GIF News Issue #17

November / December 1991:

Closer look at AdLib Gold, Windows 3.1 news, Wing Commander II Built-in cheat, Police Quest III, WordTris, Internet sites, new releases for various computers.





                           GIF News
                        November 1991
                          Issue #17
                (C)1991 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
               Release date: November 8, 1991
Dear GIF News reader,
    Sorry for the week and a half delay of the release of this
issue.  It's been a busy month here with a new upgrade from a
286 12MhZ to a 386-33MhZ.  Everything is running smoothly now.
You may have noticed that this issue only has the month November
on it.  Does this mean GIF News has gone from bimonthly to monthly?
Well, not exactly.  We plan on releasing another issue in December
solely for review of products for the Holiday season.  This includes
games, hardware, software, etc.  Be sure to look for it on a BBS near
you.  Starting January, GIF News will go back to being bimonthly.
                Files in this archive:
          GN9111-1.GIF     --- Page 1
          GN9111-2.GIF     --- Page 2
          GN9111-3.GIF     --- Page 3
          GN9111V4.GIF     --- Page 4 (256 Color page)
          GN9111.TXT       --- This file
          GN-DISKS.TXT     --- How to get .MOD files for Sound Blaster
          GIFNEWS.ADS      --- How to advertise in GIF News
          BACKISSU.TXT     --- Description of all back issues of GIF News
    Thanks for taking the time to download this issue of GIF
News.  I really hope you like it.  In this issue there are articles
on: Mustang Acquisition of Qmodem, Windows 3.1 news, Wing Commander
built-in cheat and information of the Secret Operations Disks, review
of WordTris, new games coming out for various computer platforms, 
more handy Internet TELNETable addresses, Police Quest III, a closer
look at the AdLib Gold, and more.
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long as no modifications what-so-ever are made to this
archive.  If you enjoyed reading the past 6 or so issues of
GIF News, please consider a small donation of $5 to cover my
cost of uploading GIF News long distance to BBS's across the
country.  Or instead, please upload GIF News to a couple of
your favorite boards.  Any bit of distribution helps.
    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.
    Special note to Internet readers:  If you would like to
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                            Thanks for your support,
                            Eric Hsiao
                            Editor-in-chief of GIF News
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  Eric Hsiao
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  Issue #     Date           Description
  -------     ----           -----------
    01        Nov/Dec 1988   Reviews of Leisure Suit Larry II, Fire Power,
                             and Sentinel Worlds, a short autobiography of
                             Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
    02        Feb/Mar 1989   Virus protection safeguards, review of Police
                             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
                             annual Sight & Sound Awards, "Taito Games Are
                             Terrible" editorial.
    04        July/Aug 1989  Nintendo Game Hints (Super Mario Bros 2, Rad
                             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  
                             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
                             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?" 
                             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
                             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
                             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
                             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
                             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   
                             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
                             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 
                             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'
                             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
                             for Game Software" Editorial, Internet News,
                             Contest Winners Announced.
    17        Nov/Dec 1991   Closer look at AdLib Gold, Windows 3.1 news,
                             Wing Commander II Built-in cheat, Police
                             Quest III, WordTris, Internet sites, new
                             releases for various computers.
                         .MOD files at your service
      Can't seem to find any boards in your area with alot of TrakBlaster
      .MOD files?  Wish you had more, but don't want to spend the lengthy
      time to download them from long distance boards?  If you're like me,
      after listening to the TrakBlaster program play music, you swore you
      would never go back to .ROL or .CMF files again.  Well, I have a
      solution to those people who want more, but can't find more.  I have
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      with you. 
                 Introducing the GIF News .MOD file server
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         3.5"  1.44Meg disk = $2.75 ea
      If you order 3 or more, the following rates apply:
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      Mail this order form to:
           Eric Hsiao
           406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI
           Troy, New York 12180-3590
      All sales are final.
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      helpful for you mail your list of .MOD files along with the order
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                                        Thank you,
                                        Eric Hsiao
                                        Editor of GIF News
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