Issue 10, December 1984
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|Frontlines||3||Our news is always good news! Catch up on all the gossip, along with From the Hip, Concurrent Affairs, Hacking Away and Hard Core.
|QL News||12||Concurrent QL Affairs |
John Torofex and Nigel Cross investigate the QL news scene. High street sales, Simplex Data 256k RAM extension, QL enquiry analysis, QLUB News delays, Quarterly Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence, Serial port problems.
|Advice||4||Hacking Away |
Andrew Pennell peruses the POKEs. Write to him at Hacking Away ... Chuckie Egg.
|6||From the Hip |
Basicode, Micro Repair Club, Computer World on Capital Radio.
|13||Hard Core |
Our hardware hacker, Trevor Marchant, is here to help you resuscitate your Spectrum equipment.
|Software Reviews||57||Joystick Jury |
What's on your shopping list for Christmas? Let Ross Holman, Dave Nicholls and Roger Willis help you make your mind up!
|66||Spectrum Adventures |
Avid adventure fanatics Peter Shaw and Dave Nicholls get to grips with Eureka, Hampstead and Peter Pan. And if you're lost, stuck or just plain suicidal in adventure-land, phone for the YS Adventure Helpline ... Playing tips for Eureka.
|Software Features||52||Deus Ex Machina |
Deus Ex Machina may be an innovation - bringing a touch of Hollywood to our screens - but what of the game itself? Is it a game anyway?! Ross Holman auditions Automata's rising star, providing out-takes from its screen test.
|55||Hacker's Guide |
Seasoned hacker Dave Nicholls shuffles through Deus' code - and comes up trumps!
|Hardware Features||34||Spectrum+ |
As predicted in our last issue, Sinclair Research did indeed launch an upgrade to the ZX Spectrum - the ZX Spectrum+. Max Philips grabbed it as it came through the door to give us his verdict.
|78||Awesome Secrets of the QL |
Max Phillips reveals the mystery of the QL's Microdrives. Those of you with your own QL who have started to explore its many mysteries and delights will probably be tired of the constant barrage of bitching and criticism. What you want to see are the micro miracles other computers fail to offer. Quentin Lowe reveals one of the QL's lesser-known qualities.
|Programming||25||Spectrolysis: Your Number's Up |
Number crunching à la Ian Beardsmore! Even Ian Beardsmore can be bitten by the games bug - and memory's no problem when you use his base 255 numbering system!
|28||Breaking and Entering |
Everything you always wanted to know about the art of hacking ... but were afraid to ask! The facts up-front from Terry Bulfib
|39||Sprite Designer |
Crafty code from Toni Baker to make spritely shapes fly around the screen. User-defined sprites on the Spectrum? It's not that difficult! Get things moving on-screen with more machine code magic from Toni Baker.
|48||YS MegaBasic Tutorial - Procedural Practice |
Mike Leaman shows you how to structure your programs in YS MegaBasic. And, at last, there's an opportunity to be first in the queue for the program itself!
|Miscellaneous Features||26||Interface ROM: The Inside Story |
The inside story of the Interface 1 ... as told by Andrew Pennell. Andrew Pennell discusses the changes made to the Interface 1 ROM.
|Reader's Programs||83||Program Power |
A bumper Xmas collection of four fantastic programs for you to tap into your Spectrum ...
Message Mover - Scroll text on the 23rd line of the screen display. (Martin Evans)
Tips for the Top - Routines to make your programs more professional. (Gavin Monk)
Xmas Card - An Xmas message from us to you ... or you to them? (Tony Samuels)
Lunar Buggy - A spaced-out, fast-moving lunar extravaganza. (Robert Stockton)
|Interviews||104||Nigel Searle (Sinclair Research) |
The secrets of the Spectrum+ - Sinclair Research MD Nigel Searle speaks out. A Sue Denham exlcusive! Just days after the launch, Sinclair Research's MD Nigel Searle explains the thinking that's gone into the ZX Spectrum+.
|Competitions||71||Win a Wafadrive |
Can you afford to miss the chance to win a Wafadrive? There's 25 of 'em up for grabs in our easy-to-enter competition.
|Odds & Ends||14||Your Spectrum Top Turkeys |
Good, bad and indifferent ... as usual us gamesters got an across-the-board sprinkling in 1984. Old Nick takes a three-pronged look at the seamier side of it all.
|16||YS Top Twenty Chart |
Your tips for the top ... and guess who's back at number one!
Programs, problems and personalities - they're all here! Is there something you're not telling us? From next issue on, there'll be a crisp tenner awarded to the Star Letter of the Month. Don't miss out ...
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