Computer Gamer issue 1

This alien is a Computer Gamer!

Have you ever heard of 80’s computer game magazine ‘Computer Gamer’? Its first issue was published in 1985 by Argus in the UK as a competitor to Computer & Video Games but it failed to sell in big numbers and was axed just two years later.

That’s a shame, as the front covers were really cool! Like this one from the launch issue, which seems to have nothing to do with any particular computer game – or does it? If you take a look at the Internet Archive, they have a number of issues of Computer Gamer available and the front covers all seem to be for specific games, but issue one is missing from their catalogue so it’s hard to know if the image was meant to reflect a game or not.

If you want to try and work this out for yourself, you can get help over at Magazines From the Past, where you’ll find a breakdown of the features and reviews within. Let me know in the comments if you work it out!

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One thought on “This alien is a Computer Gamer!

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    In the 80s, I made a beeline for VG mags anytime we stepped into a general store.
    Priority went to Home VG coverage, then new Arcade titles and tricks for known ones, then computer games (as it took a while before we got a computer and at that point our C64 was covered in speciality mags).

    All mags seemed to cover a bit of everything, but computer magazines were much more interesting because the article subjects were more mature, to fit the knowledgeable public.

    This one looks cool.
    At first glance, I’d say its cover was made to reflect a generic, family-friendly space game.

    On second glance, that alien is all smiles because he just plopped a quarter in his rig and is about to play Human Invaders/Missile Commando on our fair planet!

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