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It just wasn't the same for any environment it was ported to. The number of people who played it on other machines who claimed they'd reached Elite status compared to the relative sparsity of Elite BBC players suggests that the experience wasn't quite the same.
I have CDO, it's OCD with the letters in the right order; just as they ruddy well should be
Somewhere in my disc boxes for the Atari ST my old savegame without doubt still survives Too bad that Elite never was released for the 8 bit Ataris, else I would have a copy for them as well.
But why don't you download XNA studio and recreate the game? The simple 3D graphics would be more like a tutorial these days
Or you get yourself any 8 or 16 bit emulator and play it there
A while ago he asked me what he should have printed on my business cards. I said 'Wizard'.
I read books which nobody else understand. Then I do something which nobody understands. After that the computer does something which nobody understands. When asked, I say things about the results which nobody understand. But everybody expects miracles from me on a regular basis. Looks to me like the classical definition of a wizard.
I spent literally thousands of hours programming on my BBC Micro and then thousands more hours programming on an Acorn Archimedes A420. Unfortunately, I got rid of both machines years ago, but I recently bought another BBC Micro and Archimedes from eBay. It's been good fun going through all of my old 5.25 inch discs and looking at some of the programs I wrote years ago.
One game that I wrote (Micalsoft Lander) was published on the front of Archimedes World in 1993. I remember I persuaded my dad to lend me £65 for a piece of sound editing software that I needed to generate the sound effects for the game. I promised him I would pay him back from the huge payment I would get from the magazine for the software. Unfortunately, I only got £45, so my dad never got his money back.