- 1993 November 24
- Pirates Analyze Warez (PAW)
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√2·1Notes From The Editor ·4Holy Shit, PAW '93 #11...Already!? Yep we're back again, on time and ready to stay that way so stay tuned for one or even two more issues to help you get through the Christmas Rush. Why down- load 30 or 40 ZIPs with the same ads and generators from those other "leading brands" when you've got PAW Mini's and comprehensive PAW Mags to deal with?? Oh, to start things off, we got our first ORIGINAL PAW musical score here. This first of many I hope - no more canabalizing .MOD collections for us!! Now that I've blown our collective horn, I'll let you in on our little secret weapon that is destined to revolutional- ize the PAW way of life. Phoenix, our lead programmer, has developed a PAW Engine!! "Huh?" say the masses... Up until this very issue, the process of building a PAW VGA release was more than a little drawn out. In addition to the grabbing and reviewing of every game we encountered, the clicking of screen shots and my editing of all those reviews, there was also the ardous task of compiling the issue which, depending on wind conditions, took anywhere from a few hours to a few days for the poor programmer. No longer. The PAW Engine automates the process and builds the needed files in a matter of minutes!! Please note that this has resulted in a number of additional files shipped with the mag which we are going to cut down. No increase in size really, but it looks so damn messy ;). On the other hand, we have freed some memory space so, hope- fully, bigger .MODs will play... Thus, hats off to Phoenix... Now, free of compilation woes (well, we haven't tested this yet), look for many new and exciting features to the mag program it- self. After only a year and three lead programmers, we've got all the basics covered - onwards and upwards one and all... Oh, and my personal greets and congrats to the new boys in PTG. Helluva a couple weeks so keep it up... Actually, it was a helluva a couple weeks all around!! √5Newton P. Forgery √1PAW Editor, 11/21/93 √2·1Programmer's Note ·4Guess what! No new (visible) changes to the mag. There have been massive internal modifications though. And because of these you'll most likely see PAW actually keep to a bi-monthly schedule. There will also be more visible additions to the magazine over the next few issues as well. By 1994 PAW will be at peak performance. Also, on an unrelated note, I'd (we'd) really like to hear some feedback about PAW. All the members can be contacted through PAWNet, so if you have any compliments, comments or criticisms about PAW please let us know. √5Phoenix √1PAW Head Programmer RELEASE GROUP/DATE Time Runners IV ! TDT/11-04 Math Ace ! INC/11-05 Quest for Glory IV - DEMO/FAKE BSE/11-05 Dragon's Lair III v2.01 ? CRO/11-05 Hot Numbers Deluxe ? TRSI/11-06 M&L: Battle of Robo-Babes ! NEXUS/11-06 Subwar 2050 - DEMO TRSI/11-07 Network Q RAC Rally - BETA TRSI/11-07 PGA Tour Golf f/WIN ! NONE/11-07 Dungeon Hack ! THG/11-08 Turrican III - DEMO TRSI/11-08 World Empire II f/WIN - PD NONE/11-08 Magic Boy ! TRSI/11-08 Cool Croc Twins ! TRSI/11-08 Fatty Bear's Fun Pack ! PIL/11-08 Walls of Rome ! PTG/11-08 World Series of Poker Adv. - RE-RELEASE ? MAGICK/11-08 Unnatural Selection ! PE/11-09 Jeopardy f/Windows ? NONE/11-09 Dominion - DEMO (S. Shots) MAGICK/11-09 Companions of Xanth ! PTG/11-09 Network Q RAC Rally ! THG/11-09 Warriors of Legend ! PE/11-09 Beverly Hillbillies ! PE/11-09 Epic Pinball - Commercial ! EXCRT/11-09 Firescare - DIDN'T WORK GROUND/11-10 SimHealth ! INC/11-10 EXCRT/11-10 Discovery - FAKE NEXUS NONE/11-10 A-Train MS-DOS v6.0 - UPDATE ? MAGICK/11-10 El-Fish v1.01 UPDATE ? MAGICK/11-10 SimFarm GUS UPDATE ? MAGICK/11-10 SimFarm VIPER SVGA UPDATE ? MAGICK/11-10 SimCity GUS UPDATE ? MAGICK/11-10 Aces over Europe ! NEXUS/11-11 IndyCar Racing ! NEXUS/11-11 Oxyd Magnum ! TRSI/11-11 Terminator: Rampage ! INC/11-11 PTG/11-11 Command: Starship - RE-RELEASE KORT/??-?? M&L Robo-Babes: NR-18 ? RAZOR/11-12 Oscar ! TRSI/11-12 Casino Gambling Kit ? PE/11-12 EXCRT/11-12 Beneath a Steel Sky - DEMO MAGICK/11-13 Deadline - DEMO MAGICK/11-13 Krusty's Super Funhouse - DEMO MAGICK/11-13 Micro Machines - DEMO MAGICK/11-13 Theme Park - DEMO MAGICK/11-13 Star Lord ! OTHER/11-13 Graham Gooch's World Class Cricket - DEMO MAGICK/11-13 Eye of the Beholder Trilogy ? TRSI/11-14 Brutal Sports Football - DEMO MAGICK/11-14 Masters of Orion v1.2 - UPDATE ? MAGICK/11-15 Sid & Al's Incredible Toons ! PTG/11-15 Sangro Fighter ! EXCRT/11-15 Legend of Kyrandia II: Hand of Fate ! RAZOR/11-16 PTG/11-16 Time Treks ? INC/11-16 Casino Pak ! INC/11-16 Goblins III ! TDT/11-16 Even More Incredible Machine ? PTG/11-16 Sam & Max Hit The Road ! PTG/11-16 Crazy Football ! RAZOR/11-16 BigSea - DEMO FAITH/11-16 Leisure Suit Larry VI ! PTG/11-17 Holiday Lemmings 1993 ! TDT/11-18 Blade Warrior - FAKE?? ! NEXUS/11-18 Sink or Swim - RE-RELEASE ? TRSI/11-18 Heirs to the Thrown ! PTG/11-18 1993 NFL Football ! RAZOR/11-18 Cyber Race - BETA ????/??-?? Santa's Xmas Caper ! TRSI/11-18 Silverball - AGAIN?? ? TRSI/11-18 Top Class Memory Games ! INC/11-19 Subwar 2050 - DEMO TDT/11-20 Alone in the Dark II - FRENCH ? RAZOR/11-20 Campaign: Mission Disk ? NEXUS/11-20 Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - BETA EXCRT/11-20 ! Reviewed In This Issue: 32 ? Dealt With But Not Reviewed: 16 -- 48 Reviews in 1993: 267 + 32 = 299 Total Reviews: 381 + 32 = 413 MISSING IN ACTION: Great Computer Adventure MAGICK - a "real" release?? √2·1PAW Reviewing Policy ·41. The main purpose of the Pirates Analyze Warez Review is to provide usable review information on all games released by all groups and available in the pirate world. Issues will be released every second Sunday after that with each magazine covering the two week period ending on the Friday before release. Hopefully, we will, in most cases, be able to stick to schedule. 2. Reviews will NOT, however, be included on the following release types: a) Foreign Language Releases - as our entire staff is made up of unilingual anglophones, it is impossible to do an effective job reviewing a foreign release. Games of this nature will be listed in the "Wares In This Issue" list and in an "Editor's Notes" review so that the size of the release is counted. b) Add-Ons and Updates - it is assumed that potential users of such releases are already familiar with the original games in question thus rendering singular reviews unnecessary. As such, we will simply list the review in the "Warez In This Issue" list and add an "Editor's Note" review so that the size of the file is counted, c) DEMOs - while game demos have a place in the pirate world, they do NOT have a node in the reviewing forum. As such, we will only list such releases in the "Warez In This Issue" listing. No size score for a DEMO release will be given to the releasing group. c) Repacks - quite simply, game re- releases will NOT be reviewed as we wish to stay on the "cutting edge" and not simply rehash older games. This releases will be listed in the "Warez In This Issue" list and as an "Editor's Notes" review so that a minus five penalty can be awarded to the releasing group. 3. PAW also intends to score all releases on the basis of size and quality (see PAW Scoring System article). A definite system will be in place by Issue '94 #01. - PAW Review Magazine Staff ·1√2PAW Quality Scoring Revision II ·4Each release will be scored based on the two categories listed below. The total points will be cumulated for ongoing rankings of the Groups. 1. QUALITY - Theory: All warez should be worth the time and energy needed to download them. This means that typical standards such as sound and graphics quality should be upheld. It also means that well-anticipated games are of inherently higher quality and that, for most, re-releases are not... 0 - +5 - Graphics Quality 0 - +5 - Sound Quality 0 - +5 - Playability 0 - +5 - Originality 0 - +5 - Anticipation Level -1 - -5 - educational/ancient/lame -1 - -5 - duplicate of earlier release (ie - unchanged US vs UK) -1 - -5 - dysfunctional/non-working 2. SIZE - Theory: As the Warez Report once scored it, this is the ONLY comp- onent of group rankings rather than simply a part. Still, one must recog- nize the effort and organization needed to courier and effectively move larger releases and include it in a score. + 1 - Per 500,000 bytes. Under this incarnation of the scoreing policy, a "perfect" game would get fives for Graphics, Sound, Originality and Playability (shown in the actual review on a scale of one to ten), an additional five for Anticipation PLUS a point for every 500,000 bytes of size. Needless to say it would not suffer penalties. Note also that we intend to remain non- partisan in the case of multiple groups releasing the same game. It is not our place to judge the micro-second and make a winner or loser. Only in cases of blatant double or triple releasing will a penalty be given. It is, however, possible to award the groups that crack and uncracked release bonus scoring for their efforts. I expect the PAW Scoring Policy to be completely evolved by Issue '94 #01. √5Newton P. Forgery √1PAW Editor - 11/21/93 ·1√2PAW Disclaimer ·4The purpose of the Pirates Analyze Warez (PAW) Magazine is to provide the reader with usable reviews of new entertainment software releases in a timely manner. This information is intended to allow the user to make a more informed purchase decision when used in conjunction with other reviewing sources. The members of PAW Magazine do NOT condone piracy in any form. Quite simply, if you think the software is worth getting, pay for it. All software reviewed in PAW Magazine is, admittedly, obtained through less- than-legal sources. However, immediately following review, each software release is deleted and, if further play is desired, purchased. This pre-purchase trial of the software is not unlike that available through any software lending group. Again, PAW Magazine does not, in any way, condone or endorse the illegal obtaining and/or use of commercial software. The Magazine is a fully public domain release of review material created to benefit both the end-user of the software and, in the end, the publishers themselves. - PAW Review Magazine Staff √2·1PAW STAFF LIST - 11/24/93 ·4EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Newton P. Forgery SENIOR MEMBER: Raider Erik the Red REVIEWERS: Sensei Violent Fury Relayer MicroCosm Spelljammer Xiphoid Zarathos The Executioner Criminal Negligence TRIAL REVIEWERS: Deathray Masala Diceman ExCaliBur Fat Bastard PROGRAMMING: Phoenix <Lead> Hacker Kendall Harvey ART WORK: ASCII Header - Ratface Intro - Kenday Harvey Intro ANSI - Wolverine .MOD - Bob Hog PAW DISTRIBUTION NETWORK - 11/24/93 ┌────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ BOARD AC POSITION │ ├────────────────────────────────────────┤ │ Apocalyptic Teacup  WHQ │ │ Unlimited Power  CAN HQ │ ├────────────────────────────────────────┤ │ Grinning Skull Admin. 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