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

I've played ED since alpha release.
Have played earlier versions in my day on an amiga.
The game aim is much the same, but wow, the graphics are so much better. Now it looks like you imagined back then.
... Actually better.
Not keen on some new bits, latest Fss (what are you doing?), squadrons or powerplay. But generally it's pretty darn good.
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I loved FS, FS2 and the modded versions. Cap ship battles in FS were brilliant. Blowing great holes in each other while everybody else tries to bomb/defend them, rather than the fancy light show we get in ED.
Later, I played the wing commander series in a mod of freespace 2. It was a blast! The cutscenes were missing, but everything else... woah!
 
I'm 68. I've played PC games since they first became a thing. I never played the original Elite, though. Now I have over 3000 hours in ED. Being retired has certain time advantages. All I ever wanted was to retire and play video games, so now I do :p
Though I'm a couple of years older, I too am retired. Living where I do in Mid Mexico's far West Coast. There's NO English TV or Radio, and with the exception of "CNN" which as a Republican I can't watch, the satellite "DISH" network is totally in Spanish. Thus I've got hours and hours and more hours invested in this game and a couple of other (Hit Man, No Man's Sky and Red Dead one and two).
 
Ha, I'm loving this thread. I'm only 25 but I've recently felt like an old man while I've been playing with my sister's kid and thinking about what games were like when I was 8. But now, reading this thread, I feel young again :D
I'm pretty sure most of the ones around my age are on Reddit as someone mentioned before (and there are way more people on E:D's reddit). I've always preferred these classic style forums though.

Nice taste by the way Nemo. I love me some Hitman and Red Dead as well.
 
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
Hurray! At 48, I'm "not old!" Best news I've had all day!

Unfortunately, I missed out the C64 due to a variety of factors/influence at the time, and went the much worse route of TI-99 64A to Apple IIc. Oh, what a better game selection I would've had if I had gone the C64 route...
 
I am 'young' (31) so I never played the original games. What draws me to Elite Dangerous? Mostly that almost all other modern games suck, just like modern movies. They all try to do the same thing, while Elite often tries things differently (not always better, sometimes worse, but still more interesting).

Some of my most favourite games:
Jagged Alliance 2
Gothic 1+2
Medieval 2
Mount & Blade
The Witcher 1
Deus Ex 1
Max Payne 1
Need For Speed Porsche
TES Morrowind
Mass Effect 1
Star Wars Kotor 1+2
Neverwinter Nights 1

Some of these games have a sequel that I didn't mention, that's because they suck. Technically The Witcher 3 or Skyrim are better than their predecessors, but they aren't as revolutionary. It's just the same game with better graphics, sometimes it's even the same story just with changed names...

Just like the games in the list above, FDEV has a vision and ambition for Elite. I don't know if they will ever get there. But I prefer an unfulfilled vision over no vision or ambition at all (CoD, BF, AC, etc.).
Ah Deus Ex 1 and Max Payne 1. So much fun when they first came out. Actually, with Deus Ex 1, my partner and I have each played it all the way through 10+ times since it's release around...20... years... ago... oh god, the old... it's striking again!

Star Wars KOTOR 1 I played through as a joke. Yes, it was a good game. However, it was also a funny game, as it let you play the meta-game "How Stupid Can I make the Jedi look?" Me: "No, yoda-knockoff (in charge of the Jedi and checking before the final battle) everything is fine over here. Why do you ask?" Meanwhile, my skin is pale white with massive veins (Palpatine looked better than me), the assassin droid HK-47 likes me better NOW than I did before the Jedi mind wipe, and I use force lightning for everything. lol Oh, good times.

Neverwinter NIghts 1 (plus expansions) was fun, but was "meh" within a year or two, so I rarely think about it. Morrowind was ok at the time, but then got so boring I didn't come back to the series until Skyrim... and didn't even play that until had been out for five years. Witcher 3 is in my backlog, and where I will be entering that series...

Is anyone here old enough to remember and love Star Control II and played it and the (still available) freeware/updated version "The Ur-Quan Masters"? How about Archon II Adept?
 
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Me and my dad both played the original on the BBC in 1984 and we both still play E : D now we're mid 40's / 70's, meeting up from time to time when we can in our private group.
The biggest issue for pensioners seems to be trying to squeeze some game time in amongst all of the holidays, gardening, grandchildren, visits to friends etc!
Wow, that's cool. My dad and I never got along well... well, not until about a year before he died. Once I'd moved out and he had zero power over me, he stopped being a jerk and we could actually have a cordial interaction.

In reference to this thread's subject, I also feel old because my parents have been dead longer than a lot of current gamers (other than this game) have been alive. Mom died in 2/1991 and dad in 4/1999.
 
Ah Deus Ex 1 and Max Payne 1. So much fun when they first came out. Actually, with Deus Ex 1, my partner and I have each played it all the way through 10+ times since it's release around...20... years... ago... oh god, the old... it's striking again!

Star Wars KOTOR 1 I played through as a joke. Yes, it was a good game. However, it was also a funny game, as it let you play the meta-game "How Stupid Can I make the Jedi look?" Me: "No, yoda-knockoff (in charge of the Jedi and checking before the final battle) everything is fine over here. Why do you ask?" Meanwhile, my skin is pale white with massive veins (Palpatine looked better than me), the assassin droid HK-47 likes me better NOW than I did before the Jedi mind wipe, and I use force lightning for everything. lol Oh, good times.

Neverwinter NIghts 1 (plus expansions) was fun, but was "meh" within a year or two, so I rarely think about it. Morrowind was ok at the time, but then got so boring I didn't come back to the series until Skyrim... and didn't even play that until had been out for five years. Witcher 3 is in my backlog, and where I will be entering that series...

Is anyone here old enough to remember and love Star Control II and played it and the (still available) freeware/updated version "The Ur-Quan Masters"? How about Archon II Adept?
What do you mean, "Archon II"? OG Archon on a C64, thank you. Right after an intense run of Jumpman.

Also, I've played KOTOR 1 and 2 enough times to pick exactly when and where I want to push dark/light based on what story spin I wanted.

And yeah, I thought NWN was boring boring boring.
 
33 years old, played the original once or twice in 89 when I was four. Left little impression. Got a hotas for x:rebirth, which had a... rocky launch. Got stuck with a hotas and no games, heard about ED a month before release and that was that. Still remember moving the throttle in the first training mission, flight model immediately hooked me.

As for nostalgia, it is amusing to know I play a game that is the distant successor to a game my father used to play (though kids kinda ended that :p), but there isnt any genuine nostalgic memories.
 
From my perspective, nostalgia. Finally a chance to play it on a decent PC with decent graphics, seeing what they could add to it and of course multiplayer. Then they bolluxed it all up with engineering, tilted everything to one side and went there you go. Completely killed the multiplayer side of it for me which is why i never fly in open now. That said, still like the game, hoping for more content at some point, bit overdue now tbh. Having played it on ZX Spectrum, Amstrad, Atari ST, early PC's and now, I expect a lot from the game, sadly i'm a bit underwhelmed, hopefully that will change.
 
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