GIF News Issue #23

January / February 1993:

Nintendo threatens PC Board sysops, US Robotics lowers some prices, Wordup Graphics Toolkit review, soundcard news on new Aria wavetable cards, and Lemmings 2: The Tribes review.





                             GIF News
                       January/February 1993
                            Issue #23
     .             (C)1993 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
   .              Release date: January 2, 1992
\    o /
 \ o  /    Happy New Year!        
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   )(      From GIF News...       

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

   Hi, this is Eric Hsiao, the creator of GIF News.  Thanks for taking the
downloading GIF News.  We are back from our two month hiatus, and many
of you may be wondering what happened to the November/December 1992 issue.
Things got hectic around that time and there wasn't enough time to finish
that issue.  It was then decided that the issue was to be scrapped and
that work on the January issue begin.  I apologize for the delay and hope
it doesn't happen again.

   In this issue, you will find articles on: Nintendo threatens PC Board
sysops, US Robotics lowers some modem prices, a review of the Wordup
Graphics Toolkit and Lemmings 2: The Tribes, and Soundcards: Pro 
AudioSpectrum news, Soundblaster 16, and new Aria wavetable cards.

   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.

Our next issue will be March/April 1993.  Look for it around Mar 1st.

                                   Eric Hsiao

Files in this archive:
          GN9301-1.GIF     --- Page 1 (SVGA 640x400 256 color page)
          GN9301-2.GIF     --- Page 2 (SVGA 640x400 256 color page)
          GN9301-3.GIF     --- Page 3 (EGA  640x350  16 color page)
          GN9301-4.GIF     --- Page 4 (EGA  640x350  16 color page)
          GN9301.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
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Contact me and I will send/FAX you a resume.

--------------------- Thank-you for downloading and reading GIF News,
                              Eric Hsiao
                              January 2, 1993

Policy updated for May 1992, subject to change.

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       5.  The final deadline for the next issue is 10 days before the issue
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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.

    22        Sept/Oct 1992  Special Telecommunications issue, covering
  GN92-09                    modems, BBS software, and communication
                             terminal programs for PC's, Amigas, and Macs.

    23        Jan/Feb  1993  Nintendo threatens PC Board sysops, US Robotics
  GN93-01                    lowers some prices, Wordup Graphics Toolkit
                             review, soundcard news on new Aria wavetable
                             cards, and Lemmings 2: The Tribes review.