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  • MacAddict (February 1998)


    Source: MacAddict – Issue Number 18 – February 1998

    The years MacAddict was around before becoming MacLife overlap with the best years of the Macintosh. Early 1998 was before the iBook and iMac were introduced and things were still a bit of a mess but big changes were on the horizon. The February 1998 issue of MacAddict includes:


    • Zine Zen – Ever wonder how we put MacAddict together? What genius lies behind this mag? We’ll let you in on our top secrets and show you how you, too, can make your own magazine.
    • How’d They Do That? – We rounded up a couple of leading artists and asked them to create a compelling, complex image using four top graphics programs. Here’s what they created and the details on how they did it.
    • Become a Graphics Guru – Don’t let terms like alpha channels and masking intimidate you. Master these concepts, and churn out award-winning art in no time.

    How To

    • Use Pop-Up Windows – Learn how to use Mac OS 8’s pop-up windows to create a powerful file-storage and access system.
    • Create Frames, Part 2 – Frames, frames, every Web site has frames. Here’s how to make ’em.
    • Know It All – Our newest column provides tips, hints, and help with everything Macintosh. This month we highlight Mac OS 8’s contextual menus.

    Every Month

    • Editor’s Note – Annual predictions from MacAddict editors.
    • Letters – No, we won’t give you a new G3 Mac. Stop asking!
    • Get Info – We’re not the only ones ganging up on Microsoft – find out who else is and why. Plus the best of Mac OS 8 books, a really hard contest, and a bunch of great ideas for filling your PCI slots.
    • Cravings – Gasp, pant, wheeze. We’re not ill, just excited about these products.
    • Reviews – A fistful of great games plus some practical stuff, too.
    • Ask Us – Zip drive questions, calculating folder sizes in Mac OS 8, and more.
    • PowerPlay – A sneak peek at MDK and its host of wackoid aliens.
    • Shut Down – Straight from our twisted minds into your hands.

    The Disk

    • A graphic fan’s dream come true. The Disk features demos of the best commercial graphics products out there as well as a host of graphics shareware. Plus games, sound, interface, and text goodies. And don’t forget to check out It’s a Wonderful Mac – Jimmy Stewart would cry!

    …and more!

  • Arazok’s Tomb (Macintosh)


    Arazok’s Tomb is a relatively obscure adventure for the Amiga and Macintosh that was published by Aegis Development in 1987. Aegis Development was a relatively obscure publisher that only published a handful of mostly equally obscure games. Arazok’s Tomb is basically a text adventure game with some static and animated graphics, a drop down menu, and even some basic speech synthesis tacked on.

    It seems odd to me that a game like this was limited to the Macintosh and Amiga as it is something that 8-bit computers with a larger market share like the Commodore 64 could have easily handled. While on the surface, the addition of graphics and a drop down menu make it seem more sophisticated than traditional text adventure games like Infocom’s Zork, in reality Arazok’s Tomb’s text parser was less sophisticated with a smaller vocabulary. I suppose they were trying to capitalize on the popularity of these newer machines by being among the first publishers. It doesn’t seem to have worked out too well for them.

    Arazok’s Tomb is a sort of horror mystery game. You play the role of an investigative reporter whose Uncle and archaeologist friend have gone missing while excavating a tomb in Scotland. Your job is to find out what happened to them. It’s only a medicore game when it comes to text adventures but for fans of the genre it’s a at least something a little different.

    The ad above from 1986 is for the Macintosh version of the game while the screen shots are from the Amiga version. The Macintosh version would have been limited to black and white graphics. If you want to play this game you’ll have to track down some original hardware and software. Otherwise, emulation is your friend.

  • 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!