GIF News Issue #21

July / August 1992:

PC Expo #10 - news straight from the show! Reviews of Dagger of Amon Ra & Classic Tetris Soundcard news on Gravis Ultrasound and telecommunication news on standard and US Robotics new line of modems.





                             GIF News
                         July/August 1992
                            Issue #21
                   (C)1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
                     Release date: July 3, 1992
------------------- From the Desk of the Editor -------------------------
Hi, this is Eric Hsiao, the creator of GIF News.  Thanks for taking the
downloading GIF News.  In this issue I bring back information and news
from the latest and greatest shown at PC Expo #10 in NYC.  This includes
the Gravis Ultrasound, the Sound Blaster 16, US Robotics new line of
modems, and more.  If you find the information in this issue of GIF News
useful and helpful, please consider a small donation of around $5 to 
help cover long distance telephone charges incurred from the distribution 
of GIF News.
So, sit back and enjoy the issue.  Please feel free to send me any
comments and questions you may have (i.e. that green on white font is
too difficult to read, what software do you use to create GIF News,
do you have any more information on the Gravis Ultrasound, etc.).
Our next issue will be September/October.  Look for it around Sept 1st.
                                   Eric Hsiao
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          GN9207.TXT       --- This file (From the Desk of the Editor)
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          BACKISSU.TXT     --- Description of all back issues of GIF News
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  Eric Hsiao                                                              
  406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI                                                
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   Some information that didn't make it into the graphics pages:
* Battlechess 2000 is coming out, and will feature futuristic battles
  complete with lasers and other space periphernalia.  25 Megs of
  uncompressed data will make this a true multimedia experience.
* LucasGames' answer to Wing Commander will be X-Wing, based on the
  Star Wars movies.  Release date will be sometime Fall '92.
* A special welcome to Game Bytes, a new magazine dedicated to the
  review and coverage of PC computer games.  Welcome to the world of
  online publishing.  It is available on FTP sites and bulletin boards.  
  Look for the filename GAMBYT*.ZIP
* AdLib was to be bought out by Creative Labs, but the Canadian government
  said no, because Creative Labs planned to move the operation out of
  Canada.  Right now, a German firm is looking into AdLib and they plan
  on keeping AdLib in Canada.
* Besides Gravis, another company called Advanced Strategies Corp is
  releasing a Wave Table-based sound card called the Audio/Media Master.
  It's hard to say whether Wave Table will take off in the near future,
  but Gravis' aggressive pricing makes the Ultrasound a very attractive
   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 in the field of
Contact me and I will send you a resume.
--------------------- Thank-you for downloading and reading GIF News,
                              Eric Hsiao
                              July 3, 1992
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  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.
    20        May/June 1992  IBM/compatible sound cards reviews.  Pro Audio
  GN92-05                    Spectrum 16, AdLib Gold 1000, Sound Blaster Pro
                             comparison chart.
    21        July/Aug 1992  PC Expo #10 - news straight from the show!
  GN92-07                    Reviews of Dagger of Amon Ra & Classic Tetris
                             Soundcard news on Gravis Ultrasound and 
                             telecommunication news on standard 
                             and US Robotics new line of modems.