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Harmless or Elite?

Posted by Big Boo on November 7th, 2009

If you had any of the 8-bit home computers then chances are you spent many hours flying around space wasting pirates and trading luxury goods and computers whilst playing Elite, a game which still holds up well today, if you can look past its wireframe 3D graphics that is.

Elite was well ahead of its time, providing the player with a universe of planets to jump between. The formula has been attempted a few times since, but Elite still manages to hold its head up when compared to most of them, despite its age.

Since the game had no real ending as such, players marked their progress by how much money they had, which cool spacecraft they flew and also their ranking, which was little more than a ranking system based on the number of kills you had made. Of course back then you never realised it was this simple and assumed it must be calculated from all kinds of complex analysis.

When you began the game you were ranked Harmless (a nod to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) but the ultimate accolade was to be classed as Elite, and that’s what this weeks survey is about. If you were a fan of Elite, then what was the highest ranking you managed to achieve?

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