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Publication #55   [2005]

Publication #55 Released by :
Civitas [web]

Release Date :
7 April 2005

Type :
C64 Diskmag

User rating:awaiting 8 votes (8 left)

Credits :
Code .... BlackJack of Civitas
Music .... Drax of Bonzai, Crest, Maniacs of Noise, Vibrants
  G-Fellow of Civitas
  Richard of Civitas, Commodore Scene Staff, Covenant, Hokuto Force, Papposoft, People of Liberty, Protovision, Scene World Magazine, The New Dimension
Graphics .... Brainsmasher of Civitas
  FRaNKy of Raiders of the Lost Empire, Rock'n Role Staff, Royal Belgian Beer Squadron, Smash Designs, The ArachnoPhobia Staff
  JSL of Covenant, Protovision
  RRR of Oxyron
Text .... Chico of Civitas
  G-Fellow of Civitas
  Nightlord of Civitas
  Richard of Civitas, Commodore Scene Staff, Covenant, Hokuto Force, Papposoft, People of Liberty, Protovision, Scene World Magazine, The New Dimension
Concept .... Zeitgeist of Civitas

SIDs used in this release :
Laszlo Cover(/MUSICIANS/B/Bayliss_Richard/Laszlo_Cover.sid)
Take a Break(/MUSICIANS/B/Bayliss_Richard/Take_a_Break.sid)
Tribute to Galway(/MUSICIANS/G/G-Fellow/Tribute_to_Galway.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by Merman on 17 May 2005
Is the bugfixed version available yet?
User Comment
Submitted by G-Fellow on 13 April 2005
A bug fixed version is coming the next days... Remember: You can change the tunes under the CREDITS!
User Comment
Submitted by blackdroid on 11 April 2005
Party report was nice, and uhm sorry for not spending more time at the partyplace, but a certain girl kept me elsewhere :)
User Comment
Submitted by Nightlord on 11 April 2005
unfortunately my coding article (3d series part2) somehow did not get linked in for some reason unknown to me.

but the positive surprise for me is that someone actually reads my coding articles :)
User Comment
Submitted by hollowman on 11 April 2005
all the articles didnt work the last time either. perhaps its part of their concept? =)
User Comment
Submitted by anix on 10 April 2005
@a life in hell: the 3d article is the same text from #54

even though on c64.sk news zeitgeist says this is not an april fools, it sure seems like it must be....
User Comment
Submitted by Twoflower on 10 April 2005
Well, it's nice that nobody cares shit about the fact that one of the chapters doesn't work at all (eg. "Adresses"). Nobody mentions it in the review, and the editors release the magazine containing this miss and a bugged-up tune by Drax. You just don't do that. Ever. I loved Nightlords partyreport though.
User Comment
Submitted by A Life in Hell on 10 April 2005
There are things I love about pbc... their outfit, for one thing. And usually, the text is okay. But this issue of pbc left a horribly bad taste in my mouth - after the initial shock of drax's song being corrupted (hint: the version on the disk is also corrupted... don't waste time trying to get a clean version like I did :), while I was reading the drax interview - which was passable - I thought that, no, I shouldn't judge this yet, things have to get better. And so, I read all of the articles. Nightlord's article on 3d programming would have been okay, if I hadn't felt like I'd read it before - the meat is coming later, though, to be fair. The article on random number generators was sort of interesting, except that the preconditions of the generator's randomness weren't mentioned in the mag :) (hint: don't use it in your IRQ, since part of the randomness algorythm is raster count :). But I mean, I was able to read that, at least, and I'm somewhat used to pbc's coding articles being factually suspect - that doesn't bother me, I crave ideas more than spoonfeeding - and although I would have liked to have seen coverage of algrythmic methods that don't rely on peeking bits of ram, it did the job. Richard Bayliss's article on the history of demos, honestly, it made me feel better about my own magazine. It is one of the worst pieces of text that I have ever attempted to read. I did complete it, but it took me three attempts.

Did you ever see the movie "Battlefield Earth"? The experience is pretty close.

My egotistical opinion is that the pbc staff were really grasping to release, and so just wrote any old crap - which is fine, if you do it with style, but they seemed to miss that target by some distance, sadly. le sigh.

Maybe there is some reason why this issue is so terrible, I'm not sure. Life happens, it's true, but if you claim to be a professional diskmag, which pbc somewhat does, then you have to at least attempt to transcend this. I didn't feel like they even tried, and that is always sad to read - instead of a feeling of pride in the scene, all I read was a feeling of hopeless resignation that it's not even worth trying anymore.

(@Twoflower: actually, i blamed the addresses chapter on emulation, for some reason, and decided it wasn't worth trying on a real c64. and then, by the time i got to csdb, i'd forgotten about it. but yes, also lame).
User Comment
Submitted by TDJ on 8 April 2005
Hmm, I only checked a few of the chapters but the one by Richard about the 'history of demos for the emulation scene (..)' is by far one of the worst written pieces of text I've ever read.
User Comment
Submitted by DJ Gruby on 8 April 2005
Very good mag, interesting contents, one of my favourites...
User Comment
Submitted by Slartibartfast on 7 April 2005
Nice mag ;)
User Comment
Submitted by iopop on 6 April 2005
When chosing the chapter Adresses it asks me to "please flip the disk and press a key". Where's the second disk?

The party report by Nightlord was nice.
User Comment
Submitted by Richard on 6 April 2005
Problem with Drax's tune in the magsys! :(
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