Home Computing Weekly
May 3-9, 1983
U.S. Scene 6
1,000 Competition 7
One Man's View 10
Oric-1 program 11
Land your helicopter safely
Software reviews 17
utilities for VIC-20, Spectrum
ZX81 programming 18
Getting a quart into a pint pot
VIC-20 programming 21
High resolution graphics, without an add-on
Spectrum program 25
A game made for two
BBC programming 27
Fast moving graphics
Software reviews 29
Games without frontiers
VIC-20 program 31
Eat the fruit and avoid the goblin in Munch Maze
Software reviews 35
Setting a course for VICtory
Spectrum software reviews 39
Profile: Chameleon 42
Atari 2600 and on Atari 400 and 800 cmputers fitted with adaptor sockets. And Mr. Pickard says he plans to sell them on cassette for other home computers within six months.
Each cartridge costs 39.95 for two games and the first consignment is due here by the end of the month. They have names like Cathouse Blues, Philly Flasher, Burning Desire and Knight on the Town.
All feature naked men and women and in most cases the aim of the games is for couples to meet in explicit sex scenes.
Mr. Pickard said the catridges would have padlocks on the boxes so children could not get to them.
Mrs. Whitehouse compared this to the idea of an X-certificate cable TV channel which, if the plan had gone ahead, would have an electronic lock.
She said: "It's just plain daft. If you have these things in the house there's no way you can stop children from seeing them.
"The cinema is outside the home and children are not allowed to see some films. But anything that comes into the home has to be seen as to its effect on the child. No society should put the interests of the adult before those of its children."
Her view is shared by the director of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Dr. Alan Cilmour.
He said: "The view of sex portrayed by such ghastly offering can twist a child's mind for life."
Lawyers for Atari are looking into the possibility of taking action against Silverfox - but they can only act if its trademark is being infringed.
Atari's UK boss Graham Clark said: "We obviously deplore the stuff. The fact that they say it's Atari compatible does not do us any good."
And Mike Wilding, software market analyst for the company, said: "We are waiting until they come on to the market.
"I'm waiting for word from our solicitors on how we stand legally. Unless our trademark is being infringed there's no action we can take.
"On the subject matter it would be unfair to comment until we have seen them. If they are breaking the law in other respects it's up to the police."
BASIC, look you
Try programming in Welsh BASIC - and, no, it's not a joke says the man who has just brought out BASIC CYMRAEG.
David Loverseed, proprietor of David Computer Software, said: "It's quite serious, but it's hardly a commercial proposition. We did it for fun, really."
The program, which costs 6, is loaded after standard BASIC into the Sharp MZ-80A and MZ-80K computers. It automatically translates the tokenised BASIC words into their Welsh equivalent.
Programs are interchangeable and can be listed in either Welsh or English, depending on the BASIC loaded, irrespective of the version used to write the program.
David Computer Software, 38 South Parade, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3BJ