Personal Computer Games

Personal Computer Games

"Personal Computer Games" was a multi-format UK computer games mag of the early/mid eighties.


It is famous for launching the careers of several notable games journalists of the '80s including Bob Wade, Peter Connor and Chris Anderson. Anderson would later launch "Amstrad Action", and Future Publishing, along with Wade and Connor. ["Amstrad Action", editorial, page 7, issue 1, October 1985] . Other staff included Deputy Editor Steve Cooke and staff writer Samantha Nemens.

Computer coverage at the time were mainly consisted of the Spectrum, C64 and the BBC Micro, although there were others featured such as MSX, Electron, Vic 20 and the newly released Amstrad CPC.

The February 1985 issue was the last of the magazine. Chris Anderson and Bob Wade went on to launch the Commodore 64 magazine "Zzap!64".

creen Test

One of the many influential sections of the magazine was the 'Screen Test' pages where the latest games were reviewed. The PCG Panel, who voiced their opinions on the games reviews, consisted of the PCG staff plus several contributions from readers. The review was laid out with an explanation of the gameplay and then three opinions from the reviewers were given in boxouts at the end. PCG Ratings were out of ten, with a score giving to the graphics, sound, originality, lasting interest and the overall score.

Games of the Month

The highest accolade awarded by Personal Computer Games was the "Game of the Month". Games achieving this award and the issues they appeared in are as follows:

* August 1984: The Lords of Midnight, ZX Spectrum
* September 1984: Quo Vadis, Commodore 64
* October 1984: Ancipital, Commodore 64
* November 1984: Pyjamarama, ZX Spectrum
* December 1984: Boulder Dash, Commodore 64
* January 1985: Underwurlde and Knight Lore, both ZX Spectrum
* February 1985: Impossible Mission, Commodore 64

Cover Mounts

In February 1984 PCG gave away a cover-mounted FlexiDisc containing game data that could be transferred to cassette. These included free programs for the Vic 20, Spectrum, BBC and Dragon computers. Chris Anderson did pioneer the cover-mounted cassette, but not with Amstrad Action, as many believe, but with issue 13 of PCG in December 1984. The cassette, labelled as 'Christmas Mega Gift' contained 12 demo games for the Spectrum, BBC and C64.

ee also

* "Zzap!64"
* "Computer and Video Games (magazine)"


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Personal computer game — A personal computer game (also known as a computer game or simply PC game) is a video game played on a personal computer, rather than on a video game console or arcade machine. Computer games have evolved from the simple graphics and gameplay of… …   Wikipedia

  • Personal computer — This article is about personal computers in general. For computers generally referred to as PCs , see IBM PC compatible. For hardware components dealing with personal computers, see Personal computer hardware. Personal computer An illustration of …   Wikipedia

  • personal computer — a microcomputer designed for individual use, as by a person in an office or at home or school, for such applications as word processing, data management, financial analysis, or computer games. Abbr.: PC [1975 80] * * *       a digital computer… …   Universalium

  • Computer Games (album) — For the Mi Sex album, see Graffiti Crimes. Computer Games Studio album by George Clinton …   Wikipedia

  • personal computer — per′sonal comput′er n. cmp a microcomputer designed for individual use, as for word processing, financial analysis, desktop publishing, or playing computer games Abbr.: PC 2) • Etymology: 1975–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • Personal computer —   A microcomputer for producing written, programmed, or coded material; playing games; or doing calculations. Laptop and notebook computers are excluded for the purposes of EIA surveys.   U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration s… …   Energy terms

  • List of years in computer games — This page indexes the individual year in video gaming pages. All releases are determined by the North American dates. flagicon|USA NOTOC 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 2000s*2008 in video gaming mdash; Grand Theft Auto 4 releases across Xbox 360 and the …   Wikipedia

  • List of text-based computer games — The following list of text based games is not to be considered an authoritative, comprehensive listing of all such games; rather, it is intended to represent a wide range of game styles and genres presented using the text mode display and their… …   Wikipedia

  • Computer Entertainment Rating Organization — Type Non profit Industry Organization and rating system Founded July 2002 …   Wikipedia

  • computer science — computer scientist. the science that deals with the theory and methods of processing information in digital computers, the design of computer hardware and software, and the applications of computers. [1970 75] * * * Study of computers, their… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.