Is ED played by mostly "Old Ducks" like me?

Someone posted the following in another thread of mine (abbreviated):
I've been playing on PS4.[...] I don't understand what all the fuss is about with the compaints about graphics, speed etc... Yes there are slow downs, but from starting on the original Elite on a Commodore 64, then Atari STE, the PS4 verson is light years ahead, but still has the original appeal.
This, along with various other threads and photos from the meet-ups make me wonder if we are all "Old Ducks" playing this game. Ironically I'm actually relatively young compared to many in this forum. My "Old Duck" PSN name was in relation to the average demographic on the Playstation - so when I'm playing Overwatch or Fortnite, the "Old Duck" is very fitting (and earns me some good laughs), whereas I'm beginning to think that I'm a "Young Rooster" when it comes to Elite Dangerous.

I do find the "ED on PS4 is better than Elite on Commodore 64, so what's all the fuss about bugs and graphics?" mentality to be a bit frustrating. If ED is played mostly by a bunch of old guys happy it's better than the C64, then it probably will never rise to the expectations of this "Young Rooster". After all, the original Elite had flickering graphics, so why complain about the terrible flickering shadows on PS4?

And if you are young, young enough not to have played the original Elite games, I'm curious - what draws you to Elite Dangerous? This is a sincere question, as I think many of us older folk (I am old enough to have played Elite on C64 as a kid) play at least partially out of nostalgia.
 
Whats old? Is it trendy old (50+) or mid untrendy oldster (30 - 49)?

I never played the originals at all. I liked the buzz about Kisckstarter with all the new games promised on it (SC and ED) and asked my wife nicely if I could 'buy' one.
 
Whats old?
That's a very good question! I thought myself as old (40s) due to the majority of players I interact with on my platform, but then I came to this forum and slowly realized that I'm probably "young" by comparison. If I were a PC gamer still, I probably never would have used "Old Duck" as a name, since I kinda expect PC gamers to be old (sorry), whereas console gamers are often the younger millennials and Gen-Z, at least that's been my experience.

So I guess from my frame-of-reference, "old" is 50+ and young is 30s and below... Anyone in their 40s is "just right", unless they use C64 to say that EBL is acceptable :p
 
I ve been made in 74, released with bugs as alpha version in 75 :)
played the original elite. missed the others. played privateer and wing commander...
what took me in elite ? well...

someone asked me one day. "but how do you feel when you play that game" she had the answer already, took me a couple minutes to find out.

i just got out of 20 years of toxic relationship, divorced, i have the kids with me, which is not so often for a man.

the answer was obvious. "i feel free, there are no limits in this game, and also, nothing defined as a goal, no targets to defeat except the ones i set for myself"

elite more or less saved my life, at some point.

cherry on top of the cake, when my kids are not struggling defeating computer at warcraft 3, they share the love for elite. bonding game. priceless. especially right now.
 
I'm an almost 63 years old duck, but I'm not like you. :D
I'm a strict solo player and still enjoy the game, despite being addicted since 5 years and despite all bugs.
Not that I could explain why though... the game makes it easy to connect my own vision of immersion to it.
I guess...
Meanwhile I'm over 10k hours playtime FWIW, that somehow indicates this game must have something. ;)
Even tops my passion for the original on C64 that I started playing in 1986 and played for about 4 years.
Which is even more strange as the original was a vacuum compared to ED content-wise.
 
I am just coming up to 54 years young. I bought my PS4 for Christmas 2017 so I could play the newer doom, wolfensteins, etc. I used to play wing commander and privateer and loved those games but I never encountered Elite back then. To be honest, I don't really notice too many bugs in ED apart from the server errors post release and more recently FSS freezes and some blue screen crashes too. Mostly I get to play unhindered by those bugs, just temporary blips that are rare. When I stand back and look at everything ED has, those glitches just pale into insignificance.
 
I do find the "ED on PS4 is better than Elite on Commodore 64, so what's all the fuss about bugs and graphics?"
I´ve played Flight Simulator at 20 fps for 15 years. I was really excited when I started woking and I could afford a pc able to run 30 fps stable.
First time I played Duke Nukem 3D it was on an intel 486 (25 Mhz).. 5fps maybe? Ok that was definitely unplayable...
Nowadays I smile when I see players complaining that they are ashamed because the game doesn't keep 60fps stable 😂

(37 here)
 
Sometimes I really feel like this! :whistle:
Yeah, I think that's maybe really some mid-age typical thing, while it's true for any age. But wondering about responsibilities and how to deal with them could be typical mid-life stuff, and that's what it is in my case. Approaching 40 this year.
 
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