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The Micro User

The Micro User issue 1, cover dated March 1983. A reference card of the BBC Micro's display modes was mounted on the cover.
Managing editor Derek Meakin
Categories Home computing, information technology, electronics
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 68,328
ABC, January–June 1984
First issue March 1983
Final issue
— Number
September 1992
Vol 10 No 7
Company Database Publications
Country  United Kingdom
Based in Stockport, Greater Manchester
Language English
ISSN 0265-4040

The Micro User (known as BBC Micro User for the first three issues) was a British specialist magazine catering to users of the BBC Microcomputer series, Acorn Electron, Acorn Archimedes and, to a limited extent, the Cambridge Z88. It had a comprehensive mix of reviews for games, application software, and the latest Acorn computers; type-in programs (duplicated on a "cover disk" which was available separately), a correspondence page offering help with computer problems, and approachable technical articles.

The magazine hosted the long-running Body Building series by Mike Cook, in which each article introduced a small electronics project that could be built and connected to one of the BBC Micro's I/O ports. The project could be ordered in kit form or fully assembled, or the reader could source the parts and design as the articles contained a circuit diagram.

There were regular columns on adventure gaming from two successive contributors under the pseudonyms "Alice through the VDU" and "The Mad Hatter". They reviewed the latest adventure releases for Acorn computers, offered hints to some games and scattered mathematical and logical puzzles in their articles. Another regular columnist, using the pen-name of "Hac-Man" (in reference to Pac-Man) set out cheats and compatibility fixes for popular arcade-style games, in the form of pokes or short type-in programs.

Watford Electronics and Technomatic were prominent advertisers, taking out multi-page spreads in every issue in the mid 1980s. From October 1983 the magazine carried the first four issues of Electron User as a pull-out; this then split off into an independent publication.

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