Popular Computing Weekly

Popular Computing Weekly was a computer magazine in the UK published from 1982 to 1990. It was sometimes referred to as PCW (although that abbreviation is more commonly associated with Personal Computer World magazine).

Popular Computing Weekly
May 1st 1986 issue cover
PublisherSunshine Publications
Focus Publishing
First issue23 April 1982 (1982-04-23)
Final issue
June 1990
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon



The magazine was first published on 23 April 1982.[1] Its subject range was general, covering gaming, business, and productivity software. The founding company was Sunshine Publications[2] based in London and the launch editor was Duncan Scot.[1] During 1989 it incorporated Computer Gamesweek.

It was noteworthy for being the UK's only national weekly computer magazine of the time, and for its back page being dominated by an advertisement in the form of a comic strip, Piman, by the firm Automata UK between the years 1983 and 1986.

A further noteworthy feature of the early editions was the high-quality artwork on the magazine covers. These had disappeared by 1983.

One other noteworthy and regular column was about adventure games, notably text adventures. Reviews and cryptic spoilers were eagerly awaited. Readers who had completed the hugely successful text adventure The Hobbit, first released on the ZX Spectrum were invited to add their names to a "Hobbit Hall of Fame." The magazine folded with issue 415 published in June 1990.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "List of all general computer magazines". BBC Micro. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ Tony Smith (3 January 2013). "1983's UK home computer chart toppers". The Register. Retrieved 1 February 2017.