I think at times the Jaguar has been treated very strangely by those who are a fan of the hardware..sweeping statements made about I.D loving hardware for example, when in fact it appears only Carmack had a soft spot for it...
Press and fan speculation passed off as FACT-Mock up Tomb Raider screens, this mythical interview with Carmack saying Quake was started on Jaguar, someone had played Mortal kombat III at a trade show, games given colour coding status, people bought into claim Panther games were moved onto Jaguar etc etc and the likes of GTW/Unseen64/Atarimania weren't covering the Jaguar in any real sense, so no-one really started to dig deep.
I know from personal experience it was implied that ONLY the likes of RetroGamer magazine had the contacts and clout to reach industry folk, the main Atari forums of the time weren't exactly welcoming to newcomers and they wanted to keep the info they had to themselves as did the US Atari Sherrif's department.
Things started to change though once RVG started doing community interviews...people suddenly were within reach and you could put Q's to them and get the answers.
When ST Gamer was pitched, i really started branching out on my own, interviews wise, Unseen64 and GTW started asking about various Atari Jaguar games for pet projects of their own and it then dawned just how easy it was to reach people from I.D/Imagitec/Core Design/Tiertex/Gremlin/Virgin/Microprose/Bullfrog etc etc.
You might not get an answer, let alone answer you wanted, you might waste hours putting Q's together only to get an answer and you might get an answer but wouldn't be given permission to share it...but enough material kept coming back to basically showcase just how little research had gone into professional publications you were paying damn good money for.
RetroGamer had interviewed Jeremy Heath-Smith and they could of asked about any other Jaguar projects apart from Soul Star? cleared up claims of Jaguar BC Racers/Swagman/Tomb Raider/Shellshock etc etc, but NO..i had to chase up Core P.R, find interviews etc, basically build the case to prove Soul Star was the only project, took a lot of time and thanks to documents scot has, we can see Soul star was indeed the only project on the books-confirms what all the interviews have been saying all along.
They also interviewed John Carmack-Again would it of killed them to ask about Jaguar Doom 2/Quake?
Then we had the company profiles:Imagitec Design..nothing NEW on Freelancer 2120, fact it had been moved to PS1 was known back in the day, Imagitec answered my Q in UFG as did Gamesmaster Magazine.
But IF i can find the guy doing the models, Andrew seed talking about screens coming from PC CD version, Imagitec hoping to use Doom engine, fresh screens on a French games website etc etc..then surely someone reseaching for a paid for production should of done the same?
And that's before you get to the 7800 Toki issue...
Imagitec were never going to say..ohh Space Junk? yeah Atari got fed up of waiting, dropped that off their schedule... Atari questioned our abilty etc etc...i'll forgive that aspect.
Telegames..sorry but you cannot simply reference fact they were sat on various unreleased games, twice in an article and not name 1 title..that is poor...as is just causally saying everything was lost in a freak weather accident-Truth is James Pond III was lost as coder dissapeared with code.Weather had nothing to do with it.
Beyond Games..yes, EDGE told us at the time they had proposal for AVP II, Unseen64 knew more on Battlewheels on Jaguar and the Rg article failed to mention anything on PC/Jaguar Major Havoc!! but then in the writers defence, the Major Havoc (Coin-Op) feature was also totally ignorant.
The writer of the Making Of Myth article was forced to turn a ZX Spectrum making of..into a cross platform affair, went blindly on version of events System 3 told him, ST version released? i wish....
Was Jez San ever going to admit Atari were very unimpressed by quality of Creature Shock demo given to them at the trade show, so canned it..of course not, Jez would rather have us believe the Genesis couldn't do Polygon 3D and needed sometyhing like his SNES FX chip to compete.
The writers are letting the people they interview tell a version of history they would rather have portrayed or simply not doing anything more than a FB interview and quick trip to YT...
And if the supposed Atari fact checker from USA was still in employment..WTF was he doing?
I'm not singling out ANY ONE WRITER, but the magazine as a whole here.
It shouldn't be the job of the paying customer to do your research for future articles, your publisher kept saying you were the award winning magazine with exclusive content, so WHY has it fallen on the greater Atari community and RG readership to present the full story of what really happened with Jaguar?
UK plans for 5200..why Atari went with 65XE GS, not 7800?
Why haven't we, after 5 years+ seen any real proof Jaguar MK3 was running? why hasn't the harsh logic that not 1 magazine had footage of it from E3, drawn a line under the claim?
Why hasn't the Carmack interview been found?
I was told via an abusive P< years ago that people had yet to see any proof i knew my facts about atari, well you've been seeing it ever since then..so i'm once again asking to see thier proof.
The wonderous material Scott has provided here goes hand in hand with findings made by myself, RVG, AA, Unseen64, GTW, Shinto, many many others and will be used by others i'm sure.
But if anyone asks why i'm so anti-UK magazines these days, just look to quality of the work they are giving coverage to..
And it has to be said:If likes of ST Format, C+VG, EDGE, UFG etc etc had done their job properly and presented readers with facts, not speculation, our job know would of been a whole lot easier and a lot of the false claims nonsense would never of gained the traction it has.
So rather than chest out and brag Ohhh i write for...let the quality of your research speak for the quality of your work.