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Original Elite for Free

With the release of Elite: Dangerous nearing, the original 1984 version of Elite can be grabbed for free from the Elite: Dangerous Store (thanks Ant via a post to our forums by DangerDog), allowing the chance to see what the fuss is all about, or at least what it was all about back in a simpler, bygone time. Here's the description accompanying the 30 year-old space combat game:

Experience the classic space trading game, Elite, as released on the BBC Model B in 1984, by Ian Bell and David Braben.

From the original box description:

"Command your Cobra space ship in a fantastic voyage of discovery and adventure, a supreme test of your combat, navigational and entrepreneurial skills.
Trade between countless planets, using the proceeds to equip your ship with heat-seeking missiles, beam lasers and other weapons - corporate states can be approached without risk, but unruly anarchies may be swarming with space pirates.
Black market trading can be lucrative but could result in skirmishes with local police and a price on your head!
However you make your money, by fair means or foul, you must blast onwards through space annihilating pirate ships and hostile aliens as you strive to earn your reputation as one of the Elite!"

“The game of a lifetime” Zzap! 64. May 1985.

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26. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 25, 2014, 06:18 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 04:01:
subx wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 22:24:
It's not the same if you don't have to hunt for a blank tape to save your game on.

They actually simulate that in the BBC Model B emulator: you have to search for a virtual tape in a virtual messy room and insert it correctly into the tape player. In 30 seconds. It's a minigame, but tell me that doesn't add realism.

Haha! That's perfect.
 
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25. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 25, 2014, 04:01 jdreyer
 
subx wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 22:24:
It's not the same if you don't have to hunt for a blank tape to save your game on.

They actually simulate that in the BBC Model B emulator: you have to search for a virtual tape in a virtual messy room and insert it correctly into the tape player. In 30 seconds. It's a minigame, but tell me that doesn't add realism.
 
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24. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 23:04 Duke Christopheles
 
http://www.oolite.org/

Now that is your offline mode.
 
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23. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 22:24 subx
 
It's not the same if you don't have to hunt for a blank tape to save your game on.
 
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22. Ports Nov 24, 2014, 20:23 Ant
 
FYI. No Linux and Mac OS X ports for this one/1.  
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21. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 19:26 Prez
 
Nice gesture but my eyes generally can't handle any game made pre-1990 that isn't a text adventure.  
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20. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 19:25 Reactor
 
Slick wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 14:50:
Dagnamit wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 13:13:
Phasenoise wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:42:
This is the offline play module.

BS, i still have to connect to the internet to download it. Where's my refund?

Grin

Made me smile this morning too... thanks guys
 
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19. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 16:56 Jackplug
 
I'd rather play the original, atleast I can play it offline  
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18. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 16:53 Julio
 
Slashman wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 10:52:
Why the original and not some of their more recent sequels?

They're worried that people might think they're better than Elite: Dangerous
 
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17. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 16:24 Cutter
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 14:36:
DangerDog wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 14:17:
Alien Today on Blue's News kids react to 1984 gaming technology.

Hopefully we're all fortunate enough to be around another 30 years to look back on this moment in time with the same sense of bemusement - "did we really think that technology was the bee's knees?"


i bet OG elite could literally be played on a ti-85.

There's an original gangsta version? Dizam!
 
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16. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 14:55 DangerDog
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 14:36:
DangerDog wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 14:17:
Alien Today on Blue's News kids react to 1984 gaming technology.

Hopefully we're all fortunate enough to be around another 30 years to look back on this moment in time with the same sense of bemusement - "did we really think that technology was the bee's knees?"


i bet OG elite could literally be played on a ti-85.

probably so, someone made a version that works on the Nintendo Gameboy Advanced complete with solid filled graphics.

http://www.frontierastro.co.uk/Elite/gba.html
 
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15. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 14:50 Slick
 
Dagnamit wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 13:13:
Phasenoise wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:42:
This is the offline play module.

BS, i still have to connect to the internet to download it. Where's my refund?

Grin
 
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14. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 14:48 SpectralMeat
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 14:39:
Spectralmeat you forgot to put in your obligatory dig at Star Citizen on your post. Edit that shit in man
Sorry about that, I'll make sure I won't make that mistake again.
 
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13. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 14:39 {PH}88fingers
 
Spectralmeat you forgot to put in your obligatory dig at Star Citizen on your post. Edit that shit in man  
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12. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 14:36 1badmf
 
DangerDog wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 14:17:
Alien Today on Blue's News kids react to 1984 gaming technology.

Hopefully we're all fortunate enough to be around another 30 years to look back on this moment in time with the same sense of bemusement - "did we really think that technology was the bee's knees?"


i bet OG elite could literally be played on a ti-85.
 
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11. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 14:28 Drayth
 
*goes back to playing Telengard*  
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10. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 14:17 DangerDog
 
Alien Today on Blue's News kids react to 1984 gaming technology.

Hopefully we're all fortunate enough to be around another 30 years to look back on this moment in time with the same sense of bemusement - "did we really think that technology was the bee's knees?"

 
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9. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 13:33 Enahs
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:10:
A 30 year old game finally free, gee thanks. Real bigshots!

Rolleyes

It has been free on Ian Bells website for a long time.....
 
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8. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 13:13 Dagnamit
 
Phasenoise wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:42:
This is the offline play module.

BS, i still have to connect to the internet to download it. Where's my refund?
 
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7. Re: Original Elite for Free Nov 24, 2014, 13:00 SlimRam
 
Phasenoise wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:42:
This is the offline play module.

Hehehe, you win sir!
 
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