Celebrating 25 years of high-concept/low resolution computer games
Remember the innocent days when a top whack computer game cost £9.99 and was loaded by cassette? Good times. Sadly, even when it was brand new, the Acorn Electron was third rate. Thankfully there was big brother BBC Micro with its glorious red, black and beige keyboard which were ok until all the cool kids got their Spectrum +3's and Commodore 64's. For those of us with parents lacking any sense regarding the home computer revolution, we were left to play the likes of Ravenskull instead of Afterburner (Superior Software titles were quite decent, though).
Still it's nice to see trivial anniversaries celebrated, and at the same time note what BBC planning editors consider a reasonable use of a BBC film crew. That's not strictly fair; Elite was one of the first computer games to use 3D wire animation, combining space battles with a role-playing architecture. It was eventually ported onto most other major consoles including the NES.
If your 25th Elite birthday party is already in full swing, don't let us keep you from it - everyone else can watch the BBC's walkthrough of the original game with creator David Braben. Those of you in your late teens with no concept of world history may see the graphics and expect an air raid siren to sound in the distance.