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

I removed my 486 DX2 with its bonded heat sink when I scrapped my first PC. It's on a shelf below my TV and it gets a quite a few comments. It's actually quite a thing to see.
I sold a 486DX2 and motherboard I had in my loft cos I wanted the case for my new build.. a vintage case with brand new insides.. everything fitted perfectly, a testament to how things haven't changed that much since 1990's - I got £100 for the cpu and £50 for the motherboard - no ram - so in terms of value I think I got a good deal
 
I removed my 486 DX2 with its bonded heat sink when I scrapped my first PC. It's on a shelf below my TV and it gets a quite a few comments. It's actually quite a thing to see.
You had the powerful version then! I remember most games required the DX2 (66Mhz if I remember correctly) or Pentium 100 (recommended) and I was always in the no-go area! 🤣
 
I was 35 when Elite was released for the C64. I spent many hours with that on various Commodore machines and after 2000 the release of Deus Ex made me mainly a two game player with a few motorsport games along the way. I seem to have remained primarily an Elite and DX player to this day with all versions of both. Elite will allways remain my favourite though, it is updated far more often.

The thing I miss most from those old games (although DX seems to have stayed true) is game saving. I think everyone would play in open if it didn't cost millions when taken out for no reason. If saved to the last jump there would be no need for solo or groups, just my humble opinion of course, but I play today as a mobian and can still make lots of friends in the game.

Frontier though are very concious of their customers and this game runs on, hopefully, for ever. It's not just a one shot release and with that in mind we should be gratefull. We don't get this from DX and many other games. It's why Elite has such a long term customer base.

Denis.
 
But on the other hand, ED was visually impressive when it first released on PS4 (except for the beige plague, but that's not a console thing). It was no Horizon Zero Dawn, but it was good enough for me. Remember, I'm not as fussy as people think, hence why I play on a Slim instead of the Pro. The broken shadow issue is a bug acknowledged by Frontier, one that's never been fixed despite their attempts.

I think the problem is that Frontier put their best people on the job to port ED to PS4, and once it was released, they moved that team to JWE and other projects. That's why 2.3 was great, but starting with 2.4 ED on PS4 started to fall apart. From Frontier's Cobra Engine page (emphasis mine):


Cobra engine was supposed to allow Frontier to "fire and forget" when it comes to the console ports, but unfortunately it has failed in that regard.
Agreed. If only you knew how to code shadows on ps4..
 
You had the powerful version then! I remember most games required the DX2 (66Mhz if I remember correctly) or Pentium 100 (recommended) and I was always in the no-go area! 🤣
I have a Timex Sinclair, a Commadore 64, a Commadore 128, an Apple II, a Tandy TRS-80, an Amiga, a TI-99-4A with Expansion Box, and an IBM 8086 in my garage. I played Elite on most of them. I'll either start a museum, use them for retirement funds, or put them in a time capsule for posterity. Most of these were made before you were born or ever heard of Elite.

Today, I have not seen any improvements in PC computer technology other than SSD's or video cards. Most these kids can do today is put lights in the box, and call it an upgrade.

My current computer chassis is twelve years old, a Lian-Li V1200 Black, all aluminum chassis which still fits everything made today.

How old am I now?

o7....
 
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I have a Timex Sinclair, a Commadore 64, a Commadore 128, an Apple II, a Tandy TRS-80, an Amiga, a TI-99-4A with Expansion Box, and an IBM 8086 in my garage. I played Elite on most of them. I'll either start a museum, use them for retirement funds, or put them in a time capsule for posterity. Most of these were made before you were born or ever heard of Elite.

Today, I have not seen any improvements in PC computer technology other than SSD's or video cards. Most these kids can do today is put lights in the box, and call it an upgrade.

My current computer chassis is twelve years old, a Lian-Li V1200 Black, all aluminum chassis which still fits everything made today.

How old am I now?

o7....
A man is as old as he feels...
 
I have a Timex Sinclair, a Commadore 64, a Commadore 128, an Apple II, a Tandy TRS-80, an Amiga, a TI-99-4A with Expansion Box, and an IBM 8086 in my garage. I played Elite on most of them. I'll either start a museum, use them for retirement funds, or put them in a time capsule for posterity. Most of these were made before you were born or ever heard of Elite.

Today, I have not seen any improvements in PC computer technology other than SSD's or video cards. Most these kids can do today is put lights in the box, and call it an upgrade.

My current computer chassis is twelve years old, a Lian-Li V1200 Black, all aluminum chassis which still fits everything made today.

How old am I now?

o7....
I did a lot of game programming on my TI-99-4A. What is the "Expansion Box"? I used the tape drive. I heard the sound of data before I ever heard a modem.
 
I did a lot of game programming on my TI-99-4A. What is the "Expansion Box"? I used the tape drive. I heard the sound of data before I ever heard a modem.
Fortunately, my wife worked for T.I. at the time it was released. The : TI 994A peripheral expansion box held "cards" and floppy drives, like the RS-232 Serial Card, the Modem, and other cards you could buy separately, and connect to the TI 99/4A via a parallel interface cable.


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It was an awesome addition and added features to it not found in other systems at the time.

o7...
 
I used the tape drive. I heard the sound of data before I ever heard a modem.
Same here. Sometimes, they turned out to be quite musical in an of-its-era-vision-of-what-future-music-would-be sort of a way. If the dusty memory banks serve me, there were even people that had figured out what pattern of data made suitable noises on tape and got a ZX81 to play music by saving the data to tape :)
 
I turned 50 back in December but people don't believe me, as apparently I don't look it or act it. I've never really thought about my age or worried about it, seems little point, it's just a number after all.

I think there's too much emphasis on age these days, if you're 20, 30, 40, 50, 60+ do what makes you happy, if that means playing Elite for days on end (like I do) who cares? Life is too short and too fragile.
 
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