The book Game On! From Pong to Oblivion: The 50 Greatest Video games of All Time
contains a chapter on Elite
Elite's two creators, Ian Bell
and David Braben
, were not on the best of terms for a long time, ever since development on Elite 2
was cancelled. This erupted into open confrontation during 1999-2000 when Bell decided to release all versions of Elite
as freeware. The dispute was settled and all files relevant to Elite
and Braben's version of the matter can be found in Ian Bell's website.
Two versions were supplied with the DOS release, Shaded and Line Drawn. At the selection screen this message is displayed regarding the shaded version: "...but unless your machine is powerful (6MHz 80286 or greater) it will not run very quickly and you should select the line drawn version."
The package came with a novella about how your father sacrificed himself and saved you by dumping you in the lone escape pod in the ship, and how you managed to "acquire" this ship that you are driving at the beginning of the game.
This was apparently the first game, or among the first games, to have a fan club.
Game On exhibition
is being exhibited as part of the "Game On" exhibition in places like the London Science Museum. David Braben
also gave a lecture as part of the exhibition in 2006.
Ian Bell's brother, Aidan Bell, enjoyed a spell of success writing for musical theatre; sooner or later his muse led him to his brother's enormous success story, which (believe it or not) resulted in 1989's completion of Elite: the Musical
, furthering the storyline set forth in Robert Holdstock's novella The Dark Wheel
. The book and lyrics, with mp3 recordings, (c) Pink Hippo Productions Ltd, can be perused
Whether or not this musical has ever been produced on the off-Broadway stage is unclear, though one figures the chances are slim to nil.
(as of 2009) holds fours Guinness World Records. These are for the most format releases for a space trading game, being released on 25 different formats, the first space trading game, the first game to use Lenslok copy protection (the ZX Spectrum version) and the first space game to use procedural generation.
The docking sequence is borrowed from the movie 2001 - A Space Odyssey
. Also, the music ("On the beautiful Blue Danube") used in this sequence is the same as in the movie. The only difference is, that the space station looks different, but the one who played the sequel to Elite
, namely Frontier: Elite II
, knows that this got corrected...
Most of the ships, which can be cycled through in start-up with F9/F10, in the game are named after snakes. There's a few exceptions such as the Moray and Gecko.
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gamer
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 03/2013 – One of the "Ten Best C64 Games“
- Golden Joystick Awards
- 1984 - Best Original Game
- Happy Computer
- Issue 02/1986 - #2 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)
- Issue 04/1987 - #12 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
- 2000 - #12 Top PC Games of All Time
- Next Generation
- 2008 - #1 Best Game of the 1980s
- Retro Gamer
- Telespiele (trade show)
- 2007 - One of the 16 Most Influential Games in History
- Times Online
- 2007 - #3 Most Influential Video Game Ever