eurocheques are acceptable.
Contact address:-
Telephone: (01302) 784642   after 7pm (GMT) weekdays
                            any reasonable time at the weekends
Coming soon...... Golf Tour 95, Gtracker XL Utilities and more....
8-Bit News #10
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 95 04:01:11 -0500
From: F Tooned <>
Subject: FTe`s status
         Well, I've been here in AZ now for almost 6 weeks.  I don't know
my way around here yet, and with all the time that I've been putting into
work, I don't exactly feel like I've "settled in" yet.  Unpacking stuff
has been a major drag! It took me about 3 weeks just to find the MIO II
prototype, but it survived the move and is running fine now.
        I've finished the manuals for the "Sweet 16", and they should be
starting to appear within the next week or so. I had a problem with the
latest version of the MAE assembler, and needed to get it fixed before
sending it out with the manuals.
        The move has been expensive, so I'm just trying to get a little
bit of extra cash together to get the boards into production. (MIO II)
The MARS 8 is getting very close to completion as well, and will be released
right after the MIO II.
        I did manage to make it to the NWPAC meeting in Phoenix last Sat.,
and sign up as a member. Dale Wooster (Prez) has a really nice manual that
is available for the latest version of TextPro, and is highly recommended.
        I do have a lot more space here than I did in CA, and it's amazing
how fast it all seems to evaporate when you're working with the Atari's.
My place is literally "decorated" with 'em, and it's a pretty cool vibe
as long as all of the power supplies remain tucked away.
        It looks like I'm gonna be here for quite some time, and now that
I've managed to get all the computers set back up and running, I feel
really positive about getting caught up this summer on all of FTe's
projects. I've got a few suprises in store, and will be discussing them
at length once the MIO II and MARS 8 start to ship.
        I've also been working with a scripting terminal language called
CASL, and should be able to automate the new catalogs, updates, etc. via
E-Mail here very soon... I haven't forgotten about anyone, and now that the
"move" is essentially over, FTe should have a much stronger presence in the
market by July or August.
        Thanks to everyone for their trust and patience. It's been a long
wait for me too... <grin>, but FTe is in better finacial shape than it ever
has been, and quite franky... I couldn't imagine having a better time than
I do when working on the Atari's 8-Bits. (With the Sweet 16 now available,
the Atari's "could" be referred to as 16 bitters... pretty weird, huh?)
                                        Mike (FTe)
8-Bit News #11
Date: 16 Jun 1995 12:24:05 -0700
From: David Firth <>
Subject: Atari 800 emulator for Unix
I have just made available version 0.1.5 of this emulator. It can be
obtained via ftp from in the /pub/emulators directory.
Here is the list of changes:-
Changes in 0.1.5
- CURSES text only mode (Support for various terminals)
- Display list jump instruction corrected.
- Fixed SIO module (It didn't update DSTATS)
Changes in 0.1.4
- Changed GetByte and PutByte to macros
- Added SVGALIB support for Linux which is much quicker than X11.
- Added support for OSS Super Cartridges (Thanks to Dave Bennett)
- -rom option to specify alternative cartridges
- -oss option to specify alternative OSS Super Cartridges
Changes in 0.1.3
- Compilation option for double size screen
- Trigger now initialises to not pressed
- Joystick now initialises to central
- Fifth Player support added
- Support for Paddle 0
- Preparation for changing GetByte and PutByte to macros.
Mail me if you have any problems
David Firth <>
8-Bit News #12
Date: 26 Jun 1995 12:11:32 -0500
From: (Earl C Halliwell)
Subject: FlickerTerm 80 v0.51
ATTN, Flick fans!
I have just uploaded version 0.51 of FlickerTerm to [an]
FTP site.  I would have spread it around more but I'm moving in two days and
kind of pressed for time.
Still no capture or protocols, but Flick now has:
     Onscreen ROT-13 decode
     Print screen with settable margins
     A file menu
     EOL click
     User-definable character attribute maps
     Assign any console+key combo to any joystick direction or CX85 key
     Macros, macros, macro!  10 at once, with 70 characters per macro,
          plus rudimentary commands for pausing and commenting
     Arrow key mode... one-key cursor movement!
     Corrected handling of Application/Cursor/Numeric key modes
     Improved incoming CR/LF reinterpretation
     Ability to set data bits and parity
     Plus the usual speed optimization tweeks...
Clay Halliwell              |    ATARI XL/XE    DO + THE  |    8 - B I T S    M A T H
Lonersoft ... Solutions you don't want, for problems you don't have!
8-Bit News #13
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 95 23:12:11 -0500
Subject: User Group/BBS Survey '95
JUNE 1995:this is a effort to list all known active Atari users Groups
and BBSes.  The last list was around Oct 1993, and includes info mostly
from Atari User and Atari Classics magazines.  Is assumed to be out
of date.  Please fill out and return via email or regular mail.  Also,
pass this around as we need as much information as possible.  Save a
copy for future changes.
SOAPBOX:The Atari market and active User base is shrinking.  Many people
are isolated, many have been lost.  The available users must support the
User Groups, BBSes, Vendors, Magazines, and Online Services to the
fullest extent possible.  Compuserve, Genie, and Delphi all have weekly
conferences at the lowest prices ever.  We must let people know support
is still available.  Only in doing this will Atari support and the
enduser survive.
The results of this survey will be posted to online services as a list
and possibly as a file for importing into databases.  Updates will be
posted as needed.  Please include 8 bit, ST/TT/Falcon, Games systems,
Lynx, Jaguar, Portfolio, etc.
          Atari Computers User Group and BBS Information Survey
General:                                      New/Update:
   Group Name:                                Accronym:
   Systems Supported:                         Year Started:
   Online Contact:                       Online Address:
   Mail Contact:                              Phone:
   City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
   Would you share your member list for future mass mailings(Y/N):
   Frequency:                       Disk/Paper/Electronic:
   Contact:                              Phone:
   City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
   Would you be interested in contributing/subscribing to a national
    or global Atari Support newsletter(details)?
   Yearly Dues:                    Prorated:(Y/N)
   Number of members(by System):
   Contact:                              Phone:
   City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
     Name               Day/Time                     Location
     ----               --------                     --------
   City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
     System          Size           Avail by Mail           Cost
     ------          ----           -------------           ----
   City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
   Name:                                               phone 1:
   System on:                     Size/Storage:        Phone 2:
   Systems Supported:                                  Phone 3:
   Baud Rates: 3/12/24/48/96/14.4+     Hours:          Fee:
   Members only:            Run by User Group(Y/N):
   City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
COMMENTS and other Info:(Events, Dealers, etc.):
(Use a word processor to add things.  If you need a separate contact
for each meeting or library, then replicate those lines.)
Please fill out and send via email to:
Rick Detlefsen  Compuserve:74766,1561
                C/O RICK DETLEFSEN
                8207 BRIARWOOD LANE
                AUSTIN, TX  78757-7642
Please pass along to other User Groups.  Also, pass along to all
known BBSes, so that the BBS list can also be updated.  I'd like
a copy of a newsletter if available.  I'd appreciate volunteers
that could be responsible for getting information in a
Send 8 bit vendor info to Michael Current at:
I do not have a contact for ST or other vendors lists.
Thank you very much, Rick Detlefsen.
"global atari survey"  23june95
post lists as groupga.txt or bbsga.txt
8-Bit Feature Article
Subject: Sparta Compatibility Problems
From: (Ted Skrecky)
First, if your program runs correctly under MyDOS and is not using OS or
extended (SDX) RAM, then your org is almost certainly not a problem.
Memlo under MyDOS is considerably higher than with Sparta even after the
addition of a RD handler and TD line. Sparta itself, does not use any RAM
outside it's assigned ranges with the possible exception of calls to the
floating point routines.
Rick's explanation of the usefulness of INITAD is 100% correct but a bit
terse. You load a segment of code, load INITAD, do your first bit, and
then repeat the sequence as often as you wish, using the same RAM if
desired. I've written multi-segment COM files which work entirely in the
printer and cassette buffers using the same technique and Sparta itself
boots in this way. RUNAD is obviously less understood by many as I've
seen people load it several times in a single file, eg.
  *= $xxxx
  *= RUNAD
;   end segment
  *= $xxxx
  *= RUNAD
The first segment will load, INIT1 will execute and return to DOS to load
the next segment. Once loaded, INIT2 executes and returns to DOS to JMP
(RUNAD) which points to RUN2. The code at RUN1 never gets executed. The
above code could be replaced with the following and would execute
  *= $xxxx
  *= RUNAD
;   end segment
  *= $xxxx
The point is, it doesn't matter when you load RUNAD, only what last value
you stick into it. Whereas INITAD will always cause execution of the code
pointed to as soon as the vector is loaded. DOS checks INITAD for
(usually) a non-zero value after each load segment.
Sparta always handles INITAD correctly but seems to ignore RUNAD and prefer
to jump to the load address of the first byte of the file. So the guy who
mentioned using an RTS as the first byte and INITAD to point past it was on
track. With my own files, I generally use LDA #$60 and STA START as the
first ops of the final run code. Either technique fixes a problem you run
into with Sparta: a tendency to rerun the same file after an RTS. This can
usually be cured by a JMP (DOSVEC) exit but ensuring an RTS at the
original org adds safety.
I puzzled over the same exit problem you encountered and came up with the
same solution, exit via JMP when working under Sparta. It's taken a lot of
disassembly and head scratching but I think I know the reason: Sparta
installs a custom E: Get Byte routine for its command line interface. On
boot or reset, it copies the OS device table into DOS, points HATABS to
the copy and replaces the Get vector with its own.
Any program which closes and opens the E: device will toast the address
in HATABS as the OS will point it back into ROM. Obviously a JMP (DOSINI)
or JMP (DOSVEC) will fix it as DOS would always have to reset things
after exiting BASIC, TextPro, etc. while a RTS leaves DOS looking for
input from the wrong code and buffer address.
Generally, I find it simplest to use a standard programming format for
all programs designed to run under any DOS:
  *= $xxxx
; intro blurb, etc.
  *= $yyyy
; real init stuff, syntax, etc.
  *= $zzzz
  LDA #$60    Insert an RTS at the
  STA $xxxx   file's original org.
; Code to identify dos and set a flag
; for exit and other uses such as
; accessing Sparta's OS RAM vectors
; Code to nuke Intels, Tramiels, etc.
  *= INITAD    Use this for non-Sparta
  .WORD RUNIT  compatibility
Use of INITAD for the final run address allows the program to be appended
in an autorun for any DOS while stuffing an RTS into the first byte
ensures that when Sparta attempts to rerun it, it's harmless. Under
Sparta, the JMP (DOSVEC) will not terminate a batch file, DOSINI
probably does. Under most other DOS a JMP (DOSVEC) would send you to
DUP.SYS while going through DOSINI would take you to an RTS.
You can safely, and probably should, use the JMP exit with BW-DOS and DOSXL
as many of their COMs work correctly under Sparta. Note that any DOS I've
ever looked at, always stuffs $FF into the stack pointer when you call it
via DOSVEC so you can ignore the stack.
To date, I have found none of the foregoing to be inapplicable with SDX.
I haven't gone heavily into identifying other DOS types but:
a. the Sparta manual mentions that many COMTAB offsets apply to DXL which
might help differentiate it from DOS 2;
b. BW-DOS will look like Sparta 3.2d in $700-$701 but $703-$704 will be
c. the first (12 I think, 10 at least) bytes of Sparta 2.3 consist of a
jump table of addresses on page 7 in .word order;
d. with Sparta 3.2+ I've been using SMEMLO (COMTAB+30) to pick up 3.2g;
any 3.2 except "g" will have an msb of $18, "g" will be $17 (only matters
if you're worried about D9:)
I hope this helps as I'm looking forward (once I get a new pair of
glasses) to Flick80 with a capture buffer.
Best wishes
John Picken
8-Bit Commentary
With such a huge 8-bit section this month, what else is there to say??
Until next month,
                 -Michael Current
16/32-bit Support Area  
Mark S. Smith  
JV Enterprises Interview by Mark Stephen Smith.
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Background information:
We started JV Enterprises by writing a book called computer basics.  
We decided that the book industry was a little too competitive so we 
decided to stick to what we do best, design and program games.  Our first 
game we wrote was medieval chess.  We wrote several others in the mean 
time.  Towers I was our first major project.  
Q.  When did you start using the Atari, and what made you program for it?  
A.  We started using the Atari since the 800 days.  We liked the machine, 
    it was simple too use, and it was cheap.  
Q. How well did the original Towers game do?  
A. It actually did ok.  Unfortunately, all the other businesses we were 
   involved in (i.e.. phone company, rent, power company, etc.) took all the
   money we made from it :).
Q.  What made you decide to do the sequel on the Falcon?  
A.  We bought Falcons and wanted to see a game for it, plus we had ideas 
    for programming on the Jaguar and the Falcons true color screen came 
    closest to the Jaguar.
Q.  What do you think of the Falcon?  
A.  Damn fine piece of machinery, too bad there isn't more support.  
Q.  How long did it take from the initial idea to the complete working 

A.  For Towers II it took approximately 10 months from initial idea.  
Q.  Did the design tailor itself to the implementation details, or vice 
A.  A little of both.  I designed an outrageous game and Vince told me 
    that it wouldn't work.  So we compromised.  
Q.  What problems did you encounter when doing the sequel, and how did you
    overcome them?  
A.  SPEED, SPEED, SPEED.  For this game we just used the cpu for graphics. 
    We had to come up with ways to speed things up.  If we had to do it
    again, we could do it even faster now...  
Q.  One of the more powerful aspects of the Falcon is the DSP chip, in what
    way if any did you utilize this chip?  
A.  Sound, the mod player is running under the dsp so that it would take 
    no cpu time.  
Q.  What are the technical specifications of Towers II?  
A.  Towers II is a 160 X 134 Draw playfield that we shrink or enlarge to 
    fit the screen.  It runs at about 10 frames a second in 65000 colors and 
    has a mod player running at 50K hertz with stereo sound effects.
     The Jaguar version is planed to be a 320X200 draw playfeild, drawn
    directly to the screen.  It will have floor and ceiling textures, run at
    about 12 to 15 FPS, have music with stereo sound and improved drawing
    algorithms.  A full cartridge save, and a full memory save (so you can
    explore without ruining your save), will also be implemented.  
Q.  Are you now happy with the finished product?  
A.  Yes, we were very satisfied with Towers II.  We feel that we created 
    a fun game for beginner to expert players.  As you know the 
    beginning levels were created for people to get used to this style of 
    game, and in the upper levels it starts to get much more challenging.  
Q.  Now it's finished what would you change if you had the choice, and 
    what technical improvements do you think are possible if any?  
A.  Now that we are finished with Towers II and the engine is over a year 
    old, we feel that now we could improve the speed and gameplay.  When we
    finished Towers II, we thought that we had pushed the Falcon to the 
    limits.  Now we feel that the Falcon still holds plenty of potential and
    hope that other programmers continue to explore the possibilities.  
Q.  The engine to drive Towers II seems fairly powerful, would it be easy to
    reuse for similar style games?  
A.  The engine for Towers II was designed for speed.  It wasn't really 
    designed as an engine but merely for speed.  We feel that the public
    deserves constant updates and improvements.  We would be ashamed to 
    release another program with that engine, knowing that we could do 
Q.  If the above is true would you consider licensing the the code or making
    it available to others for a fee?  
A.  If somebody wanted it, sure we let them use it.  Although, as I said 
    before, it really wasn't designed that way.  
Q.  Are you planning on doing Towers II for any other platforms?  
A.  The Jaguar and possibly a PC version.  
Q.  Will there be a Towers III?  
A.  There is one planned, but not immediately.  We have several other 
    projects on the drawing board that get first dibs at reality.  
Q.  What do you see as your next project, and how do you see the future of
    JV Enterprises?  
A.  Our goal is to move more toward consoles (like the Jaguar).  Our 
    ultimate goal is to do true VR.  
Q.  Will you be moving to other platforms or staying with Atari in the 
A.  At this date it is impossible to say.  However, we like the Falcon 
    and the Jaguar alot.  They are both excellent pieces of hardware...  
Q.  What do you think will be the state of Atari at present and in the 
A.  We think that Atari will remain a console player for awhile.  We feel 
    that even though all these new systems are coming out, Atari still has a
    great chance as being a major competitor.  
Q.  What do you think of the Jaguar and would you like to develop for 
A.  We think that Jaguar is a great system and we are currently developing
    for it.  
Q.  What do you think of the problems of piracy on the Atari and have you
    suffered from this in anyway yourselves?  
A.  We have no information concerning this, nor do we care.  We feel that 
    the Atari community is a very tight knit community that looks out for 
    each other.  The system couldn't have made it this far if that wasn't
Q.  Will there be an official Towers II help guide, and are there any 
    cheats in Towers II?  
A.  Probably no official help guide.  Unless they make one for the Jaguar. 
    There really are no cheats in the game, just some very hard to find 
Q.  What were your influences for the game?  
A.  We were influenced by our goals in the past.  We always wanted to do a 3d
    type roll playing game since we started programming.  
Q.  From a development point of view what aspect of Towers II took the 
    longest to get right?  
A.  The design.  Roll playing games have a tendency of being huge.  
Q.  What do you use as your development system?  
A.  2 Falcons. a digitizer, paint programs, and a ray tracer.  
My thanks go to Jag Jaeger and Vince Valenti of JV Enterprises for answering 
my questions.  Watch out next month for more hot news on their Jaguar
developments, with details on how Towers II is shaping up for the Jaguar.  Also
watch out for my interview with Stuart Denman the author od Speed of Light.
Speed of Light Review v3.8
~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~
Review by Mark Stephen Smith ( or
~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~ ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~  ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Date: 11/7/95
~~~~  ~~~~~~~
Speed of Light has been around for many years now on the Atari.  Starting off
as a GIF viewer it has developed into a powerful picture viewer and colour
editor.  Its latest incarnation is version 3.8 containing mainly bug fixes over
previous versions.  Speed of Light or SOL as I will refer to it from now on is
Shareware  and whilst perfectly useable has some of the more advanced options
crippled in such a way as to encourage registration.  The whole set of tools
and their use is too great to go into in detail, even in an review this large,
I will however try and give a flavour of their use and power so you can get a
feel for the program as a whole.
What is SOL and what does it offer?
~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~ ~~~~~
SOL firstly is a picture viewer, within the program however it sports a wide
variety of features so as to get the best out of your pictures.  It works on 
all Atari formats (ST, Falcon, TT, Mega) and works in all resolutions in up to
256 colours.  It supports a wide variety of formats and is one of the fastest
GIF file handlers on an Atari.  SOL now supports the DSP in the Falcon for JPEG
decoding.  It is MultiTos compatible and recommended for maximum speed to be
run in conjunction with NVDI or Warp.
Registering the Program
~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~
This review is based upon the registered version of Speed of Light.  To
register is simple, just start the program (see "Getting Started" below).  Upon
loading you will be greeted with a screen allowing you to enter your
registration details.  Enter your details and choose "Print EZForm", this will
create a document which can be printed or saved to disk with your details which
you send to the author (or local registration handler) along with the
registration fee. They in turn will generate your registration key.
Once you have received this key load the program and enter it along with your
details, the program then becomes the registered version and will work without
any features being disabled.  You only have to register once, with subsequent
loads taking you straight to the main menu.
This form of registration is quick and easy and your details and keycode only 
have to be entered into future versions for you to receive a full registered
Getting Started
~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
The program is available from many PD libraries, FTP sites, Stuart Denman's and
my Atari Web pages, as well as making an appearance on several Atari magazine
coverdisks.  What you get is the un-registered version of the program, with all
the documentation, supporting files and image files.
Using the shareware version without registering offers all the facilities you
get with the full version with the difference that some of the more advanced
features such as warping will have blank lines in the pictures at regular
intervals, and that you are limited to only loading one JPEG image per session.

Other than these limitations placed to encourage you to register you have full
access to the program.
Running the program couldn't be simpler.  Just click on the program file
"SPOFLT38.APP", after a short while you will be asked to enter your
registration details, if you don't have any you can continue by choosing
"Cancel".  This will now take you to the main options screen.
Whatever resolution you load in will be the screen size used by the program,
and the number of colours in that resolution will be used (up to 256 colours).
On all machines but the Falcon however you do have the option to change the
resolution from within the program.
Main Options Screen
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>From the main options screen all the options and access to the more advanced
options are available.  Here's a quick summary of the main options screen
features (starting from the top left), some of which I'll describe in greater
detail later:
Picture Statistics - Various information on the picture such as name, size and 

                   palette size.
"H" Button - Histogram of current image.
"P" Button - Optimises image palette.
Machine Specifications - Various machine information such as computer being
used,                          resolution, palette, and the number of colours.
"Delta" Button - Allows the changing of resolution on ST's and TT's within the 

"3-Bars" Button - Allows setting of preferences and true colour preferences.
Picture Number Slider - A slider to easily move through the pictures in memory.
Display Mode Menu - A pop-up menu that allows you to select between colour or  

                  shades (grey scale).  On the TT "TTGrey" mode is available   

                 which allows 256 shades of grey.
Downward Arrow Button - Makes image as close to original as possible by setting

                        sliders to zero and histograms to 1-to-1
"Complex" Button (Colour Transformations) - Toggles between the additive colour

                                           transformation options and the      

                                     histogram colour transformation           

Additive Colour Transform Slider - Available when "Complex" is not selected.   

                                 These three sliders one for each of the prime 

                                 colours allow you to add to or subtract the   

                                RGB elements of the picture.  If moved equally 

                                 together can be used to brighten or darken the

Colour Reduction Menu - If the picture contains more colours than the display  

                     this can be used to decide how the palette will be        

               reduced.  Frequency is the default with "By Rank" and           

             "Influence" being the other choices.
Colour Rank "Button" - This switches to the colour rank histogram editor so you

                       can define the ranks of the RGB planes.
Complex "Button" (Colour Reduction/Selection) - Toggles between simple contrast

                                               slider bars and histogram colour

Colour Contrast/Separation Slider - These three sliders define the minimum     

                              seperation between the chosen colours used to    

                               display the image.
Horizontal/Vertical Size - Allows you to enter the horizontal and vertical
pixel                            sizes for the images to be scaled to.
Axis Effect Menu - Allows you to choose horizontal, vertical or both with
respect                    to how the buttons (below) effect the axes.
"O" Button - Sets scaling to original size of image.
"A" Button - Calculates the aspect ratio based on the effected axis when
"-" Button - Halves the selected axis.
"+" Button - Doubles the selected axis.
"Fltr" Button - Toggles filtered scaling on/off.
"Set" Button - Takes you to the filtered scaling dialogue for setting filter
type                and scaling.
"Fit" Button - Makes the image fit the current resolution in size as best as   

           possible whilst maintaining the aspect ratio.
"Mous" Button - When highlighted the mouse will be displayed on the display    

           screen, otherwise it is hidden.
"SmDr" Button - Toggles on/off "Smooth Draw" mode.  This is where flickering is

               used to increase number of colours you choose to turn it on or  

             off when the image is being drawn to speed up image draws.
"Warp" Button - Takes you to the Warp dialogue where you can set the warping
and                  stretching effects.
Flicker Contrast Slider - Sets the maximum contrast allowed between flickering 

                        colours.  When on the far left flickering is off.
Dither Pattern Menu - This menu allows you to select different dither patterns.
"Set" Button - Takes you to the dithering dialogue to give detailed control
over                dithering.
"Desk" Button - Allows access to accessories or to other programs when under   

            MultiTOS.  Options for SOL are also available as drop down menus.
"?" Button - Displays credits, shareware information and amount of free memory.
"Purge" Button - Allows you to remove the current image freeing memory.  When  

               double clicked on removes all images.
"Colours" Button - Takes you to the colour editor (not allowed in Shades,      

             Greyscale mode or any resolution using less than 16 colours).
">>" Button - Takes you to the slideshow dialogue where you can set the
different               slideshow parameters such as start and end images,
pause length               between images, and forwards or backwards play. 
Once set up               choosing "Display" from the main options screen will
go through the               images for the slideshow.  Turn the slideshow off
to view single               images again.
As you can see the program is packed to the brim with features with these just 
being a brief summary of the options available from the main menu, that's
before  we even start to look at the advanced features.
You may think that with all these features it difficult to use, but the control
for the most part is straight forward and intuitive leaving the user only
having to reference the manual to look at some of the more advanced features
and to see some of the possible shortcuts and tips available to achieve better
Using SOL for the first time
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Upon loading SOL you are most likely going to want to load some images, to do
this you select the "Add" button.  You will be presented with the file selector

where you can choose an image or use wild cards to load multiple images. 
Getting files into SOL is very easy.  Apart from the methods mentioned above it
is also possible to load images by dragging the files over the SOL program icon
on the desktop (on later versions of TOS), therefore starting the program with 
several loaded images.  There is even support for other file selectors such as
Selectric allowing multiple images to be selected and loaded in one operation.
SOL supports the following image formats for loading:
    - GIF (.GIF)
    - JPEG (.JPG)
    - Degas Uncompressed (.PI?)
    - Degas Compressed (.PC?)
    - Prism Paint (.PNT)
    - GEM (X) Image Format (.IMG)
and the following for saving:
    - GIF
    - Degas Un/Compressed
    - Prism Paint
    - GEM (X) Image Format
The speed at which it handles GIF files is excellent and Falcon owners are
catered for with DSP JPEG decoding (although the reduction from true colour to
256 colours does slow this down). Once you have an image you will most likely
want to view it.  Selecting the "Display" button will bring the image to the
screen.  If the image is larger than the screen you can scroll the screen by
moving the mouse pointer from the centre of the screen.  The further you move
it from the centre the faster the screen scrolls in that direction.
Pressing the right button returns you to the main options screen.  If you want
to see the whole image at once clicking on the "Fit" button will shrink the
image proportionally to the screen.  If the image uses more colours than you
have available SOL uses clever techniques to expand the palette, however if the
results still aren't good enough then it is possible to improve the
picture in a number of ways.
The first way to improve the image when lacking colours is to adopt one of the
many dither patterns.  Clicking on the "Dither Patrn:" box will bring up a menu
with a choice of dither patterns with the default being no dither pattern. 
This menu has two empty slots into which you can load dither patterns.  To
access the dither options and to load a pattern into one of the slots select
the "Set" button next to "Dither Patrn:", this will take you to the dither
options screen.
SOL comes with 3 standard dither patterns with the option of loading additional
dither patterns as provided with the package.  These dither patterns are in the
same format as that used by GemView and are therefore interchangeable.
Once at the dither options screen you can do a number of things.  You have the
choice of changing options on the FIS (Filtered Image Scaling) or normal
dithering patterns.  The Filter (FIS) options allows you to either choose no
pattern, one of the defaults or to load one of the files available.  The normal

dither options has the same options plus the addition of being able to change
the gradient steps and contrast of the pattern chosen.
Other options that can be adopted to improve the image quality when the current
resolution doesn't support enough colours is to use the "Flicker Contrast" 
slider.  When moving this slider will define the contrast level of the flicker
and therefore the degree of flicker visible.  When moved to the far left it is
off with possible values up to 255.  Using this increases the palette available
and gives you extra colours in which to display the picture.  The disadvantage
is a degree of flicker is introduced into the image when viewed and it slows
draw  time if flicker is not turned off with the "SmDr" button.
Short Cuts
~~~~~ ~~~~
There are many shortcuts available in SOL but keyboard shortcuts are not
available generally as a rule in the window and option screens.  This has been
done deliberately so as not to clash with programs that provide shortcuts
automatically.  However whilst viewing an image using the "Display" button
short cuts to perform a number of simple tasks and to take you to different
parts of the program become available.  This includes everything from changing
what image is being viewed and flipping or scaling it, to calling up the colour
A thing that people often miss when viewing a picture is that pressing and
holding the left mouse button will bring up a list of features available for 
manipulating the currently viewed image.  This list includes the keyboard
shortcuts were applicable and makes the program very user friendly as it saves 
time flipping between the picture and options screens.
Colour Editing
~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
The tools provided by SOL for colour editing and enhancing are its most
powerful  features, and is what makes it stand out from other picture viewers.
Colour editing is divided between the RGB additive sliders that add or subtract
from the RGB elements of an image in a linear fashion, the complex RGB controls

which use the histogram method of alterering the RGB balance throughout the
image, and the colour editor which gives you direct control over the palette
used and the colours within it.
I will look in further detail now at the later two elements of the package.
Namely the "Histogram Editor" and the "Colour Editor".
The Histogram Editor
~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
This is available for use to control either the colour or contrast of a
picture. I will look at its use when applied to the colour aspect of an image. 
To access the Histogram Editor you must select the "Complex" button in the
colour options area.  This replaces the RGB sliders with 3 histograms, one for
each of the RGB elements.  Clicking on any one of the histograms will take you
the the Histogram Editor.
On this screen the histogram of the colour selected is enlarged to fill a large
portion of the screen.  Moving the mouse over the histogram and clicking  sets
the level at that point.  If the left mouse button is held down whilst moving
over the histogram you effectively draw the histogram for that colour.  
Switching between the histograms for changes to the three colours is easy using
the three buttons at the top of the screen to take you to the appropriate
colour. These are the "Red", "Green" and "Blue" buttons.
Along the bottom of the screen are several buttons for editing the shape of the
histogram, these are the "Stretch", "Squash", "Invert", "Flip" and arrow 
buttons (where the arrow buttons scroll the histogram).  You can also "Copy"
and "Paste" histograms to any of the other histograms therefore copying the
shape to one of the other colours.  It is possible to double click on the
"Copy" button to  automatically copy the current histogram to the other two. 
All changes can be reversed with the use of the "Undo" button.  It is also
possible to automatically define the shape using either the "Linear" or "Gamma"
Linear creates a step from left to right with a one-to-one slope and gives you
the shape you usually see, namely a triangle.
When you select Gamma for gamma correction you will have to enter the gamma 
value into the popup dialogue.  Selecting the "Generate" button does the
correction with values greater than one darkening the image, and less than one
brightening the image.  Gamma correction does this without creating washout in
the picture.
Once you are happy with your changes you can select the "OK" button to accept
them and return the the main options screen or the "Cancel" button to reject
all changes made and return to the options screen.
There are several histograms available for you to load and try out.
The Colour Editor
~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
To enter the Colour Editor from the main options screen you select the
"Colours" button.  Once selected you will be taken to the Colour Editor screen.

Across the top of the screen ten colours are displayed with the colour value
above them. Using the "VDI Order" button you can toggle between the colours
being displayed in VDI order or Device-Dependent order.  You can scroll the ten
colours through  the image palette by either using the Arrows at either side of
the colour boxes, or by using the Slider Bar just below the colour boxes.
Colours can be selected for editing by clicking on them in their boxes
(selected colours are highlighted with an inner box).  To alter a selected
colour you  move the three Slider Bars for the RGB elements.  Boxes marked with
an "X" in the palette are unused colours.
Buttons in this editor are divided into two areas, the upper-left buttons for 
manipulating two or more colours (known as the "Toolbox"), and the lower
left/right hand buttons which are for switching to other dialogue boxes,
undoing, or for other global operations.
Buttons within the Toolbox are used in the same way.  You must select the range

of colours you wish to apply the tool to.  Colours selected are reffered to as
"hot" colours and once selected the tool will perform the operation over the
set of colours selected.
Tools available are:
"Copy" - Copies first colour to second.
"Swap" - Exchanges two colours.
"Fill"- Fills whole range with the first colour.
"<" Rotate - Rotates the palette left with wrap around.
">" Rotate - Rotates the palette right with wrap around.
"Sort Group" - Sorts the colours within the range into groups based on their   

           RGB values.
"Gradient" - Fills in all the colours in the range blending the colour from the

             first to the last.
"Sort DK > LT" - Sorts the range from the darkest to the lightest.
"Sort LT > DK" - Sorts the range from the lightest to the darkest.
The functional buttons are the other group of buttons associated with the 
Colour Editor.  The functional buttons include:
"Match" - Toggle on/off.  This causes SOL to match changes in the image to the 

         new palette.  If it doesn't use one of the colours in the map it will 

        mark it with an X.  When not selected changes will appear in the       

   displayed image.
"Display" - Display the picture.
"Undo" - Undoes any palette changes.
"Cpy/Swp" - Allows you to copy or swap the palette with another image.
"Image" - Allows you to edit another image's palette.
"Rescan" - Reverts back to the orignal palette.
"Select" - Allows you to click on any pixel in the image and return to the
editor            with that colour selected for editing.
"Take" - Works the same as Select but colour currently being edited takes on
the          colour that pixel had in the origianl image.
"Load" - Loads a .PAL palette file into the current colour map.
"Save" - Saves current palette in .PAL file.
"Cancel" - Aborts any changes made and returns to previous screen.
"Options" - Goes to the Options Dialogue.
Filtered Image Scaling
~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
Filtered Image Scaling (FIS) is used to smooth out or alter images that have 
been enlarged or reduced, whilst it will help improve images that are scaled in

this manner it has the drawback that it is very calculation intensive and 
therefore takes a long time to draw.  As such it is not a quick way to view 
images but can be used to improve them.
To use filtering you must turn the filter on by selecting the "Fltr" button and
use the "Set" button to go to the FIS option screen.  Once on the option screen
you  will be presented with a selection of menus, buttons and editable fields.
The first menu is the "Filter Type" which can be either "Standard" or
"Enhancing".  The second menu is "Filter Curve" which has the options of "Box",
"Triangle", "Cubic", "B-Spline", "Lancos3", "Mitchell" or "Nelson".  With each
offering a different filter curve.  Other options include toggle switches for
"Filtering On/Off", "Flip Horizontal" and "Flip Vertical", "Wrap Image at
Edges" and "Scale Filter".  Editable fields are for the "Height", "Horizontal"
and "Vertical".  Information is also given on the amount of memory required for
the filter.
When the enhancing Filter Type is selected the Filter Curve menu contains 
different filters specifically for enhancing the image.  These are
"Sharpening",  "Quad-Step", "Raised Edge", "Smooth Bias", "Sharp Bias", "Linear
Bias" or "Diffusion".  Enhancing filters generally work better when image
scaling is a multiple of the original image.  Often you will get banding due to
the inability of these filters to shift phase.
Some filters such as Sharpening and Diffusion work best on the original image 
whereas others work best on enlarged images.  Some of these other filters can 
be used to create interesting effects on the pixels themselves such as the 
Sharp Bias filter which produces a 3D pixel effect.  Some of the filters are 
assymetric and can therefore be flipped.  Filters can also be wrapped at the 
edge of the image or faded.  Both have drawbacks in that fading will darken the

edge of the image whilst wrapped edges can produce duplicate pixels close to 
the edges.  
When reducing an image without FIS image quality is lost.  Standard filters 
are used to accurately take into account lost lines and improve detail.  When 
"Scale Filter" is selected it is possible to blur filters.  Small scaling 
values will not blur the filter but larger values will increase level of 
blurring.  Values less than one produce a weird patterned darkening effect.  
Filtering is a powerful tool within SOL and as such requires a lot of 
experimentation to achieve the best results along with a lot of patience.  When

working with FIS on large images it is ideal to have a lot of memory available.
Image Warping
~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
(Please note that image warping cannot be used in conjunction with FIS).  
Clicking on the "Warp" button will take you to the warp option screen.  Here 
you can enter a variety of values for "Width", "Horizontal Shift", "Height" and

"Vertical Centre".  Along side these options are the menus "Warping Pattern"
and  "Repeat".   The first menu contains the following list of warp
        Off (No warping)
        Sine Wave
The Repeat menu has the options of "Once" or "Periodic".  Using Warping scan
lines are stretched and shifted in various ways in order to make an interesting
change in the image.  All numbers entered are relative to the image itself so
if the image is enlarged twice the warping figures will be scaled likewise. 
The warping is centred around what is reffered to as the "bulge" and can be
repeated using the periodic bulge.  This centre is usually the peak or lowest
point of the curve when warping.
Whilst the distortions provided prove no real practical value they are fun to 
try and are worth experimenting with to achieve some interesting effects.
SOL has the ability to read special scripts which can be created by the user,
which are to be used in conjunction with the slideshow.  With these simple
scripts it is possible to assign individual times for images to stay on screen,
as well as to select whether loaded images stay in memory or are loaded each
time to save memory.  You can even select files with wildcards for use in the
You also have the option of viewing one image whilst the next is being loaded
and decompressed.  Other features include the ability to define how the image
will look when displayed by making use of warping, scaling, truecolour
reduction, etc. SOL will follow all these commands from a script without the
user having to do anything.
This is a very useful and welcome additional feature within SOL.
SOL is an excellent program, with a wealth of features it will keep you
experimenting with it for some time to come.  All the features are very fast
and provide excellent results.  SOL must have the most comprehensive set of
colour features I've seen in a single package and this alone makes it
worthwhile to use. Combine this with it's speed and compatibility and you have
a package that every Atari owner who likes to view pictures should support.
Of course there are some limitations.  There is no true colour support and
there is a limited number of picture formats supported.  JPEG's are memory
hungry  and can be slow but when put against the positive things it has to
offer these seem to fade away.  This package is a winner.
Ease of Use = 82
Although designed well with many shortcuts and a good intuitive design this
doesn't score as high as it could due to the nature of the package.  Many of
the more advanced features are difficult to use and take a long time to master
and although the program is well done these problems can't be overcome with 
anything other than experimentation to achieve the right results.
Features = 91
For a picture viewer this program is packed with features and represents
excellent value for money.  Colour wise nearly every option is supported that
you could ever want and each area implemented has been thought out very well
and is very comprehensive.  This said there are some features in this current
version that have yet to be implemented and with these the score would be
Use of Computer = 90
Despite the fact it is not aimed at any one machine and therefore allowing for
clever programming and optimisations for that machine this does an excellent
job of taking advantage of the extra facilities of whatever machine you are on.

This is shown by the support for the TT and the DSP in the Falcon, making its
use of machine excellent with most operations being lightning fast whatever the
Compatibility = 96
What can I say it works with and makes the most of all the Atari range.  This 
review is based on the time I spent on the package on both the ST and the
Falcon. In all the time I spent on both machines the only problem I ever had
was on the Falcon and that turned out to be a problem with the Overscan
software I was  running.  It evens supports file selectors, screen
accelerators, MultiTos, and some graphics cards such as the NOVA.
Speed = 92
Everything with the exception of FIS scaling is very fast (although considering
the intensive nature of this it is to be expected).  Warping can take a  little
time as can JPEG decoding but again this is to be expected.  Speed of Light
certainly lives up to its name.
Documentation = 84
Overall the documentation is good but being included as a text file on disk for
you to print out does limit its ability to illustrate some things clearly.  The
ability to see more screenshots and illustrations of use along with some small
tutorials would help more.  Reading the manual on it's own can be a little 
confusing at times unless sat in front of the computer trying everything out.
Also some areas are skimmed over two quickly in the manual.
Overall = 91
An absolute must for anyone with an Atari who views pictures and has a need to 
enhance the palette or clear up pictures.  With only a few minor flaws, it is
an excellent package with good support  fast times for use, very comprehensive
tools, a well thought out design and excellent cross platform compatibilty. 
Get this and register it now, you won't regret it!
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DOWNLOADING FILES, Instructions:    [CR]= carriage return/return/enter
1)  Go to the directory where you want the files to be downloaded.
2)  ftp [CR].
3)  open {ftp address} [CR].                 i.e. "open" [CR] 
    OR use the (IP) number address, NOT both!
4)  "Name": anonymous [CR].      
5)  "Password": {full e-mail name/address}.  i.e. "" [CR]
6)  use "cd" to access the appropriate directory.  i.e.  "cd pub/atari" [CR]
7)  bin [CR].    (set `binary` transfer mode)
8)  hash [CR].   (shows 'hash` signs (#####...) when transferring data)
9)  get {filename} [CR].      i.e.  "get rename.lzh" [CR]
10) mget [CR] to get several files at once.    
    i.e. "mget syst12.Z fixdsk.arc" [CR]
11) prompt [CR] to download several files with "mget" without having 
    to reply "y" for each file when asked "get {filename}?".
12) quit [CR] to end FTP session and go back to UNIX
13) close [CR] to close the FTP site you're currently on, so that another 
    site can be opened without having to set bin, hash, prompt etc. again.
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- stat [CR] or; status [CR] will show all modes and where you are connected.
- Most files are compressed. Use an appropriate program on your computer on 
  which the programs were intended, or in UNIX .......
- uncompress [CR] if ".Z" file
- uudecode [CR] if ".uu" file
- very often, files are still compressed in another format after 
  uncompressing .Z and/or .uu.
  Use the appropriate decompression program for this.
- ls [CR] lists files (shows all files in current directory).
- pwd [CR] shows path.  i.e.  /pub/mirrors/umich/atari/utilities     
- If down-loading several files with similar names use "*".
    i.e.   "mget *sys" [CR]  (will get f.x.; datasys, lm23isys, 
    xlinksys etc...) (ALL files with "sys" in their names)
    i.e.   "mget *.lzh" [CR] (will get f.x.; stest.lzh, dw3.lzh, 
    xlba.lzh etc...) (ALL files ending with ".lzh")
    i.e.   "mget * [CR]  (will get ALL files in the current directory!)
- If your computer doesn't have a disk drive you can "remote login" to 
  another  computer (use an other terminal's disk drive);
- rlogin {computer name} [CR].    i.e.  "rlogin hnoss" [CR].
- You can now access the disk just as if it was on your own machine.
- eject [CR] to eject disk on disk-drives without "eject button"
Part of this is dependent on you having the GNU msdos-utilities available
at your site. If you don't, ask your local system operator how to transfer 
files to/from MSDOS disks.
- mcopy {filename} a: [CR] i.e.   mcopy microtcx.zoo a:
                           i.e.   mcopy microtcx.zoo icone.lzh shblr.arc a:
- mdir [CR] to show disk-directory/space left.
- fdformat -d [CR] to format an MS-DOS 3.5" 1.44mMb disk ("-d" for MS-DOS)
- fdformat -l -d [CR] to format an MS-DOS 720Kb 3.5" disk ("-l" for 
  "low density")
- mcopy a:{filename on disk} {copy filename} [CR] to get a file from 
  disk to computer.         i.e. "mcopy a:dlist.txt" 
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Lynx Support Area  
Barry Cantin  
Lynx News
Two new titles for the Atari Lynx underway!
Yes, it is true -- two new games WILL be released for the Atari Lynx, and from
no other than Atari Corp!  Sources at Atari have confirmed that two classic
carts will be released to add to the Lynx library: Battlezone 2000 and
Super Asteroids/Missile Command.
The two games have been complete for months and were temporarily shelved
until a good opportunity to release them arrived.  Battlezone 2000 was
developed by HandMade Software, Ltd., the British software house
responsible for such wonderful titles as Awesome Golf, Power Factor, and
Dracula: the Undead.
Both titles were exhibited at the Winter CES at Las Vegas this past
January, and those individuals who were lucky enough to attend and see the
games gave them glowing reviews.  Two other games completed by Atari were 
also shown, "Eye of the Beholder" and "Fat Bobby", but production dates for
those two titles have not yet been announced.
Atari is currently working on the final box art and once that's complete,
BZ2K and SA/MC will be shipped for production.  This is a 3-4 month
process, so don't expect them by the end of the summer...
The release of these games will end a dry spell for Atari's Lynx release
schedule.  The last Lynx title released by Atari was Ninja Gaiden 3, which
hit the shelves February 1994.
Battlezone 2000 (BZ2K) info!
This remake of the arcade classic is promising!  Recall that BattleZone is a
tank battle game, not from an overhead viewpoint (such as "Armor Attack") but
from the *tank* viewpoint.  Here's what I've been able to dig up on the
upcoming Lynx version (thanks to Lance Lewis for providing CAIN with this!):
*  BZ2K is Comlynxable, up to FOUR players.
*  Each player can choose from one of three tanks, and customize fuel, ammo,
   and missile loads via a point system
*  In the One-player mode, there are 30 different missions, each with a
   objective: kill a certain number of tanks, score a certain number of
   points, last a certain amount of time, etc.
*  You can re-customize your tank between missions
*  You can collect fuel, ammo and missile power-ups
*  Shields exist, and can be set up as a tank option
*  In Comlynx mode, you can choose whether to have AI-controlled enemy tanks
   or not
*  In Comlynx mode, if you are killed before the other players you can drive
   around in "ghost mode" and watch the action from a mobile vantage point
Lynx Commentary
Good move, Atari!  Make those Lynx carts!  I am really happy to hear this,
because there were so many unfinished carts for the Lynx that I had really
looked forward to.  I really didn't want to see Battlezone 2000 become one
of those vaporware games.
The worst part would have been that these games were *completed*.  If a
game is scrapped because it's "non-playable", "too buggy", or just
"unfinished" I think most gamers anticipating these would be disappointed,
but would accept it.  But to scrap a game that's completed -- no way!
Right now Atari is making final preparations to release Battlezone 2000 and
Super Asteroids/Missile Command, two classics.  This further enhances the
Lynx as THE handheld to buy if you're into classic games.  Why not, after
all the name "Atari" is associated with classic gaming more closely than
any other.
And I guess we have to sit back and be patient for Eye of the Beholder and
Fat Bobby.  Well, we all know they're done and can only hope that they wind
up in a production house sometime soon, too!
But Atari will have plenty of copies of these titles sitting in a warehouse
for years (or until Telegames buys up the stock and they're transported to
a Telegames warehouse) if they don't try to market them in stores.  At
least let Electronics Boutique carry them...  So many people bought those
wonderful Lynx packages, they're looking for a local place to purchase more
games, no doubt.  And unless you live in one of those few places that
has an active Atari reseller -- such as Best Electronics or Toad
Computers -- you're probably going to be stuck with mail order.  I hope
that's not the case, because the games just won't sell nearly as well.
On a more somber note, though, these four titles will almost undoubtedly be
Atari's Lynx swansong.  Unless there is a HUGE demand for Lynx titles,
which is unlikely even if the Jag gets a Lynx adapter, I just don't see
Atari producing any more Lynx games.  No Road Riot 4WD, no AvP, nothing. 
But if we see these last four I will be happy.
I'll gladly run up my credit cards for all four of these... 
Jaguar Support Area  
Len Stys  
Jaguar News
General Jaguar News
Date: Sat Jul 22 01:51:16 1995
 An open message from Mr. Ted Hoff, President of North
 American operations for Atari Corporation...
 Of those of you who follow Atari's progress and 64-bit
 Jaguar momentum, some have expressed interests (and
 concerns) with regard to the disposition of the much
 anticipated Jaguar software title, "Fight for Life." Right
 away, let me address the rumors/flames by stating that
 "Fight for Life" is alive and well and a solid Atari
 development effort continues on that title. Due to the
 online concerns passed on to me recently, I see there's a
 need to make Atari's official position clear with regard to
 its current status.
 Since the development effort began on "Fight for Life,"
 Francois Bertrand and the "Fight for Life" team have seen
 significant progress in the development tools and the
 capabilities of the Jaguar machine. What was underestimated
 was the development time and effort necessary to take
 advantage of the machine's capability. In our most recent
 evaluation of "Fight For Life," we were concerned that the
 game (in its current stage) did not exploit the
 capabilities of the Jaguar, nor would it deliver to the
 gamer the quality or depth of game play expected from the
 Jaguar 64 system. For this reason, newer development
 efforts are being explored, including the evaluation of new
 software engines to enhance the speed, smoothness and
 graphics handling of the Jaguar 64.
 I personally wish to assure you that every step will be
 taken to provide a game that meets your expectations and
 shows off the strength and capability of the system. Most
 of all, I insist that each game provides hours and hours of
 fun and challenging game play. I am demanding these
 principals to be maintained on all games from Atari; not
 only on "Fight for Life." If we change schedules, it will
 be for good reason; namely to meet high standards of
 graphics appeal and incorporate the "fun factor" for which
 Atari products are so well known.
 Francois wants to add...
   "Due to the acquisition and implementation of new
   resources, my 'Fight For Life' team has been inspired to
   enhance 'Fight For Life' in the areas of graphics and
   animation. We are really excited with the changes we have
   made so far. The enhancements will well be worth the
 I know the online community has hung in there with us!
 Thank you. You are our loyal user base and we are
 determined not to disappoint you.
 For those of you interested, Jaguar CD-ROM will ship August
 24, 1995 and should be available throughout our retail
 distribution base by the last week of August and early
 September; depending on how different stores have set up
 If you are not presently a Jaguar gamer and wish to own the
 power of the 64-bit Jaguar, please call Atari Corporation
 at 1-800-GO-ATARI and we will help locate a retailer near
 you. For about $150.00 each (system or CD-ROM), you can't
 beat it. We will continue to monitor your comments and
 feedback regarding our products... both positive and
 negative. I'm hoping that we can continue to be open and
 We have a big job ahead of us; your input continues to be
 important and your loyalty and interest are greatly
 --Ted Hoff (July 21, 1995)
CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas
Date: Tue Jul 18 09:38:51 1995
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.07.18)
 Here's a summary of some new image files I uploaded to
 GEnie, CompuServe and CATscan BBS [209/239-1552]...
   BLUE1.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 68,659
   BLUE2.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 67,316
   BLUE3.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 63,799
   BLUE4.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 76,364
   BLUE5.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 76,438
     Approx 300x200 JPEG format image files of: "Blue
     Lightning" for the Atari 64-bit game system. "Blue
     Lightning" is one of the Jaguar's first CD-based games
     for the CD-ROM peripheral. It features incredible
     graphics for the flying combat experience of your
     64-bit life. This image is (c)1995 Atari Corporation.
     It may be republished in a complimentary fashion if
     copyright notice is included.
   FLIPOUT1.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 71,235
   FLIPOUT2.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 89,600
   FLIPOUT5.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 73,762
   FLIPOUT6.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 78,270
   FLIPOUTB.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 42,972
     Approx 300x200 JPEG format image files of: "Flip Out"
     for the Atari 64-bit game system. "Flip Out", a
     cartridge based 'fun factor' game, looks a whole easier
     than it is. If you liked "Tetris" or "Klax", you'll
     flip for "Flip Out"! This image is (c)1995 Atari
     Corporation. It may be republished in a complimentary
     fashion if copyright notice is included.
   WMCJ_LL.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 79,191
   WMCJ_LR.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 75,030
   WMCJ_UL.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 72,114
   WMCJ_UR.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 79,612
     Approx 300x200 JPEG format image files of: "White Men
     Can't Jump" for the Atari 64-bit game system. "White
     Men Can't Jump" features multi-player action and is the
     first Jaguar game to use the new Team Tap adaptor which
     is included. Each Team Tap allows up to four players on
     one joystick port. This image is (c)1995 Atari
     Corporation. It may be republished in a complimentary
     fashion if copyright notice is included.
 The images were captures from Atari's marketing Department
 in Macintosh .PCT format. I used a translator to change
 them to .TGA format as I found that to offer the best
 sustained resolution. I then CROPed the image to eliminate
 unnecessary black borders and scaled the image down by 50%
 using a paint and imaging application. Once scaled down, I
 lightened contrast and brightness to better match the
 original Jaguar look and feel. Finally, I touched up stray
 pixels that evolved over the process. (I'm trying to
 straighten out problems with my PC. Aggh! <g>) My final
 step involved "ZIPing" the image so I can include a .DIZ
 description file.
 The result is a thumbnail library of clear images that are
 easy to download and view. Here's some initial reaction of
 what users found:
     SERV: CompuServe
     USER: Cody  Maloney 75204,3532
     DATE: 7/17/95
     TOPC: Jaguar General: Excellent Screen Shots
     MSG#: 85654
     Don, I have to say is the screen shots are fabulous!
     Flip Out took my breath away. It left me breathless.
     Its one game that is on my list.
     Blue Lighting look stunning.
     White Men Can't Jump is also stunning as well.
     -++- ============================================= -++-
     SERV: CompuServe
     USER: Edward  J. Mazmania 102211,2662
     DATE: 7/17/95
     TOPC: Jaguar General: Excellent Screen Shots
     MSG#: 85655
     I have to agree. The screen shots look nothing like
     what I saw at the E3 for Blue Lightning. The game I
     have to say looked like garbage at the show. Every
     other game was awesome from Rayman to Hoverhunter,
     Highlander, Battlesphere, and the progressing D2K. I
     tried to play BL and loved the music but found no
     gameplay and poor graphics. Of course I only saw some
     level in the clouds. After seeing these screen shots I
     have second thoughts now.
 -++- ================================================= -++-
 The Jaguar Gamers' Books are shipping from Sandwich Islands
 Publishing. Here's some initial reaction:
     SERV: GEnie
     DATE: 7/13/95
     TOPC: Jaguar: 64-bit game console
     MSG#: 153
     I received my "Jaguar Official Gamer's Guide" Thursday.
     It looks really well done, though I haven't read that
     much yet. Nice cover, 244 pages, covers 18 games, and
     loaded with pictures. The pictures are B/W but they are
     very sharp and serve the purpose. It looks very up to
     date with coverage of Hover Strike and even a preview
     of Rayman. It's full of maps, cheats, hints, and tips.
     A lot of the info can be found on GEnie, but it's nice
     to have it all in one handy reference to keep by the
     Joe Schram
     -++- ============================================= -++-
     CATscan E-Mail
     Msg Num: #1 of 6
     Sent By: (#38) Brian Mccleary - Loyal Jaguarian
     Sent To: (#1) Don Thomas - Atari Corporation
     Sent On: July 13, 1995 at 4:38pm
     Recv On: July 15, 1995 at 6:29pm
     Subject: Gamers' Guide
     The books are great Don! The maps for Aliens -vs-
     Predator are excellent!
 -++- ================================================= -++-
 Super Burnout continues to attract the rave reviews from
 serious gamers. Here's what Steve Kipker of Steve's
 Software wrote to me recently....
   "Well, Super Burnout has only been released for 2 weeks
   now and has continued to be a big success with our
   customers. What I keep hearing over and over are things
     'This game is better than the Arcade, and I am saving
     .50 each time I play. That has more than paid for this
     game in one day!!!'
     'Two player action is as good as it gets'
     'Riding Super Burnout is better than the real thing,
     and cheaper on Insurance'
     'Super Burnout is so real that I felt like I had to put
     on my crash helmet'
     'Super Burnout is truly the Fastest racing Simulator
     for the Atari Jaguar - I feel the need, the need for
   "Don, Super Burnout has been a great success and will
   continue to sell just on customer referrals alone...Atari
   has delivered a true 64-bit racing simulator - What's
 Yes, I know it sounds like hype, but Steve really does like
 selling Super Burnout (He also likes Pinball Fantasies;
 another recent hit.) Ask him yourself, you can write Steve
 at: <> on the Internet.
Date: 01 Jul 95 05:57:59 EDT
 Feel free to repost in public.
 June 29, 1995
 Mr. Andrew McNamara
 Game Informer Magazine
 10120 West 76th Street
 Eden Praire, MN  55344
 Dear Mr. McNamara,
 I received the latest issue (July) of Game Informer Magazine. As a reader, I
 "thanks" for the extensive E3 coverage and photographs. I honestly feel you
offer your
 readers a terrific publication. Since my focus at Atari Corporation is in the
area of
 customer service, I always enjoy reading the reader feedback columns in the
 gaming magazines. I find that your magazine treats and handles most of your
 inquiries real well.
 In the July issue on page 5, however, I take exception with the way you
answered Mr.
 Brad Yach of Neillsville, Wisconsin. He asked about Jaguar technology. Your
reply was
 that the Jaguar is "a multiprocessor design that utilizes a 64-bit bus and not
a 64-bit
 CPU". You caution the gamer not to get upset "because the Jaguar's $159 price
 reflects this design and makes it not such a bad deal".
 The Jaguar meets or exceeds every accepted definition of the term "64-bit". It
has a 64-
 bit highway AND it has mulltiple 64-bit processors. You are correct that it is
a multi-
 processor system. There are processors that handle smaller housekeeping tasks
 are not 64-bit, but the power is there for developers to enjoy. For more
information, I
 have no doubt we could arrange an interview with the system designer, Mr. John
 Mathieson. For your convenience, I have attached a copy of "How Many Bits is
 which was handed out to the press on June 20th.
 Personally, I don't think the fact that other gaming magazines publish 70 to
140 or more
 pages than you do each month have much to do with the quality of your
publication. The
 fewer pages have no impact on your right to be described as a quality
glossy-stock print
 publication. Then again, maybe Game Informer Magazine isn't such a bad deal
 the cover price is only $3.95. <g>
 Donald A. Thomas, Jr.
 Director, Customer Service, Atari Corporation
 cc: open letter online
Date: 25 Jun 95 17:21:25 EDT
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.06.25)
 Bonjour from the 64-bit highway.
 In my software release schedule I posted in my last CATnips,
 I inadvertently listed "Max Force" to be a cart game when it
 will actually be a CD-based title. I knew better, but I was
 in "mindless copy" mode when I typed the list. My apologies
 to Mr. Chris Howard of Genus Microcomputing!
 It may be a few months before these new Jaguar gamers are
 beating their Dads at gruelling 64-bit Jaguar head-to-head
 competitions, but I wish to congratulate them now for their
 pending victories.
 Atari's own, Dan McNamee, officially became a new Dad on May
 11th at 2:37am CST. Weighing in at 8 lbs. 9.8 oz, Trevor Lee
 Cluney (not to be confused with Trevor McFur) measured 22".
 Send your congratulations to Dan through the Internet at
 [ ].
 Mr. Randy Magruder runs the Jaguar and Portables section of 
 the VIDGAM Forum on Compuserve. His daughter, Erin Leilani, 
 was born last week. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. at birth and 
 was 21" long. Randy says his "nerves are shot to hell", but 
 "mother and baby are doing just fine!". (Sounds like a 
 strong dose of Doom is in order, Randy)! <g> Congratulations 
 go to Randy via the Internet: [ ].
 Mr. Jeffrey Norwood, publisher of Jaguar Journal online
 magazine, has stated that the Jaguar will be sold at
 "It's true", he writes to me and Dan in an open message on
 CompuServe. "Wal*Mart agreed to sign to distribute Jaguar
 items at many of their locations... I got a second
 confirmation today... my uncle works for a Wal*Mart
 distributing company, McKlein, and he did mention that the
 Jaguar will be on shelves later this year."
 In the interest to answer the flood of E-Mail that came in
 to me to confirm this report, I checked with Mr. Garry
 Tramiel at Atari. He told me that Wal*Mart has sent to Atari
 a vendors kit which may have been sent to us (Atari) via
 their distributing company. The distributing company may be
 aware that, statistically, those things go to new vendors,
 and we also find that to be a good sign. On the other hand,
 neither Atari nor Wal*Mart have yet made any announcements
 regarding Wal*Mart carrying Jaguar products.
 In the meantime, Atari does remain faithful to its goal of
 expanding the Jaguar's use of shelf space at existing and
 new retail locations.
 While speaking to Mr. Garry Tramiel Friday, he said I could
 pass on to everyone some GREAT news. Jaguar exposure on
 retail shelves and in popular consumer catalogs will be
 outstanding. As always, information is subject to change. 
 The purpose of sharing this is to help keep people 
 The Jaguar will be featured in the new Sear's Christmas Wish
 Book and in upcoming Speigel and J.C. Penney catalogs. The
 Jaguar will also be at ALL Venture locations sometime in
 October. Montgomery Ward will carry Jaguar in their San
 Francisco and Los Angeles locations this fall. A big St.
 Louis chain called Grandpa's will carry the Jaguar within
 the next few months approaching the fall and Christmas. The
 Jaguar will be in the top Software Etc. locations and K-Mart
 is looking carefully at how the Jaguar does at a location
 where FunCo is a concession operator in the store.
 People in many areas have already told me they have noticed
 our efforts to get the Jaguar's exposure in Toys R Us
 locations to expand and improve. Look for similar successful
 efforts in many other retail, chains too such as Tower
 Records, Electronics Boutique and the Wherehouse locations.
 There are a lot more pending success stories which are
 simply waiting for the ink to dry on the paper.
Date: 23 Jun 95 01:36:27 EDT
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.06.22)
 Yes, this is still another edition of CATnips. I thought I
 included everything yesterday, but a lot of people are 
 working hard and things are changing by the hour.
 One of the first things to do is update the tentative 
 software schedule from the one I sent out a week ago or so. 
 The schedule had changed since E3, but I didn't know what 
 all the changes were so I sent out the information I had. The 
 schedule below includes up-to-the-minute additions, 
 corrections and changes. I will remark about key changes 
 after the schedule. Again, these are NOT promises or 
 guarantees. The information is taken directly from 
 up-to-date project status reports with projected release 
 dates based on realistic developer projections. Some of the 
 information WILL change, but as always we will make every 
 effort to keep changes to a minimum. Please note that titles 
 noted by (*) are third party releases. Also note that some 
 titles remain unannounced and are not yet placed on this 
 schedule. I apologize in advance for any typos I may have 
   JUNE '95:
       Pinball Fantasies(*)        cart   simulation   
       Super Burnout               cart   racing    
   JULY '95:
       Air Cars(*)                 cart   racing/combat
       Fight For Life              cart   fighting
       Flashback(*)                cart   action/adventure
       Ultra Vortek (formally Ultra Vortex)
                                   cart   fighting
       White Men Can't Jump (with Team Tap pack-in)
                                   cart   sports
   AUGUST '95:
       Blue Lightning              CD     flying/action
       Creature Shock              CD     adventure/sci-fi
       Dragon's Lair(*)            CD     adventure
       Flip-Out                    cart   puzzle
       Myst                        CD     interactive novel
       Power Drive Rally           cart   driving
       Vid Grid                    CD     puzzle/music video
       Rayman                      cart   action/adventure
       Baldies                     CD     action/simulation
       Battlemorph                 CD     flying/action
       Battlesphere(*)             cart   space/combat
       Charles Barkley Basketball  cart   sports
       Demolition Man              CD     action/combat
       Hover Strike CD             CD     action/combat
       Max Force                   cart   action
       Pitfall(*)                  cart   arcade
       Robinson's Requiem          CD     adventure
       Ruiner Pinball              cart   arcade
       Soul Star                   CD     action/sci-fi
       Space Ace(*)                CD     space/combat
       Space War 2000              cart   action/adventure
       Supercross 3D               cart   sports
   OCTOBER '95:
       Arena Football              cart   sports
       Attack of the Mutant Penguins
                                 CD/cart  arcade
       Braindead 13(*)             CD     action/adventure
       Defender 2000               cart   arcade
       Dragon's Lair 2(*)          CD     adventure
       Phase Zero (formally Hover Hunter)
                                   cart   action/arcade
       Starlight Bowl-a-Rama       CD     sports
       Thea Realm Fighters         CD     fighting
   NOVEMBER '95:
       Highlander I                CD     action adventure
       Atari Kart                  cart   TBD
       Brett Hull Hockey         CD/cart  sports
       Commando                    CD     3D action
       Dactyl Joust                cart   arcade  
       Deathwatch                  cart   action
       Rise of the Robots(*)       CD     action/arcade
       Varuna's Forces             CD     action/adventure
       Breakout 2000               cart   puzzle
       Commander Blood             CD     RPG
       Redemption                  CD     action/adventure
   DECEMBER '95:
       Black Ice/White Noise       CD     action/adventure
       Formula 1 Racing            CD     racing
       Magic Carpet                CD     action/RPG
       NBA Jam Tournament Edition  TBD    sports
       Primal Rage(*)              CD     fighting
       Wayne Gretzky NHL Hockey(*) CD     sports
       Sudden Impact               cart   action
       Skyhammer                   CD     flying/action
   JANUARY '96:
       Dune Racer                  CD     racing
       Iron Soldier II             CD     action/strategy
   FEBRUARY '96:
       Alien Vs. Predator: The CD  CD     RPG/adventure
       Mindripper                  CD     adventure
       Highlander II               CD     action adventure
   APRIL '96:
       Batman Forever              CD     action/adventure
       Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball
                                   TBD    sports
       Ironman/XO-Manowar          TBD    action
       Mortal Kombat 3             TBD    fighting
   JUNE '96:
       Dante                       CD     action
       Rocky Horror Interactive    CD     adventure
 Here are key changes:
 # To avoid confusion with an existing title called Vortex, 
   Ultra Vortex is now "Ultra Vortek".
 # "White Men Can't Jump" will be packed with a Team Tap, 
   multi-player peripheral. The bundle will be $69.99 MSRP.
 # Hover Hunter will be changed to "Phase Zero". It may turn 
   out that it is written "Phase 0", but I doubt it since it 
   could be read as "Phase Ohh" if it is.
 # "Defender 2000" (as previously announced) is now on cart.
 # UBi Soft has changed the release of "Rayman" to be "late 
   summer" according to an inquiry my staff placed this 
   afternoon. One source suggested that they know that 
   translates to September, however, I have reason to believe 
   it will actually be early August. The change is strictly 
   due to the desire of putting out a quality product. Some 
   rumors have been floating around that the change is 
   connected to changing formats or other things... not true.
 # Some new titles have been added to the list which have not 
   appeared on it before... mostly for November and December 
   1995 release.
 # Note that an error was contained in the software 
   descriptions in yesterdays CATnips. "Flip-Out" is a cart, 
   not a CD.  
 I spoke this afternoon with Joe Harabin of Sandwich Islands 
 Publishing. The official Jaguar Tips Book is now in blue 
 line and will be shipping from their Michigan printers 
 beginning July 12th. The book is an authorized compilation 
 of pro tips for over 25 Jaguar software titles. In addition, 
 other features include popular reprints of online articles 
 and ads for our favorite online services.
 If you did not yet order this book, I urge you to do so now. 
 It's been a long wait for many of us, but now that the book 
 is finished, it won't be that long now. It includes 
 exclusive maps and illustrations, cheats, tips and 
 strategies so you can play better and reach higher levels of 
 To order, call 808/661-8195 and have your credit card 
 ready... or fax your order to: 808/661-2715. The price is 
 only $16.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling.
    This game will get your adrenaline pumping and pin you to 
    your seat with its 'G' force. As you lean into the first 
    bend you'll feel like you're really there. Go for it! 
    Twist the throttle hard and ride that curve like a pro.
    * Choose from 6 great custom sport bikes.
    * Pit your skills against 8 of the world's meanest race 
    * Race against the computer or go head-to-head with a 
      friend for a truly competitive experience.
    Take the ride of your life on these fantastic bikes!
    Turn your Jaguar into the ultimate amusement arcade with 
    Pinball Fantasies - the greatest pinball simulator ever. 
    This classic game offers four scorchingly addictive 
    tables with the most realistic ball movement you'll ever 
    see in a video game. If you're looking for instant 
    playability, speed and excitement, Pinball Fantasies is 
    the game for you.
    But be warned - one game and you're hooked.
Date: 22 Jun 95 02:45:04 EDT
 How Many Bits is Jaguar?
 (And what does it mean anyway?)
 The number of bits used to characterize a computing system is,
 in general, a fairly straightforward issue. The candidates
 for the number to use are:
 1) The number of bits in the data bus. This is the number of
    bits that can be transferred from one part of the system
    to another at one time.
 2) The number of bits in the ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit).
    This is the number of bits that can be computed at once.
 3) The number of bits in a data register. This is the number
    of bits that make up a value when stored inside a chip.
 The number usually used is the first one, the width of the
 data bus. This is because there are bottlenecks in all
 systems. These need to be avoided. The transfer of data is a
 vital aspect of performance and it has been seen to be an
 important way to judge overall system performance.
 First, a bit of history. The first popular microprocessor
 was the Intel 8080. It had an 8-bit data bus (meaning 8 bits
 of data could be transferred at one time), an 8-bit ALU
 (Arithmetic Logic Unit, so it could compute 8 bits at once),
 and 8-bit wide registers. There was a universal agreement
 that this should be called an "8-bit processor". Another
 popular 8-bit processor is the 6502. Like the 8080, the 6502
 has an 8-bit data bus, an 8-bit ALU and 8-bit registers.
 There was also universal agreement that this should be
 called an 8-bit processor. The 6502 is the processor used as
 the computation base of many popular systems. These include:
 game systems such as the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800 and the
 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), as well as computer
 systems such as Atari 400, 800, Commodore VIC-20, C-64 and
 Apple II. These are the classic 8-bit machines.
 Now the confusion starts. Consider the Intel 8088. The chip
 has an 8-bit data bus, a 16-bit ALU and 16-bit registers.
 Intel called this an 8-bit processor because it has an 8-bit
 data bus to distinguish it from the 8086 which is the 16-bit
 bus version. The 8088 was used in the first IBM PC and IBM
 called it 16-bit. This was probably because the Apple II was
 8-bit and IBM wanted to be bigger. In this case, the stretch
 is not completely ridiculous because the 8088 is identical
 to the 8086 except for the width of the data bus.
 Next consider the Motorola 68000. This has a 16-bit data
 bus, a 16-bit ALU and 32-bit registers. It is also known as
 a 16-bit processor. The 68000 was the heart of the original
 Apple Macintosh. For reasons no doubt similar to IBM's,
 Apple chose to call the Mac a 32-bit machine (although no
 one really really believed them).
 Intel actually worked a clever way around this problem when
 the 386 came out. The 386 is a true 32-bit chip with a
 32-bit data bus, a 32-bit ALU and 32-bit registers. Intel
 also produced a version of the 386 that was identical except
 that it has a 16-bit data bus. Intel called the 32-bit bus
 version the 386DX and the 16-bit version the 386SX. The
 performance difference between these two chips demonstrates
 the validity of the data bus criterion. By the convention, the
 8088 and 8086 should be called the 8086SX and 8086DX
 respectively. The concept of system architecture is quite
 useful here. The 386 is a 32-bit architecture and the 386SX
 is a 16-bit implementation of that architecture. Just to add
 confusion, Intel changed the meaning of DX and SX with the
 486. The 486SX is missing an on-chip coprocessor.
 In the video game arena, things were quite a bit simpler.
 The Sega Genesis used, as it main processor, the 68000.
 Either, as a result of a failure of marketing imagination or
 due to Apple's failure to convince anyone that the original
 Mac was 32-bit, Sega called the Genesis a 16-bit machine.
 The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) is based on a
 65816, a 16-bit version of the 6502. This is also a 16-bit
 system. Both of these systems use 16-bit graphic chips. This
 means that the graphics chips in the system are capable of
 moving data around the system 16-bits at a time. The NEC
 Turbo Graphics 16 is an interesting machine. It used an
 8-bit processor but contained 16-bit graphics hardware. This
 is the first popular example of the bit size of a system not
 being determined by the central processor, but by other
 parts of the system. Another example of a 16-bit system
 containing an 8-bit processor is the Atari Lynx.
 To recap the discussion above, there are several different
 numbers that can be used to classify a computing system. The
 one that has had the best historical success, is the width
 of the data bus. At present, this is relatively easy to do.
 Just count the number of wires carrying data. As technology
 advances, this will become harder since the busses will be
 on-chip. This means that the actual 64 wires may not be
 visible on the circuit board, as they are now. The details
 may change, but the basic principal will remain the same.
 Now, how many bits is the Jaguar?
 The heart of the Jaguar architecture is a 64-bit data bus.
 This allows several of the system components to operate on
 64-bits of data simultaneously and pass those results around
 the same way. These components are:
 =*= Object Processor =*=
     This system element takes an image from DRAM (main
     memory) to draw it on the screen. It reads DRAM 64-bits
     at a time.
 =*= BLiTTER =*=
     This moves data around the system. It is optimized for
     the transfer of graphics data. The BLiTTER is capable of
     64-bit reads and writes.
 =*= GPU =*=
     This is the true computational heart of the system. It
     is a custom RISC processor, with a 64-bit data bus, a
     32-bit ALU and 32-bit registers.
 There are other support components in the Jaguar that are
 not 64-bit in nature. This does not prevent the system from
 being 64-bit.
 From this, it should be easier to see that the Atari Jaguar
 really is a 64-bit system.
 (This document issued at Atari's "Fun 'N' Games" press event
 held June 20, 1995 at Atari headquarters in Sunnyvale,
 California. Tradenames used are Trademarks or Registered
 Trademarks of their owning companies.)
 In my last CATnips, I captured a lengthy list of popular 
 World Wide Web Sites that cater to Atari Lynx or Jaguar 
 gamers. My captures were revealed simply by surfing the net 
 and I am certain I missed others. One such site I missed was
 STReport International Online Magazine. Their site can be 
 reached with the following address:
 I visited the site and found it to be a convenient way to 
 grab the most recent issue of "STReport" which has covered 
 the Atari product line for about 8 years now. STReport can 
 also be obtained from The Bounty BBS by dialing 904/786-4176 
 or CATscan BBS by dialing 209/239-1552. New issues of 
 STReport begin distribution every Friday evening. Many BBS 
 systems have them up by Saturday morning.
 Travis Guy is hoping to get an issue of "Atari Explorer 
 Online" out this coming weekend. Coverage will include an 
 exclusive report from Adam Urbano of Atari's Fun 'N' Games 
 event Tuesday.
 Jeffrey Norwood has just released the June/July issue of 
 "Jaguar Journal" online magazine. Look for it in online 
 service libraries or grab a copy off CATscan.
 Danny Miskin has just released the #2 issue of "Jag Zone" 
 online magazine. Look for it in online service libraries or 
 grab a copy from CATscan. Please note that ALL CATscan files 
 may be reposted on any public access service.  
 The July issue of "Next Generation" Magazine features and 
 impressive 7-page pictorial interview with Mr. Sam Tramiel. 
 PLEASE check this issue out even if you just read it at the 
 magazine section in the store while the wife(husband) looks 
 (and buys) new shoes(tools)! This one's a keeper!
 Yes, the CD-ROM is still planned for an August release. 
 Those of you asking for confirmations on that should be 
 pleased to learn that marketing remains faithful to that 
 schedule at this time.
 I've been getting a lot of praise for the decision to put 
 "Defender 2000" on cart. Apparently, a lot of onliners agree 
 with Atari's observation that everyone wants that to be a 
 "plug 'n play" game. Most everyone writing me realize that 
 no game play features are being sacrificed with this 
 decision. Atari just wants everyone to be able to enjoy this 
 guaranteed Minter classic with or without the CD-ROM already 
 attached to their system.
 I am looking for the dates, how many members attended and 
 where the first Atari computer and/or video game users' 
 group meetings were held in their respective area. I would 
 appreciate exact dates at least down to the month and year. 
 Any history would be appreciated. If you have that 
 information, please EMail me (Don Thomas) through the 
 Internet at
 Welcome to the newest members on my distribution lists. 
 Thanks for your interest in the Jaguar and all your help to 
 spread the word about our favorite machine!
Date: 16 Jun 95 04:16:06 EDT
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas (95.06.15)
 A lot of people have been asking me about the status of the
 AEO/E3 video shipments. I understand they're wrapping and
 packing them day and night. In the last CATnips, I included
 some early feedback from viewers of the tape... mostly from
 GEnie. Here's a great one in the public Jaguar forum on
   Service: CompuServe
   Author: Brian McLaughlin  102006,3407
   Posted: 06/13/95, 08:24PM
   Message #: 83070
   Category: Jaguar General
   Topic: AEO tapes arrive
   Jag VR...
   The demo of Missle Command 2000 looked pretty slick, and
   the helmet did look quite responsive. If they can get rid
   of that seasick feel most VR helmets give you, then at
   $300 they should have a winner (as long as they get some
   software for it, however, there are LOTS of possibilities
   for some real kick games.)
   White Men Can't Jump...
   Looks like a nice street ball game.  Nice zooming and
   panning, with a pretty decent framerate. The street talk
   was a nice touch, but seemed a bit repetetive. However,
   if they pack this with the 4 way adapter at no extra
   cost, then I'll definately pick it up.
   Defender 2000...
   Even though only Classic and Plus modes were shown,
   they're enough to already have me drooling already.
   Great pixel- shatter explosions and I love the aurora
   effect in the background. Guess I'll have to live with
   the windows version of Defender available on the net
   until this one comes out, however, it's just not gonna be
   as fun!  :)
   Ultra Vortex...
   Looks like a pretty cool fighting game, and I esp like
   the characters. And I love that announcers voice!
   Straight from, er, heck! My only complaint is I wish
   some of the animation was a bit smoother, but I'm still
   gonna pick this one up (been waiting for it for a while)
   Great looking game with a great sense of humor. Some of
   those ships were hilarious, esp with the animations. I'd
   reveal some of them, but I think I'll hold off so that
   those who haven't seen the video yet can still be
   suprised. I know I was! :) Suffice it to say, the ships
   look great, the game looks well thought out, and the
   explosions are pretty cool (what more can you ask for?)
   This game looks real smooth and should be a real winner.
   On my "Must Buy" list. (Oh, that one ship looked A LOT
   like a Star Fury from Babylon 5.  Hmmm...)
   Hover Hunter...
   This game looks real good, esp if they can put it on a 2
   meg cart! Imagine what they could do on a CD. Yikes! It
   looks a lot like Comanche on the PC, and I was impressed
   with Hyper Image's support for items like the Catbox,
   Jaglink and even the VR helmet. If they can put in
   support for the VR helmet, I'll definately get this game.
   (And for those who've seen the interview with the HI
   crew, I think we all need to buy this game, if only so
   those poor guys can get some shoes!  :)
   Other Possibilities...
   Other games that show potential and I may end up getting:
   Soulstar (Only some FMV was shown, but I have high hopes
   for Core Design), Fight for Life  (I'll wait till it's
   done to post a verdict on this one), Skyhammer  (little
   smoother scrolling on this one would be nice, but still
   showed potential. That 1994 date on it has me wondering
   what it looks like now), Power Drive Rally (Like the
   little touches, like skid marks on the road), Thea Realm
   Fighters (Some smoother character animations, and this
   could be a winner), Primal Rage (Looked like it was
   lacking in the color department, but I'm assuming that's
   not a final version <g>), Brett Hull Hockey (Some more
   polishing and this could be a winner. Like polish up that
   rink, looks a little shaby. And how about changing camera
   perspectives during the game?) Battlemorph (I wasn't a
   big Cybermorph fan, but this looks a lot nicer.  One
   complaint I had from Cybermorph that's been addressed is
   that the planets now have skies and landscapes in the
   distance, which I think adds a lot of atmosphere. Now if
   only everything would bank when you turn. That would help
   add more to the illusion of movement, etc.) and
   Deathmatch (Could be a decent platformer, but that's not
   my area of expertise)
   My favorite non-game "thrill"...
   Getting to see what some of these net people look like,
   from Sven to Jeff Minter.  And where were you, Don?
   Don't tell me you're shy in front of a camera!  <g>
   And that's my take on things. Sorry it's so long, but my
   fingers just wouldn't stop typing!  (Just be glad I
   didn't type everything I wanted too!  <g>)
 Remember, the AEO/E3 tape is available now. If you want a
 great way to preview great new Jaguar games, get this
 video. For more info, contact AEO through the Internet:
 Another reminder, the next issue of Atari Explorer Online
 (AEO) will include a reprint of the "Pinball Fantasies"
 review from their January issue (and some great stuff on 
 "Super Burnout"). A lot of people are bragging about their 
 copies and it's a good time to see reviews since that game 
 has just been released. Look for issue number 1123 of 
 STReport for their "Pinball Fantasies" review.
 One of the Atari Product Managers tell me I can now confirm
 "Super Burnout" IS in production. (It has been for a couple
 weeks) Look for it soon or place preorders with your
 retailer now. "Super Burnout" is an arcade favorite and the
 Jaguar version is extremely faithful to the arcade feel
 INCLUDING the fun factor Atari is known for!
 Ms. Kristine Chambers also tells me that "Defender 2000" 
 has just been "promoted" to cart format. I say "promoted"
 because "Defender 2000" lends itself to a plug 'n play
 format in my opinion. When you have the urge to play,
 you're going to want to play! It's clear that a lot of CD
 titles are coming together as they are now planned and
 there's no reason to steal the cartridge appeal of the
 classic remake away.
 Atari collectors and Jaguar gamers may like to look for
 page 133 of the July issue of GamePro magazine. Crave
 Division: Rockabilla, Inc. is offering a new variety of
 licensed Atari Jaguar T-Shirts including one that features
 "Hover Strike", "Tempest 2000", "Iron Soldier" and the
 Jaguar eyes. Each shirt is just $16.95 each and they sell
 Jaguar hardware and software too. For a free catalog or to
 order, call 612/942-9920. These T-shirts are 3rd party and
 not available direct from Atari.
 I don't often include news concerning competitors, since
 people on my distribution list are most interested in
 Jaguar specific information. Sometimes there's reason for
 exception. Please note, that although I am employed by
 Atari, any commentaries are my own and do not reflect the
 point of view of Atari Corporation.
 On June 13, Golin/Harris, Nintendo's PR Firm, issued a
 press release announcing Nintendo's intention to drop
 participation in the Winter Consumer Electronics Show
 (CES). The major significance of this is the gaming
 industry trend toward dedicated shows such as the
 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and away from CES. This
 new announcement from Nintendo comes within mere weeks of
 Nintendo's announced delay of Ultra 64.
 Trade shows are siginificant within the industry because
 it's a major thrust behind putting products on store
 shelves. It's an opportunity to lure the buyers of the
 major chain stores. Nintendo's announcement which they say,
 "cements industry support for single yearly show", will be
 a major sacrifice for them because it will erraticate an
 early 1996 opportunity to show off any progress they may
 have made on their Ultra 64 system.
 Meanwhile, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal
 reveals Trip Hawkin's efforts to sell 3DO/M2 technology to
 a broader range of potential buyers. According to the
 article, Sega is targeted with proposals and analysts
 theorize that is because "(Sega) needs help with its
 Mr. Jim Carlton, author of the article, points out that
 3DO's "cumulative net loss is $113 million since it was
 founded in 1993."
 Gamers may recall that Sega of America scrambled to get the
 Saturn out earlier than originally announced in time to
 show for E3 as an effort to douse some of the impact of
 Atari's VR and Sony's Playstation. Backstage, Sega is
 literally giving away Sega CD systems to users in
 manufacturer-direct promotions in hopes of increasing the
 installed base of 16-bit CD users.
 A lot of people want to know where the best online support 
 sites are. Here is a summary and in no particular order:
 CATscan BBS
    Dial 209/239-1552 * 24 hrs. 14.4 Free/except LD charges
 Toad Hall BBS
    Dial 617/569-2489 * 24 hrs. 9600 Free/except LD charges
         617/567-8642 * 24 hrs. 2400 Free/except LD charges
 Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG
    Dial 216/368-3888 * 24 hrs. 300/1200/2400+ baud
    Internet: telnet or
              type "go lynx" or "go jaguar" from any menu
 STAR*LINX BBS  Lynx / Jaguar / ST / STe / TT / Falcon030
    Dial 602/464-4817 * 24 hrs. 14.4  over 500 megs online
 CompuServe Online Service  (GO JAGUAR) [subscriber service]
    Dial 800/848-8199 (voice) Ask for op #198 for more info.
 GEnie (JAGUAR) [subscriber service]
    Dial 800/638-9636 (voice) for sign-up information.
 Delphi [subscriber service]
    Dial 800/544-4005 (voice) for sign-up information.
 Also interactive areas on America Online and Prodigy
 *  The following includes sites that may not be Jaguar 
 *  specific, but caters to Atari gamers and/or computer 
 *  users. Internet access and appropriate software required.
 *  Sites have not been cross individually checked. 
 *  Unofficial Atari Jaguar Home Page by Christian Svensson
 *  Yak's Zoo (Jeff Minter's Fun Farm)
 *  Toad Computers (retail and information site)
 *  Jaguar Directory
 *  Atari Jaguar 64-Bit Game Machine Stuff
 *  Index of/~jschlich/Jaguar/
 *  ST Format Page
 *  CAIN Page
 *  Cybercube WWW Page
 *  Atari Home Page by Martijn Dekker
 *    www.fwi.uva.hl/~mdekker/atari.html
 *  Steve's Atari WWW Pages
 *  Atari Page by Dirk Klemmt
 *  Atari Users List
 *  Eero Tamminen's Atari Pages
 *  CNAM Atari Pages
 *  Simon Gornall's Atari Pages
 *  Atari Page by Robert Krenn
 *  Atari Ghostwriter
 *  Julian's Atari Page
 *  Atari Page by Frank Post
 *  Atari Lynx Page
 *  Lynx Pages
 *  Volker Burggraf Atari Pages
 *  Martin's Atari Page
 *  ZFC's Atari Page
 *  STReport's Page
Date: 14 Jun 95 04:13:01 EDT
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas (95.06.13)
 I'm going to celebrate this edition of CATnips by giving it 
 a theme...  I'm calling it my "Personal Opinion Edition!"
 <g> Last week I was forwarded an Internet message from 
 someone feeling I was not entitled to a personal opinion 
 or, at least, a right to express it within my CATnips 
 format. So to that... I say "Bullpunky!" <g>
 For the record, CATnips is NOT a formal statement of Atari 
 Corporation and my personal opinions expressed herein are 
 no one else's but my own. I think everyone on my private 
 distribution channel (KJAG or WJAG for our friends East of 
 the Mississippi <g>) knows that CATnips is my own personal 
 means to fill the gap between what is newsy in the Jaguar 
 spotlight, but may not be covered by press releases or 
 formal statements. Subjects I have covered have been 
 personal perspectives of E3, my adventures with CATscan 
 (209/239-1552 == 14.4 == 24 hours), my impressions on games 
 or simply where to find them, previews of neat stuff I've 
 snagged for onliners at great prices (T-Shirts, posters, CD 
 Soundtracks, videos, etc.), great online comments and 
 more... lots more. I've even attached Press Releases from 
 time to time. You can tell which ones they are because of 
 the two secret words at the top of them... (PRESS RELEASE).
 Also, for the record, I do work at Atari Corporation and my 
 opinions are 100%+ biased in favor of Atari products. I'm 
 sorry to shock some of you, but looking for ways to sell 
 the SNES doesn't really pay my mortgage well. For what it's 
 worth, working at Atari is a thrill for me because I get to 
 swim in my favorite pool of entertainment products. Long 
 before I knew Atari would scrape grease from my elbows, I 
 was collecting 2600 game cartridges, devoted to my 400 and 
 800 computers (no, those are not quantities) and attending 
 Atari users' group meetings in Ft. Worth, Texas.
 Although only one person I know of ever suggested I not 
 voice opinions, I felt compelled to be PC (no pun intended) 
 about it and 'fess up that I am biased. In the interest of 
 fairness, I encourage anyone that chooses to republish 
 copies of CATnips to point out that my expressed opinions 
 are based on those things I think will help promote the 
 Atari Jaguar (and Lynx). Those who know me realize I will 
 never falsify anything, but I won't go out of my way to 
 point out the occasional "not so good" stuff... Kind of 
 like when I proudly show pictures of my son, I don't go out 
 of my way to point out that his team lost their baseball 
 season this year. Heck, if I'm going to paint, why not use 
 colors I like! Right?
 I suppose I should feel obligated to point out that the 
 preceding was a biased editorial based on personal opinion.
 Okay, let's move on <g>...
 Some of you may recall that I was entertaining the idea of 
 assembling a timeline of Atari's history. Although things 
 like Christmas and E3 have shifted its position on my 
 priority list, I'm still collecting goodies as sources for 
 information. So far I have over 130 pages packed with 
 material and I still have volumes of books and magazines to 
 I'd like to point out an excellent book I came across. It 
 was recommended to me by John Hardie, a Jaguar devotee and 
 CATscan member from New York who expressed his PERSONAL 
 OPINION and... oh, anyway, the book is called: "PHOENIX: 
 The Fall & Rise of Home Videogames". It was written by 
 Leonard Herman who is a freelance writer, award winning 
 lyricist, Atari game collector and computer programmer 
 residing in New Jersey. The book is published by Rolenta 
 Press with a copyright of 1994. Now the following review of 
 this book is my PERSONAL opinion...
 "PHOENIX: The Fall & Rise of Home Video Games" seems to me 
 to be the most thorough history of the video game evolution 
 I have seen. Unlike "Game Over" by David Sheff which takes 
 an angle from primarily Nintendo's perspective, Herman's 
 accounts appear to me (my opinion) to be evenly devoted to 
 all the systems that contributed to the phenomenon of 
 videogaming. It would have been nice if there were photos 
 or illustrations because part of the charm to reminisce is 
 to visualize how some of those old blocky games looked. I 
 do not know the accuracy of all the data in the book, but 
 the book is extremely well indexed (another opinion) and 
 offers a three page bibliography in teeny tiny print.
 The book is 298 pages and perfect bound by a generic 
 looking cover. It is available direct from the publisher 
 for $22.49 which includes shipping costs. New Jersey 
 residents need to add $1.20 for the sales tax. In MY 
 OPINION, it adds something to the book to have the author 
 sign it. You may want to make that request when ordering.
 By the way, I am personally looking for a book titled: 
 "ZAP" written by Scott Cohen and published by McGraw Hill 
 in 1984. I found a copy in the library at Sacramento State 
 University, but I would like to add a clean copy to my 
 private library. The book is out of print and no longer 
 available through McGraw Hill. (A FACT verified through the 
 publisher... not an opinion.) Please EMail me at or if you have 
 help for me on this. I am also interested in dusty, but 
 good condition Atari 2600 game cartridges. Of course, the 
 unusual ones would be most appealing. One such cart that 
 comes to mind was part of a Puppy Chow promotion. Before 
 you you offer them away to me or anyone else, take a good 
 look at them again. Some of those games were a lot of fun 
 and you might see new versions of some of them playing on a 
 Jaguar near you! <wink>
 Those looking for great Jaguar press, check out the July 
 issue of POPULAR SCIENCE on page 41. (Note, it is my 
 opinion that the coverage was "great", but it is NOT my 
 opinion that it is found on page 41.) The system is 
 pictured and a couple screen shots of Kasumi Ninja are 
 featured to show the version with and without the parental 
 code activated.
 Just as a premature footnote, I have received several 
 comments back in agreement with my PERSONAL OPINIONS of 
 "Pinball Fantasies". Look for reviews coming up in the 
 upcoming issues of STReport and Atari Explorer Online. BTW, 
 "Pinball Fantasies" is available NOW!
 The new July issue of VIDEOGAMES reached me today. In MY 
 OPINION, our buddy Chris Gore is at it again. Although our 
 recent lunch meeting with Gore was after this issue went to 
 press, there are a few "technical errors" which will appear 
 to be new because the magazine is just coming out. One of 
 them happens to be the FACT (not opinion) that the CD-ROM 
 is still scheduled for release in August... not "by 
 Christmas" as quoted in the magazine. Please help notify 
 gamers in advance of this.
 Your favorite press celebrities have been invited to a very 
 special FUN 'N' GAMES event at Atari headquarters. Look for 
 early feedback from them within a couple weeks. The event 
 will open opportunities for sneak previews, exclusive 
 interviews (and the separation of opinion and fact).
 I still get a lot of EMail asking if we still have AvP or 
 IS posters, Tempest Soundtrack CDs and videos. Yes, we have 
 all of them for collectors and enthusiasts. Whenever I get 
 a chance, I snag some for the onliners in case they want to 
 get one. Just follow the instructions in the ad to place 
 your order. Please keep in mind that the Tempest Soundtrack 
 CD is now scheduled for release as a pack-in with the 
 CD-ROM so don't order one if you can wait until then. Also, 
 the best recent video (IMO) is actually from Atari Explorer 
 Online. Here's what the onliners are saying about the 
 AEO/E3 video...
   Service: GEnie
   Author: C.SMITH89[CLINT/A.P.E.]
   Posted: 06/09/95, 08:29PM
   Message #: 148
   Category: The Jaguar - Atari's latest Game Console!
   Topic: ATARI@E3
   "...Terrific quality work... Rayman looks killer... 
   Hopefully the rest of SoulStar will be as good as it's 
   FMV intro. Woah! Missile Command 2000 is looking very 
   nice indeed. White Men Can't Jump looks and sounds very 
   cool. Nice effects. Shut Up and Jam's setup screens look 
   nice. Nice to see that it's being handled by Ringler(they 
   did Lynx Hockey, Mario Lemiuex for Sega, and some 
   computer sports games for Mindscape years ago). Fight For 
   Life looks GREAT. Much better looking than Virtua 
   Fighters on Saturn. The best move shown on the video is 
   when a character gets finished off with a vicious looking 
   bearhug. Nice FMV for that NERF ad. Defender 2000 plus 
   looks excellent. Love the aurora and the various sounds 
   (especially the sizzle of the lightning lazer). It should 
   kick with the right music. More great looking FMV for 
   Varuna's Forces. Pinball Fantasies looks pretty good and 
   the music is quite nice. Flip Out...boy what an odd 
   looking(but neat) game. Ultra Vortex is looking 
   great(especially since the background smooth scrolls ... 
   no more jumpiness). Lucius has some great looking 
   attacks. SkyHammer looks promising. Power Drive Rally 
   looks and sounds excellent. Love the reflection of the 
   sky in the water. Ruiner looks interesting. The war motif 
   appeals to me more. Some cool sound. Battlesphere ... WOW 
   ... Battlesphere. Oh my god, it's full of stars! Somebody 
   clone the 4Play gang. I especially love the music. It 
   sounds EXCELLENT.  Also, I don't care who you have to 
   bribe ... keep the Star Raiders shot sound. Who'd think 
   that an 8-bit game's sound effect would seem so right in 
   a 64-bit game? Thea Realm Fighters looks to have promise. 
   Really nice backgrounds.  The FMV on Blue Lightning is 
   incredible. I'd really like to see something of a level 
   where you're flying over ground though before I condemn 
   it(plus, it's probably still being worked on). Primal 
   Rage is looking VERY close to the arcade game. Hyper 
   Force strikes me along the same lines as Switchblade 2 on 
   the Lynx. I hope the game is still being worked on(your 
   character looks super stiff). Creature Shock has to have 
   the BEST FMV on the Jag CD. It looks unbelievable.  Even 
   if there isn't much gameplay, it still may be worth 
   picking up just to blow your friend's minds. Brett Hull 
   Hockey(also from Ringler) is also looking VERY promising. 
   Could be a good one. Vid Grid looks pretty good. People's 
   thoughts that it might be very easy to piece together a 
   music video in motion need to take a look(ouch, tough).
   Battlemorph. YES. Great FMV. Visually it's a step beyond 
   the original and the underwater stuff looks great. 
   Deathmatch gives me almost an EarthWorm Jim feel. Very 
   pretty. It'll be interesting to see what they do with it.
   Finally, Hover Hunter looks very neat.
   Terrific job, AEO gang.
   (Oh, when I said the Jag logo looked neat, I meant this 
   cool FMV logo sequence. It's looks great).
   Service: GEnie
   Author: C.BENAVIDES[CB Sez]
   Posted: 06/10/95, 12:10AM
   Message #: 151
   Category: The Jaguar - Atari's latest Game Console!
   Topic: ATARI@E3
   I just finished watching both AEO tapes ( which I 
   received today!). They are great. I personally can't wait 
   to get BattleMorph and BattleSpere. My 11 year old son 
   wants Vid Grid. Great job by the AEO guys.
   -CB Sez
   Service: GEnie
   Author: C.WELLS10[Ginsu]
   Posted: 06/10/95, 02:57AM
   Message #: 152
   Category: The Jaguar - Atari's latest Game Console!
   Topic: ATARI@E3
   Got both tapes in this afternoon;had to skim through the 
   Atari one real quick before work, getting ready to sit 
   down and watch now.  What brief bit I saw earlier looked 
   excellent!  Rayman, Ultra Vortex, Defender 2000, White 
   Men Can't Jump, Battlemorph, Battlesphere(AWESOME!)and 
   Hoverhunters looked like the best of the bunch, with many 
   others looking really great (or promising on the early 
   ones).  The intros on the CD games were all spectacular!  
   Gotta go watch, more comments to follow!
   Service: CompuServe
   Author: Daniel Skelton  73742,464
   Posted: 06/12/95, 10:51PM
   Message #: 82913
   Category: Jaguar General
   Topic: AEO tapes arrive
   Got mine today, and spent most of the evening watching 
   it. Great stuff again, and thanks!
   Dan Skelton
   Antique Videogame Aficionado and Proud Jaguar Owner
 I am getting a lot of EMail on the E3 Video. Please!... the 
 video is available exclusively through Atari Explorer 
 Online. Contact them through the Internet for ordering 
 A lot of people have asked about the software schedule. As 
 many of you have heard, there are enough software projects 
 in the works for the Jaguar to have a library potential of 
 75 - 100 titles to have been released by the Holidays. Many 
 of them have already been announced. Here is the schedule 
 from E3: (although NOT based on opinion, the FACTS are 
 subject to change <g>)
   JUNE:       Pinball Fantasies        Super Burnout
   JULY:       Air Cars                 Fight For Life
               Flashback                Power Drive Rally
               Rayman                   Ultra Vortex
               White Men Can't Jump
   AUGUST:     Arena Football           Baldies (CD)
               Battlemorph (CD)         Blue Lightning (CD)
               Creature Shock (CD)      Demolition Man (CD)
               Dragon's Lair (CD)       Flip-Out
               Highlander I (CD)        Myst (CD)
               Pitfall                  Rise of the Robots (CD)
               Robinson's Requiem (CD)  Ruiner Pinball
               Space Ace (CD)           Vid Grid (CD)
   SEPTEMBER:  Atari Kart               Battlesphere
               Charles Barkley B'Ball   Hover Hunter
               Hover Strike (CD)        Max Force
               Soul Star (CD)           Space War
               Super Cross (3D)
   OCTOBER:    Attack of the Mutant Penguins (CD/Cart)
               Braindead 13
               Defender 2000 
               Dragons Lair 2:Time Warp (CD)
               Highlander II (CD)
               Starlight Bowl-a-Rama (CD)
               Sky Hammer (CD)
               Thea Relm Fighters CD
   NOVEMBER:   Brett Hull Hockey (CD/Cart)
               Commando (CD)
               Dactyl Joust
               Formula Racing (CD)
               Highlander III (CD)
               Primal Rage (CD)
               Varuna's Forces (CD)
               Wayne Gretzky NHL Hockey (CD)
   DECEMBER:   Black Ice\White Noise (CD)
               Magic Carpet (CD)
               NBA Jam TE (TBD)
   JANUARY 96: Dune Racer (CD)
               Iron Soldier II (CD)
   FEBRUARY:   Alien Vs Predator (CD)
               Mind-ripper (CD)
   APRIL:      Batman Forever (CD)
               Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball (TBD)
               Ironman/Exoman (TBD)
               Mortal Kombat 3 (TBD)
   JUNE:       Dante (CD)
 Wow, that's a long list! (Well, that's MY OPINION anyway!)
Date: 07 Jun 95 23:52:55 EDT
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas
 Okay. LOTS of you <<<S-C-R-E-A-M-E-D>>> (just as you should
 have) over the Ultimate Gamer magazine article which
 appeared in their premiere issue (cover date; July 1995).
 For example, in that issue, Jaguar gamers were misinformed
 that the CD-ROM (to be released in August) was going to be
 single speed and... well, let's just say it was a bad hair
 day for the unnamed author of that article.
 Since a lot of onliners contacted me about the Ultimate
 Gamer's issue, I was invited by Ultimate Gamer to have
 lunch with them this afternoon. The lunch was hosted by
 Chris Gore and Randy Brown. Chris is the Editor-In-Chief of
 Ultimate Gamer, Video Games, and Tips and Tricks Magazines.
 Chris and Randy were meeting with Ron Beltramo; Vice
 President Advertising and Marketing for Atari Corporation
 and John Mathieson; Vice President Advanced Technology for
 Atari Corporation. We ducked into a restaurant called
 Pacific Fresh near the office and really got down to
 business.  After all that was said and done, I think we
 made a lot of headway and I'd like to share what I can with
 the people who helped correct this issue... the online
 Chris appeared in his trademark cap, calloused punch-button
 thumbs and glazed-over video eyes. He was all ablaze with
 energy. He talked about the future of the gaming industry
 and how well he thought Atari fit into the plan with a
 super system priced at less than $160. He shared with us
 his enlightenment from the E3 show and how he has come to
 conclude that there's room in the market for multiple
 high end systems as long as they were priced affordably. He
 talked about some great things happening in upcoming issues
 of his magazines and how much he has come to realize Atari
 is in a great position and that fact will be reflected in
 forthcoming issues.
 With Chris' permission, I have managed to grab some snippets
 from the Editorial by Ultimate Gamer's Frank O'Connor which
 will appear in the second issue to released July 25. I am
 obligated to say that this preview is subject to
 grammatical and technical corrections before it is actually
 "Plugged In..."
 "Welcome to the second issue of ULTIMATE GAMER. The
  response to the first issue was over-whelming,..."
 "It seems we also upset and confused a number of Jaguar
  owners. We incorrectly reported that the Jaguar CD was a
  single-speed unit..."
 "We apologize both to Atari and to nervous Jaguar owners
  for our unforgivable error..."
 " must be said in Atari's defense that E3 was a very
  good show for the company. All things considered, there
  was more software, better games and a much healthier
 "The Atari Virtual Reality headset was drawing crowds from
  all over..."
 "Jaguar's custom graphics hardware is almost perfectly
  suited to the shaded polygons required by Virtual Reality
  games. Better yet, the multi-processor architecture means
  there is less of the annoying Virtual Reality lag when you
  move too quickly..."
 "Atari may have single-handedly cracked open a new market,
  being the first company to produce a VR game system..."
 "Atari really hasn't made any big mistakes. Its machine is
  hot, the pricing is incredible and the ideas are fine..."
 "The company that started the business may yet find itself
  in a position to dominate..."
 I hope Jaguar users will pick up this issue of Ultimate
 Gamer and let me know what they think. It is also important
 that Jaguar gamers let Ultimate Gamer know that they are
 appreciative of healthy Jaguar coverage. Ron Beltramo was
 very instrumental in getting Chris Gore and company to look
 hard at Atari's position and the way the video game market
 is shaping up. We all agreed at lunch to the obvious...
 more quality software ASAP! We also agreed Atari is dealing
 with this in a very serious way with a lot of great
 software coming very soon. Now, more than ever, Atari is in
 a great position to make that happen as long as we stick by
 our guns, er, I mean joypads! <g>
 By the way, you can contact the Editorial offices of 
 Ultimate Gamer by writing:
     Ultimate Gamer Magazine
     9171 Wilshire Boulevard, #300
     Beverly Hills, CA  90210
Date: 07 Jun 95 00:27:43 EDT
 I've always thought it would be fun to own a private arcade
 room. Nothing elaborate.... just a few professional coin-op
 machines. A "Space Invaders", a "Missile Command"...  an 
 Asteroids perhaps. My brother has a classic "Kickman"
 machine... remember that one? I once owned a generic
 knockoff machine that had an abstract resemblance to
 "Galaxian", but it never worked well and I sold it one day
 to someone who knew how to fix it up better than me.
 I don't think I will really ever own that arcade. Neither
 will I ever build that personalized cinema or private
 amusement park that's always sounded fun, but I do own an
 Atari Jaguar. With the Jaguar, I already own the exact 
 arcade version of "Raiden" (2 player is better on the 
 Jaguar) and a super new version of "Tempest". "Defender" is 
 forthcoming soon and other classics have been promised.... 
 (Not to mention other great titles such as "Iron Soldier", 
 "Doom" and "Alien vs. Predator", but that's another great 
 At the recent E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo; the huge 
 trade show for the gaming industry in Los Angeles) I had 
 the opportunity to preview a new game which is coming to 
 the Jaguar this Friday (June 9th). The game is called 
 "Pinball Fantasies" and is published by CWest. CWest 
 emerged recently as a new software publisher. They ONLY 
 publish games for the Jaguar and released "Cannon Fodder" a 
 couple months ago.  Look for a preview of their third title 
 on the Atari Explorer Online (AEO) video coverage of E3.
 "Pinball Fantasies" is like getting four great pinball
 coin-op machines and putting them into my virtual arcade. I
 was hooked within minutes of playing the game. My favorite
 is "Stone's 'N' Bones"; a playfield based on a ghosts and
 goblins theme, but there's also "Partyland"; based on a
 traveling carnival, "Speed Devils"; based on an automobile
 raceway and "Billion Dollar Game Show"; based on popular
 television game shows.
 A lot of video games cater to gamers who want to spend
 hours and hours doing complex things without coming to any 
 ending. Earning health, casting spells, collecting jewels, 
 answering riddles and maneuvering along obstacle-infested 
 pathways are some of the basic components of contemporary 
 game playing. For those of us who just want some old 
 fashioned mindless entertainment sometimes, nothing beats 
 the hypnotic roll of a pinball as it pounds it way up and 
 down the cling-clang alleyway. "Pinball Fantasies" has all 
 the bells and whistles... the responsive flippers, the 
 high-score screens, the ability to "nudge" the table, 
 colorful targets, score multipliers, touchy bumpers, 
 run-a-way ramps, drop zones and more. It has darn right 
 decent sound effects and brings home the arcade feel of 
 good pinball arcade action. If you remember "David's 
 Midnight Magic" for the Atari 2600, that was one great 
 pinball game back then! Now "Pinball Fantasies" brings it 
 all up to date with four fun playfields on one cartridge.
 The suggested retail of "Pinball Fantasies" is $59.95 and 
 it will be at your dealers June 9th. The suggested retail 
 on "Cannon Fodder" (also by CWest) is Now Only $49.95.
 Last week, CWest announced an interesting offer out to all 
 retail video game department employees on "Cannon Fodder".
 There is a $500 reward, a $300 reward, (12) $100 rewards,  
 (24) $25 + a Jaguar T-Shirt rewards, and "a ton" of FREE 
 Jaguar T-Shirts. If you are a good video game player you 
 might want to check in with your local retailer and team up 
 with a qualified employee and go for it.
CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas
Date: 02 Jun 95 00:25:22 EDT
Pinball Fantasies WILL BE IN STORES on June 9. The product 
 has shipped from the factory and is in route to retail 
 shelves NOW. I played with Pinball Fantasies at E3. I found 
 it to be as appealing as any pinball game I have played 
 with the added appeal of multiple playfields. I happen to 
 like pinball simulations and I found Pinball Fantasies to 
 be addictive. It includes high resolution graphics and all 
 the bells and whistles found on real pinball machines.
 Laury Scott has announced in the Jaguar forum that "Super 
 Burnout" is IN PRODUCTION. YEA! This motorcycle race game 
 is VERY controllable as well as a heck of a lot of fun to 
 A lot of Jaguar gamers have asked about the Jaguar's 
 ability to integrate Q-Sound(tm) effects into software. 
 Q-Sound is a proprietary method to reproduce sounds so they 
 audibly "appear" to be actually coming from their original 
 source. This technology effectively emulates sounds made in 
 front of the listener on a horizontal plane. In other 
 words, the sounds cannot reveal whether they were made 
 higher or lower than the listener, but can reproduce 
 sources in front of the listener at variable distances 
 within almost 180 degrees. I'm sure a developer can explain 
 it better, but the technology is licensed by Atari and 
 routines have been distributed to developers to integrate 
 Q-Sound effects into future games. As I understand it, the 
 routines work by passing monophonic sound samples to them 
 with parameters that define the position of the sound 
 source. I think this offers a lot potential for future 
 Jefferey Norwood's recent informal conference went very 
 well. His impromptu style lured a lot of participants 
 including Atari personalities such as Francois Bertrand and 
 Laury Scott.
Date: 19 May 95 00:56:49 EDT
 Jaguar Virtual Reality - VR Headset Official Specs
 Head Mounted Display (HMD):
     Less than 1 pound. Two degrees of freedom (DOF) 
     tracking, stereo sound, and 52 degree horizontal by 40 
     degree vertical field of view. Uses a single 0.7" TFT 
     active matrix color LCD containing 104,000 pixels.
 Optical System:
     Custom-designed pupil projection with aspheric acrylic
     lenses, beam splitters, mirrors and thin film coatings.
     Large exit pupil size of 5mm x 14mm. Can be used by
     anyone with an interpupilliary distance between 45mm 
     and 70mm.
 Focus Adjustment:
     There is no need for focus adjustment because the 
     optical system is highly tolerant, projecting a 
     binocular image, aligned to infinity to both eyes.
 Tracking Systems:
     "V-Trak" is the fastest tracker ever developed for the 
     consumer market, with a sample rate of 250Hz and a 
     lagtime of only 4 milliseconds.
 Optional Joystick:
     Offers two of six degrees of freedom, allowing greater 
     control over movements in the virtual world. Jaguar VR 
     games can also be played with the standard Jaguar 
 Docking Station:
     Houses "V-Trak" position sensing system, a joystick
     interface and high speed communications link to the
     Jaguar for transferring audio and visual tracking data.
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty 
 years. Today, Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, 
 advanced 64-Bit entertainment system. Atari Corporation is 
 located in Sunnyvale, CA.
Date: 18 May 95 04:07:54 EDT
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas
 A lot of people are asking me to debrief the Electronic
 Entertainment Expo (E3). First, although I am obligated to
 say it was fantastic, it *was* fantastic. Here's how it
 went for me...
 Wednesday, May 10, 1995: I arrive to work as always in the
 morning and complete as many unfinished tasks as possible.
 My biggest concern is to keep the promotional fulfillments
 on track while I am away and I was satisfied about that by
 the time I left. My flight out of San Jose to LAX was at
 1:50. I arrived to the gate about an hour in advance. I
 carried with me my luggage, printed materials for a rep
 meeting and one of the many CD-ROM players that would be on
 display at the show. Southwest has a "friends fly free"
 promotion and my flying buddy was John Skruch. I remember
 we received boarding passes numbers 4 and 5. John wanted
 number 4 as I recall because that is how old his son is. I
 think I remember Sam Tramiel had boarding pass number 8 for
 the sake of some obscure trivia game in the future. Our
 group on this flight included me, John Skruch, Sam Tramiel,
 Lynn Latz, Shirley Taylor, Loic Duval and Scott Sanders.
 The flight took about one hour or so and we arrived in LAX
 without a hitch. John and I rented 4 wheel drive vehicles
 because we would need them to visit retailers after the
 show on a couple of evenings. When we arrived to the Avis
 lot, Sam volunteered to get my vehicle for me (I was tied
 down with a lot of stuff). I did plan to tip him a $1, but
 there was a misunderstanding about the vehicle and I never
 got to joke with him by handing it to him. After getting
 our cars, we assigned navigators and we headed for downtown
 LA. Scott Sanders was my navigator and Sam rode in the
 We took 110 North and exited at Ninth Street. Our hotels
 were on Figueroa Street. Sam stayed at the Westin
 Bonaventure Hotel while most of us were at the Omni Los
 Angeles (formerly a Hilton); a couple blocks away. We
 dropped Sam off, then Scott and I went to check in at the
 Omni. After dropping off our things, we walked to the Los
 Angeles Convention Center. The walk took about 12 minutes
 from the front door of the hotel to the front door of the
 convention center. Across from the entrance of the center
 was a mammoth Rayman on top of a building. It was one of
 those colorful inflated balloons that always seem to draw
 attention. When we arrived we could not recall which hall
 our booth was located (the show took up two major size
 halls plus one smaller one). Consequently, Scott and I took
 a preshow tour of the West Hall briefly until we figured
 out Atari was in another hall. We did manage to figure out
 we were supposed to be in the South hall and we headed that
 It always amazes me when I go to these things a day early
 and see the condition of the booths. All your senses tell
 you that hundreds of man hours of work lie ahead before the
 show starts, yet the rational mind reminds you that the
 show opens 10 am the next morning no matter what shape its
 in. Everything is in disarray. The aisles are full of
 high-powered forklifts and booth parts, empty boxes and
 ones that aren't so empty. After the realization of how
 much work there is to do in what little time is left, I am
 struck by the awe of the size of investments companies make
 at these shows. There was a small mock up of the Enterprise
 bridge, a full scale battle tank as well as the Batmobile
 and a working waterfall. There were miles and miles of
 cables, lights, portable walls and many of the booths go so
 far as to have plumbing installed for just the three days
 of the show.
 The Atari booth was as awesome as most all the others. It
 was creatively constructed to appear as two large booths
 although it really was only one. On the front side were two
 podiums that were topped by one chair each. These would be
 the Virtual Reality (VR) stations. Next to each station was
 a display case to allow visitors to see the Jaguar VR
 headsets closeup. The real estate at the center of the
 booth was taken up by a huge building with about 6 rooms.
 The two forward rooms were primarily designated for very
 private previews of the Jaguar VR headset. The two middle
 rooms plus the one at the far left were used as sales rooms
 and a sixth room at the far back was used as a dressing
 room for the Thea Relm Fighters as well as a storage area.
 The "building" had high walls and it was made of a highly
 appealing patterned red material with towering yellow
 spires that were layered to show depth and dimension. A
 huge Jaguar banner hung from the ceiling and could be seen
 when entering the hall.
 The carpeted areas in front of the offices and behind the
 VR stations had numerous Jaguar kiosks with a different new
 Jaguar game running on each one. Behind the offices were
 four huge displays. One featured The Relm Fighters, one
 sported White Men Can't Jump, one spotlighted Ultra Vortex
 and the fourth one highlighted Rayman. Between these were
 numerous additional kiosks.
 When I arrived to the booth, the major work had been
 finished by the union builders and the details were being
 put into place. Specific posters were designated for each
 office. Certain brochures had to be placed in the right
 places. Giveaways had to be accessible and all the displays
 and kiosks had to be dusted. As I helped, Ron Beltramo
 called the booth and asked for me. He said he needed one of
 the boxes I had brought from Sunnyvale taken to the
 Bonaventure for a rep meeting that evening. It was the box
 I had left at the Omni, so I walked back to get it and take
 it to him.
 The Bonaventure is one of those magnificent hotels. It's
 one of those with elevators on the outside of the building.
 From street level, you see the numerous people containers 
 seemingly race each other up and down the skeletal beams of 
 the building. From inside each elevator, the rider sees a 
 breathtaking view of lights and motion as if in a small 
 plane skimming the sky. I think I remember that the Rep 
 meeting was in Suite 1308. I took the box there and found 
 that there were a row of suites that were being prepared 
 for the meeting to be held an hour or so later. I was still 
 dressed in my Jurassic Park shirt and jeans so I thought it 
 best to leave the meeting up to the suits that were there 
 and I returned to my hotel. As a side note, there was a lot 
 of filming going on at the Bonaventure as well in the city 
 streets as we were leaving on the last day. I think the 
 movie was called In the Nick Of Time or some such thing 
 because that was painted on some of the crowd barriers.
 Once back to my hotel, I showered, called my wife then went
 on a mad hunt for food.
 Thursday May 11, 1995: By 8:15 a.m. I was to meet John
 Skruch at the hotel garage and that's exactly the schedule
 we kept. We had to get some items out of storage, load them
 in our 4WDs and escort the Thea Relm Fighters over to the
 convention center. By 9:00 a.m. we were at the convention
 center. By this time, the trucks were off the floor, the
 aisle carpeting had been laid and only a few booths looked
 as if they may not make it completely by the time the show
 opened at 10 a.m. All of us made a final check at stations
 to which we were assigned to be sure software and hardware
 was functioning, our Jaguar pins were straight and our
 smiles were fresh and friendly.
 The show opening was fun to see. There were the natural
 crowd draws such as the Batmobile and actors dressed as
 Klingons, but it was clear to me that a lot of people had
 specific agendas and it seemed a lot of them had Jaguar at
 the top of their list. The booth was instantly full of
 people and it remained that way until after last call on
 the last day. In fact a Sega employee we ran into at the
 airport remarked to a couple of us that he was amazed at
 how crowded our booth always was.
 Now may be a good time to describe what E3 is. E3 is a
 trade show. In this case, the trade show is focused on a
 theme of primarily computer and video gaming. It is not
 open to the public, but to the buyers in stores that decide
 what you will see on their shelves for the next 6 months to
 a year.  The show is an opportunity for manufacturers and
 developers to romance new business and network new
 projects. Resumes are often exchanged and old friends are
 reunited after having not worked together for a long time.
 The displays and booth space at these shows can easily cost
 into the hundreds of thousands of dollars not to mention
 the cost to staff or pay models or actors to be there.
 Since it is a show that everyone who is anyone attends,
 meetings are made, kept and broken which can easily
 translate to signed or unsigned deals that involve
 countless dollars. The companies that buy booths at these
 shows hope to attract press coverage, new volume buyers,
 new market distribution channels, new developer contacts
 and basically new business overall.
 In Atari's booth, three key elements seemed to capture the
 interest of people who attended. First, was the phenomenal
 breakthrough of VR technology. Technology that refines the
 best known infrared tracking systems, couples it with
 advanced VR firmware and software and packages in an add-on
 peripheral system for around $300. Secondly, was the
 awesome number of CD-ROMs and CD-ROM-based software on
 display at the booth. Titles like "Primal Rage", "Myst",
 "Blue Lightning", "Creature Shock", "Battlemorph",
 "Dragon's Lair", "Vid Grid", "Bret Hull Hockey", "Varuna's
 Forces" and "Highlander" just to name a very few. Third,
 was the incredible number of titles on display in general
 with most of them appearing to be complete although most
 had at least some work that needed to be completed.
 It was on this first day I met up with Christian Svensson
 and his colleague Jim Marsteller. They were like children
 in a candy store as they began their intensive video survey
 for the two Atari Explorer Online videos they were
 producing. In fact, these videos will be available soon
 (complete with Atari commercials, interviews and
 direct-line feeds) at nominal cost. For more info, write
 <> through the Internet. I also met
 with Carsten Nipkow of CSCN-Europe. Carsten is a CATscan
 member and imports and sells Jaguars to a frenzied Jaguar
 market in Germany.  Cartsen also publishes a German
 language Jaguar magazine.  His fax and BBS number in
 Germany is 0221/427437. I saw Tom Harker of ICD and Peter
 Curry of C-West (got previews of Pinball Fantasies and a
 new game they just took on in the past few weeks). On one
 of the days, I took personal delivery of the newest Toad
 Computer Catalog and I was visited by Steve Forbis of
 Prodigy. I shook hands with Neil Harris, Li Kramer and Jim
 Fisher which are names some of you may recall.
 There were the professional film crews there to grab VR
 footage for their E3 coverage and there were acres and
 acres of people converging on the booth as they found an
 opportunity to do so.
 At around 4:30 p.m., I grabbed Tal Funke-Bilu and we drove
 to The Wherehouse in La Crescenta. Armed with about four
 flash ram cards we snuck out from E3, we set up a table in
 the store and let customers play them. The store manager,
 Greg, was fantastic! He loved the Jaguar (owns one himself)
 and was very helpful as we set up. In fact, he played a
 copy of the "Tempest 2000 Soundtrack" over the store's
 audio system while we were there and all the employees wore
 Jaguar T-shirts. I must say that it is a real pleasure to
 be working with Tal too. He loves showing off the Jaguar
 and he never seems to get tired showing people tricks and
 tips he thinks they'd like to know. Tal came to Atari from
 the staff of Atari Explorer Online. He worked for me in
 Customer Service for a long while, then was pulled away to
 John Skruchs' group for game testing prior to the Holidays
 last year. We left the Wherehouse just after 9:00 p.m. and
 had dinner at Jack in the Box.
 Friday, May 12, 1995: Another day, another dollar. Again up
 early with a drive to get to the convention center before 9
 a.m. so all the coffee cups weren't gone. Like the day
 before, the show opened with hoards of people anxious to
 try the VR demos and see the newest CD-ROM titles. I have
 no idea what what was going on behind closed doors, but I
 can tell you they were always closed. On the rare occasion
 when I did see the likes of Jon Correll, Ron Beltramo, Sam
 Tramiel, Augie Liguori, Laury Scott, Garry Tramiel, Bill
 Rehbock or Dean Fox duck in and out they seemed to all have
 that same happy smile... not like those they wear at shows
 they have to be at... more like a show they were happy to
 be at. Who knows, maybe it was my imagination going crazy
 after watching crowds gather for Thea Relm Fighter
 autographs or the Rayman-dressed actresses hanging around
 the booth. Whatever it was, it was a charge that seemed to
 keep everyone smiling.
 At 4:30, Tal and I snagged our demo carts and ducked out to
 visit the Good Guys in Redondo Beach. We got a little lost
 and arrived a little late, but we stayed an extra half hour
 longer to make up for it. The store personnel were
 fantastic. They let us set up right in front of the main
 entrance and shut down all the other systems while we were
 there. Although we had sneak previews of "Burnout", "White
 Men Can't Jump", "Ultra Vortex" and "Rayman" with us,
 everyone wanted "Doom". One customer stayed quite a while.
 We would set a special code for all the weapons and he
 would get a charge out of shooting bad guys. After,
 watching him lose health when shooting things too close, I
 finally suggested that he step back before shooting to help
 him along. He did too. The next time, before he fired, he
 physically jumped back first. I suggested he only have to
 move his player back on the screen.
 The employees at the Good Guys were attentive to their
 customers, but stopped by our display every chance they
 could get between. I wish I could remember names better
 than I can. There were so many nice people that were fun to
 meet and know. Just after 9:30, Tal and I closed up shop
 and ate dinner at a nearby Carrows restaurant. (BTW, Tal
 loves Strawberry pie.)
 Saturday, May 13, 1995: On the last day of the show,
 traffic overall was a bit thinner, but the Atari booth
 still hummed. Francois Bertrand was still being summoned to
 show off "Fight For Life" moves and Jeff Minter was
 virtually being worshipped for his work on "Tempest 2000"
 and the work so far on "Defender 2000". Diana Bredfeldt and
 Kristine Chambers helped more streams of people on the VR
 demonstrations. Sandy LaBrec, Lynn Latz and Shirley Taylor
 did a tremendous job answering front desk questions and
 keeping literature stacks piled high. Lance Lewis, Scott
 Sanders, Dave Schwartz, Ted Tahquechi, Faran Thomason, J
 Patton and Norman Kowalewski filled in where needed and
 focused on special projects such as developer workshops.
 All of our pockets were full of business cards and everyone
 ignored the initial signs of being tired or sore from all
 the standing. I should also recognize John Tarpinian and
 the user group help he organized for the show. John is well
 known for his Atari Glendale shows in past years and his
 willingness and readiness to help whenever Atari has asked
 him and his helpers for it. I regret not being able to
 remember everyone's name, but not without appreciation for
 their valued support.
 I think a special note is deserved of Mr. Greg LaBrec. He
 was the first to go and the last to return. He was soley
 responsible for the rare ability to blend what everyone
 wants into a workable, appealing and effective booth. Greg
 arranged everything from the construction of the booth to
 the schedules of airlines, van pools and parking. Greg knew
 how to solicit help and make sure it all came together when
 and where it needed to.
 The show concluded and in a blink of an eye, I was on my
 6:50 flight back to San Jose airport and on my long drive
 home to see my family.
 Sunday was a wonderful Mother's Day.
Date: 19 May 95 00:27:05 EDT
 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas
 E3: Supplemental...
 Soon after I finished my review of the Electronic 
 Entertainment Expo (E3), I remembered other great things 
 and people related to the show. For an overview of E3, see 
 my CATnips from last evening. I think some of these other 
 items are big news so I want to pass them on.
 For those of you looking for a dedicated Jaguar magazine,
 it's coming. _The Jaguar's Edge_ will premier as a
 bi-monthly in July. I met the publisher, John Marcotte, at
 E3 and he shared with me some of his exciting plans as well 
 as some layouts. The first issues will be 32 pages and 
 printed on high-gloss stock. Distribution will be direct to 
 the home through the mail and Toad Computers and Steve's 
 Software will have copies as soon as they are rolled off 
 the presses. John tells me that Pat Solomon from the Des 
 Moines Register will become the Features Editor. In 
 addition, Christian Svensson will be a feature writer. 
 Other surprises are pending formal announcement.
 Early subscribers of _The Jaguar's Edge_ will find a $20
 discount coupon on Telegames' "Brutal Sports Football" or
 "International Sensible Soccer" as a bonus. A one year
 subscription is just $15. For more information, contact the 
 publisher through the internet: <>.
 Dave and Jennifer Troy stopped by at E3 and gave me fresh
 copies of their new color catalog. I like their catalog
 because it does an exceptional job to describe each item in 
 terms I can understand. I also like it because they sell a 
 lot of nifty Jaguar stuff as well as virtually anything for 
 the Atari computer lines. The cover price of the catalog is 
 $3, but I'll bet they can include one with most purchases. 
 For information, call 410/544-6943.
 Speaking of dealers stopping by, Steve's Software customers 
 will be happy to know that Steve Kipker made his rounds at 
 E3 too. Steve was anxious to get the stories behind all the 
 new upcoming releases so he could share the news with his 
 customers. For Steve's latest catalog, call 904/762-8370.
 Terry Grantham and Pete Mortimer, of Telegames, were at the 
 show. They were showing off their newest Jaguar titles in 
 the Atari booth and talking about their upcoming release 
 John Skruch reminded me this morning that he also left E3 a 
 little early on Thursday and Friday evenings to visit 
 retailers and offer demos to customers. As a matter of 
 fact, he took the Thea Relm Fighters along with him. On 
 Thursday, John visited the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood. 
 One young birthday boy changed his mind from a CDi after 
 John pointed out the advantages of the Jaguar 64-bit 
 system. The event was so crowded and successful that over 
 70 T-Shirts were given away in about 5 minutes.
 On Friday, May 12th, John took the TRF team to the 
 Electronics Boutique in Lakewood. At both locations, John 
 managed to "borrow" "Defender 2000" and "Thea Relm Fighter" 
 flash ram carts direct off the E3 floor to show off to 
 customers. He tells me "Val D'Isere Skiing and 
 Snowboarding" and "Doom" were favorites among the titles he 
 had to show that were already out for the Jaguar.
Jaguar Game Reviews
Hover Strike
A review by Mark S. Smith
This month I take a plunge into the latest release by Atari for the Jaguar, a 
fully texture mapped hovercraft game.  It seems a planets colonists have
disappeared (tried looking down the sofa?), and the terrible Terrakian Pirates
have taken over the whole planet.  Their deadly forces patrol the surface and
they have set up a factory to extract valuable organic compounds from the human
corpses.  An atmospheric cannon has been installed by the Terrakians making
your armada's attack impossible.
Your job using a heavily armoured hovercraft is to knock out key targets, 
advancing until eventually you knock out the atmospheric cannon allowing your
forces to come to your aid.
On turning on the Jaguar you are greeted with title music and an attractive
picture of your hovercraft, you are taken through the story and into a demo
sequence of the game.  On the title screen you have the option to start from a
new game or from a save.  Starting a new game you choose the difficulty level
from Easy, Normal, and Hard.  Starting from a save takes you to the missions
available on your save, if you didn't have a save you are taken to the first
level on the Normal difficulty setting.
Starting a game you are taken to the mission selection screen.  Here you see
the various information on your ship and on the mission.  Using the joypad
you cycle through the missions.  The game is split over five levels, each
holding six missions.  All six missions must be completed before you can
progress to the next level.  Five missions take place on different texture
mapped terrains, the sixth takes place at night.  Here goraud shading is used
to give a very atmospheric night shading effect.  Explosions, flares and
laser blasts light up the scenery at night in a very pleasing manner.
Selecting a mission takes you to a screen giving further details on the
mission along with a rotating view of your target.  Next your drop ship
deploys your hovercraft over the terrain and the action starts straight away.
It's a good idea to start with the brakes on.
You're under attack as soon as you start most missions, with each hit your
craft is pushed and the shields reduced.  Control is fairly easy but does
take a small amount of time to master.  Being in a hovercraft you follow the
land and bob and bank accordingly.  Mastering control you can pull of some
impressive stunts, thrusting in one direction and turning to shoot in
Enemies consist of everything from gun turrets to space craft, walkers and
land tanks.  Often these craft take several hits and have powerful weaponry
at their disposal.  To help you have several special weapons.  These are
missiles, guided missiles, mortars and flares (only available on night
missions).  Special weapons should be used sparing as they are finite.
You can use a compass or a scanner when flying.  The scanner shows the
location of your targets, enemies, and extras for your ship.  Extras are
found on the surface in crates.  These contain energy, shields, or extra
The keypad is used for functions, such as locking onto targets, launching
special weapons, radar/compass toggle, or using the external viewing camera. 
Using the camera you can view the action from outside the ship,  and can
zoom and rotate the view at will.  However this view is not very practical
as objects such as hills often obscure the view, and it is too hard to
guide your ship and aim weapons.
Using a second joypad another player can play as gunner, taking control of
the gunsight and all weapons.  This works surprisingly well and enhances
the game, with good teamwork required.
Mission targets can be stationary targets such as a fuel tanks or radar
stations or moving targets such as supply convoys.  Once all targets are
destroyed you complete the mission.  Complete all the missions and move to
the next level and another set of different harder missions.
You start with 3 lives with an extra life every 50,000 points.  On the
mission select screen you can save the game but are limited to one save.
Options allow you to change the volume of music or all sound, you can also
turn the music off altogether.
Doing well in the game you get to enter your name which is saved in the 
highscore table, it's also fun when you fail watching your armada getting
destroyed by the atmospheric cannon.
Overall a very pleasing game, with good visuals, above average sound and good 
long term appeal.  Two player enhances the game further, with the only bad 
points being the gameplay could be more diverse, and the frame rate could be 
Hover Strike
$49.95 Atari Corporation
System Requirements:
Atari Jaguar Console
Good graphics
One more go appeal
2 player option
Large play area
Lacks diversity
Sometimes sluggish frame rate
In short
A fun game with lots to explore and lovely visuals, one of the better Jaguar 
Jaguar Commentary
Len Stys
Atari Corporation appears to be finally getting the Jaguar prepared for the
Christmas 1995 shopping season.  Is it too late for the Jaguar?  No way!
I'll explain why.  The Jaguar has one thing going for it that none of the
other next generation systems have going for it.  This is its $160 suggested
retail price tag (but sold for $150 in most stores).  If you think about
how many parents will go out and spend $400 for a video game system after
the short-lived Super Nintendo, you will realize that people will not spend
the money.  No video game system has ever did well over the price of $150.
The Super Nintendo's price of $199.95 did not even last long because the mass
did not want to spend that much money on a game machine.
What about the great games that can only be done on CD?  Sam Tramiel,
President of Atari Corporation once said that consumers can just add on the
CD-ROM when they have the money to add on the CD-ROM.  I agree with
Mr. Tramiel.  I think parents will appreciate the fact that they can purchase
the base unit this Christmas with a couple of games and then the CD-ROM
unit later for another occasion.  Just think back a few years ago.  If either
he Atari 800XL or Commodore 64 had the disk drive built-into the computer,
it would have lived a short life.
As you have read in the news releases, Atari has been able to get the
Jaguar into the Sears catalog and a number of other catalogs.  Atari has
also been able to get the Jaguar in a number of new retailers and Walmart
is rumored to be interested in carrying the Jaguar.  The need for
additional retailers is necessary.  The retailers carrying the Jaguar right
now do not care how they display the system.  This is because they know that
they are one of the few retailers that sell the Jaguar.  Also, if Atari
spends $20 million on advertising this Fall (as I hope they will) then the
company will need a large number of distribution outlets to carry the Jaguar.
If the Jaguar is not in enough retailers when Atari advertises the Jaguar,
the money Atari spends on advertising is not used as effectively as it
should be.
Atari Corporation is releasing the quality games necessary to sell large
number of Jaguar systems.  The sale of a large number of Jaguar systems will
in return sell a large number of Jaguar games.  Pinball Fantasies and
Super Burnout are the latest great games for the Jaguar.  Rayman and a
number of other quality games are on the way.  If Atari continues to produce
high quality games and not rush games just to get them out, the Jaguar will
have a nice libary of wanted games this Christmas.
Ultra Vortek (formerly Ultra Vortex) was once receiving raving reviews,
but lately, the game has received poor reviews.  Let's hope that this game
and Fight For Your Life are quality games before they are released to be
manufactured.  I think Atari should have learned its lesson with Checkered
Flag that poor quality games are a waste of money--for the company and for
the consumer.
So far, the price is there.  The games are getting there.  The distribution
is getting there.  There is just one thing left that is required before the
Jaguar can be successful this year.  The requirement is good advertising and
a lot of it.  In my opinion, Atari's commercials that were aired last year
were of poor quality.  I thought the school teacher commercial was of poor
quality.  I thought the Alien Vs. Predator commercial was of poor quality.
And I thought that the Doom commercial needed work.  The one problem that all
of these commercials had in common was that it advertised the Jaguar, but
none of the commercials showed the actual unit.  Most people that I have
talked with still do not know that Atari exists nor have they heard of the
Jaguar.  This tells me that Atari's marketing efforts in the past have been
less than sufficient.  If the President of Atari really wants to know how
effective Atari's advertising has been, all he has to do is go to the local
shopping mall and stop and ask people if they heard of the Jaguar video game
system.  And if he really wants to know how effective Atari's marketing has
been, he should stop by a shopping mall in Cleveland.
There is only one thing left that Atari needs to do this year in order to
make the Jaguar successful.  And that is to make ONE HELL OF A COMMERCIAL.
One commercial that will stand out above all other commercials.  I don't
care how shocking it is, if it gets people to notice without insulting them,
it is doing the job.  Atari's past commercials have not made people take
notice.  One fantastic commercial with a great price, great games, and
great distribution will propel the Jaguar to a repeat of the success of
the 2600.
The Jaguar is not dead yet.  It still has a lot of life in it.  The only
system that appears to have more power than the Jaguar after all of this time
is the Sony Playstation.  And that will most likely cost at least $400.
Am I selling my Jaguar?  Not a chance.
Upcoming Atari Shows
Mark Leair
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