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  • MacAddict (February 1997)


    Source: MacAddict – Issue Number 6 – February 1997

    MacAddict premiered not too long before Steve Jobs returned to Apple and the iMac and iBook were introduced. This led to a relative explosion in Apple’s popularity and was the perfect time for an enthusiast magazine geared toward the Mac to appear. The February 1997 issue includes:


    • Facing Up to Fonts – Our all-inclusive guide to fonts – how to install them, manage them, and use them; which ones are hot and which ones are not; where to find them, and more.
    • Just Your Type – Not satisfied with any of the fonts that are already out there? Feel like striking out on your own? Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your own font.
    • On the Road Again – Join us as we tool up the California coast, armed with four of the latest sub-$1,000 digital cameras and a big pot of coffee. Our mission? To find out just how well these cameras fare when taking vacation photos.
    • Quest for System 8 – Bored with the wait for System 8? Head out on your own quest with our board game. All you need to play is two people, some M&Ms, and a lot of time.
    • This Old Mac – Believe it or not, there’s a lot of life in that old Mac Plus yet. Check out the first in our series on putting older Macs to good use.

    How To

    • Fix Bad Scans – If you’re scanning photos, then you’ve probably run across at least one of these five common problems. Here’s what to do next time you hit a snag.
    • Add Sound to a Web Page – So, your Web page looks great, it’s easy to navigate, and it’s got tons of super-useful information. Now we’ll show you how to add sounds.

    Every Month

    • Editor’s Note – An interview with Apple’s Marco Landi and topical illuminations.
    • Letters – Ramblings, stories, and questions from our readers.
    • Get Info – More on upcoming System software, a 500MHz processor, clones of clones, and a dog of a contest.
    • Cravings – Six products we desire, crave, lust after, and really, really want.
    • Reviews – Photoshop 4, FreeHand 7, PowerBook 1400c, Avid Cinema, Abuse, and other long-awaited tools.
    • Ask Us – Solving audio CD problems, installing an internal hard drive, and how to use large monitors efficiently.
    • PowerPlay – Find out what it takes to make a successful port of a PC game.
    • Shut Down – Random and bizarre clippings from the world of Macs.

    …and more!

  • MacAddict (September 1996)


    Source: MacAddict – Issue Number 1 – September 1996

    MacAddict was a magazine for Macintosh computers that was roughly equivalent to something like Maximum PC (called “boot” at the time) for the PC. I was not a big fan of Macintosh computers at the time but I appreciate Power PC based Macs as retro machines today. MacAddict eventually became MacLife which is not as good as far as I can tell. The premiere issue of MacAddict from September 1996 includes:


    • Just What the Doctor Ordered – What has Apple’s new CEO done for you lately? MacAddict’s been keeping score. Here are 35 good deeds for which we can thank Dr. Gilbert Amelio.
    • Internet Visionary – Meet Larry Tesler, the man charged with plotting Apple’s Internet strategy. What will he do to make the Internet easier for you to use?
    • OpenDoc Rocks – We take you on a visual step-by-step tour of OpenDoc. Find out how it works and why it makes working with your Mac an almost-new experience.
    • Brave New Browsers – Believe it or not, Netscape Navigator isn’t the only browser in town. Should you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, NSCA Mosaic or Cyberdog instead?
    • Stand By Your Mac – Don’t let Windows users give you grief. Fight back with these 25 reasons why the Mac is still a better machine.

    How To

    • Fake a Photo – How to create a photo that tells those little white lies.
    • Organize a Web Page – Lesson one in our “How You Too Can Become a Webmaster” series: Laying the foundations for the perfect home page.
    • Build a Home Network – Want to share files? A printer? A modem? Here’s how.

    Every Month

    • Editor’s Note – Welcome to MacAddict.
    • Letters – What did you say? Are you talking to us?
    • Get Info – News, trends, trivia and answers to those nagging questions.
    • Cravings – We pick the products that are designed to make you drool.
    • Reviews – Power Computing clones, Bryce 2, Bad Mojo, the best and worst CD productions and kids’ software reviewed by real kids.
    • Ask Us – It’s better than calling the Apple support line. We offer counsel for all of your Macintosh Conundrums.
    • PowerPlay – Our in-depth game section takes you behind the lines of Spycraft, the espionage game. Teasers about the summer’s newest games, too!
    • Shut Down – The bulletin board of the random and the bizarre.

    …and more!

  • MDK (PC, Macintosh, PlayStation)


    Source: PSM – Number 1 – September 1997

    MDK is a third person shooter initially developed for the PC and then ported to Mac OS and later the PlayStation. While it was developed at a time when 3D accelerators were starting to take off in popularity, MDK was developed without as hardware based 3D graphics. All rendering was done via software and the requirements were still relatively modest at the time…a Pentium 60 with 16MB of RAM. The graphics were pretty good for the time too.

    The game was originally to be called “Murder Death Kill” but was changed for marketing purposes. Even the MDK became more ambiguous as there were a few instances of that acronym in the game. The most obvious of which was the name of the mission being executed which was called “Mission: Deliver Kindness”. The game has a rather humorous backstory though the main plot is pretty simplistic…save the Earth from invading aliens. You must accomplish this, in part, using a newly invented “Coil Suit”.

    The PlayStation version of the game was released about 7 months after the original PC version though development overlapped somewhat. Graphically speaking, there are some things better about the PC version and other things better about the PlayStation version. Personally, I prefer the PC version and that’s probably the easiest version to get as it has been released on both Steam and GoG. The PlayStation version shouldn’t be too hard to find but you will have to track down an original. A sequel (MDK2) was released in 2000 for Windows and the Dreamcast and in 2001 for the PlayStation. A third game was planned but never released.

    The ad above is for the PlayStation version of the game and it appeared in the September 1997 issue of PSM (the first issue). Screen shots are from the PC version of the game.