Been into W.H.Smith lately? I don't blame you, but
it will probably be worth a look this week to find THE ATARI USER, a
new nationally distributed Atari only magazine published by Database
Publications every month. Cover price is £1 with a 12 month
subscription at £12. Overseas subscriptions should also be available.
If your local newsagent does not stock it, you can ask him to order it
for you. Watch out also for other Atari promotions from Database.
W.E.Electronics whose products were reviewed last
issue (FOUR ADD-ONS) now have a true 64k RAM expansion for the 600XL
which will run all XL software including the few available titles that
switch out the Operating System. Price is £71.95.
Atari have recently re-organised their European
distribution, warehousing and administration by centralising
operations in Rotterdam. The move is in preparation for the European
launch of the ST and XE range in mid April and is designed to achieve
maximum economy in handling volume sales to the European and U.K.
markets. Future trade deliveries in the U.K. will be met through a
computerised call-off procedure linking factory production to the
Rotterdam warehouse. All part of Jack Tramiel's plan to "bring
Atari computers to the masses not the classes".
Silica Shop have recently set up Silica Distribution
Ltd to handle trade distribution of Atari and Atari-related products
to retailers nationwide. They will handle only Atari and aim to canvas
up to 5000 trade outlets in the U.K. to encourage the stocking of
Atari products. If your local retailer does not stock Atari hardware
or software tell him to get in touch with Geoff Helm or Adrian Quinn
on 01 309 1111. There is a vast amount of Atari software available and
your local retailer can get it - if you insist.
Received for review:
The following items were recently received but too
late for full review.
THE PAY-OFF a 48k disk based text adventure
from Atari at only £9.99. Set in New Jersey it looks like a 'Mike
Hammer' style trudge around the city streets only you are not the
detective, just a small guy who owes the big guys money. It says on
the pack, "no instructions, no help, you're on your own".
MY ATARI XL AND ME a book aimed at 'children
and total beginners'. Written by an older beginner it starts at the
very beginning and aims to allow users from 6 years upwards to begin
to understand the computer. Published by Duckworth Publishing at