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

I wrote and played games, using paper tape feeds, back in the 70's.

The PDP-8 allowed the 8x8 Star Trek to be expanded to a 64x64 universe on an 8" floppy. I wrote my own.

I am an Eisenhower Administration build, rejected from the factory. Started flying, and firing automatic weapons before JFK went to Dallas. Avoid Dallas.

I am also a dog. :)
 
Paper and pencil RPGer since '83, around the same time discovered computers. For me, if a computer game could capture freedom, I was in.

Hence my love of ---- Elite ----

Mid-forties now, backed the game without hesitation from the start. Didn't play any games and was a *nix user, so had to buy a dedicated Windows gaming machine!

I just play to play; explore, visit Guardian sites, get involved in some of the missions and CGs, never ever grind, this game has too much to do to even think about doing one thing obsessively. Been using VR for almost 10 months now, now THAT is a bonus! Will never go back to flat-screen. And of course I've been searching for Raxxla for over 20 years like many others...

Still the only computer game I own (not including RPi Emulation Station haha), really looking forward to the updates and the big 2020 reveal.
 
I wrote and played games, using paper tape feeds, back in the 70's.

The PDP-8 allowed the 8x8 Star Trek to be expanded to a 64x64 universe on an 8" floppy. I wrote my own.
That predates me. I typed my games in Commodore Basic from the back of a magazine, at first with no option to save! Eventually I could save them to tape, then disk, then better disk. I also learned to write my own games, including some of my own 6502 assembly subroutines for performance. Sure beat "dating" and going to dances and all that nonsense my classmates were doing at the time, LOL.
 
I’m late 30s. I’d never heard of Elite before picking up ED, even though I’m probably old enough to have played the 1984 version a couple of years after its release, and wish that I’d known about it back then.

I can’t even recall how I first heard of ED to be honest. But I’d been waiting for a good new space game to come out, and was hoping for a new Rogue Squadron type Star Wars title.
 
We had a Vic20 and C64 when I was a kid but never had Elite. Actually I'd never heard of Elite until now. I had a Hotas laying around not being used so I went searching for flight sims and found ED and DCS.
 
I'm 38 now so that probably puts me a hairline below average.

I played Elite over 20 years ago, originally on an Amiga 600. Having picked it up again its been a nice change of pace and format to what I've enjoyed playing in recent years.
 
I wrote and played games, using paper tape feeds, back in the 70's.

The PDP-8 allowed the 8x8 Star Trek to be expanded to a 64x64 universe on an 8" floppy. I wrote my own.

I am an Eisenhower Administration build, rejected from the factory. Started flying, and firing automatic weapons before JFK went to Dallas. Avoid Dallas.

I am also a dog. :)
Yes I also played games using paper tape feeds back in the 70s. My dad wasn't happy since that was apparently 'very important work'. We all learnt a important lesson that day.
 
I wrote and played games, using paper tape feeds, back in the 70's.

The PDP-8 allowed the 8x8 Star Trek to be expanded to a 64x64 universe on an 8" floppy. I wrote my own.

I am an Eisenhower Administration build, rejected from the factory. Started flying, and firing automatic weapons before JFK went to Dallas. Avoid Dallas.

I am also a dog. :)
Pretty sure you were in Austin however.

Armadillo' World Headquarters watching Stevie Ray
 
I'm 31. I first played Elite on MSDOS when I was a kid, played Privateer, Wing Commander, Freelancer, etc. too.

I get about 24 FPS on my laptop, which is fine with me (for now) but I do want to put together a real desktop PC again sometime, with a decent VR setup. :)

Elite is all about freedom.

I picked up Elite via Steam sale a few years ago, and honestly didn't associate it with the MSDOS version at all. I played some of the training scenarios, hated the controls, and shelved it. My brother got me back into it earlier this year, and after tinkering with the control customizations I really like it; haven't played much else besides ED this year.
 
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Just hit 49 today, so yeah, one of the oldish ducks. Never played '84, I grew up in the Chris Roberts Space Game franchise but switched to ED because it was closer to what I envisioned as a proper spaceship game.
I'll predicate by saying I have no hard evidence for this, only anecdotal. That said, the demographic of the player base does seem to be older. The game style is generally pretty old-school as well (too much for me). The mechanics are quite unsophisticated and repetitive for 2019. I'm not sure if it's designed that way because the players are older....or the players are older because the mechanics are unlikely to appeal to many younger gamers.

Anyway, I digress. The average player age must be over 40.
 
I'll predicate by saying I have no hard evidence for this, only anecdotal. That said, the demographic of the player base does seem to be older. The game style is generally pretty old-school as well (too much for me). The mechanics are quite unsophisticated and repetitive for 2019. I'm not sure if it's designed that way because the players are older....or the players are older because the mechanics are unlikely to appeal to many younger gamers.

Anyway, I digress. The average player age must be over 40.
My brother (20-ish) doesn't actually play any longer despite having gotten me hooked... :/

He tells me he prefers games that make him feel godlike and indestructible, which I suppose explains the different appeal of ED. For me, I've found ED immensely satisfying to be able to work myself up from nothing against the odds, and I don't think I've ever felt completely safe playing it.
 
The mechanics are quite unsophisticated and repetitive for 2019. I'm not sure if it's designed that way because the players are older....or the players are older because the mechanics are unlikely to appeal to many younger gamers.
I sort of get where you're coming from. The controls for this game are very complex, and come right out of the late 80s to early 90s. Most space games from that time period were PC based and had overlays due to the number of keyboard commands needed to play. Elite is getting comically complex from this perspective, and while they've made some changes to entice new players, the controls are still quite complex and definitely are a barrier to entry for many, which is unfortunate.
 
As a 41 year old man (yes, I played the original Elite), I would say - although I feel 85, I do not count myself an old duck, more a well-seasoned one ready for the pot.

o7 CMDRs
 
That predates me. I typed my games in Commodore Basic from the back of a magazine, at first with no option to save! Eventually I could save them to tape, then disk, then better disk. I also learned to write my own games, including some of my own 6502 assembly subroutines for performance. Sure beat "dating" and going to dances and all that nonsense my classmates were doing at the time, LOL.
Aaah, a like minded soul - I still remember my Machine Code debugging sessions on my BBC Master, all while my "peers" were having fun outside, fools.
 
I'm in the middle. Mid-30s.

I was too young for Elite '84, and although I do distinctly remember seeing Frontier: Elite 2 previewed in the first issue of Games Master in 1992, and having my mind blown by the very idea of the game, I never owned a fancy enough computer to play it at the time, and probably wouldn't have been old enough to appreciate it. The third one completely passed me by.

I really discovered FE2 about nine or ten years ago as a homebrew port for the PSP and was hooked on that for a bit. That was my introduction to the Elite games. I played a bit of Elite 1 on a NES emulator after that.

That said, I think the older age range here is partly skewed by the bias of people who still use stuffy old web forums. The younger guys are all on the subreddit and Discord and whatnot. I like to think that's my value here: old enough to blend in among you duffers, young enough to explain what the kids are doing. 🤣 (that's called an emoji)
 
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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
Watch who you're calling old ya young whippersnapper (53 yoa and been gaming since Pong)
 
That predates me. I typed my games in Commodore Basic from the back of a magazine, at first with no option to save! Eventually I could save them to tape, then disk, then better disk. I also learned to write my own games, including some of my own 6502 assembly subroutines for performance. Sure beat "dating" and going to dances and all that nonsense my classmates were doing at the time, LOL.
That predates me. I was a late bloomer into computers... found myself teaching myself how to write batch files until being taught keyboard skills and basic at highschool. There were actually subjects for typing. People of my generation were all about cinema and watching friends. Couldn't stand either. Its non interactive!

Its been cute watching it all evolve into mainstream then post mainstream that it is now. Uninspiring stagnation (every upgrade used to blow your mind) and faceless manipulation suck, though the availability is much better than it was for sure.
 
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