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Page 6 Magazine article....Atari 8-bit

Post by tom1234567 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:36 am

How about doing an article on the best UK 8-bit magazine, Page 6, and his editor Les Ellingham. Maybe an interview. How did he feel about the fight against minor 8-bitters like C-64 and Spectrum? Fight for a share in the UK magazine marketplace. His love for the 800. What's he up to now? His struggle to keep the magazine going in the later years...etc. After all, Page 6 was one of the longest running 8-bit magazines in the world (17 years), that alone deserves a feature.
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Retro Gamer issue 7: Matthew Smith, on questioned which is the better 8-bit computer, Speccy or C-64:
'The Atari 800 was the superior machine'.

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Post by Bub&Bob » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:48 am

Never heard of it.
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Post by markopoloman » Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:55 am

What was on page 6 then? Or is that how many pages they could muster up for the Atari ? :lol:

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Post by LeeT » Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:04 am

Hi Les. :)

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Post by tom1234567 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:09 am

markopoloman wrote:What was on page 6 then? Or is that how many pages they could muster up for the Atari ? :lol:
Here's an explanation for people who don't know about computers:

WHY "PAGE 6"?

The term 'Page 6' has a special significance in 8-bit Atari computing.

The Atari's random access memory is structured in groups of 256 bytes, each known as a 'page'. Page 6 represents the memory locations 1536 to 1791, which are not used by the operating system or inbuilt Atari BASIC. This means Page 6 can be used for machine language subroutines, redefined character sets or indeed any data users wish to store in the space.

In other words, Page 6 is a valuable resource for Atari computer users. And a fitting title for the magazine.
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Retro Gamer issue 7: Matthew Smith, on questioned which is the better 8-bit computer, Speccy or C-64:
'The Atari 800 was the superior machine'.

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Post by MikeHaggar » Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:17 am

tom1234567 wrote: Here's an explanation for people who don't know about Atari 8-bit computer tech details:
Fixed ;)

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Post by merman » Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:52 am

markopoloman wrote:What was on page 6 then? Or is that how many pages they could muster up for the Atari ? :lol:
They had a Page 6 pin-up... a naked circuit board! :lol:
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Post by Dudley » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:54 am

I'm not sure how a magazine that appeared to devote half its pages to the ST can claim to be "8-bit".
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Post by dr_bob » Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:40 am

Page 6 was the first computer mag I ever bought.
(I think it turned into New Atari user eventually??)
It was a very very different style of mag than the games based zzapp/crash etc .
A lot of it would be for stuff like how to program , or how to add a hard disk to an 800 and the like .It reads more like an Atari community newsletter than a magazine in places!The tone of the magazine reflected the lack of support the Atari was getting in the UK/Ireland at the time.
Its definitely a nostalgic trip for me reading the issues online , although some of it must have been heavy going for me (aged eleven!)

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Re: Page 6 Magazine article....Atari 8-bit

Post by necronom » Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:34 am

tom1234567 wrote:How did he feel about the fight against minor 8-bitters like C-64 and Spectrum?
Ha, ha.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,Ha, ha, ha, ha!

...

Phew, I can breath now.

No, there's more...

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

There, that's better.

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Post by Bub&Bob » Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:39 am

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Re: Page 6 Magazine article....Atari 8-bit

Post by tom1234567 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:31 pm

necronom wrote:
tom1234567 wrote:How did he feel about the fight against minor 8-bitters like C-64 and Spectrum?
Ha, ha.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,Ha, ha, ha, ha!

...

Phew, I can breath now.

No, there's more...

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

There, that's better.
I know, isn't it amazing. I laughed for much longer when I found out that the Spectrum and C-64 are minor machines when compared to the superb Atari 8-bit. Just goes to show.
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Retro Gamer issue 7: Matthew Smith, on questioned which is the better 8-bit computer, Speccy or C-64:
'The Atari 800 was the superior machine'.

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Post by tom1234567 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:36 pm

Dudley wrote:I'm not sure how a magazine that appeared to devote half its pages to the ST can claim to be "8-bit".
Just the same as ZZAP!64 claimed to be an '8-bit' magazine when it covered Amiga.
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Retro Gamer issue 7: Matthew Smith, on questioned which is the better 8-bit computer, Speccy or C-64:
'The Atari 800 was the superior machine'.

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Post by merman » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:41 pm

tom1234567 wrote:
Dudley wrote:I'm not sure how a magazine that appeared to devote half its pages to the ST can claim to be "8-bit".
Just the same as ZZAP!64 claimed to be an '8-bit' magazine when it covered Amiga.
For 24 issues it was known as ZZAP 64/Amiga when there was regular Amiga coverage, then it reverted to being a C64-only mag again...

Next you'll be saying that C&VG should really have been known as "Computer & Video Games & Type-in Listings & Hardware Features & Julian Rignall jokes & Cr*p Surveys & Film Reviews & Reader Art Gallery" ;)
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Post by tom1234567 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:18 pm

merman wrote:
tom1234567 wrote:
Dudley wrote:I'm not sure how a magazine that appeared to devote half its pages to the ST can claim to be "8-bit".
Just the same as ZZAP!64 claimed to be an '8-bit' magazine when it covered Amiga.
For 24 issues it was known as ZZAP 64/Amiga when there was regular Amiga coverage, then it reverted to being a C64-only mag again...
Oh yes, I forgot about that, still...at least Page 6 stated:
The magazine for ALL Atari computers, but for the serious user, it was always the 8-bit resource.
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Retro Gamer issue 7: Matthew Smith, on questioned which is the better 8-bit computer, Speccy or C-64:
'The Atari 800 was the superior machine'.

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