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 V.fast 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. Thanks, Eric Hsiao Files in this archive: GN9207-1.GIF --- Page 1 (EGA 640x350 16 color page) GN9207-2.GIF --- Page 2 (EGA 640x350 16 color page) GN9207-3.GIF --- Page 3 (EGA 640x350 16 color page) GN9207-4.GIF --- Page 4 (SVGA 640x480 256 color page) GN9207.TXT --- This file (From the Desk of the Editor) GIFNEWS.ADS --- How to advertise in GIF News BACKISSU.TXT --- Description of all back issues of GIF News ------------------ 7 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. If you enjoy reading 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. By the way, 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 continues...read GIFNEWS.ADS for more details. 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 LHARC, ARJ, ZOO, or ARC format. 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: gn92-07.zip <-- The gn stands for GIF News, the 92 re- presents the year, and the 07 is the month (July in this case). 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Sysops: If you want your BBS on this list, please let me know. I will only upload to boards with a Dual Standard or HST (at least until my v.32bis Dual Standard comes in). 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 board. 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 multimedia. Contact me and I will send you a resume. --------------------- Thank-you for downloading and reading GIF News, Eric Hsiao Editor-in-Chief July 3, 1992
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BACKISSU.TXT ------------ ** 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 (see GN9205.TXT for the address) Cost per each 360K disk (5.25) = $ .75 Cost per each 720K disk (3.5) = $1.25 Add $.75 for shipping - average size of an issue is around 80,000-100,000 bytes. Or call any of the bulletin boards listed in the GN9207.TXT file. 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 sounds. 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 contest. 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 V.fast standard and US Robotics new line of modems.