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Vandalism News #53   [2010]

Vandalism News #53 Released by :
Onslaught [web], Vandalism News Staff [web], Wrath Designs [web]

Release Date :
3 September 2010

Type :
C64 Diskmag

Website :

User rating:*********_  9.1/10 (15 votes)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... Crimson of Wrath Designs
  Ed of Onslaught, Vandalism News Staff, Wrath Designs
  Jolz of Onslaught
Music .... Adam of Onslaught
  Conrad of Onslaught, Samar Productions, Viruz
  Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular
  Jammer of EXclusive ON, MultiStyle Labs, Samar Productions
  Jan Harries of Ancients, HVSC Crew, SIDwave
  Vegard of svenonacid
Graphics .... Almighty God of Ancients Pledge Inc., Level 64, Onslaught, Vandalism News Staff
  Joe of Crest, Vandalism News Staff, Wrath Designs
Disk Cover .... Zapotek
Text .... Conjuror of The Force, Vandalism News Staff
  Ed of Onslaught, Vandalism News Staff, Wrath Designs
  Jazzcat of First Blood Entertainment, Onslaught, Onslaught-Antiques, Vandalism News Staff
  Macx of Chromance, MaZZA, Onslaught, Vandalism News Staff
  Vengeance of Onslaught, The Force, Vandalism News Staff
Charset .... Joe of Crest, Vandalism News Staff, Wrath Designs
Linking .... Ed of Onslaught, Vandalism News Staff, Wrath Designs
  Jazzcat of First Blood Entertainment, Onslaught, Onslaught-Antiques, Vandalism News Staff
Loader .... Jolz of Onslaught
Interviewed .... Pal of Fairlight, Offence
  Skate of Plush

SIDs used in this release :
7 Minutes from Eternity(/MUSICIANS/S/SIDwave/7_Minutes_from_Eternity.sid)
A Load of TAP(/MUSICIANS/C/Crowley_Owen/A_Load_of_TAP.sid)
Quick One(/MUSICIANS/C/Crowley_Owen/Quick_One.sid)
Scramble 2010 (preview)(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Scramble_2010_preview.sid)

Contains information on the following event(s) :
TiNKeRCoN 2010  Report

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User Comment
Submitted by Heavy Stylus on 15 December 2010
Great content, amazing interface. Only complaint is that I don't like the generic 'disk' swap message, I would have preferred to be told what side it wanted ;)

Looking forward to the next one :)
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Submitted by Conjuror on 7 September 2010
Just managed to find time to read through the latest VN.

Great content as always, the VN team must be working everyday to record the events, everything that happens is covered. Great to hear the behind the scene activity as well. Great journalism!

Loved this snippet:

"the 1990s demo scene was the most repetitive and dull copy period of all time"

Couldn't agree more. The new era is so much better.
User Comment
Submitted by wozza on 6 September 2010
Jazzcat, you and the team quiet simply rock. Remind me to buy you a poison of your choice at Syntax '10 if you attend; you certainly deserve it! Wonderful effort.
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Submitted by Jazzcat on 5 September 2010
Frantic: hopefully our new outfit we work on will cover some of the points you have made. However, we are hoping that older readers do not have problems with Menu/Options and colour-selector, as the outfit has been in use since 1995 (that's a few issues :DD) for the newer audience, valid points indeed.

Regarding disk change and side indication, agree 100%, it is no real bug, just an oversight in the original 1995 programming (no mag had exceeded two disk sides back then, the first to do so was Skyhigh #20). As mentioned in my Production Notes we will fix this with the new outfit.

Cheers for the constructive comments guys.
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Submitted by Cobra/Samar on 5 September 2010
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Submitted by Frantic on 5 September 2010
I never enjoyed the interface of vandalism. ...how the navigation functions are visualized and how they are controlled. For example, "Menu" and "Options" are placed next to each other in a horizontal manner, but you switch between them with up/down button, and the text is read from top to bottom, but you scroll it with left/right button. Should obviously be the other way around. It is also somewhat unclear to me at first if "Menu" or "Options" is selected, since one is white and one is black and it is not crystal clear what color represents "selected"---it is just two colors and none of them appear to be more figure or ground than the other. (Sure, one can infer that white is probably "selected" since those equally non-informative symbols are also black, but I tend not to see it spontaneously...) For the semiotically minded; The more general point here is that I think this mag would benefit from some more "iconicity" and less "arbitrariness". To be sure, there is some aesthetic value in this arbitrariness too. Just not one that makes me want to interact with it, and in the end, I tend to read only a fraction of the mag...

...but that is just me, I guess. Apart from those quite specific and in a way also minor complaints, this is indeed quality stuff since there are so many other aspects of this mag that are very nice. Some of the graphics are truly stunning and it is also cool to see the graphics interleaved with the text in this issue again. (Every single time I see it the nerd in me thinks "he he he", so it has a non-detoriating pop-out effect.) Haven't listened to all the tunes, but what I heard fit the mag well. Good work!

Bug? -> When I load a new chapter from the menu (in VICE this time), if it was the wrong disk in the drive it only asks for "Disk", but not "Disk B" or "Disk C" or so, so you are not informed what disk to insert. A bug?
User Comment
Submitted by Zapotek on 5 September 2010
great issue :) worth the wait
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Submitted by Joe on 5 September 2010
Making the graphics for this one was great. I was working on the images for roughly one week at a time during this past summer.
The intro image is from January 2009. I'm happy you all liked it.
I had a great time reading the texts, the interviews and appreciate the work involved from all others, don't forget about that.

@Grasstusts, no we won’t do any slideshow, however you can watch most of my artwork over at bitfellas, and even vote if you like:
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Submitted by Merman on 5 September 2010
Another very good issue - keep up the high standard!
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Submitted by Jazzcat on 5 September 2010
Thanks for all your comments guys.

Due to releasing it so quickly once the final text was done, we forgot to implement an updated 'greetings list'. Sorry to all those we missed.

The list was going to be (in unranked order) -

64ever, Angels, Arise, Artline Designs, Avatar, Beyond Force, Black Sun, Booze Design, Camelot, Chorus, Cosine, Crest, Cygnus OZ, Defame, Dekadence, Disaster Area, Extend, FairLight, Flach Inc, Focus, Forces of Evil, Genesis Project, Hack n' Trade, Hitmen, Hokuto Force, Horizon, Instinct, K2, Level 64, Maniacs of Noise, MDG, Miracles, Neophytes, No Name, Noice, Nostalgia, Offence, Origo Dreamline, Oxyron, Padua, Panda Design, Plush, Prosonix, Remember, Resource, ROLE, Samar, SIDwave, Singular, Success & TRC, Svenonacid, The Dreams, The Force, The Mean Team, Triad, TRSI, Vibrants, Vision, WOW and Xenon.
User Comment
Submitted by grasstust on 4 September 2010
How about a slideshow with graphics from the Vandalism mags, Joe?
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Submitted by Oswald on 4 September 2010
yes, Joe is my new gfx hero :) also the articles & music rocks, we're unworthy for such a hiqual mag :)
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Submitted by JackAsser on 4 September 2010
My god Joe... your graphics is astounding!
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Submitted by PAL on 4 September 2010
Had a total read of the magazine today, it was a joy and I must say that all the graphics from joe and the ed code and music and all are very good, a really strong and well put together magazine, congrats on your format, it is the best.
User Comment
Submitted by Wile Coyote on 4 September 2010
Naked robots?
I tend to view them as females wearing fetish outfits. Rubber, PVC, that sort of thing.
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Submitted by SIDWAVE on 4 September 2010
Excellent gfx design by Joe again.. he seems to be hooked on naked robots :D
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Submitted by Mr. Mouse on 4 September 2010
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Submitted by Sander on 4 September 2010
Great read! I especially enjoyed the interview with PAL. And naturally the nice graphics by Joe.
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Submitted by Sixx on 4 September 2010
Wow, thought this was for X. What a nice surprise, the Saturday evening is saved.
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Submitted by plagueis on 4 September 2010
Just read every word over the last 2 hours or so. Excellent. Great graphics from everyone, especially Joe!
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 4 September 2010
Good graphics. Will read tonight.

Tune: Jan Harries (6)
The tune reminds me of Green Beret Loading tune, all be it slower.

TDJ left Focus in April. Will Focus ever be the same?
I bet he shows up in a future Focus scroll-text ;D

User Comment
Submitted by Ksubi on 4 September 2010
Really nice read and as usual the audio/visual experience is brilliant! Top notch effort!
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Submitted by Deev on 4 September 2010
Great! Only had time to read a couple of chapters as yet, but enjoying it so far! Joe's gfx are looking awesome!
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Submitted by Skate on 4 September 2010
Another great issue of the best mag of our scene.
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Submitted by PAL on 4 September 2010
Could one say insert disc II at te next issue instead of just say disc?
User Comment
Submitted by Twoflower on 3 September 2010
A nice, solid issue - as expected. Save for the solid text, the music brought some surprises. Joes consistant imagery and fonts needs to mentioned aswell - one of the best looking and most adaptable typefaces ever to surface on the C-64 is to be seen here. Brilliant usage of it in the intro.
User Comment
Submitted by Motion on 3 September 2010
My compliments to the chef's, an impressive choice of ingredients. Joe - you rule as always!
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Submitted by DJ Gruby on 3 September 2010
Amazing! Excellent! I'm loving it! Just so great magazine... And hell yeah, see you at X'2010! :)
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Submitted by PAL on 3 September 2010
I am so proud of how you implemented some of my old pre 1992 graphics and new ones too.. in the interview... a real surprise to me that you did that... I am so proud of it... love! wow, I must say all in all it is a really great issue. Great intro and all... music is cool... wow! what a professional magazine it is....
User Comment
Submitted by 6R6 on 3 September 2010
Nice. Going to put on the coffee and transfer to my c64.
User Comment
Submitted by Count Zero on 3 September 2010
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