From Issue 10
By Gregory D. GeorgeMay 3, 1997
There were two contributors this month. Tom Kilbride
of Waco, Texas, who I believe has been a subscriber for
awhile. Yes Tom, I fixed your address. :-)
The other contributor was Jason Grainger who wrote
me an excellent letter; By hand! Frankly Jason, I don't know
how you are able to write that much without messing up. I'll
probably use your Atari story in the future, but there's
been a lot of Profile Atarian submissions the past month, so
it may be a while.
Thanks to both of you for supporting the NL. Without
cash donations such as yours, the NL would have gone
electronic-only a long time ago. Thank goodness that has not
Iron Soldier II released!
You read that right people, the blockbuster Jaguar
game, Iron Soldier, has finally spawned a sequel! I can't
tell you how happy I am that there are new Jaguar games
still being released. If nothing else, we can rub it in to
all the negative people who had long buried the 64-bit cat.
On the somewhat negative side, Telegames was never
able to get around the complicated Jaguar CD encryption.
They even took the game to Germany to meet with Eclipse
(the programmers) to try to get around the problem. Alas,
the protection was never broken.
However, Telegames was able to copy the game to
writable CD's known as CD-Rs. There's been a lot of talk
about the longevity of this media, but my sources at work
and on the internet say they should last for many years.
But how is the gameplay? Fellow Jaguarian Wes
Powell has declared it his favorite Jag game, topping
BattleMorph and Tempest 2000. Others say the controls are
identical to the original, and is even more difficult.
There are 20 levels, each of them are loaded with texture
mapping. But, I don't want to give away too much. There
will be a review next month. Probably should have had an
Iron Soldier I review this month, but... Ah well.
To get your copy of Iron Soldier II (and the other
new Telegames games) call Bits-O-Fun at: 1-800-FUNJAGS or
go to Telegames' web site at
TOS, the operating system used by all Atari ST
computers may not be totally dead after all! John Skruch,
one of the last few Atari employees has hinted at negotiations to license the operating system to an unknown
source. Some have speculated the company interested is not
C-Lab (makers of the C-Lab Falcon) but Wizztronics. This
might mean we'll see TOS-based products in the future, but
Wizztronics has a bad reputation for being even slower
than Atari was for releasing hardware. But, it's still
nice to dream of a time when Windows is replaced with
That's right folks, The Atari Times is one year old!
Who would have thought only a year later, this NL would still
be going strong? Wow, not even I expected it to last this
long. I figured all the Atari stuff would dry up, and I'd
have to cover stuff that had been covered dozens of times
already. Thank goodness for Telegames!!
I originally started the NL because I wanted to put
PageStream 2.2 (which I had just purchased) to use. Moments
after I opened the box, I started toying with it and had made
the banner, "The Atari Times". Right about that time, all the
mags had stopped covering the Jaguar and everything just
snowballed from there!
Because of the NL, I've learned the basics of DTP and
web authoring, began an electronic version, and met dozens of
loyal Atarians who have enriched my life. And except for
having to fold 200+ NLs each month, there is nothing about
The Atari Times that I don't like. (Well, I'd like color and
more pages, but...)
My eternal gratitude goes out to all the NL's
contributors. I couldn't do it alone. And thanks to them, The
Atari Times will remain free for the foreseeable future.
Thanks you all so much. Let's have another round, shall we? :-)