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Well, w e finally did it. We nt on-line. Grabbed e piece of the telecommunications
revolution. Sold out to Prestel. Whatever you like. Wha t this means is, w e bought
ourselves a slice of Micronet— not the first computer mag to do so, sure, and you bet
we won't be the last. However, anybody out there—and there may be as many as
150,000 of you—who wants to get in touch, do so. Our mailbox is on the masthead.
Actually it wasn't that easy. Here's a snatch of the vital dialogue:
Editor: We want to go on Micronet.
Publisher: No chance.
Editor: This object in my hand is a baseball bat.
Publisher: Start next week OK?
Needless to say there's a lot of other nets we want to subscribe to. Compunet
BrotherNet t h e list is endless. Wave of the future? Well, one of them, that's for
sure_ Pity about the word 'Modem', though. Ugly. No soul. Can anybody think of a
better one? If you can, write — no, wait! Mailbox us. Save a tree!
Editorial Address: BIG K (20351
Speaking of which, you've no doubt noticed a new branch to our logo with this
IPC Magazines Ltd., King's Reach Tower, issue. TV Gamer has joined forces with BIG K to further the cause of funware for the
Stamford Street, LO NDO N SE1 9LS.
masses. Welcome indeed to all TV Gamer readers who are experiencing the BIG K style
for the first lime. Nice here, innit?
Telephone: 01-261 5818,1 6249
TONY TYLER
Advertising: 01-261 5660
CONTENTS
E L S A N I E E j i c a l 3 a M S 1111
SHAFTER for SPECTRUM
OCTONIUM MOON for BBC
FRUITBUSTERS for VIC-20
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GOATBUSTERS: The Compl eat Jeff Minter! 34-39
The Interview
Origin of the Species
The Liamasoft Playlost
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The Ferret
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Arcade Alley
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Dorkslayer: Adventuring with Keaton
Classic Games of Our Time
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Charts
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JACK HITS THE
MASSES
BIG JACK Tramiel, head honcho
ol t h e n e w • l o o k A t a r i
Corporation, bl ew i nto London
one wet day in December. "I 've
Pis! c ome t o meet y ou guy s ', h e
growled at the huddled, dripping
masses o f t h e c o mp u t e r pres s
assembled t o s ee h im. B I G K ' s
man, more huddled and dripping
than most, was there.
Big Jack fir ed his plans for
Atari a t hi s audi ence i n a
machine-gun style. "I 'm gonna
build a new line of computers for
the masses"_ -
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operation s
i n v e and twe're looking to
raise S150m by the summer of
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B5.
machine," "I don't compete with
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Jack has put his money where
X mouth is later this month at
his
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Show in Las Vegas when four
'families' of Atari products will
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be revealed.
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s The first will be t he vi deo
games division, sti l l center ed
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around the VCS. The new 7800
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system i see BI G K No. 5)has
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been scrapped.
r Family 2 will be a line of 8-bit
y
machines comprising 48K, 64K,
n
128K, m us i c a n d por t a bl e
machines. The 800XL survives
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with new styling arid all software
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for t h e 8 bit l i ne w i l l b e
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compatible with it.
A new 16-bit micro featuring
the 68000 processor and hi gh
grade gr a phi c s c o m e s i n
presumably to challenge Apple's
highly successful Macintosh. I t
will have a new operating system
developed by Atari and Digital
Research and will also content
GEM, D R ' s 'Macal i ke'Wi MP
( Wi ndow s I c o n s M e n u s
Pointers) system.
Top of the family tree will be a
line of 32-bit Workstations* for
professional users featuring CAD
CAM capabilities.
Me ns a l w i l l conti nue t o
convert s of t w a r e f o r ot he r
micros and will also be used as
an outlet for peripherals. Video
game ROMs will comprise about
10% of the market in 19e5.
Big Jack had a few kind words
for the country he was visiting.
"The U.K. is one of the strongest
countries o f de v e l opm e nt
software," he said. Atari would
be looking for a lot more support
from outsi de on t he software
area.
Tramiel bl e w Out o f t ow n
leaving the huddled masses in no
more doubt that 1985 will see
Atari heavily on the offensive,
eager t o restore i ts tarnished
name and image BI G K's man,
still dripping on the luxury shag-
pile of the conference hotel, was
made o f s t erner s t uf f , h o we v e r
"We'll see," he sad knowingly
"EUREKA" CRIES THE WORLD
EUREKA' the multi-part acad&adventure opus with the 25.000 quid in
readies prize, i s set t o become a worlictwide hit. Already the game,
written by adventure craftsman I an Livingstone and programmed by
Hungarian software house Andromeda, has been converted into French
and German editions. Eureka.
,lined up with the U.S.A., Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Even
publ i s he r s
Hungary is in line for its own edition.
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gone to France and a further 50,000 will be shipped to America next
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changes to the game — the French have put up a seperate 250.000F prize
t the first person to solve the mystery of Eureka! Otherwise, the rest of
to
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December 31st this year, will be shared out amongst those who came
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closest.
Dornark has already been besieged by pleas for help. One man even
claimed his son's interest in history has been reawakened by the game
and his schoolwork improved dramatically.
As for what will follow Eureka!, Dome* would say little other than they
had a "biggie" lined up for this summer.
REALLY, WE DO OUR
BEST, HONEST . .
YAMAHA c LAI MI . ) I h a t Me g Ilea,
compule y'synthe sise r i s s u c h a n
advanced c o n c e p t t h a t e ve ryo n e
Should g o o n o n e o f t h e ir t ra in in g
courses before the y can use it
That in clu d e s jo u rn a lists - w e ' re
not ge tting a ny re vie w ma chine s until
we seek e nlighte nme nt.
This m u ch w e kn o w t h e n e w
machine, t h e C X 5 M E . i s a n M S X
machine co u p le d w i t h a m u s i c
synthesiser, a M I D I in t e rf a ce f o r
conne ction t o o t h e r m u s i c a l
instrume nts. e n d a se pa ra te m u sic
keyboard I t ' s o n ly a 3 2 K ma chine ,
but in a ddition t o the re gula r GI ch ip
spe cifie d b y M SX. it conta ins a more
advanced m o d e l u se d i n t h e D X 9
range o f synthe sise rs. I t a ll sounds a
bit co st ly a t a round 1 6 0 0 h , :t you do
got a io l too yo u r g re e n b a cks
As f o r t h e e duca tion o f journa lists
Gosher S k in k e ditoi o f the be st.
se lling m a g a zin e A S m e lt R ode nt's
Guide t o E as t European Sewers ,
comments, ' W i t h m y ex t ens iv e
ongoing e x t e n d e d l u n c h bre a k
commitme nt I lust don't have the lim e
for th is sort o f th in g Be sid e s. I know
e ve rything a bout compute rs - a re n't
they those people in suits who turn up
for work re gula rly''.
Seriously, co n sid e rin g d u d t h e
trend i n co m p u t in g i s t o w a r d s
systems tha t ca n b e unde rstood we h
a m in im u m o f docume nta tion, su ch
as the amazing Apple M a cintosh, isn't
it a b ill b a ckwa rd -looking t o e xpe ct
people virt u a lly t o e a rn a d ip lo m a
before 1 , 1 e i - l '
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