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compt.sys.editor.desk By: Jason Compton
Just a brief, unfortunate update on the world of Amiga journalism outside
the steady confines of Amiga Report:
Datormagazin, the only Swedish Amiga publication, has ceased production.
The publisher cited insufficient circulation as the reason.
Scientific Amigan, the newsletter dedicated to really wild and impressive
applications of the Amiga in real-life research and science will publish
one last issue. Both of the publisher's Amigas died, in rapid succession,
and the publication had put him in considerable debt as it was. Readers
may request refunds, but the publisher would really appreciate if you'd let
him keep it since he's lost money by SA as it is...
Amiga Game Zone, which published its third issue in October 1994 but
continually promised a fourth, will publish two more issues before February
1996 and will cease both producing magazines and selling Amiga games. The
publisher blames the Commodore-Amiga Technologies gap of one year on their
decision. Readers are being offered credit on their subscriptions towards
the purchase of merchandise sold by AGZ.
With the death of SA and the finally confirmed demise of AGZ, North America
will be back to having only one printed Amiga publication, Amazing
Computing, a 48 page monthly. Sweden will have none.
However, we're happy to point out that Swedes, Canadians, Americans, and
Mexicans alike will still be able to get Amiga Report, every two weeks, as
The potential for new enterprisers to step into the void is quite high.
Already in North America, at least two independent projects are underway to
launch Amiga magazines as early as February. Whether or not they
materialize, we'll be here.
On a more upbeat note, I was thrilled to get word that the first Amiga
4000Ts have been delivered to SMG, the North American distributors for
Amiga Technologies, and will be shipped to dealers overnight, if requested.
These will be the first new Amigas in the New World after a 20 month
hiatus. Hopefully, 4000Ts will make their way to the rest of the world as
1200s make their way out of Europe.
We will do our best to provide an in-depth look at the 4000T, which to date
is by far the least visible Amiga (with less than 1000 Commodore units
worldwide) but seems to be the key to preserving the Amiga's chances as a
World of Amiga Toronto is less than two weeks away, and may interfere
slightly with AR's publication schedule. However, we will complete two
issues in December, for a total of 24 on the year. (Remember, while the
last issue of the year will be 3.23, ARAuction came out in April, or have
you blocked that brutal period out of your memory yet?) Averaging two a
month isn't bad. :)