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Removed from its number one spot by Zybex, this month sees its return to the pole position.

GREAT AMER'CAN ROAD RACE Silverbird

10 drivers await you in this race crossing the USA. You can read our review in this issue.

ZYBEX

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The Telecom Birds are doing well this month with two of their Silverbird budget range in the Top Ten.

SPEED ACE

first release for the Atari. Good use of Zeppelin’s the split screen in this motorbike Simulation. screen game, but this time ’em-up. Nice music. Reviewed this issue.

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SPOOKY CASTLE

Atlantis

Geff Minter's long-awaited sequel to Revenge of the Mutant Camels. As strange as ever.

REVENGE 2

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PRO GOLF

A?antis

Alternative

This re-release of an old title has prayed very popular. Coming down the charts, but still fun.

STEVE DAVIS SNOOKER Blue Ribbon

Re-released to coincide with the last snooker championships; good for its genre and hasn't dated.

ROCKFORD

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Returns to the chart this month — your mining little friend is well worth adding to your collection.

AlR WOLF Encore

Translated from the TV programme. You fly copter with a mission to complete.

ATAR' ACES US Gold

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BOLD initiatives that will take Atari UK into the 1990s i" asome “ndisPUtted ave een compu ing Lea“; revealed by general manager Bob Gleadow. He sees his company breathing new life into the 8 bit market and leavin its competitors trailing begind.

Gleadow unveiled his viSion forthe future during a visit to the Atari User offices in Adlington, Cheshire. "The XE console will carry the Atari flame in the 8 bit marketplace. It will be closely followed by the VCS

2600”, he said. ”Already the US games market has burst into life

ALL the signs from America are thatAtari is on the verge

ofa newandprosperousera fuelled by a games systems revival. At the summer Consumer Electronic Show in Chicago the impressive Atari stand was built around the 2600, 7800 and XE machines.

Lower priced consoles and software, and an open-

arms policy towards third who party developers have responded with growhave ing enthusiasm placed Atari firmly in the US computing spotlight. It has happened within four years of the company having been virtually written offas computing history following its disastrous slump in fortunes when the bottom dropped out of the —

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considering a major project that would shake the world of software retailing. His plan is to set up a dedicated Atari Games Centrein 30to40 of Britain’s biggest cities and towns, where games players could 90 and try out the new releases for themselves. “The centres would mainly be based on existing Atari retailoutlets but would be unique in that the customer would have a real choice of what to buy”, said Gleadow. To supply the increased demand for entertainment software that would stem from such a project, Atari is encouraging all software houses to port ST games to the XE system. in the meantime more and more

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BRITISH software circles have welcomed a crackdown on games piracy in two Scandinaviancountries as “a step in the right direction”. But in Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean countries, piracy of entertainment software remains rampant. Several cases have recently been before the in Sweden and courts Denmark where an estimated 65 per cent of all games bought are pirated. The prosecutions have been inspired by SUS, the Union of Software Distributors and Retailers active in Scandinavian countries. It has been investigating cases of piracy and putting pressure on governments to enforce the copyright laws. Swedish computer maga-

zine editor Christian Martensen says: ”Piracy is being driven underground — people are starting to be nailed”. He estimates that Scandinavian sales of legitimate games — mostly imported from the US and

UK could increase threefold if the pirates are forced to curtail their —

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Scandinavia “heartening”.

Bob Hay, FAST’s coordinator of anti-piracy enforcement, told Atari User: ”We widely welcome the Scandinavian initiative and are in touch with SUS, offering whatever help we can.

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themtothesame background SETCOLOR colourasthe the trick. The hearts are 2,0,0 will do still there, but now you can’t see them and any other orange characters will disappear too. However all the yellow, blue and violet characters—includinghearts—remain available. The second method is to character set, replacing the modify the heart with a blank space. Program will perform the necessary cardiac surgery for YOUit uses machine code, SQJUSt treat it a as black bOX routine WhiCh can be incorporated into easriy your own Basrc programs. Line 60 is there simply for iiiUS' tratlon—it lets YOU type 0 to 255 and prmts the numbersfrom corresponding character on screen. It also keeps the communication channel preventing the program fromopen. by i" a Of course, ending. line 60 should feii e 05°F“? e ete After running Program your charac-

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What happens? The screen fills up with orange hearts. This could be the end of a beautiful friendship... Actually, your computer is not to blame — it's simply following instructions to clear the screen by space at every position. printing a Unfortunately, when the lower-case set is selected, the space character turns into a heart. There are two ways round this. The first is to make the hearts invisible by turning

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will store in Q the letter/colour code for the character which is currently residing at screen co-ordinates 5,8. if it's a yellow symbol a torpedo, maybe? 0 will take the value of one. if you're using lower case letters and the character at 5,8 is a blue diamond, then 0 will contain 192. You should have no great dif?cuny converting our previous joystick control routines for use with Graphic Modes or 2. However, there are g

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order of prefgives erence, regardless of price. The order is based on personal choice after extensive play testing. This is a highly subjective assessment, so in an attempt to be a bit more scientific we devised some programs to put a figure on aspects of performance.The first two measured how many times we could press the fire button or wiggle the stalk in 10 seconds. The third test recorded how precisely we could control a moving cursor to trace the path of a wavy line. I

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The first thing to emerge was that joysticks are a very personal thing. We all agreed that some were good, but there were others that one person liked but another didn't. So to get a broad opinion four testers took part, all comments are a consensus, and

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Another possible reason is that when performing a test the tendency isto concentrate on the stick, whereas in a game you concentrate on the screen and your joystick control becomes less self conscious.

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On the face of it the pistol style is a good idea, and holding it in your hand before tackling a game it feels good. However, after 10 minutes in action the fire button is not we werOlIind for repeated use and we p ace dthat all got sore hands. Eventually your hand might strengthen sufficiently to but this still leaves compensate, another problem: We found that the narrowness of the grip made it easy for the stick to twist slightly in the hand and it was difficult to judge exactly which direction we were pulling the stalk. This often led to the onscreen movement being not what we expected. -

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some people, but do make sure you spend 10 minutes with them before stabbing your piggy bank in the back. The Cheetah 125+ is well worth considering if money is right. it has a very light action and can’t quite match the feel of microswitch models, but it’s

cheap, has a working autofire, and is certainly competent.

Whether it’s worth paying extra for the Special which has much the same feel is open to question. For the same price you could have one of the microswitch models. Eurdmax Elite

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FOR some time now it has been almost impossible to beg, borrow or steal _ let alone buy _ a disc drive of any sort to plug into an 8 bit Atari micro. This has left many new XE system owners wondering whether they made the right decision in buying Atari. Fortunately this is about to change with the arrival of the new XF-551 floppy disc drive from Atari. The very fact that itis available at all bodes well for the survival of a thriving 8 bit market, but it’s even more exciting when you take a closer look at the specifications, Outwardly the XF-551 is a sleek grey unit, similar in size to an old 1050 drive, but matching perfectly the colouring and styling of the XE system.As alwaysthere is yet another external power supply to clutter up your desk, but that’s a problem users normally learn to live with. Inside the casing is a very much more powerful engine than the old faithful 10508 we have come to know and love. Not only is the new drive capable of operating in true double the 180k mode previously density available only with a US Doubler chip but there is also a installed completely new format available: Double sided, double density. This new mode automatically gives 180k on each side of a floppy, a grand total —

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360k on each 5.25in disc.

Of course there’s always a catch and in this case it’s that good old Dos 2.5 wasn’t designed to be able to access more than 130k of data, so YOU'” have to SWitCh tO a new DOS to get the most from the drive. Despite this, XF-551s have been shipping in the States for some time now, packed with Dos 2.5 and a very comprehenSive Dos 2.5/1050 instruction manual. This gives a step-by-step guide to using Dos 2.5 and is packed with which is rather sample programs ironic as we have been waiting two years for such a manual and as soon as it becomes available it is obsolete. Atari UK has decided to hold shipment of the drives until its brand new Dos-XE is complete, and it is this which has been holding up delivery for so long. was lucky enough to obtain a sneak preview copy of Dos-XE,andwhile it performs its tasks do have a few reseradmirably, vations about its ease of use. In order to pack everything in, Dos-XE uses a bank-switching technique to store large parts of its code underneath the operating system rom which unfortunately means that it won’t work with old 400 or 800 miCros. The advantage is that, once it’s loaded,you won't need to re-insertthe Dos master disc because everything —

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and they are a powerful way to automate often repeated tasks. There is a batch facility available from the menu system which enables you too, to enter the various commands and

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Let's start off this month with a couple of questions from Carlos Jorge Sousa, who unfortunately didn’t provide his address.

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I’ve been told that my 730XE hasn'tgota voice synthesiser, but

I'm not so sure. My doubt occurred while playing the budget game ETPhoneHome, and after/had col/ected all the pieces of the phone / heard him say ”ET Phone Home” twice, and the game would proceed. Is there now

real/ya voicesynthesiserincorporated

in my Atari machine, and if so could you please tell me how/use it? Secondly, is it possible to create more than two colours ona Graphics8 screen by using machine code? I ask

because/sawaphoto inarecentissue of Atari User of the title screen to Gauntlet, and there appear to be about

colours on it. thought the only mode which allows 16 colours was Graphics 9, but I'm sure that the Gauntlet screen can’t be using it because the picture seems too highly detailed. Modes 7 and 15 which give more detail — can only display four colours. Could you explain how these 16

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cheated and used some machine code trickery to get more colours from a Graphics 15 screen than you can normally obtain. The first thing they did was to use a character screen, like Graphics 12 but without the blue text window at the bottom, and convert the picture into little'blocks the size of a single character — a total of 40 blocks by 24 for this type of screen. Each block was then converted into colour character information and stored just like an ordinary character set would be. When displayed side by side, they make up the picture once more rather like putting a jigsaw puzzle back‘together. This method has the advantage of

it does

contain a very powrful ‘music and sound chip called POKEY, and this can be used to great effect in producing

voice-like sounds.

What happens is the voice or any other sound required is first played into a microphone attached to the Atari’s joystick port. Then some machine codews‘oftware scans the incoming signal and records it as a series of digital numbers representing tiny snapshots ofthe sound wave—in —

much the same way as a compact disc

created. The quality of the final recording depends on the number of samples the greater the number, you make the closer to the original sound you get. A compact disc, for example, makes tens of thousands of samples every second and can thus reproduce the original sound very accurately. The Atari can’t work quite that fast, and even if it could you would use up the whole of your memory to store a single second of recorded sound. So a compromise must be reached is

rate of perhaps a couple of thousand per second will have been used. Once a sound has been digitised in this way it can be replayed by the POKEY chip which uses the sampled data to create a digital version of the and

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sample

sound.

Obviously this requires some very complicated software, but you can

buy an interface and the necessary programs from 2 Bit Systems. Its called Replay, and you can use it to record, playback and even adjust real sounds inside your Atari. Now on to the second part of your letter and multi-coloured graphic displays. This one is a little trickier as the programmers of the game have

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allowing four maincoloiursgpliisjhe background one as opposed to the usual three plus backgroundgiven by Graphics 15. They then use another machine code routine to create the amazing scrolling colours effect which you will no doubt have seen used in

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Strmg array problems Finallythis month,aproblem from Mr. Sydenham in London“

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This Wm now place each entry into the correct point in the long string and you can print them out again by altering the relevant routine in the same way. Simple really well, almost! I O Thats it for another month. As always, we are Interested to hear from our readers old and new —_ who are experiencrng problems With the” Atari.

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