GIF News Issue 19

March / April 1992


                           GIF News
                        March/April 1992
                          Issue #19
                (C)1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
                Release date: March 5, 1992

------------------- From the Desk of the Editor -------------------------

Hi, this is Eric Hsiao, the creator of GIF News.  Thanks for taking the
time to download the March/April 1992 issue of GIF News.  In this issue,
we have two VGA (640x400 256 color) pages instead of one.  Inside those
two pages you will find reviews of two of shareware's hottest games
complete with 256 color screen shots.  Also, you'll find articles on:

   * The new USR HST 16.8K modem
   * V.32bis modem for $399 list
   * Apogee's immediate plans for the PC shareware game market
   * The Multi-Media section
   * Industry News
   * Galactix and Scorched Earth v1.1 reviews

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.  In the next issue, we will look at
sound cards, and what to expect for the summer of '92.  Included will be
a comprehensive review of the AdLib Gold sound card, a board that promises 
to be the driving force behind the next generation of sound cards.  We hope 
to provide comparison specs between the AdLib Gold, the Gravis Ultrasound, 
the Sound Blaster Pro Version 2.0, and the Pro Audio Spectrum II.  So, look
for GN92-05.ZIP during the first week of May. 

                                   - Eric

Files in this archive:
          GN9203-1.GIF     --- Page 1
          GN9203-2.GIF     --- Page 2
          GN9203V3.GIF     --- Page 3 (Super-VGA 256 Color Page)
          GN9203V4.GIF     --- Page 4 (Super-VGA 256 Color Page)
          GN9203.TXT       --- This file (From the Desk of the Editor)
          GN-DISKS.TXT     --- How to get more .MOD files for
                               your Sound Blaster 
          GIFNEWS.ADS      --- How to advertise in GIF News
          BACKISSU.TXT     --- Description of all back issues of GIF News
         8 Files Total

    Again,  GIF News can be freely copied and shared just as long as no 
modifications what-so-ever are made to this archive.  This includes the 
addition or deletion of files to and from this archive.  Please don't
destroy the hard work of another.  

    If you enjoy reading the past SIX issues of GIF News, please consider 
a small donation of $5 (US) to cover my expenses of uploading GIF News to 
long distance Bulletin Boards across the country.  Also, please upload 
GIF News to a couple of your favorite boards.  Any bit of distribution 
helps. Also, a PostScript Laser Printer would really be appreciated
here.  It would enable us to send hardcopies of GIF News to those who
want it on paper.  If you know of any office/computer supply auctions,
please let me know.  

    Free  advertising  GIFNEWS.ADS  for more details.  
Also, interested in megs of TrakBlaster .MOD files without the  cost of 
downloading them long distance? Read the file GN-DISKS.TXT for an offer 
you can't refuse.  MOD files can also be played using programs such as
ModPlay, JMPlayer, Registered Scream Tracker, Trak Blaster, and other
programs capable of handling the Amiga Noise/Sound Tracker sound format.

    Special  note  to  Internet  readers:  If you  would  like  to be a
GIF News  subscriber,  just  send me  E-mail  and I will add you to the 
mailing list.  GIF News  will be  uuencoded and sent to you via E-mail.  
Many  uudecoders exist  for both unix and ms-dos platforms.  If you are 
unable  to handle  the .ZIP format  on your machine,  let me know and I
will send you the file in an LZH, ZOO, or ARC archive.
    Also, if you're anonymously FTP'ing, and come across some files you 
think  might be  GIF News.  You can  easily tell  which issue  is up by 
looking at the filename.  For example, the filename is:  <-- The gn stands for GIF News, the 92 re-
                     presents the year, and the 03 is the
                     month (March in this case).

So be sure to look for in the beginning of May.
Several FTP sites you might want to look for GIF News are: /pub/ /graphics/gif-news /pub-write/gif-news

For the easiest way to contact me, please check out the following:    
Note: Besides US Postal Mail, I check my Internet E-Mail most often.

How to reach me:

US Mailing Address #1
  Eric Hsiao
  7 Fair Way
  Poughkeepsie, New York 12603-5014
                                                 Sept 91    May 92
************* Please send to this address between 9/1/91 to 5/1/92) ********
*                                                                          *
* US Mailing Address #2 (reach me quicker between dates                    *
*                       Sept.  1, 1991 to May 1, 1992)                     *
*  Eric Hsiao                                                              *
*  406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI                                                *
*  Troy, New York 12180-3590                                               *

  MCI Mail:
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Bulletin Boards:
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  Channel 1 (617) 354-8873 (See BBS Ad - GN9203-2.GIF)

   If you are interested in hiring a full time graphics artist or computer
systems engineer, please contact me.  I have experience with creating
computer graphics and video as well as skills in Windows, Lotus 123, Word
for Windows, Modems & Communications, Unix, Pascal, C, and PC Hardware &
Peripheral Installation.  I'm also interested in working with Multi-Media.
Contact me and I will send you a resume.

--------------------- Thank-you for downloading and reading GIF News,
                              Eric Hsiao
                              March 5, 1992

(Michaelangelo wasn't here!)


   ** Descriptions of every single issue of GIF News that has come out **

     If you want any of these issues, just send a Self-Addressed-Stamped-
  Envelope and a blank floppy (5.25 or 3.5) and I'll copy them over for you.
  Each issue is around 100K zipped.  You must include the FLOPPY AND S.A.S.E
  or else you won't receive anything back.                ------------------
     Or send a check/money order to:
               Eric Hsiao
               406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI
               Troy, NY 12180-3590
     Or if the date is after May 1st, 1992 - send it to this address:
               Eric Hsiao
               7 Fair Way
               Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-5014

     Cost per each 360K disk (5.25) = $1.00
     Cost per each 720K disk (3.5)  = $1.50
     Add $.75 for shipping - average size of an issue is around
     80,000-100,000 bytes.  
     Or call the SimonsBoard BBS Network and download back issues. See
  their ad on page 2 (GN9203-2.GIF).

     Or if someone can recommend a good stable FTP server, please let me
  know.  Often times, the ones I FTP to have periodic wipeouts of files.
  Issue #     Date           Description
  -------     ----           -----------
    01        Nov/Dec 1988   Reviews of Leisure Suit Larry II, Fire Power,
  GN88-11                    and Sentinel Worlds, a short autobiography of
                             Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.

    02        Feb/Mar 1989   Virus protection safeguards, review of Police
  GN89-02                    Quest II, "Are MS-DOS Games Getting Better"
                             editorial, game hints to Leisure Suit Larry 2.

    03        May/June 1989  Industry news, Space Quest ]I[ review, 1st
  GN89-05                    annual Sight & Sound Awards, "Taito Games Are
                             Terrible" editorial.

    04        July/Aug 1989  Nintendo Game Hints (Super Mario Bros 2, Rad
  GN89-07                    Racer, Karnov), Reviews of 4 different driving
                             simulation games (Vette, Test Drive 2, Lombard
                             Rally, F40 Pursuit Simulator), Review of the
                             game Caveman Ugh-Lympics, a short overview of
                             Lotus 123 Release 3.

    05        Nov/Dec 1989   Review of Maxis' Sim City, the new Tears For  
  GN89-11                    Fears CD "Seeds of Love", and a review of
                             Sierra's Manhunter II.

    06        Jan/Feb 1990   A Look back at the eighties, review of Sierra's
  GN90-01                    the Colonel's Bequest, and a overview of music
                             cards (AdLib, GameBlaster, SoundBlaster, &
                             Roland), the best VGA games.

    07        Mar/Apr 1990   "Do Sound Cards Really Sound that Good?" 
  GN90-03                    editorial, a profile of the Channel 1(tm) BBS
                             in Cambridge, MA, review of Access' Crimewave
                             and Bitmap Bros' Xenon II, look at digitizing
    08        May/June 1990  Detailed look at the VGA and VESA video
  GN90-05                    standard, the Ultima VI built-in cheat, the
                             World of Amiga show in New York City.

    09        July/Aug 1990  Request for BBS distribution sites, Computer
  GN90-07                    Industry News, a look at the Sound Blaster card,
                             a review of Spectrum Holobytes' Faces game.
    10        Sept/Oct 1990  Review of the games Atomix & Puzznik, a look at
  GN90-09                    Battlechess II and future game releases, v.42
                             & v.42bis - what their advantages are.

    11        Nov/Dec 1990   Look at the TrakBlaster program, new Flight
  GN90-11                    Simulator scenery disks, Reviews of games
                             Spellcasting 101 and Jones in the Fast Lane,
                             the Amiga Video Toaster by NewTek, Being a
                             Game Designer for Electronic Arts.

    12        Jan/Feb 1991   V.32bis standard, XGA, LaserDiscs, the   
  GN91-01                    controversial Lotus-Equifax CD-ROM CD, "Boo to
                             Disney Software" editorial, FD-Format, review of
                             the game Hard Nova.

    13        Mar/Apr 1991   Look at Workstations, BBS's pay business rates
  GN91-03                    on their phone lines, JMPlayer review, Amiga 24
                             bit graphics, the first VGA page ever.

    14        May/June 1991  The Prodigy STAGE.DAT controversy, review of 
  GN91-05                    TrakBlaster v2.0, MediaVision's Pro-Audio
                             Spectrum, Amiga News, Review of Lemmings.

    15        July/Aug 1991  The PC Expo in NYC, look at Creative Labs'
  GN91-07                    Voice Edit program, hints to the adventure game
                             Time Quest, a review of the game Armor Alley,
                             Internet News, and the first-ever GIF News

    16        Sept/Oct 1991  Sound Blaster Pro Vs. AdLib Gold, "High Prices
  GN91-09                    for Game Software" Editorial, Internet News,
                             Contest Winners Announced.
    17        Nov/Dec 1991   Closer look at AdLib Gold, Windows 3.1 news,
  GN91-11                    Wing Commander II Built-in cheat, Police
                             Quest III, WordTris, Internet sites, new
                             releases for various computers.

    18        Jan/Feb 1992   AdLib Gold Delayed, Brief Windows 3.0 program
  GN92-01                    review, Oh No More Lemmings!, 1992 planned
                             releases, best graphical adventure game company,
                             first SVGA page, Internet Archie Server.

    19        Mar/Apr 1992   Reviews of two VGA shareware games: Scorched  
  GN92-03                    Earth and Galactix, short look at two multi-
                             media groups, the new US Robotics 16.8K Modem,
                             SupraCorp's v32bis modem, industry news, 
                             coming Apogee releases, $49 CD full of share-
                             ware and public domain software.



Policy updated for January 1992, subject to change.

    Advertising in SIMPLE and EASY in GIF News, and very very affordable.
 Basically a small ad, roughly under 1/5 the size of a full page, will be
 free of charge.  Often times these are ads for Bulletin Board Systems.
    GIF News is read by thousands of readers throughout the world.  Besides
 the standard way of distribution through Bulletin Board Systems, GIF News
 travels by means of the worldwide Network of Internet which reaches many
 countries such as Japan, Australia, Norway, Finland, Canada, USA, France,
 Great Britain, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, and more.  GIF News can also
 be found on the Compuserve Game Magazines download section.  

 Here are some guidelines to follow for advertising in GIF News:   
       1. If short and small, the ad is free of charge.  I may add
          some simple graphics to make the ad a little more interesting.
       2. If advertising a BBS:
           a. Send me a normal-access user acount pre-registered.  In  
              other words, add an Eric Hsiao to your user roster and
              pick a password and send it to me (along with your ad).
           b. Sysops must let me know before each and every issue comes
              out that they want their ad in it.  This will help me keep
              track of which boards are still up and which ones have gone
              down.  This will save our readers from the trouble of dialing
              long distance to a board and getting a "Sorry, the number you
              have dialed has been disconnected..."  I am unable to accept
              requests that say "Please put my BBS ad for the next 10
              issues."  If you want your BBS ad in the next 10 issues, you
              much notify me before the deadline of each of the 10 issues
              that you want the ad in it.  
       3. If contributing money for an ad:
           a. A full page with customized drawn graphics by me will general-
              ly run around $75 - add $25 for each additional issue that you
              want the ad in.
           b. Pre-supplied/drawn graphics full page size will generally 
              be around $50 - add $25 for each additional issue that you
              want the ad in.
           c. Half a page of custom graphics will run around $30 - add $10
              for each additional issue that you want the ad in.
           d. Pre-supplied/drawn graphics half size will be around $15 -
              add $10 for each additional issue that you want the ad in.
           e. Please keep in mind that these are only general numbers, I am
              very flexible and will negotiate.  Also, unlike the FREE BBS
              ad policy, you can request that your ad be in for a certain
              number of issues (ex. "Please put my full page ad in the 
              January issue for a contribution of $50, plus I would like 
              to see it in the March/April and May/June issues for an 
              additional contribution of $50 (2 x $25).  See above for
              contribution guidelines.  
           f. Contributions not need be in the form of monetary units   
              (money).  Instead, products of interest to me such as a
              PostScript Laser Printer, v32Bis Modem, etc. would really
              be appreciated.
       4.  Any legitimate commercial/non-profit/organization/group/individual 
           can advertise in GIF News.  GIF News retains the right to refuse
           any advertisement due to content, space considerations, or
           other reasons.  We try to screen all advertisers for legitimacy.
           Complaints against advertisers should be directed toward the 
           advertiser or the Better Business Bureau, not GIF News.



                        .MOD files at your service

           If you're a SoundBlaster owner like me, you probably
     heard of the TrakBlaster program that plays Amiga NoiseTracker
     sound files (.MOD files).  NoiseTracker is a format that stores
     samples of real or electronic instruments and the play back program
     uses wave manipulation to play them back at different frequencies to
     achieve different notes on the scale.  As a result, you get
     song files that are very realistic sounding, and are much better than
     .ROL or .CMF files.  Everything is taken care of by the SoundBlaster
     DAC and the CPU.  
           Several programs out there exist for the PC to playback these
     .MOD files.  ModPlay 2.19b is one of them and will even play them back
     through your internal speaker.  It also includes plans to build your
     very own stereo DAC that you could plug into your parallel printer port.
     Future plans include support for the AdLib Gold 12-bit DAC (sound better
     than an Amiga) and the Sound Blaster Pro (sounds as good as an Amiga).
     For EGA users, there is JMPLAY, and for VGA users, there's the ever
     popular TrakBlaster 2.0 program.  If you're a SoundBlaster Pro owner,
     there is a program out there called ProMod that lets you play these files
     back in stereo. 
           Although there are literally thousands of .MOD files 
     out there,  you may be having difficulty finding some on your local 
     Bulletin Board Systems.  And you wish you had more, but don't want to 
     spend the lengthy time to download them from long distance boards. Well, 
     I have a solution to those people who want more, but can't find more.  
     I have amassed about many megs of .MOD files, and would like to share 
     them with you.  

     Introducing the GIF News .MOD file server
     Files available on both 5.25" & 3.5" format

      If you order 1-2 disks, the following rates apply:

            Disk Type       Price
         5.25" 360K disk = $1.00 ea
         3.5"  720K disk = $1.75 ea
         5.25" 1.2Meg disk = $2.25 ea
         3.5"  1.44Meg disk = $2.75 ea

      If you order 3 or more, the following rates apply:
            Disk Type       Price
         5.25" 360K disk = $.75 ea
         3.5"  720K disk = $1.50 ea
         5.25" 1.2Meg disk = $2.00 ea
         3.5"  1.44Meg disk = $2.50 ea 

      Please print out the following order form to help you out.

      Name: ___________________________      Date: ___/___/___
      Phone: (   )    -

         Disk Type             Qty         Price          Total
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      ___________________     _____   x   _______        _______
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      See above for information on        US Shipping    _$.75__
      Disk Type & Price
                                          Total          _______

      Shipping to Canada is $1.50, not $.75 (funds in US Dollars please)
      Checks & Money Order accepted as payment
      Please make check out to Eric Hsiao
      Mail this order form to:
           Eric Hsiao
           406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI
           Troy, New York 12180-3590

      If the date is after May 1st, 1992, please send your order to:
           Eric Hsiao
           7 Fair Way
           Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-5014

      All sales are final.

      To make sure I don't send you .MOD files you already have, it may be
      helpful for you mail your list of .MOD files along with the order