The point, which was roundly missed by most, is that Atari Corp
has failed to develop a marketplace which will support the
existance of third-party companies supplying magazines, software,
hardware, and other peripherial products.
This is not misinformation, or speculation... you only have to
have your eyes open and count the number of companies which have
lost everything they put into trying to make a living in the
So Jim Capparall turned out to be a crook... do you think he
entered the Atari marketplace in April of 1982 with the intention
of running off to the IBM market with subscribers' money in 1991?
I think not... his ANTIC magazine was a top-notch source of
information for Atari computer owners for many years. STart
magazine, whatever your own personal opinion of it, was another
good source of information.
The failure of ANTIC to stay in the Atari marketplace can be
placed solidly at Atari Corporation's door.
Had they developed, produced, advertised, marketed, and actually
delivered computers in quantities to people who would then have
bought Atari related magazines and software, there would have
been no reason to try to siphon off ANTIC's assets and start a
new magazine in a different, more viable marketplace.
Instead, Atari killed the US market for Atari-related products,
and ANTIC, along with many other third-parties, tried to survive
by going elsewhere.
Note that I'm *NOT* defending the way ANTIC effectively stole
their subscribers' money.
I *do* place the blame squarely where it belongs, with