I don't have much history with Elite
. I played the original, circa 1985 on my dad's green monochrome Apple II
, but frankly I didn't understand a bit of it and subsequently went back to Sundog
and subLOGIC's fledgling wireframe Flight Simulator
as a result.
By the time Elite II
and Frontier: First Encounters
shipped in the early to mid 1990s, I was already losing copious amounts of my adolescence to Wing Commander
, and X-Wing
, all of them of course indebted to the space trading flight sim thing that David Braben
and Ian Bell published a decade earlier. For all intents and purposes, then, I'm an Elite
virgin despite a lifetime of playing nearly everything in the genre it inspired.
And if the Elite: Dangerous
alpha client is an accurate barometer, gosh have I missed out.