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Elite turns 25, or How I met David Braben

September 24, 2009 2 comments

This week marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most famous computer games ever published – Elite, by David Braben and Ian Bell.

Released to the world on September 20th, 1984 for the 8 bit BBC Microcomputer. Initially rejected by the software publishers of the time, Elite was picked up by Acornsoft and managed to sell 1,000,000 copies on a whole range of platforms. Written by two guys, without the help of a studio, artists, or project managers, and entirely in assembler, for a machine which had less memory “than most emails”, it stands the test of time as one of the finest examples of how gameplay trumps visual beauty every time.

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