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+ W E L C O M E T O + + T H E P U L S E M A G A Z I N E / S E P T E M B E R + Once again we have heaps of actual text lined up for you. The september edition was brought to you by PANDORA. Hopefully you will find this edition even better than the AUGUST issue. Unfortunately our new outfit is unfixable, and therefore it can not be read by our American and Canadian readers. Next month, we hope to be able to release a special US version to go along with the EUROPEAN version.. Now, that is SERVICE!! Use JOYSTICK. UP/DOWN to change pages. FIRE to reach the MENU, LEFT/RIGHT to choose CATAGORY and FIRE to load. We had several understandable complaints about our previous outfits. The main problem was the poor graphics we had to offer. This problem has been solved though, we hope you like the work our new graphician SUN DANCER did. DR.ZIVAGO made some excellent new coding to go along with it aswell, and now I am proud to say, it's quite an attractive outfit... THE CREDITS (INTRO and MAGAZINE) Coding : DR.ZIVAGO/PANDORA Graphics : SUN DANCER/PANDORA Charset : DUKE/PANDORA Music : DRAX/CREST THE PULSE - SEPTEMBER is a trademark of PANDORA 1993. The following people are responsible for the editing and the release of THE PULSE - SEPTEMBER.. MAIN GENERAL EDITOR : DUKE/PANDORA BOARD/GAMES SPECIALIST : PSYCHOBILLY/RED SECTOR INC DEMO SPECIALIST : MADUPLEC/CREST BOARD SPECIALIST : ATTRACTION/PANDORA EURO-SCENE SPECIALIST : BREGO/RED SECTOR INC Together we make the perfect MAGAZINE, which covers the world like no other mag in the scene. So it goes without saying that THE PULSE is more worthy of your VOTE than any other mag today. We will ofcource keep you up to date with all the events every month. We accept no delay, nor should you.. THE PULSE can be reached at the following addresses. These addresses are of the official THE PULSE spreaders aswell.. DUKE/PANDORA BREGO/RED SECTOR INC XXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXX-X XXXXXXX XX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Both addresses can be used for your contributions, which could be : ADDRESSES for THE BLACKBOARD. NEWS from the cracking and demo scene. REPORTS on scene-related parties. STORIES on scene people and ofcource reactions for the new outfit and the text would be more than welcome too.. + COMPETITION TIME + * In order for you to get more fun out of giving us the usual contributions (news, addresses, whatever) we made a brand new competition, in which EVERYBODY can take part... Write a sentence (max.20 words) why THE PULSE MAGAZINE is the best magazine on the 64, and you could be off to PUPLIC STARDOM together with THE PULSE.. The one with the most HIP sentence, will get a chance to write his own chapter for one month in THE PULSE. We will mail you the editor, and you pick the contents of your very own and special CHAPTER. This has never been done before, so grab a pen and paper, and mail your NEWS and ADDRESS including the 20 word sentence of why THE PULSE MAGAZINE is the best magazine on the 64, and send it all to the following address: THE PULSE MAGAZINE XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Be sure to have it in my mail-box by the 15th of SEPTEMBER, unless you only want to send us your address/news then you have until the 27th.. * * * GOOD LUCK * * * + REACTIONS to THE PULSE MAGAZINE + __________________________________ THE PULSE MAGAZINE had world premiere on the AMERICAN boards in AUGUST. Please notice we changed our outfit since then, so any critisism on the graphics or code, would be more or less unimportant now. PSYCHOBILLY/RSI meet up with the reactions on the boards, and picked out the following state- ments from some of famous dudes. After the reactions, you will be able to read some important words from the editor... - SKATER/LEGEND (editor or SHOCK) I got THE PULSE in the mail today, and I must say I was pretty impressed. I haven't seen a better magazine since the last issue of SHOCK. Talking about SHOCK, it did remind me of SHOCK, maybe too much! I noticed alot of things have simply been copied by THE PULSE (charset and all). Anyway, who cares. Atleast his English is good! - SKINHEAD/ALPHA FLIGHT That magazine isn't bad if you take in consideration it's a PANDORA mag! Who cares.. - BOD/TALENT PULSE # 2 (ed.AUGUST) was ok, praised me alot! Bahaha! But the graphics were shit.. - SKATER/LEGEND It's the text that matters... - SKINHEAD/ALPHA FLIGHT Right indeed! But I'd say a good look out wouldn't harm at all! - MAJESTY/TALENT Well, checked THE PULSE and I consider it as a worth to be mentioned mag, eventhough certain texts were pretty dumb. Such as the last chapter.. Whatever... - SECRET MAN/RSI I can only say that SHOCK and PROPAGANDA are much better as THE PULSE (ed. these were his exact words...) - COUNT ZERO/RSI Nah, I'd prefer THE PULSE to PROP* ... _____________________________________________ Now follows a detailed response from the main-editor of THE PULSE MAGAZINE, DUKE of PANDORA.. * According to SKATER/LEGEND, THE PULSE should have tried to copy off the outfit of SHOCK completely. However, I can asure the readers, and SKATER, that this is very far from the case. I can understand some of the critisism concerning the AUGUST edition, but the code and the charset, was indeed our very own. I find it irresponsible acusing us for such a thing, before trying to check out the actual truth.. But as you can see, THE PULSE MAGAZINE is now very diffe- rent from what it was before. Without any difficulties from our excellent coder DR.ZIVAGO, we have now got one of the best coded magazines released today, without any annoying rutines many other magazines have. DESIGN is the key-word, although we put the text as the highest priority in the first two edi- tions. We appologize for that ofcource.. (NOT!) * BOD seems to be of the idea that THE PULSE MAGAZINE is a good magazine because it praises him alot. I'm sure he forgot to read the CROSSFIRE chapter, heh. No DARREN, we all LOVE you, you know that.. (WHO ?) * SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT was read by alot, and they seemed to like the contents of that section. Ofcource we cannot serve text which will please everyone, but we like to have a wide selection of quality text. We put a large effort into every chapter, so we will keep this one for a while.. Once again I appologize for not printing the endless reactions I got from the european swappers. We simply do not have room for it, but we are VERY happy about your responses, and we hope we will be able to serve you the kind of text that you prefer in the future.. In the end, I would like to explain that THE PULSE MAGAZINE is an all-round magazine, with CRACKING and DEMO news and chapters. We would like for it to be read by the majority of the scene, so maybe once we can all enjoy THE PULSE as the most read mag in the scene.. SOME WORDS ABOUT THE COMPETITION.. Sofar we have not seen ANY competition worth mentioning. The objective and 100% elite based PROPAGANDA is very low on text, and is read in less than 30 minutes. SHOCK may however become competition for THE PULSE when SKATER decides to release it on a monthly basis. Till then, we are the BEST magazine released on a monthly basis, with everything from the DEMO- to the CRACKING scene.. We will always be of the firm belief, that as long as the potential competition does not release, or are low on the text, we simply can't consider them as any competition.. * THE PULSE MAGAZINE will be back again on the 1st of OCTOBER. We await your letters, addresses, news and other things interesting to us till then.. If you have a modem, you are also welcome to call FORPLAY, and leave mail to PSYCHOBILLY, I'm sure he will be happy to hear from as many as possible.. (NOT!) But before I go, I would like to send a special greeting to DR. JONES of SACRED. And to DRAX for not doing the music for us eventhough he said he would (Buuh Thomas!)... Maybe you will finnish something before OCTOBER.. Final word- FUCK THE PC!
Here we have the MONTHLY RELEASES CHARTS gathered and written by PSYCHOBILLY of RED SECTOR INC. Let us have another look at the actual UP and DOWNS of the USA market. We saw RAD returning and vanishing again. EMPIRE seems to be down to VIZZ only again, and no sign of BOOZE for weeks. On the other hand, DEMONIX made a sort of comeback (they never really disappeared 100%) with KICK BACK, SIDE SECTOR and THE UNHOLY... After ARMAGEDDON booted MASSIVE ONSLAUGHT from the group, nothing has been released by them. Their rookie fixer THE WAR CRIMINAL could not replace that big hole which the loss of MO causes, so he was kicked out aswell. Eventhough they promised being active again, nothing appeared so far.. As a RESULT of this, we will stick to the old concept again. For closer information about the system used in this release- chart, consult an older edition of THE PULSE MAGAZINE.. If you have any questions about the system used, feel free to call FORPLAY, and leave mail... ALPHA FLIGHT (Germany, USA) ______________________ This group is moving seriously towards the top with a steady flood of wares. Although they started this month with a re- release called RINGS'N'UP which was even imported by DEMONIX, they could also put out a simple PUZZLE game named FLEX (4.1) from A-SYSTEM which was imported by DEMONIX.. CHROMANCE (Hungary, Germany, Sweden, etc.) __________________________________ They supplied CODERZ with MAGIC BALLS (3.9) from HUMANOID SOFTWARE, and put out a preview called BALLISATION (0.4).. BALL JOB (4.2) from CREAM SOFTWARE was released together with DEMONIX. Shortly after that ware, they released a large CHROMANCE (Hungary, Germany, Sweden, etc..) __________________________________ - preview called LIBERATOR (0.8) which is a western type game together with their main-partners CODERZ.. EPIC (Denmark, Germany, etc..) ______________________ EPIC started with a POLISH game this time, which is called ACID RUNNER (2.8) from L.K.AVALON. CHROMANCE released a translated version which was ignored as there was hardly any tekst in the game. Later they came up with BALL LAND (3.4) from DOUBLE DENSITY, which was fixed, but not imported by DEMONIX due to it's questionary quality. And again EPIC re- EPIC (Denmark, Germany, etc..) ______________________ - released a ware this month. At this time it was BRAIN TERROR PRV., which was released by GARBAGE (!) months before. An utility to manipulate graphics was put out by them, called GODOT from MARKT+TECHNIK. Furthermore a preview of a stupid shoot'em up game called HIDIHOOD (0.2) was released by them... F4CG (Italy, Belgium, etc..) ___________________ After a long rest, F4CG managed to provide the users with a new ware called PILE UP (4.6) from MARKT+TECHNIK which was imported by EMPIRE. EMPIRE needed a second version to release this game properly.. ILLUSION (Norway, UK, Swiss, USA, etc..) ______________________________ The said to be dead, kicked back with LIVERPOOL (4.5) from GRANDSLAM, which was released on PAL first, and afterwards not 100% fixed by DEMONIX. Therefore no points for NTSC were given. SUCCESS (Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, OZ, etc..) _________________________________________ They had a rather slow month this time, and released nothing but a lame preview called BLOOD RUSH (0.3) and another one called MAGIC FORMULA (0.6) which was fixed by DEMONIX.. TALENT (UK, Germany, USA) ____________________ Also a rising group who put out MATRIX (4.6) coded by the X-ENIGMA guy RAYGAR which was imported by DEMONIX. Later on they released a killer SPORTSGAME with graphics by GOTCHA called OSTFRIESLANDGAMES (6.3) from GOLDEN DISK TALENT (UK, Germany, USA) ____________________ - which was imported by DEMONIX aswell.. THE RULING COMPANY (Holland, Germany, etc.) __________________________________ In contrast to last month, this group appeared to be very unactive release-wise and put but only a preview out, called BUBBLE MANIA (0.7).. RED SECTOR INC. (Germany, UK, USA) ___________________________ Moving on like the previous months with a good steam of wares. Finally the real preview of the long awaited LEMMINGS (0.8) was released by them. Shortly followed a good PUZZLE game called WORKING STONE (4.5) from MARKT+TECHNIK, which was fixed by MISTER PRESIDENT. After that, the first ENGLISH budget appeared this summer, entitled SCEPTRE OF BAGHDAD (6.4) from PHOENIX SOFTWARE which was fixed by MRP+ EMPIRE. Also a DEMONIX version was spread on some smaller boards, nevertheless the EMPIRE version made it faster to the major boards. An ILLUSION version was spotted on a few boards aswell, but quickly deleted as it was just a PAL version spread too late on the boards. A fairly decent HOCKEY game RED SECTOR INC. (Germany, UK, USA) ___________________________ - called KARAMALZ CUP (3.0) was released on PAL as it seems to be a problem to get it fixed. Also a fullprice game was put out by RED SECTOR INC. this month, which was ORMUS SAGA II or GUILD OF DEATH (7.4) from MIKE DORAN PRODUCTIONS. A quite similar type of game, called MAGIC STONE (4.8) from MARKT+TECHNIK was released by them together with DEMONIX in the states. Furthermore they provided two previews of the games SUBURBAN COMMANDO (0.5) and BREAKTHROUGH (0.5) at the end of this month, followed by ARGON FACTOR (6.5) from LOGYK, a GFX-text adventure.. OTHER GROUPS ___________ DYTEC released a little ware on PAL called P.P.DIGGER (2.3) from MARKT+TECHNIK. BRONX put out CAR WARS, a horrible lame SEUCK game (no points given). SACRED provided a gfx- text adventure in POLISH language, which is completely use- less to others than the POLISH people (no points here either). Also a preview called CRYME (0.2) has been spread by them together with a simple shoot'em up game called PLANET FORCE (1.7) from CP VERLAG on PAL.. Also MAYHEM released a SEUCK game this month, although better made. Still, no points for THE TERORIST from CHAMP- ION SOFT... BEST GAMES (Overall) ________________ 1. ORMUS SAGA II Mike Doran Production / Germany 2. SCEPTRE OF BAGHDAD Phoenix Software / England 3. OSTFRIESLANDGAMES Golden Disk - 2D / Germany 4. KARAMALZ CUP X-Ample - Freeware / Germany 5. MAGIC STONES Markt+Technik / Germany Three fullprice games were put out this month : LIVERPOOL, ORMUS SAGA II and ARGON FACTOR.. EUROPEAN QUALITY + QUANTITY CHARTS ______________________________ Rank Groupname Releases Points _____________________________________________ 1.(1) REDSECTOR INC. 6(5) 34.4(22.1) 2.(4) TALENT 2(1) 10.9(6.6) 3.(3) CHROMANCE 2(2) 9.3(7.4) 4.(5) EPIC 2(3) 6.4(6.3) 5.(-) F4CG 1 4.6 6.(10)ILLUSION 1(0) 4.5(1.0) 7.(7) ALPHAFLIGHT 1(1) 4.1(3.8) 8.(-) DYTEC 1 2.3 9.(9) SACRED 1(1) 1.9(2.6) 10.(6)SUCCESS 0(1) 0.9(4.3) 11.(2)THERULING COMPANY 0(3)0.7(11.1) _____________________________________________ RSI owning the # 1 spot for 3 months now. TALENT steadily moving higher since they started to release again. SUCCESS and THE RULING COMPANY are disappointing this month... EUROPEAN QUALITY CHARTS _____________________ Rank Groupname Releases Points _____________________________________________ 1.(1) TALENT 2(1) 5.45(6.6) 2.(3) REDSECTOR INC. 6(5) 5.44(4.42) 3.(-) F4CG 1 4.6 4.(2) ILLUSION 1(0) 4.5(4.9) 5.(4) ALPHAFLIGHT 1(1) 4.1(3.8) 6.(7) CHROMANCE 2(2) 4.05(3.45) 7.(10)EPIC 2(3) 3.1(2.1) 8.(-) DYTEC 1 2.3 9.(9) SACRED 1(1) 1.7(2.2) AMERICAN QUALITY+QUANTITY CHARTS _____________________________ Rank Groupname Releases Points _____________________________________________ 1.(-) DEMONIX 5 24.0 2.(5) REDSECTOR INC. 3(1) 18.4(3.9) 3.(1) EMPIRE 2(8) 11.0(38.9) 4.(2) CODERZ 2(2) 4.7(7.4) _____________________________________________ DEMONIX came back and DOMINATED the US scene this month. EMPIRE has fallen down tothe third position, as RSI released lots of wares on their own. (MRP+MO)... AMERICAN QUALITY CHARTS _____________________ Rank Groupname Releases Points _____________________________________________ 1.(-) REDSECTOR INC. 3 6.14 2.(-) EMPIRE 2 5.5 3.(-) DEMONIX 5 4.8 4.(-) CODERZ 2 2.35 _____________________________________________ The low value of CODERZ average quality, results of their habbit to release previews as imports.. And that wraps it up for the MONTHLY RELEASES, written as always by PSYCHOBILLY of RED SECTOR INC.. Because we want to improve our chapters as much as possible, we've drawn out a chart based on the oppinions of the majority of the mags released today.. We felt this type of chart, would have a much more realistic view on who is the most popular group at the present time. After that, we elect the SWAPPER OF THE MONTH. So there is much more for you to read in MONTHLY RELEASES, this month and every month. The following pages, was written by DUKE. The material was gathered by me aswell.. * BEST CRACKING GROUP IN GENERAL * ____________________________________ 1. SUCCESS 2. ILLUSION 3. RED SECTOR INC. 4. LEGEND 5. TALENT 6. TRIAD 7. CHROMANCE 8. EPIC 9. DOMINATORS 10. F4CG * SUCCESS clearly the most popular cracking group in the AUGUST mags all over europe. This may majorily be the cause of good organization, so that their wares could reach as many as possible. * DOMINATORS still an old favorite of the voters. Old habbits die hard they say, but you have to let go sometime. Unless the old DOMINATORS figures plan on making a comeback in the very near future, I guess it is safe for everyone to stop voting for this QUITE dead group. * TRIAD high on the chart, which shows loyal cracking pays off in the end indeed. FAIRLIGHT also very popular, but they did not manage to squeeze themselves into the chart this month.. * BEST SINGLE CRACKER IN GENERAL * __________________________________ 1. POWERPLANT/LEGEND 2. BURGLAR/SUCCESS 3. BOD/TALENT 4. XXX/LEGEND 5. DOC/LEGEND 6. CROSSFIRE/EPIC 7. DERBYSHIRE RAM/ILLUSION 8. BENSON/RED SECTOR INC. 9. SAURON/ILLUSION 10. ANTITRACK/LEGEND * POWERPLANT the most popular cracker this month as expec- ted. Also XXX, DOC and ANTITRACK of LEGEND makes the chart a complete LEGEND-mania. * BENSON is the only RED SECTOR INC. member on the list this month. But COUNT ZERO is moving up the charts like a rocket, so is MISTER PRESIDENT. HOK and CRISP joined RSI, and could be actual on the charts very soon aswell.. * BURGLAR gaining points every month, which made him the # 2 this month. We predict he will take over the high-chair by next month, which he has deserved in our oppinion.. * DERBYSHIRE RAM is very popular in the mags. IT SHOWS!! * SWAPPER OF THE MONTH * ________________________ We've reached the SWAPPERS section. We have to elect the, in our oppinion, best swapper in the scene today. Before we give away the name of the elected person, we wish for everyone to know, that we do not base our decision on the number of contacts the person has, but by the loyality he shows his contacts, who (I'm sure) is very happy about his existence in the 64-scene.. If you have any favorite contact, whom you wish to tell the whole world about, feel free to write us a letter... * SWAPPER OF THE MONTH * ________________________ VENGEANCE of SUCCESS This may not come as a big shock to the majority. VENGEANCE, who lives on TASMANIA, located directly south of EASTERN- AUSTRALIA, has proven himself more than worthy of this title.. The fact that VENGEANCE has been able to get contact with most groups in europe, is quite incredible. It must require a whole lot of stamps and endurance, as it is not very easy living so far away from the happenings, and yet more or less be a part of them. He may be an australian, but you wouldn't know!
GLOBAL REPORT - THE PULSE MAGAZINE ___________________________________ Once again we bid you welcome to another exciting and busy month. We have alot of interesting news as always, but best of it all, we have got some old faces back into the scene.. HEADLINE NEWS ____________ * DUKE/PANDORA was finally sentenced, after a long wait. Read more about how the trial went... * Since ARMAGEDDON kicked MASSIVE ONSLAUGHT, it seems as if the group is falling apart. Read more about their pre- sent situation.. * SHOCK is back after a long break. SKATER seems optimistic! But first, we take a look at, what seems to become the biggest MAGAZINE-MANIA in the history of the 64. It seems as if we can expect another block-busting magazine from the ALPHA FLIGHT squad. Their mag is to be edited by SKINHEAD, MARC and SECRET MAN. No other information have been given about this however, but it is said to become real competition to the current news-leaders.. PROPAGANDA failed to release their SEPTEMBER issue on time. Eventhough they nominated themselves as one of the few top-magazines today, which were put out on the official release date. This may put them back in the race, also because of the latest scandals revealed by THE BURGLAR. Who claims the GENESIS PROJECT members voted for themselves in the - PROPAGANDA sub on DEVINE ULTIMATUM. We have not yet had the chance to ask a GENESIS PROJECT member about this, but we will ofcource have the complete story for you in the OCTOBER edition.. SUCCESS is to have world-premiere on a new magazine, which will be edited by BURGLAR/SUCCESS and others. According to BURGLAR, the mag will also bring the latest from the MOVIE world. This could become serious competition for FRONTPAGE, which has ruled the MOVIE-news in a very long time.. SKATER has already revealed that SHOCK will be back in FULL EFFECT. So we can conclude a strong competition between magazines in the near future.. Enough for you to read I guess! PANDORA _______ * DUKE (editor of THE PULSE) who was busted in March'92 for using 3 local PBX's and a number of American calling-cards, was finally called in by the court, to receive sentence on the charges that was brought agains't him. Although the POLICE said a large fine and puplic-service was to be expected, DUKE did only get two years suspended sentence. Furthermore they kept the equipment that they removed from his house then he was busted in MARCH. Howeverm because he bought new equip- ment, he was able to re-enter the scene after only 6 months absence. (YEAH) SUN DANCER/THE SYSTEM (a graphician) and KBS (a swapper) joined PANDORA, to make the danish section complete.. ARMAGEDDON __________ * ARMAGEDDON seems to be more dead than ever. Since they kicked MASSIVE ONSLAUGHT, things have seemed to go wrong in every way possible. TWC, who was the remaining fixer of [A] was recently booted, because he did not succeed in living up to the expectations. Also BAMBAM was kicked. Later MOLOCH, CARCASS and FAUST left. ARMAGEDDON plan on being back in the top in no time. God knows what methods they plan on using to do that (?)... ILLUSION _______ * ILLUSION is once again in the HEADLINES. The sysop of PURGATORY- BRETT, kicked out FREESTYLE and ZORLAC. He also kicked REBEL, who later joined up with LEGEND. Then he recruited an American dude called THE SERPENT. However, FREESTYLE is still in ILLUSION. So is DERBYSHIRE RAM, who did not join LEGEND as WESTBAM wrote on THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE last month.. DARKLORD has been spotted calling FORPLAY and ILC. He may return to the scene with ILLUSION, but nothing is for certain just yet. ATMOS asked COUNT ZERO/RSI to join in, but he refused. Later ATMOS left ILLUSION and joined SUCCESS.. RED SECTOR INC. (This months # 1) _________________________ * CRISP the former cracker of ACTION is back in business. He joined up with RED SECTOR INC. So did his former group-mate HOK, who already put out a brilliant first-release for them.. NIGHTWRITER, the American SYSOP of FORPLAY, joined TRSI on the PC as an original supplier. Sofar he had already put them up by one release. He used to supply THG, ATC and INC in the old days.. THE FORCE ________ * The world famous musician GUY SHAVITT has sadly left the 64 to look for success on the PC. THE FORCE is now dead... BRUTAL ______ * BRUTAL is dead. TCH, RCS, TARASQUE, TECHNOIR and SCENK built a new group called INBREAD. They will continue their mag BRUTAL RECALL under INBREAD. When ever that is! F4CG ____ * MUTANT-X is back in the scene. He re-joined F4CG, and will put up his BBS again, called- "REBEL FORTRESS". He is also calling out again. F4CG did also get another board, CHAOTIC ILLUSIONS is now their HQ. :-) VORTEX/ex.BASTARDS joined up with EPIC.. FAIRLIGHT ________ DISKY of DOMINATORS joined FAIRLIGHT as a swapper and original supplier. ALCHEMIST, the old legendary FAIRLIGHT cracker, is back in the scene with FAIRLIGHT again. He might produce some really cool utilities in the very near future. Ah, some inside competition for BACCHUS! TRIAD ____ * TRIAD is now producing a second mag. The former TWILIGHT mag ARISE is now a TRIAD mag, as DANE, JOHAN, TANGO and TWOFLOWER joined in. ALFATECH will soon quit, but he should have a few things in store, so he might go off with a BANG! SUCCESS _______ * ATMOS/ILLUSION, HEIN and BRUSH/ELYSIUM (Polish group) joined SUCCESS. The former SUCCESS member RAZE, is back in the scene again. He rejoined his old group-mates to make a glorious comeback.. :-) Also the legendary KICK BACK, former member of MIRAGE, TSM, FANTACY and DEMONIX was brought back into the scene by PSYCHOBILLY/RSI and SWAN SONG of DEMONIX. KICK BACK joined DEMONIX, and he is back in full effect.. * BEYOND FORCE should be dead according to GREMLIN, but there is still some members around to prove otherwise (!) ALPHA FLIGHT ___________ * ALPHA FLIGHT kicked out LINK because he supplied them with RINGS'N'UP which was a re-release. This proves ALPHA FLIGHT is not moving into the same track as EPIC, who seem to be the black sheep of the 64-scene at the moment. The GERMAN phreaker by the name of CASE joined up with ALPHA FLIGHT, to help them on their crusades in the states.. * GLOBAL REPORT - THE PULSE MAGAZINE * ____________________________________ EDITOR : DUKE/PANDORA.. NEWS : PSYCHOBILLY/RSI and DUKE/PANDORA..
+ CROSSFIRE - THE AUTOPSY OF THE SCENE + _____________________________________ Get lost, and welcome to another fine and sweet edition of CROSSFIRE. Like always we enjoy humiliating as many as poss- ible, so if you have a weak heart like PARSON/HOOLIGANS, I suggest you close the book on this one.. CROSSFIRE is a trademark of THE PULSE MAGAZINE. But we still feel LEGEND should be held responsible for the release of this chapter. So give your complaints to POWERPLANT, he will collect them on THE SHAOLIN TEMPLAGUE. * GENERAL EDITOR - DUKE/PANDORA * * Hello, my name is LANDSER/ALPHA FLIGHT. I just changed my handle into HONESTY. Why you ask? Well, maybe now SKIN- HEAD will get mad at me and kick me the hell out of this group. HELP, I'M BEING HELD CAPTIVE BY SKINHEAD. WHY WON'T SOMEBODY HELP MEEEEEEEEE.... (?) * DARKLORD was spotted on the US boards. According to the vitnesses, he should have been on a secret mission for BOD/ TALENT, which plans were uncovered by CROSSFIRE last month. BOD however, got DARKLORD to keep spreading the ancient and VERY fatal POWERPANTS decease, which was especially DEADLY to GOLDFISH. Our own doctor explains, that the decease is also extremmely contageous to PSYCHO- BILLIES (?)... I wonder what BOD will be up to next?.. Hmmm.. * ARMAGEDDON is on the way to realizing their life-time plan, with kicking out MASSIVE ONSLAUGHT last month, and this month they kicked out TWC, which was the last fixer in the group. Members of ARMAGEDDON explains- "Isn't it obvious? The best way to become the number one group in AMERICA is to boot all the fixers. Luckily EMPIRE never noticed this brilliant plan, but that just goes to show you the SUPERIOR intelligence of ARMAGEDDON." * BRETT/ILLUSION is moving up the charts as the most un- successful group-member-kicker (long title?). According to BRETT- "Damn, first I kick REBEL. Nobody liked that. Then I kicked FREESTYLE and ZORLAC, nobody liked that either. Maybe I should kick out SAURON? Yeah, that's it!!!!!)... * Meanwhile at the house of SORCERESS in brooklyn.(03:20 am) ANTICHRIST : Did you happen to see, the most beautiful girl in the world.. etc.. * HEADLINE NEWS! CROSSFIRE uncovers the secret religion of ANTISORCEISM, worshipped by the GENESIS PROJECT members. According to our news-agents, they saw NEWSCOPY sacrifice a fat pig infront of the HOUSE OF ANTISORCEISM.. According to NEWSCOPY- "I never noticed how great life could be, before I noticed the love SORCERESS and ANTICHRIST has together. I just had to form a new religion in which other people like me could live off the fruits of their love and tenderness".. Last week LAGERFELD tried to burn down the "church", but he forgot his matches at home.. DOOOOHH! * RED SECTOR INC. released a new book called "RED POETRY" The book which includes a naked photograph of CRISP (?), is a tribute to their many loving fans across the world.. One of the many heart-breaking poetical metafors, goes like this; No COLLIE, no HERO - RSI # 0 No RISK, no FUN - RSI # 1 No TROUSER, no SHOE - RSI # 2 No STICK, no TREE - RSI # 3 No MONEY, no WHORE - RSI # 4 No MARRIAGE, no WIFE - RSI # 5 No FAGS, no DICKS - RSI # 6 All MEMBERS are ELEVEN - RSI # 7 They LOVE to MASTURBATE - RSI # 8 Bad CRACKS, NOTHING works fine - RSI # 9 * The following was buffered from the US. boards. The defini- tion of "BEING CONVINCED" by PARSON/HOOLIGANS.. - Ehrm, Ohwell, Mhhhh, Ehhhhh... Well, ohhhmhjj.. You might be rite!? PARSON PULL THE TRIGGER (ed. YES, PLEEEAAASEEE) * Meanwhile at the house of CROSSFIRE/EPIC.... "SHIT, howcome re-releases does not give points. I think it is unfair that re-cracks and re-releases are not counted for. Aha, maybe you are afraid we would take over the number one spot if you did count it.. CHICKENS!!!!" * AIRWOLF GERMANY, who recently joined the now swedish lead GENESIS PROJECTS, was suspected by several people to play a major part in the ANTICHRIST-SORCERESS marriage. Some people seem to believe that AIRWOLF GERMANY was jealous at ANTICHRIST for his eating-records in GERMANY, which costed AIRWOLF GERMANY alot of sponsor-money. Now that ANTICHRIST has left for the USA, AIRWOLF GERMANY is once again the eating-champion in GERMANY. The world record of 415 pork-chops eaten in less than 5 minutes is still held by FLETCH/LEGEND, though.. * Meanwhile at some COPY-PARTY in DENMARK.. CROSSFIRE/EPIC : Just because I look like EXORY, It does not mean that I am him. It is just a coinsidence!?! * According to AMJ/TOPAZ BEERLINE, It is a special custom in FINLAND to greet the person you meet by shaking his foot. This strange type of greeting could ofcource just be another TOPAZ BEERLINE invented gesture, GOD KNOWS I HOPE SO! * Did you know that SUN DANCER showed up at the AARS party last winter, wearing only SHORTS and a T-SHIRT. According to SUN DANCER who just joined PANDORA, he thought It would be funny showing up looking like this, with imprinted LAMER on the back of his shirt. He says, he probably will not do this at the comming winter party, but let's see what time brings!! * Did you know, that THE PULSE was first released in 1990. It only managed to be released 3 times, but now It is back again! * Meanwhile at the house of SORCERESS in BROOKLYN/USA. ANTICHRIST : So you thought I married you for other reasons than BURGER KING and McDONALDS !?! GET REAL!!! * PROPAGANDA have decreased their NEWS-coverage into only covering the top 10 cracking groups in the scene. Sofar PROPAGANDA lost alot of major events due to this new policy. The latest issue had almost no news from the demo-scene, so we can only ask ourselves if PROPAGANDA will be worth the vote in the future. By the looks of It, It seems as if the mag will use most of it's text-capacity as a tribute to ANTICHRIST and SORCERESS. And I thought slavery was abolished !?! CROSSFIRE is a trademark of THE PULSE and PANDORA 1993... * KING FISHER, the main-cracker of TRIAD, has started a new mission, to install COMMUNISM into the political system in SWEDEN. According to KING FISHER, he is only a SOCIALIST. But like we all know, SOCIALISM is a gateway to COMMUNISM. Our swedish reporter wired the FISHER-KINGS (?) phone, and we got a nasty little conversation out of it. - SKINHEAD : So've you completed the mission yet? - KING FISHER : Nope, still a few more liberals to go.. - SKINHEAD : Okay, call me when you're done. Then we can start brain-washing them into NAZI's. - KING FISHER : I'm not sure if it's a sound system converting liberal minds into communistic minds, later to convert them into NAZI's. But whatever, as long as it works. HEIL HITLER! * MOREN of SUCCESS just released a book. The book intitled "What am I, a moron?" is a dictionary from english to pop language. We caught up with MOREN, and we told him to tell us why he wanted to write a book of this strange content. "Welp, 1st I wanted 2 write a book about me, then I thought about doing something I know 4 sure, POP-LANGUAGE. Anyway, I gotta scram, take care ya all, and remember- LAID' HER, L8R!" * According to THE BURGLAR/SUCCESS, he noticed several GENESIS PROJECT members voting for GP in the special PROPAGANDA sub on DEVINE ULTIMATUM. THE BURGLAR plans on uncovering this latest scandal himself in the comming FEVER magazine by SUCCESS, so we will have to wait till the first issue for that story. This IS a TRUE story.... * Meanwhile at the house of STARLIGHT/EXTACY.. "WOW, not only can I turn on my computer, I can turn on the whole 64-scene." (BUUUH, okay that one was low...) * Meanwhile at the house of SNACKY/GENESIS PROJECT - I return to the scene.. - I don't return to the scene.. - I return to the scene.. - I don't return to the scene.. - I return to the scene.. - I don't return to the scene.. Etc... Silly making such a decision by the leaves on a FLOWER. How unprofessional (?)... * According to the CRACKING charts in the australian mag THE LINK # 13, OXYRON should be the 4th best cracking group. On place 6 we find FLASH INC, followed by CREST. I could be wrong but I thought OXYRON, FLASH INC and CREST were DEMO- GROUPS only. Still, THE LINK # 13 and apparently most austra- lians (since probably all the voters are from there) seems to be of another oppinion. We would therefore like to know, what games these groups released to make such a good score (!) And some AUSTRALIANS cannot understand why we europeans choose to ignore their products. Still, there are SOME decent sceners in AUSTRALIA, but most of them have already joined european groups. Unless THE LINK explains this incredible chart-system, we will choose to keep ignoring their products. * Did you know, that LAGERFELD (ROY/RADAR) got his new handle from the super-star model-designer KARL LAGERFELD. According to Hartmut, KARL LAGERFELD helped him to dis- cover the female side in him, so he wanted to show his appreci- ation by naming himself after the super model-designer. JESUS * MR.PRESIDENT/RED SECTOR INC. wrote on FORPLAY he wanted to run for presidency in GERMANY. He had big plans on the environmental issue- "My concerns are great. But we CAN get rid of this everlasting problem, by putting great baloons on every chimney in GERMANY. By the time they are filled, we will rub them agains't a sweater, and stick them to the ceiling in the parliament." MR.PRESIDENT was especially applauded by WESTBAM/LEGEND and KING FISHER/TRIAD!! * BOD/TALENT got himself a new girl-friend. According to his close friends, they discovered his new affair, when they heard some small-talk in the back-ground on a conference; GIRL : Come on DARREN, let's go to bed... BOD : HASTA LAVISTA BABY, I'm on a CONFERENCE (!)... * The former EDITOR of MAMBA, PETER/ENIGMA, who always got alot of critisism because of his endless discutions about saving the whales, had an unfortunate accident. Apparently he was taken for a fish, and eaten by a whale, that he tried to save. He will be greatly missed by GREENPEACE, and..(?)... Anyway, talk about living in vain..... * According to an old story, RICHIE took GENE/ILLUSION, SOLAR/F4CG and probably some others to visit a gay bar in LONDON. According to RICHIE this was by accident, but ROCKY (former ILLUSION member) says; "RICHIE showed me the exact same bar". I guess we can all conclude, that giving RICHIE -the fruitcake a visit is not all the experience it is put up to be! * Did you know, a german MAGAZINE by the group TRANCE, has a monthly top 150 swappers, top 80 musicians and so on. Maybe the reason for this, is a large hope of the TRANCE members to appear on the list somehow. Currently they have never been seen on any TOP 10, so making a larger chart would certainly make up for that. PERSONALLY I have nightmares about the counting of vote-sheets the editor has to do.. YEEEEKS!
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+ THE WORLD OF DEMOS + _____________________ Welcome to our special demo chapter. In our last issue, we promised that MADUPLEC would join the editorial, and bring you some exciting demo-reviews. Unfortunately we did not get the reviews from MADUPLEC before the deadline, so you will have to settle for the special CHARTS that we have for you. In the next issue, we hope to advance this section even further. Thus will we have a GRAPHICS section, and perhaps a MUSIC corner aswell. Each section will ofcource be written by persons who has some experience on the field, which gives a more reliable review or story.. * THE SEPTEMBER CHARTS IN THE "WORLD OF DEMOS" * Because we had no reviews for you this month, we will go over to the SEPTEMBER charts. The charts will be displayed in THE WORLD OF DEMOS every month. So be sure to read it!!.. Our chart-system is based on the charts from the best mags in the scene. We gave each groups points after their position, and we came up with quite a reliable chart, which should reveal the number one GROUPS and INDIVIDUALS in SEPTEMBER.. The votes were counted by DUKE. If you have any ideas on how we could improve the WORLD OF DEMOS, please write us a letter, and we will give you a response in the next issue... * BEST DEMO GROUPS - SEPTEMBER 1993 * 1. FLASH INC. 2. OXYRON 3. CREST 4. CENSOR DESIGN 5. LIGHT 6. TRIAD 7. TOPAZ BEERLINE 8. CAMELOT 9. FACES 10. BLACKMAIL * FLASH INC. back at the # 1 spot. Comments comming up... * Perhaps FLASH INC. did not deserve the # 1 position, but the voters has spoken. OXYRON has done quite well lately, they come in at the 2nd position, and might take over the crown next month. CREST got kicked off the high-chair, and is loosing many points in the european mags. Still they could gain some points after the excellent "WHY I LOVE DEMOS" by MADUPLEC released not very long ago. Only time will tell (!) VISUAL REALITY seems to be moving into the TOP 15, with BLACKMAIL getting ready to kiss the TOP 10 goodbye. I miss BEYOND FORCE among the best though, "A.O.S" just released by GREMLIN/BF not very long ago proved excellent coding.. * UP NEXT - THE BEST CODERS * * BEST CODERS - SEPTEMBER 1993 * 1. TTS/OXYRON 2. ZODIAC/FLASH INC. 3. CROSSBOW/CREST 4. FLAMINGO/LIGHT 5. D'ARC/TOPAZ BEERLINE 6. BOB/CENSOR DESIGN 7. GLASNOST/CAMELOT 8. TRON/FAIRLIGHT 9. AXIS/OXYRON 10. YABBA/LIGHT * TTS/OXYRON, a sure favorite in most mags the last month.. * OXYRON gaining moral-support with TTS removing CROSSBOW from the # 1 spot. CREST is not doing too well on any of the charts, especially with what they have achieved earlier on. Perhaps they cannot stand the speed, or maybe they just got tired of everything like most people seems to do. TRON is the surprise, with BOB giving CENSOR DESIGN important validation with a nice 6th place. Where is MADUPLEC/CREST, MICK/VISUAL REALITY, GREM- LIN/BEYOND FORCE? The voters seems to keep on voting for the very same coders, leaving out updated inspiration from the market. D'ARC (5th place), a very liked person, it shows in the charts. * BEST GRAPHICIANS - SEPTEMBER 1993 * 1. OGAMI/FAIRLIGHT 2. HEIN DESIGN/BLACKMAIL 3. CREEPER/ANTIC 4. ELECTRIC/EXTEND 5. DRAGON/CENSOR DESIGN 6. MIRAGE/FOCUS 7. JOE/ANTIC 8. WAVE/CAMELOT 9. D'ARC/TOPAZ BEERLINE 10. BIZZMO/CREST * OGAMI reached the # 1 spot with his INCREDIBLE graphics.. * HEIN DESIGN is not very easy to forget, nor is MIRAGE, who joined FOCUS shortly before the death of SHOCK (most mags never noticed that!). The list is very good, most deserved the place they got. SANDERS (DECOY DESIGN) has yet to break the charts. His latest graphical presentation for SILICON was pure MAGIC. RRR/OXYRON is also moving up the charts, and may enter the top 10 in OCTOBER. Watch out for DANE/TRIAD (ex.TWILIGHT). CREEPER/ANTIC reached the # 1 spot in most ags, but some did not even have him in the top 5. So he lost the vital points in the end to a steady going OGAMI. However, CREEPER seems to be going up fast, so it's but only a matter of time.. * BEST MUSICIANS - SEPTEMBER 1993 * 1. JEROEN TEL/PHYZICS 2. GUY SHAVITT/SCS/TF 3. DRAX/CREST 4. THE SYNDROM/TIA/CREST 5. A-MAN/ex.LEGEND 6. DANKO/CENSOR DESIGN 7. REYN OUWEHAND 8. PRI/TIA/OXYRON 9. MOON/FLASH INC. 10. DEEK/CREST * JEROEN TEL - NUMBER ONE IN MOST MAGAZINES TODAY * * JCH is gone, pushed down into the top 20. REYN OUWEHAND and DANKO is still getting alot of votes, eventhough they are both long gone. Let's give the new musicians a chance, and stop voting for people not even in the scene anymore(!).. GUY SHAVITT surprises. THE SYNDROM and PRI are very good puplicity for the music-group TIA. DRAX is still active, he has put out quite alot of tunes this year, and he remains among the best in the scene as always. EVS/20CC is missing, but he is on the way. A-MAN is out of LEGEND, no words on what he is up to. DEEK is still popular, but may drop out of the famous TOP 10 by next month. Last chance for MOON of FLASH INC. aswell.. + THE END +
have a special interview with, in my opinion, one of the most experienced 64-persons today. During his long and exciting career, he has shown both strength and endurance, which has made him the respected PROFILE that he is today.. If there is still some doubt about who he is, I can reveal that he is the MAIN-EDITOR of the world famous magazine THE GAMERS GUIDE.. Unlike most of the celebreties on the 64-scene today, he feels that the joy of the work he does, is much more important than just striving for being the best. But by the love of his hobby, he has achieved just that, respect and fame. Eventhough his age allows him to be the father to the average hacker, he is young in spirit and open minded for the creativeness of the youngsters. Those rare qualities and more, makes him the SEPTEMBER PROFILE in THE PULSE MAGAZINE. We proudly present to you : JERRY of TRIAD... [D] Welcome JERRY and thanks a lot for taking the time to make this inteview for THE PULSE MAGAZINE. I know how much you must hate doing interviews, after doing innumerable stan- dard-question interviews for magazines... [J] Ha Ha! Ok, I invited you to that one, but never the less it is true. I have answered to more than 10 interviews and declin- ed doing even more. I am sure they don't mean to ask stupid - questions, but there is a definite lack of fantasy, and why should I suffer for that? One of the very first interviews was at the EASTER PARTY in STOCKHOLM 1990. I was interviewed for SLOWPOKE. They digitized my face and puplished my picky along with the arti- cle. I have always wondered if maybe my face was to blame for SLOWPOKE going our of business for years.. [D] Yes, I remember that I found you really cute with that CAP you had on (NOT). Anyway, you can relax! I am sure they relea- sed one more issue and THEN dropped out. About the introduc- tion, how do you feel being praised like that, and do you agree with what was said? [J] When I had checked that I still had my watch and my wallet I started wondering what else you could want so desperately, he he. Kick my derier if you like, but I actually feel good hearing such words. True enough, I know that you lay it on thick to tease me, but I definitely have put my mark on our corner of the scene. It is true that I have recieved a good deal of respect for being straight forward, but your words will also make some people puke. Can't win'm all.. [D] Atleast they do not puke on YOU, so what do you worrie about (naah). You are known as a person who puts friendship and the social bit above everything else. What does it take, in your opinion, to create a family that works so well together as TRIAD seems do to?.. [J] I almost said that it takes a good bit of luck, but that is not true. Luck comes into the picture, but only on the margin. We try to be very clear on what we are, and what we stand for. Then people know if TRIAD is the group for them or not. That way we mostly get just the right people who can fit into the "family". Right now we have 3 members in NORWAY who probably feel a bit neglected, but that happens in the best of families. Hopefully we can tie it up again. Those guys are some of the very best there are.. [D] I am sure they will be very pleased to hear that. You can't get praised enough it seems. You have had to answer to a lot - of bullshit in your time. How come you never cry out loud "to hell with it" and spread hell on the ones bothering you? (I am refering to the ones giving you a hard time about the short TRIAD intros). [J] If they don't like our intros, then what good will it be if we shout about it? Will our shouting make them change their minds? Hardly! They are entitled to their stupid opinions :-) . I also think that our energy is better spent on making a good job that speaks for itself even if you maintain the opinion that good PR is better than a good job. [D] Did I really say that? [J] In effect I think you did that in your article in the last issue even if you don't mean it personally. What is worse is that I fear that you are right to a great extent. [D] So, you always keep your hat on like that? [J] As I said, everyone is entitled to have their own opinion, but you must know that I don't mind standing up for things I feel very strongly about. Comments in THE GUIDE must have told you that. There have also been times when I wasted a day or two just burning up from anger. What I mostly do then is to write letters and notes like CRAZY but they never leave my room. 99 times our of 100 this gets me back on track again.. I better warn you for that one time out of the hundred. If I still think that I have something that should be said in puplic I most certainly say it when I do, I aim to kill in one blow. No pussyfooting around.. [D] Whatever that means (?). Still, I suppose this proves you are good at holding in the anger, but that may not be too healthy when it comes to it. Eventhough most people probably have heard this story before, there must be someone out there who does not know how you started out. Please give us a detailed description of your career up to present time.. [J] Now that IS one such stupid question. Just telling you in details about my first year would require more space than you are planning for this whole interview.. [D] No wonder you hate doing interviews (!).. Okay, give us something then.. [J] I wanted a word processor to help me write articles, but since I couldn't afford much I had to settle for a simple CBM compo and I bought my first one in early 86. I did some BASIC programming at first. Then my son borrowed a few games from class mates and I got interested in playing them. We bought the latest from the local pirate.. One day he had left a demo on a disk and that hit me like a ton of bricks. I just loved it. Since this pirate scracthed all demos he got, I had to get into the business myself to get more. One thing led to the other and soon I was an advanced collector and a good swopper. In the summer of 87 I found the phone number to IXION, the boss of TRIAD and I called him to get some help. A classic lamer call! We have all gotten them I guess. Some time later I contacted 3D/TRIAD to get his help to burn me a new KERNAL for my PROFESSIONAL DOS. A true coolie and no wonder I loved TRIAD already back then. That same fall I got the opportunity to visit IXION quite a lot, and we got chummy. He was facinated by an old goat like me beeing so hooked onto computing.. At that time my son, SERGEANT PEPPER and I worked as PandP STUDIOS and he coded some demos. OK, they were lame, but we had fun and he kept learning. During the first days of 1988 we got two new coding members and now we made some more demos and they were a bit better than before. I got an offer to join SUPER SWOP SWEDEN, but I didn't want to let the others down and so I declined the offer. However, that gave us a lot of new friends in good groups and that was an important step forward. After the SUMMER of 1988, IXION was going to university, and he had to stop computing. A lot of the others in TRIAD then decided to split as well. Some of them because they were tired of it anyway, and others because they saw the friends diss- appearing. However, 801DC and a handful of others wanted to keep TRIAD living, and after a month I was invited to take charge of the business.. Maybe I didn't know everything at that time, but I sure have learned by my mistakes. From that time and on, my story is the story of TRIAD. Imagine, 5 years! That is a lot of time in this business and I have seen quite a number of people come and go. Some were in TRIAD for just a short visit, while others gave us their soul for the TRIAD spirit.. [D] Yes, you certainly have helped keeping TRIAD living and a vital and dynamic group at that. How about keeping the scene living? It is a theory of mine that now when EASTERN EUROPE has opened up, the 64 could get a lot of new users. Do you agree with this, and if so, do you expect to see a lot of new - software companies in EASTERN EUROPE in the future? [J] I used to think so myself, and we actually had a rather lively debate on this more than a year ago on THE STUDIO. Lately however, I have started getting serious doubts. I am not so sure about an eastern scene any longer.. I overlooked maybe the most important factor besides the 64. What makes the scen possible besides the common computer, is the common language. We all use English and so we all can communicate. Without that one common language, there just would be no scene at all.. Lately there have been several releases from eastern coun- - tries where they use their own language and so the rest of us have no chance to understand what it is all about. There have been also demos using pure local language. If they don't unerstan NOW how bad this is, they will kill the scene. I have no interest at all in programs on a language I can't understand and I expect all others to feel the same (ed. right!) Another problem is the lack of reference books. I got a demo from RUSSIA that refused to run on any other hardware than a 1541 II and a 64C. Those guys must have disecred the ROMs on the gear they had and then used direct jumps into the rou- tines. As soon as they use a routine with a patch, this means that the code will work ONLY on hardware withthat ROM. This is a more serious than maybe you realize. If a generation of - Russian guys learn to do this, they could as well be on the PC as far as a lot of us are concerned. We will not be able to see their stuff.. Unless CBM decides to produce the 64 and actively sell it in the eastern countries, I hardly think that there will be a market for any software businesses. The second hand market is so limited and people buying their 64 second hand from us, are likely to buy games at list prices.. I just don't get a company like CBM. If they want to make money they should produce heaps of the 64 or maybe even a 64D. All the development is done already. If they also buy the license to use JIFFY dos switchable in the system they would have a - goldmine. The price for such a machine coul be really low and competitive. Even I would buy one an lots of others would do it. Maybe we all would do that so we would have a universal machine. Instead I bet CBM will make a lowcost version of the dieing LAMIGA, a verson that stll will be too costly for those countries.. [D] I get the feeling that CBM wants the C64 to go away. You would notice that attitude if you walk into most of their many stores. SCUMBAGS! Anyway, TRIAD is known as a very flexible group withone foot in each of the cracking and demo scenes. Do you prefer TRIAD as a demo or as a cracking group? [J] I prefer TRIAD to be a many faceted group. We still crack - a little, and we code demos, we run two magazines now, both of which are NOT average. I have set out to come up with new things to produce and spread. TRIAD is not a business dedica- ted to produce a certain product. TRIAD is more of an informal club for guys sharing certain computer interests and view- points.. [D] Aha, and I was about to ask you to tell me what TRIAD is all about. I think you just told me that. Then how about if you could turn back time to when you started computing, would you grab the chance to do something else than what you have been doing? [J] Sigh! Another hopeless question. If I was back in 86 and somehow knew I shouldn't start swopping, then most likely I would do that just to find out why and I'll land at the spot marked X again. Looking back at things I can see that the very first call to IXION was an important crossroad. If he had understood what I actually wanted from him, I most certainly had been a coder today. I had done some assembler coding at work back in 76 and 77, so what I needed was to learn details about the 64. Pity really, because I think I could become a good coder. Mainly a tool coder, but those are needed too. No, instead I sort of gave up and concentrated on swopping. [D] So I suppose your answer would be, that you would have - liked to have made coding your main skill (?). In your opinio what sort of people do we lack in the 64-scene and why? [J] That was an easy one. I wish we had a lot more budding coders. If a guy has the right talent for it, he can easily become a good artist or composer. If he gets the right tools and work hard learning and studying others, the right guy can become a big name in a short time.. You can't become a good coder, just by passing many hours, even if it certainly helps. To a much higher degree than to learn other professions, a coder has to sort of chew on what he has learned and digest it before he can go on. Thus, he can not just work more hours per day to improve. At least this is - my experience.. [D] The same goes for the school-work. One thing at the time, that's the way to go. Who inspired you the most (if any) through your 64-career and why? [J] I really have to name 2 guys. 3D/TRIAD for his relaxed attitude. He was the one who gave me the feel for the TRIAD spirit. Don't ask me to define it, I just know what it is. He inspired me to learn about hardware, and to try to become a TRIAD member. The other guy was 801DC/TRIAD. He inspired me heaps to keep TRIAD a living group. If some day I actually come around to - code a sort of demo, it most certainly will have an element of the 801DC way of thinking. He gave me so much, and it pisses me off that he had to go and die. [D] I guess the good ones die first sometimes. Do you have any regrets, any things you would have done differently with your 64? [J] Normally I am not the regretting type, but there is one thing I wish I had done. Way back in 1987, I bought an extra PROFESSIONAL DOS, meaning to make pirate copies of it. I never got around to do it. I wish I had as well as I wish I had bothered to learn to develope it for the 1541 II. It can be done. Today it is not much of a point in doing it since people - seem to be happy with their lame Action Replays.. [D] Hey, I've got an ACTION REPLAY!?! Did you ever have to make a tough decision which you knew were right, eventhough it might have hurt someone? [J] Being the boss of TRIAD for 5 years, I most certainly must have hurt some people, but nothing particular comes to my mind. I would never deliberatly step on people to get places. [D] That's a good attitude. The hottest topic on the scene today, must be the EVERLASTING question; how long has the scene got left. What are your feelings on this tender topic, and is it not destructive let alone talking about it? [J] If the scene is so delicate that we can't talk about the possibility that it may die, then we can't talk about improving it and then it is as good as dead anyway. Ofcource we must talk about it.. Only two days ago I got a letter from the USA from a guy I hadn't heard from for a year. He told me that the AMIGA was as good as dead over there on the game front. One release a week, no more. I was shocked, but not totally surpriced. The 64 quite simply has something that other computers can't offer. I can't put the finger on what it is, but it is there. This is what will keep the 64-scene alive when the AMIGA scene is dead. How I wish I could talk to the CBM people to make them understand that there is still money to make on the 64.. [D] You must be talking about THE PULSE, right? Ehrm, we are cruising towards the end of this interview, so if we go strict- ly by the book, who do you wish to say hallo to? [J] I wish to say a warm goodbye to a long time friend who will be leaving us in the near future. Many of you know who he is, but he prefers to keep it inside a closer circle. He had a final advice for me and I gladly pass it on to you all. If you smoke, stop it NOW before it is too late.. [D] I guess almost everything is lethal these days. Whomever this person is, he has our deepest condolences. WORD! + INCREASE THE PEACE - THE PULSE MAGAZINE +
WELCOME to another bunch of addresses, for all the swappers out there. Remember to send in YOUR address if you want it in the OCTOBER edition of THE BLACKBOARD. We also accept other advertisements, such as BOARD-NUMBERS, PARTY- INVITATIONS and more. Remember that we have a brand new competition, in which YOU can take part. All you need to do, is send along a max. 20 word sentence why THE PULSE MAGAZINE is the best mag in the scene today (creative, right?). You can read more about this in the PREFACE section... 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SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT is back ones again. Last month we took a look at the term COMPETITION. I got alot of possitive reactions from most of you, but one in particular, did not agree fully. The following letter was written by JERRY/TRIAD! * I liked the last chapter about PR. You are very right in your observations, but you forget that some of us don't care for the fame a guy like BOD/TALENT achieves. Many of us also don't bother about it, if it means sucking up to the US board scene. We are in this to get something out of it. There are actually guys who appreciate fame and like to be noted, but then they go back to the computer to code and have fun without one single thought about charts and that shit. Then there are guys who do just about anything in order to get known because THAT is what they want. I am not sure of why I am in this business, but the friendship and the social bit is important. Naturally I would get a kick to heaven if it was the general opinion that TRIAD is the number one group, but it is not important. * Thanks for you oppinion. I would also like for everyone to express their own oppinions, please make sure to deepen your views as best you can. COMMING UP : SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS take on new topics! Now that we've heard the views of JERRY of TRIAD, I would like to use a little time explaining the term COMPETITION a little further. Personally I believe everyone has a need to compete, that goes for TRIAD too. Being involved with a competition, means you would have some need to win it aswell. That explains our need for respect and survival in the scene. The less famous you are, the less chances you get to be productive and meet friends with certain skills you would need to build this group you've been planning to start. Everything goes two ways, but that only means there can be different views on every situation, so each version would be right. This brings us to this months SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT project, this time I want to analyse TODAYS GROUP-MEMBERS.. To begin with, we all know that the organization is completely different from group to group. But I like to make examples, and this time is no different. First let's take a look at what makes the perfect GROUP-LEADER. Only because a certain individual has built a group, that does not mean he has to lead it. Sometimes it happens that groups die out because of bad organization from the top. If certain members stay uninformed about certain changes in their group, this could very well discourage them into doing less work, and sometimes they get fed up with it, and quit the group or scene. It has been known to happen, that groups promotes a certain member to be their leader. A leader is not a KING, who HAS to be obeyed. A leader should be a person, that makes sure the group-moral stays healthy, and I suspect it is in everyones best interest that everyone in the group contributes to the releases or projects the group is involved with. The GROUP-LEADER has to be somewhat aggresive, sometimes must make ugly decisions in the groups interest, which includes kicking out certain members, sometimes friends, out of the group. The weak leader would let his friend stay with the group, but that would be poison, with time the productive members would be angry about his inactivity and accuse you for bad leader-ship. This can sometimes mean the end for that group. All caused by poor leader-ship. Think about that one.. Think of it in another way. If a member of your group, maybe a very good friend of yours, has a very big LAZYNESS problem, it would be the same as if he doesn't give a damn about you and your group. In other words, he is not worth the trouble. Kick him out before he causes serious group trouble.. The SWAPPER/SPREADER on the other hand, is like the working-bee of the group. For him to stay swapping, he has to stay very active all the time, and sometimes the swapper can be a very good member of your group, given all the PR he makes spreading all the stuff of the group, and makes other groups aware of the group. Sometimes it can be a heavy birden being the swapper or spreader in the group. Some people even called spreaders for slaves, which is SO wrong. Swappers are mostly independent types of persons. They need a group, and wares or demos to give their contacts. This way they can get out of the scene what they want the most; a whole lot of new stuff! SWAPPERS are sometimes only connected with the LEADER of the group. If you study it, you would notice some groups work quite similar as firms do in real life, only less complicated. The stuff is produced by the CODER/CRACKER. From there it is transfered to the HQ, which gives the PRODUCT to the different distribution-factors, which distributes the product all over the world. Maybe it is closer to ORGANIZED CRIME?! So we have established the SWAPPER as a type of lonely bee, sometimes a swapper has different jobs in the group, these persons are totally different though. But that's another story. To conclude the SWAPPER, his main-job is to make sure his stuff is spread as wide as possible. The best thing would be, if he could get a hold of contacts, which could spread his groups stuff even further. But that would ofcource require HOT and GOOD wares/demos. The CRACKER has a totally different story. He is dependent on as much support from the group members as possible. Mostly in the small groups, the cracker finds help with the swappers, who can supply him with originals. In the larger groups, they need a good original supplier, sometimes even money from each member to pay the enormous price it costs to buy the games. New-comers probably think the big groups has inside connec- tions in software-companies, this is very rare though. Most groups get ahold of a list of the games released every week, they order the games they want, and they get them as fast as they are released in the fastest software-shops. It happens that someone in the group knows someone involved with making the game, and convinces this person to hand over the game when they have got their money for it. The ideal cracker, is the one with a good view of what games are released, speed and preferable one with a modem, so he can distribute it to the HQ when the game is cracker. There are ofcource different types of crackers today. The ones hunting down points in the mags normally gives the games little time to make a faster version. Other quality groups, take the time that the game needs to make a short and good version. When it all comes down to it, the best cracker, is the one that can crack any game, make as good a version of it as possible, and release it as fast as possible. It is very rare you will find a person with all three qualities, but if he has some good team-mates, he does not always need all of them. The PROGRAMMER. This person is normally of a very slow nature. This comes natural, to code a program takes alot of patience and calmness, which is rarely something the SWAPPER can brag about. This is why, the coder and the swapper can sometimes get into small internal fights about the speed.. Naturally a demo or an intro should be made as fast as possi- ble. Sometimes it happens, a demo goes old, the rutines goes old and the demo is worth nothing. Because of this, a demo should be completed as fast as possible, preferable right after the idea of the demo has been planned. The best coder is the one with a good fantasy, so his demos will be new, inventive and cool. But if the group has a good graphician, he could get some help from him if that is not his special skill! The GRAPHICIAN is a very important person in the group. The other members are ofcource important too, but the one doing the graphics is responsible for the LOOK of the group. Take CREST, GBF DESIGN made sure CREST obtained a status of design delivering ATTRACTIVE productions. The GRAPHICIAN has to produce fresh ideas like the CODER. Some graphicians makes cheap logos, but heaps of them. The best graphicians, in my oppinion; MIRAGE, OGAMI and SANDERS to name but a few, has a very good eye of new-thinking. They take their time, and I cannot imagine them putting out 5 logos a week like some quantity graphicians could. The MUSICIANS are unfortunately very rare today, which is why so many groups use other groups music in their products. In my oppinion we lack of GREAT music these days. Most of the really skilled musicians, JCH, DRAX, JEROEN TEL, A-MAN, FALCO PAUL, DANKO, REYN OUWEHAND, LINK, DEEK and many more has left the 64 for the incredible sounds on the PC and AMIGA. Fortunately it seems as if there is a new wave of NEW and hopefully TALENTED musicians on the way. But using old and bad music-editors, has not really been great puplicity for them. The greatest problem must be their lack of RELEASING. Personally I have no idea of how long it takes to make a tune, but I cannot imagine it taking longer than making a demo, if they are good at it. THAT concludes the SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT for the september edition. I hope you have learned one or two new things, you are always welcome to write us, and let us know what YOUR oppinion is on this months subject. Also if you have any good ideas of which topic we should take as our assignment. Till then, THINK about your groups current situation, you may have learned a thing or two on how to solve any possible problems... /DUKE