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PREFACE GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE Once again we are proud to bring you the most all-round mag in the 64-scene today. WELCOME to the AUGUST edition of THE PULSE. Most of you probably wondered why THE PULSE did not appear in JULY. Most of the staff have been on holiday through JUNE, but now that everyone is back, we are happy to be able to give you THE PULSE once again. The OFFICIAL release-date remains the 1st of every month. Be sure to get it! INSTRUCTIONS : [+,-] to switch pages. RETURN to reach menu, [+,-] to choose catagory, SPACE to load. RETURN to skip. Those of you that got the first issue (june edition), would notice a few changes in the outfit. This outfit is not the final one, as we are still working on a new one, which we did not finnish in time for the AUGUST edition to be released. MOST of the reactions we got on this mag were good. Strangely enough most of the reactions were aimed upon the outfit, almost NOONE said ANYTHING about the content of the mag. Nonetheless most of the negative reactions we got, was caused by the "THE PULSE" logo. We have ofcource taken that critisism serious, and we have already made a new one for the next issue. We hope that will be more of your satisfaction. I'm truly disappointed about the lack of response to the text we serve for you, apparently most of you find OUTFITS in mags more interesting than reading it. LAME! As you've already noticed by now, THE PULSE is now a trademark of PANDORA. DR.ZIVAGO and I (DUKE) joined PANDORA, so did IDOL from DOMINATORS who is now also a part of our staff.. We have a few new sections to present for you this month, one of them is called- "WORLD OF DEMOS", this month written by me, but from next month MADUPLEC/CREST will take over. Be sure to read it... The following address works for EVERYTHING about and for THE PULSE. NEWS/ADDRESSES/STORIES/ETC.. DUKE/PANDORA XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Make sure to have YOUR contribution here by the 25th of each month. This would give us some time to include your contribu- tion and maybe your address for THE BLACKBOARD.. The credits for the making of both intro and THE PULSE goes as follows : INTRO CREDITS Coding : DR.ZIVAGO/PANDORA Graphics : DUKE/PANDORA Music : MOZ(IC)ART THE PULSE CREDITS Coding : DR.ZIVAGO/PANDORA Graphics : DUKE/PANDORA Music : JENS CHRISTIAN HUUS The following people is responsible for the making of THE PULSE GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE/PANDORA GENERAL EDITOR : PSYCHOBILLY/RED SECTOR INC. GENERAL EDITOR : MADUPLEC/CREST STAFF MEMBER : ATTRACTION/PANDORA STAFF MEMBER : IDOL/PANDORA STAFF MEMBER : BREGO/RED SECTOR INC. PROGRAMMER : DR.ZIVAGO/PANDORA THE PULSE was imported to the states and fixed as PAL/NTSC by the CANADIAN #1 group EMPIRE.. PREFACE GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE PREFACE Subject : Introduction to the AUGUST edition of THE PULSE.. Editor : DUKE GLOBAL REPORT Subject : News from JUNE and JULY.. Editor : DUKE MONTHLY RELEASES Subject : A firm look at who is number one right now. All the releases from JUNE and JULY will be judged. Editor : PSYCHOBILLY PREFACE GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE CROSSFIRE Subject : STORIES and FACTS about the famous and the not so famous people on the 64-scene. Editor : DUKE PROFILE Subject : Interview with canadian BLACKHEART/ex.EXCALIBUR Editor : DUKE THE BLACKBOARD Subject : Addresses for the traders all over europe.. Editor : DUKE PREFACE GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE WORLD OF DEMOS Subject : A look at what's HOT and what's NOT in the huge DEMO scene on the 64. Editor : DUKE. Next month MADUPLEC/CREST will take over. SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT Subject : Every month we take up contriversial topics, analyse and discuss them with an open mind. This month we discuss the term : COMPETITION ! Editor : DUKE That is all the catagories we have to offer this month. ENJOY!
GLOBAL REPORT GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE Again it is time for the GLOBAL REPORT. This time we have a whole lot of happenings to report on, due to the summer-break of THE PULSE in JULY. But we will make sure you will not miss out on ANYTHING, like always! Unlike most summers, this one has been quite active, seen from the scenes point of view. Alot of old faces reappeared, and the comming months may be very exciting, with all the games that has not yet been released from the soft-ware houses. If you have anything important to report upon, feel free to use our address in the PREFACE. • It's been a very big summer for PANDORA. Not only is it back releasing again, It is expanding. GRIDPOINT died, to see THE PULSE become a trademark of PANDORA, as DR.ZIVAGO and DUKE joined up. Also trader IDOL/ex.DOMINATORS and cracker SHOOT/ex.DYNAMIX joined up with PANDORA. • TRICKET/ex.DOMINATORS left the sinking ship to drown, as he set off to a career change in VISUAL REALITY. He will be running the WHQ for VR called DOMINIC, at : +45-55776535. Sofar the board is set to be doing really well, with alot of callers. Give it a call! • SCAREFACE was kicked out of ARMAGEDDON. Later he joined up with ILLUSION and CODERZ, as a hacker. GRECO and LUCIFER left, ILC is nolonger ILS HQ. According to mega-trader DERBY- SHIRE RAM, the current balance of ILLUSION depends on the marked. Since there has been no sign of any games since MAY in the UK, the cracking section is taking a short break to enjoy the SUN. Current memberstatus of ILLUSION goes as follows : SAURON, FIST, HERO, GENE, ATMOS, SODAPOP, TRONIC, ZORLAC, FREESTYLE, BAZE, NME, REBEL, RICHIE, DERBY- SHIRE RAM, BRETT and SCARFACE.. • LEGEND kicked out : HOK, A-MAN, LEXI, DARKLORD, DAVE, SKYWOLF, etc. No reason has been given for this, but It seems as if LEGEND are getting ready for a long sleep, with only a few of the LEGEND members being actively engaged with the scene. The CURRENT memberstatus of LEGEND should be : POWERPLANT, GOLDFISH, WESTBAM, XXX, SKATER, BAAL, FLETCH, DOC, ANTITRACK. According to SKATER, he has put his computer back up, and It seems as if he has got the LUST of doing SHOCK again. Bod, however, claims SHOCK will be released on disk only once, followed by a good-bye edition on paper. • THE RULING COMPANY kicked out THE NIGHTSHADE and AUDIENCE. HELLRAISER joined up with MAYHEM and CHIPSTER ex.DEADLINE joined up to fill out the hole. IN LIVING COLOUR which has done quite well up to now, is now a TRC board. • SLAUGHTER has already passed away. All the members joined up with the AMERICAN demo-group ARCANE. • LEXI/ex.LEGEND joined up with swedish FAIRLIGHT. • ICARUS/ex.ALPHA FLIGHT joined up with the HOT ONES in CHROMANCE. • PAL/ex.OFFENCE joined up with PANORAMIC DESIGNS. • UNIFIER/ex.FLASH INC, DEATHSTRALKER/BRUTAL, DOS/ADSR and TWILIGHT/ex.ARCADE joined SPIRIT. • DR.DISK/ex.ARMAGEDDON joined up with TRC. • SKID-ROW, SKINHEAD and LANCE joined up with AFL. SKIN- HEADS first ware for AFL was a re-release.. GOOD START !?! • HCL and VODKA/ex.BOOZE DESIGNS joined up with the swedish SUPER demo-group LIGHT. • A new H/P group in the states has been build, called MATRIX. Members sofar : VIRTUAL VISIONARY, ASMODEUS, FROZEN FIRE, GUPPIE and CREDIT-CARD. • ROWDY AMERICAN DISTRIBUTORS are back in business with original members and a few new ones aswell. The memberstatus of RAD is : BLACKHAWK, LUCIFER/ex.ILS, MR.MISTER, NOMAD, DR.DOOM and CHEROKEE. • INSTAND/ARMAGEDDON quit the scene, and MO who just returned, was booted. No word on where MO plans to go, If he does not decide to quit ofcource. • GENESIS PROJECT seems better than ever. SNACKY and GOBLIN are seriously considering comebacks. The graphician DECOY DESIGN returned to the scene with SILICON, renamed himself to SANDERS and joined up with GP. The mega-traders AIRWOLF GERMANY and ASLIVE also joined. THE BEAST was kicked. • EMPIRE is back in full effect. This time BOOZE has brought along VIZZ and INTRUDER. Sofar they seem unstopable, and after being active just two months since their break, they have already picked up the #1 spot in the states. THE EXTREMIST has not been reported active, so we will have to wait and see. • The current #1 RED SECTOR INC. has had a pretty busy summer aswell. ANARCHY joined up with the AMIGA group TRSI. TRIGGER left F4CG and joined in. SUBZERO left CODERZ to join RSI aswell. FORPLAY the WHQ of RED SECTOR INC. is due for some major changes. First the board will change from UC to C • BASE. A special version (VILLAIN MODDED) which allows to choose between C • BASE and UCBBS. Alot of changes as said before is due, as 9600 baud xfers, 1.2.GIGZ, 4 megaheart+RAMLINK has to be installed. This would make FORPLAY the most powerful board in the states sofar. • CROSSFIRE of EPIC released a file to protect him from any on-going talks, that he should be the INFAMOUS re-cracker EXORY. Apparently the critisism agains't him began shortly after he released the game WOODY THE WORM. Critics say WOODY THE WORM was released by GENESIS PROJECTS in 1991. According to CROSSFIRE the version cracked by GENESIS was a preview of the game, and the version cracked by CROSSFIRE should've been the 100% game, released along with the AUGUST issue from GOLDEN DISK. CROSSFIRE who lives in the same area as EXORY, can be expecting further critisism for this, but right now he says he wont be calling out very often due to the new board of his he just put up. LATEST NEWS : (just came in on the 2nd of AUGUST) • VILLIAN left ARMAGEDDON to join up with TRC. According to him, ARMAGEDDON formated his board. • According to WESTBAM on THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE, REBEL and DERBYSHIRE RAM left ILLUSION to join up with LEGEND. But according to TRONIC/ILLUSION, DERBYSHIRE RAM did not leave ILLUSION. • X-RADICAL/TRC joined GENESIS PROJECT and BAMBAM was kicked out of ARMAGEDDON. That concludes the GLOBAL REPORT. The past months has been extremmely busy, let's hope the following ones will be just as active. If you have anything important to report upon, find our address in the PREFACE section. ALL THE NEWS HAS BEEN GATHERED BY PSYCHOBILLY, DUKE and ATTRACTION. If you find anything incorrect, feel free to let us know. We will correct it in the next issue.
MONTHLY RELEASES GENERAL EDITOR : PSYCHOBILLY Feel welcomed again in the MONTHLY RELEASES chapter written by PSYCHOBILLY of RSI for THE PULSE. All releases between the JUNE issue and the AUGUST issue are listed and judged here! Although the AMERICAN scene has picked up sligtly with the comeback of RAD and EMPIRE the US scene still suffers from a lack of talented (!) fixers. Therefore the rules which are used in this chart-system remained unchanged. Read closely the explanations of this different chart-system and remember the purpose of this system is a maximum of fair- ness. Any game which is uploaded as first to the majority of the most important boards (THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE, FORPLAY, PURGATORY, DOWN BY LAW, DEVINE ULTIMATUM, VIRTUAL REALITY and TUNNEL OF WARES) is judged as first-release no matter if that version is fixed or just in PAL. In case a release is already fixed PAL/NTSC when it appears first on a board the EURO-group is credited with 2 extra points which are added to the total amount of points for this release. In case a fixed version appears after a PAL ONLY version made by the same EURO-group, the group gains 1 extra point. Fixed versions supplied by a different EURO-group which appear later have no influence pointswise for that EURO-group. Just the importgroup is credited for the fixing then. The game is judged by the PRICE (3.0-FULLPRICE ,2.0-BUDGET 1.0-LOW BUDGET) and by the QUALITY (3.0-BEST ,0.1-WORST). Both price and quality have the same importance. ALPHA FLIGHT (Germany, USA) ______________________ After a quite unactive period wareswise, ALPHA FLIGHT finally released their first ware on PAL after their comeback, called SPACE DUELL (3.8) a budget game from Level 99 which was fixed by EMPIRE afterwards. Sadly they re-released VARI PRV at last. CHROMANCE (Hungary, Germany, Sweden, etc.) _________________________________ It seems they couldn't hold the standard of the previous month. MISS MIND ANIA (3.8) from ABC and imported by CODERZ was released by them. Also the CODERZ-only ware TILI TOLI (3.1) was CHROMANCE (Hungary, Germany, Sweden, etc.) _________________________________ was provided by them. Furthermore a quite decent preview called THE CASTLE (0.5) was released by CHROMANCE and imported by CODERZ. EPIC (DK, Germany, etc.) _________________ This group put out a bunch of releases this months but also many re-releases and games below the standard of an elite group. Their version of STIX which was imported and fixed by RAD did not work 100% so the points were given to TRC+EMPIRE! EPIC (DK, Germany, etc.) _________________ This group released a couple of games from a collection disk from MARKT+TECHNIK namely BOOM (1.5), KONCEPT (1.9) and COLOURS (2.9) which was imported and fixed by RAD. Also a game called CYBORG 2900 was put out by them which was ignored as it was obviously made by using the 3D Gamemaker. To top that EPIC re-released WOODY THE WORM which hit the boards more than one year ago already by GENESIS PROJECT! Their non trans- lated (!) version of SPACE QUIZ (4.0) from GOLDEN DISK was ignored pointswise, too as the game is still in GERMAN! GENESIS PROJECT (Germany, Sweden, etc.) _______________________________ Although they have not done anything wareswise, GP could get some points as EMPIRE finally fixed the "unfixable" METHADOS (3.7) from DOUBLE DENSITY which was released on PAL a long time ago. ILLUSION (Norway, Sweden, UK, USA, Denmark, Etc.) _____________________________________ One of the most active groups of the last months reduced its productivity majorly due to the loss of GENE and HERO. As result of EMPIRE's BEE 52 (4.9) fix they gained one point. RED SECTOR INC. (Germany, UK, USA) __________________________ They could continue with releasing a steady flood of wares this month. TRACER (4.5) an English low budget from COMMODORE FORMAT was released by them which was imported and fixed by ARMAGEDDON. Then THINK FAST (3.9) from MARKT+TECHNIK fixed by HEADHUNTER was put out. Another MARKT+TECHNIK game called PLIS (4.1) was released as PAL and later imported and fixed by EMPIRE. A kinda decent DYNO BLASTERS type game from Double Density called DETONATOR (5.4) was spread on the boards in two different versions, one imported by CODERZ and the other one imported and properly fixed by EMPIRE. RED SECTOR INC. (Germany, UK, USA) __________________________ Also PSYCHIC KAOS (4.2) a weird game from DOUBLE DENSITY was released by them. Later EMPIRE released a fixed version. SUCCESS (Holland, Germany, Austria, etc.) ______________________________ The dutch section supplied the users with a preview called MARBLOID (0.4) and a puzzle game called QUARX (2.9) from PARALYZE which is shareware. SLAUGHTER imported and fixed that game for them. SCS also got an extra point as EMPIRE fixed their version of MOVE ON which they released on PAL last month. TALENT (UK, Germany, USA) ____________________ They entered the wares scene activly again with the more than a year old fullprice game BUNDESLIGAMANAGER2 (6.6) which was translated into ENGLISH and fixed by ROCKSTAR. The other game released by them called CUP FOOTBALL was already released some years back by ACTION, so it is ignored pointswise. NOONE COVERS THE RELEASES LIKE THE PULSE THE RULING COMPANY (Holland, Spain, etc.) _______________________________ This group surprised the users with a couple of releases. They started with ORION (4.0) from the MAGIC DISK which was imported and fixed by EMPIRE. Then they released the 100% version of STIX (4.4) from MARKT+TECHNIK along with EMPIRE. Then they released a budget shoot'em up called SHELLSHOCK (2.6) from COMMODORE FORCE on PAL. Furthermore they released a very usefull graphics tool called FLIP. Their German cracker JACK ALIEN provided them with an old game called MANAGER from GERMAN DESIGN GROUP which was released by ULTIMATE+AFROZ in the previous year! OTHER GROUPS ___________ A new group called SACRED released EOROID (2.2) on PAL and TRANCE put a preview on the boards from the soon comming HENRY (0.6). SACRED also released VARI (0.4) preview as first. Due to the lack of FULLPRICE games we had to skip the BEST FULLPRICE GAMES charts. Next month we hope to present you that category again! Comming up : the look at who is at the number one spot today! EURO QUANTITY + QUALITY RELEASE CHARTS _________________________________ Rank Groupname Releases Points _____________________________________________ 1.(1) REDSECTOR INC. 5(5) 22.1(26.9) 2.(-) THERULING COMPANY 3 11.1 3.(5) CHROMANCE 2(2) 7.4(11.5) 4.(-) TALENT 1 6.6 5.(7) EPIC 3(1) 6.3(2.8) 6.(4) SUCCESS 1(4) 4.3(13.9) 7.(-) ALPHAFLIGHT 1 3.8 8.(-) GENESISPROJECT 1 3.7 9.(-) SACRED 1 2.6 10.(2) ILLUSION 0(4) 1.0(23.5) 11.(-) TRANCE 0 0.6 EURO QUALITY RELEASE CHARTS ________________________ Rank Groupname Releases Average Quality _____________________________________________ 1.(-) TALENT 1 6.6 2.(1) ILLUSION 0(4) 4.9(5.875) 3.(3) REDSECTORINC. 5(5) 4.42(5.24) 4.(-) ALPHAFLIGHT 1 3.8 5.(-) GENESISPROJECT 1 3.7 6.(-) THERULINGCOMPANY 3 3.67 7.(5) CHROMANCE 2(2) 3.45(4.8) 8.(6) SUCCESS 1(4) 3.4(3.325) 9.(-) SACRED 1 2.2 10.(7) EPIC 3(1) 2.1(2.8) AMERICAN QUANTITY + QUALITY RELEASE CHARTS _____________________________________ Rank Groupname Releases Points _____________________________________________ 1.(-) EMPIRE 9 38.1 2.(2) CODERZ 2(1) 7.4(7.6) 3.(7) ROCKSTAR 1(1) 6.6(4.3) 4.(1) ARMAGEDDON 1(3) 4.5(19.4) 5.(-) HEADHUNTER 1 3.9 6.(-) ROWDYA.DISTRIBUTORS 1 2.9 (-) SLAUGHTER 1 2.9
CROSSFIRE GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE "ZOOROPA - be all that you can be.. Be a winner, eat to get slimmer." That is the opening line for this months CROSSFIRE, and the lyrics taken from U2's latest album has more to it than just meets the eye. Sometimes the scene CAN be a bit of a ZOO itself. Only in our case the monkey is not involved, but CLOSE! WELCOME to CROSSFIRE. The most x-rated text worldwide in the 64-scene. If you have a bad temper or a bad taste of humour we suggest you do not continue this section. Otherwise ENJOY! • PARSON may be going to EAST-GERMANY for a job. Rumours say the job is involved with smugling polish NUDE-DANCERS for his new bar- "Single men of the 90's". Spokesman LAGERFELD says, "we have no comment, but the bar has already been visited by TRICKET who was searching for a new job since the unofficial death of THE DOMINATORS". Other rumours say, that the whole operation is a cover-up for LAGERFELDS (ex.RADAR) new NEO- NAZI group, which will be run by SKINHEAD, who just returned to the scene together with LAGERFELD from the Barber. • Message from SOLAR/F4CG (buffered from the boards) "Thinking real HARD now... OUCH... It hurts..." • THOR is not normal looking after all. Our associate- MAFIA LENTINI, who is currently stationed in NEW JERSEY (US), has discovered that THOR sends a stand-in whenever he needs to make a puplic-appearence. The reason for this, is a competition of a prestigeous matter with BOD/TALENT. The competition was made to see who can stay inside, not getting out at the longest time. BOD however, is experienced in staying away from civili- sation for years at a time, but according to THOR, he feels he has a good chance of beating the record of- 6 years, 4 months, 1 week, 3 days, 6 hours and 4 minutes done by ANTICHRIST. It could have been longer, but unfortunately ANTICHRIST ran out for PORK-CHOPS, and without hesitating, he walked outside his house and put an end to his FANTASTIC record. • NOW, we bring you the theatrical performance from the latest play- "I TOUCHED MYSELF, AND NOW I'M D.e.a...", written by PARSON. Sponsored by ANTICHRIST and SORCERESS INC. STARRING : BOD/TALENT, PWP/LEGEND and RICH/EMPIRE. BOD: Oh WOW, what a shiny thing. My knees feel sore, sigh. PWP: Oh BOD. Yes, what a wonderful and shiny thing. Yes, It sure is a shiny thing. Sigh, Sigh, Etc. Etc. RICH: Ah OUI. Shiny! BOD: Oh shiny thing. You are so shiny. As shiny as a disk, as smooth as my xxCENSOREDxx (the CENSOR was sponsored by CENSOR DESIGN, "If you're a NEGRO, you'll hate us!". RICH: Ah yes. Shiny thing. You shiny so! Tralalalilalilalalium! PWP: Yeah sure, shiny! Thanks for watching- "I TOUCHED MYSELF, AND NOW I'M D.e.a." sponsored by the married couple, ANTICHRIST and SORCERESS. BALLED HEAD PROVIDED BY LAGERFELD • FORPLAY, WHQ for RED SECTOR INC. is going through some major changes. It is said to become the most advanced board ever on the 64. According to the sysop of FORPLAY, NIGHT- WRITER, the board will have 190 lines, 5853 new drives, 8521 new subs and a special icon in which you can download new modems (courtesy of RSI). "Otherwise the board would be like any other board around, I don't see any MAJOR difference". • Did you know that "RSI" is an official illness caused by writing too long on the PC. The professional term for this illness, is 'REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY'. According to grand- trader BREGO/RSI, this exists for real. • Meanwhile at the house of SORCERESS in Brooklyn. (01:30 am) ANTICHRIST: OH, Why do BIRDS fall in love, why do BEES fall in in love, why do FOOLS fall in love?! • TALENT has been spotted as ACTIVE on the boards. According to a sysop, BOD actually released SOMETHING! It is still very unclear what BOD released. A sick sysop claimed BOD uploaded an ancient POWERPANTS disease, which infected 50% of the users. The POWERPANTS disease is especially DEADLY to GOLDFISH. - BE AWARE, THIS IS A WARNING - • Meanwhile at the house of SORCERESS in Brooklyn. (02:45 am) ANTICHRIST: Love me tender... etc.. • Latest story tells a tale of TRICKET joining VISUAL REALITY. According to VR-boss MICK on a conference earlier this morning "It came to our attension a while ago, that TRICKET was infact a visual REALITY. Therefore we were FORCED to let him join". TRICKET will be running their board on a 1541 drive. CALL IT!?! • Meanwhile on a board somewhere, a war is being battled. PARSON: Why you creep. You piece of shit motherfucker. I out- rule you ANYDAY ANYTIME ANYPLACE ANY, ANY, ehrm. MAJESTY: Kneel before your MAJESTY and admit your SEXUAL disadvantages. • Meanwhile at some bar in WEST-GERMANY. (04:30 am) GOTCHA: It took me 5 years to discover that I had no talents at painting. SOME GUY: So did you quit? GOTCHA: No, I was already famous then !?! • Meanwhile at the house of SKATER/LEGEND "DAMN, I wish I could remember how the hell this editor for SHOCK works. DAMN!" • LEGEND kicked out almost 50% of their members. Current chief of LEGEND, POWERPLANT, explained on a press-conference earlier the same day, "I had a very good reason for doing what I did. Infact, It was in our best interest. Those that were kicked made the rest of us look LAME. I told everyone, If they wanted to be active, they could start their search for another group. BUT, they would not listen". POWERPLANT warned the other members NOT to do ANYTHING, otherwise they would be flushed out the same way as the others. • Meanwhile at the house of CROSSFIRE/EPIC "DAMN. ANTICHRIST could be several persons, why can't I?" Meanwhile at the house of MO/ex.ARMAGEDDON "Damn, I return to the scene to please everyone, and I get kicked. DAMN!" THAT'S all we have for you this month. Everything between page one up to this one has been fiction. If you choose to believe it, well, that's your problem then. Send your angry letters to LEGEND. They were the ones that forced me into doing this whole mess.. Later, DUKE
PROFILE GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE WELCOME to a brand new section in THE PULSE. The name of this part is PROFILE, in which we will tell you a story about a profile (famous person) from the 64-scene. This month, it is our privelidge to present you an exclusive interview with BLACKHEART/Ex.EXCALIBUR. He was know to those who has been around for more than 2 years on the boards as a fearless hacker, who once supplied almost ALL of europe with virgin cards (when they actually existed). Then one day h disappeared, he was a victim of the puplic wrath, and the loss for the scene was bigger than just another colleague leaving the scene. Eventhough forgotten by many, he was still respected and remembered by the many that he "worked" with in this 64-INDUSTRY. Being not only the reliable hacker and sup- plier to the many that he was, but also a good friend that you knew would not let you down when the heat was on. He was unique in his field, and today It is our honour to bring you an exclu- sive interview with him. [D] DUKE/THE PULSE [B] BLACKHEART/Ex.EXCALIBUR The Interview begins on the following page..... [D] HI there DANA, or BLACKHEART as you are/were known. You are nolonger in the scene, but I'm sure you have not been for- gotten by the vast majority. But, for those out there that never had the privelidge of getting to know you, in the scene or in person, why not tell them WHO you are, and what your functions were in the scene. [B] I'm BLACKHEART (or DANA, your pick) and I was a card-hac- ker. I also hacked VMB's and blue-boxed (very handy when set- ting up a conference!). [D] Yeah, we sure did not lack of conferences when the codes were floating. Anyway, you used to be a very reliable source for codes. I remember the time where I was in THE DOMINATORS, at that time you just joined up with EXCALIBUR. It was already known then (as now) that most hackers had a small (SMALL???) lazyness problem. Did you ever go through that same PROBLEM? [B] Well, my area was easy, to get cards in. But then they pup- lished an article in the paper, so I had to hack off a director to the U.S. It was a bit harder. Sometimes I would get a good card, then use it to hack a few more from a pay-phone just dialing random numbers in other area codes. The only reason I wasn't lazy in getting cards, was because It only took me about 10 minutes. If it took longer, I'd try later. I'm not bragging, I'm just saying that some people can hack, and some people just can't! [D] I guess 50% of the secret is the tone you use, some just can't, because they sound too unprofessional, and I suppose that would be the reason why they can't caugh up any good cards. HMM.. Anyway, tell the readers something about how you got busted.. [B] Well, one FRIDAY after school I came home to find 2 police officers and a representative of MT and T (my local phone company) (Ed.Not anymore, huh). My room was really empty (they took my 64 (ed.OH MY GOD, NOOOOO.. Sorry, I couldn't help my- self Dana!!), two 1541 drives, a 1581 drive, my 20 inch TV, all my tapes (as in the ones you listen to), all my disks + notes. I went down for questioning and chatted with the cops for about an hour or two. To make a long story short, I never got my sys- tem back, but I was never charged. I did get my TV and TAPES back, MAYBE someday I'll get my computer. [D] That's heavy, I guess a million things went through your head when you saw the car(s) outside your home!?! I heard a rumour somewhere, that you were INFACT narced on. Did you ever find out who narced on you, IF any? [B] I was always suspicious of a few people, but I don't really care. It's been a long time, so It's too late to do much, but I'd like to know who, If anyone, narced on me. Who knows, maybe It was a local! [D] Still, revenge would be SO sweet. Anyways, you were not always in EXCALIBUR, why not tell us how you started out in the scene, all the way up to your engagement with EXCALIBUR. [B] I started out WAY back in a group called TNT/PLO which really SUCKED and at that time when I knew NOTHING. I worked my way along to running a small H/P (Hack/Phreak) board for a while (THE BLOODY FIST) and shortly after I blue-boxed for quite a while, which is around when BLACK REIGN was formed by myself and DEAD ZEPPLIN with THOR and INTRUDER. It was easy to get games when you have a blue-box. You can call anywhere, anytime, no codes needed! A while later they stopped blue- boxing here by putting a tone filter in the system. The group mostly broke up, and one day when I was bored I hacked a card. I couldn't believe how easy it seemed. So, with that card, I called someone from each group, GRIM REAPER/NEI, EXTRE- MIST/EMPIRE, MOLOCH/FORCED ENTRY (later it became ARMAGEDDON) and X-FACTOR/EXCALIBUR (long time since I've spoken with DANNY!) and only 2 groups called back - MOLOCH's group and EXCALIBUR. GRIM REAPER said he was waiting for an import but never called back. ETIENNE (EXTREMIST) said - "There is no way you will ever be a member of EMPIRE", but interesting enough, he later tried to get me to join when I became friends with members of groups they were trading with (Ex.DEADLINE). Anyways, to make the story short, I joined MOLOCH's group for 1 day, then joined EXCALIBUR where I remained until I was busted. [D] I guess there are not many alternatives when you want to join an ELITE group in the states, NOTHING like the EUROPEAN scene. Any REGRETS when you think back? [B] No, I have no real regrets, otherwise than not being more careful with my notes. I wasn't like some hackers who wrote good-bye files and wrote how they stayed in all day and had no life. I find that pathetic, when I hacked or called out, or anything, It was always in the night or when I had nothing to do. Hacking never stopped me from doing anything, so, as I said, I have no regrets. [D] It's good to hear that. What was the best part of the scene that you remember? [B] The best part of the scene was getting to know different people around the world and learning many things about many places. One of the best things the scene gives a person is a chance to get to know so many people. [D] Yeah, we sure do learn alot about people from different countries. How long do you figure the scene will last, and incase It drops dead in the NEAR future, what do you think will be the reason for that? [B] Well, when I was busted over a year ago, the scene was dying and I can't see it lasting too much longer. In EUROPE the scene seems to still be pretty much alive, but in the U.S. and CANADA it's dying quick. It's not like it once was, the people are more lame and have bigger egos. Their skills are low, but they are todays "elite". Two or three years ago they would've been laughed at. This is one reason why it will die. Another reason is, most from the "old scene" was either busted, dropped out or moved to AMIGA/IBM. The 64 just doesn't have the power to last with IBM's and CONSOLE copiers becoming popular. The last reason is because It's being too hard to phreak. [D] I give it a few years anyway. Now that EASTERN-EUROPE has accepted the 64, I'm sure they would buy it as most Ameri- cans/west-europeans buy AMIGA/IBM. This would increase the marked, and there would be more games to release. Anyways, so now you have a NORMAL life in SYDNEY/CANADA? [B] Well, I have a girlfriend, a car (a nice RELIANT K-CAR) with a kicking stereo. I also have an apartment (but I still live at home, the apartment is for my weekends) so if any old scene people want to get in touch, give me a call, the number is still the same. [D] Any DREAMS or AMBITIONS about the future? [B] Well, someday I hope to lead the country and have loads of money, but right now I just want to finnish HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE, and continue to slaughter anyone who plays me at STREET FIGHTER II or TIME KILLERS at the ARCADE! [D] HAVE MERCY! Who were your best friends in your 64 career? [B] My best friends were (some still are) : FUTURE/TECH, THOR (I'm one of the few people that doesn't hate him!), MK, MOLOCH (are you ever home, or have you died and someone left the answering machine on?), STEVE/X-FACTOR, ANTICHRIST, NARC (who should get a letter from me soon! Long time since we've talked MICHAEL!), EQUINOX (have you died, RUSS?), DEADSHOT, ZALDRON, CARCAS, IRON LORD, DUKE (HEY! That's you) (ed. OH MY GOD, IT IS!!!), STRIKER, FRENCH HAWK, DESIRE, and many, many more! I apologise to anyone I forgot, and like I said before, anyone who wants to chat can give me a call some- time (ESPECIALLY if you like TECHNO music). [D] Well, "I DON'T LIKE REGGAE - I LOVE IT". EHRM. Thanks for your help DANA, I guess I will continue to write with you in the near future through mail. Might there be a chance we can get to see you here in EUROPE? [B] Hopefully sometime after I graduate I'll be visiting EUROPE I want to visit ENGLAND, DENMARK and GERMANY! Keep your BEER and CIGARETTES hidden! [D] Thank YOU, and GOOD LUCK in the future with EVERYTHING! [B] No, Thank YOU Alex! My pleasure! Next time we hope to be bringing you another interesting profile to read about. Keep your eyes open, we might just write YOU for an interview... Till then, DUKE
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World of demos
WORLD OF DEMOS GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE Greetings readers, It is our privelidge to present you all a preview of a brand new section to come ONLY in THE PULSE. Beginning in the SEPTEMBER edition, MADUPLEC of CREST will be guiding you all through the closed doors of the WORLD OF DEMOS. Each month he will be taking a look at what's HOT, and what's NOT. The latest news and stories, interviews and other exciting things to be expected. ONLY in THE PULSE! You can be a part of this GREAT section too. Comming up some instructions on how YOU can make a difference. If you just finnished off a demo, or If you have one you think deserves a good review from one of the leading mags, here is where to send: THE PULSE (Demos must be send max.10 days before next XXXXXXX XX release date of THE PULSE..) XXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX This address works for DEMOS/NEWS/STORIES/STATEMENTS and everything else. The following month, we will print your contribution and/or review your demo. JUST DO IT!
Special Assignment General Editor : Duke "COMPETITION" The term that build the concept SCENE on every computer, and still keeps it alive. Today the scene is rapidly falling apart on the 64, eventhough games are still floating. The amount of games being released is still enough, to settle the hunger of the few groups around to MAKE some competition. But for how long? Competition or not, many would think it takes alot of skill to beat the powerfull modem-groups, who has the connections a group needs to stay on the top of the charts. Strangely enough, It takes more skills in the mouth than on the computer to put together an elite group. In the old days the charts were roamed by the ones with the best crackers, today It is completely different. Talent was a perfect example. Bod, who has been It's leader ever since it began a few years back, is truly one of the profiles in the 64 scene. His cracking-abbilities has been questioned many times, not alot of hard-to-crack games has been put out by Bod either, but still he has managed with only a few people to help him out with the practical things in his group, to create one of the best and most powerfull groups in the existance of the 64. Bod was never known as a hostile character, he had a job, and he always managed to do it. Most people who tried pulling off a war agains't him, did not get much response. Bod's spoke through his wares, which came out in massive numbers following his career. Not many managed to get a technique of their own. Many failed to put together an original group, which could be seperated from the other groups by their special way of doing things. F4cg is another example. This old Italian lead group never did succeed in getting much respect from the states. Most european groups accepted the group as just "another" group around. Fact was another. F4cg was not JUST another group. Not only have they managed to put out several first-releases during the past years, they also had one of the best crackers in europe- Fen1. But F4cg did not use much power on gaining respect on the boards through using superior use of Puplic Relations. Other groups made success using Puplic Relations. Gene of Illusion, Thor of Glory, Narc of Legend and Bod of Talent all had their own technique of getting the attension of the people, even- though they did not manage to open any fan-clubs through their career. Most groups have a different oppinion on how their group should use the PR they got, many failed, for instants The Dominators. Dominators, lead by Cosmo and Dogfriend (both unactive at the moment) had different oppinions on how a group should face the puplic in the states. Cosmo thought showing up on the major boards once in a while could help getting more respect, while Dogfriend saw PR as useless, eventhough he had a very compete- tive mind, whos main goal was getting respect from everyone for the releases Dominators were supposed to have released. Normally It does give alot of respect and power to release, but ONLY if you manage to release often. Dominators got beat up to several times by Legend and Illusion (mainly), and the American groups developed less and less respect for the old KINGS group. They put PR low on their priority, this was a major mistake. The American scene is wierd and twisted. Most americans does not give a damn about socalled "friendship", for them the only thing that counts is games. Later on the americans started to disappear, and the european top-groups had bigger problems on getting their connections in order. This crisis struck alot of groups, small american groups were used as substitutes, which did not work out at all in the end. The only group to take full advantage of the crisis were the number one group at that time- Legend. Their PR worked every- time. They managed to hold two american top groups for them- selves, which put Dominators out of business. For Dominators It was the end, for Legend It was victory. All caused by perfect puplic relations in the states. Puplic Relations is intirely different in the demo-scene. It should be obvious, since demoes never did need to be fixed (no points were given for a fixed demo). But still PR could lift a fairly good group into fame, with a good and offensive stand on both the boards and a good grib on the magazines. Like in the real world, the 64-scene is also controlled by some powerfull magazines. Most information comes from magazines, and sometimes they decide how a group should behave towards the puplic. Magazine-mania also hit the 64-scene at a time. Every group needed a magazine. They all wanted to make the best, but most (probably about 90%) did not have the skill that it takes to write an interesting magazine. Therefore most groups put all their eggs in one basket, and made a good-looking mag, with the only thing cool about it being the outfit. ACTION, more COLORS, more CODE, more GRAPHICS, more.. They forgot to write an origi- nal mag, most of their text became dry, objective and boring. In the past 2 years only two mags had an original idea on both the outfit and with the text. SHOCK had an original idea, they opened everyones eyes, and proved that using small letters was a really good idea. But the term "be original" was really missunderstood, why be different- JUST to be different? Some said, "wow, we can't use 1x1 letters, it's already been made before!?!". They all forgot that the main priority of a mag should be the text, but noone would listen. Shock was objective, but not too much. It was good, there was alot of text, and noone disliked it. BUT, then the greatest problem happend. The release-date was breached, sometimes they did not release the mag for months, and last BUT not least they released the mag DAYS after the official release-date. Shock has not been released for a long time, It simply disap- peared from the scene, as did the maker- Skater/Legend. Propaganda has a different story. It was released when Anti- christ was still around. At that time It was extremmely biased, but still funny to read, eventhough you either hated it, or you loved it. BUT, when it returned, It was not biased anymore. It had a different editorial, and a different oppinion. All of a sudden it was totally objective. The one thing Propaganda was known for, was gone. Now It's JUST another mag, with NO oppin- ion. BORING! Be creative, but take a stand. ALWAYS! That is all for this months SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. I hope you've enjoyed reading it. Feel free to write us letters, if you have anything important to say, which you might think would fit in this section. TILL THEN, THE PULSE IS WRITTEN BY REAL MEN!