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TGHC wrote:I don't need to queue in a supermarket, THEY ARE ALWAYS THERE
The supermarkets, the queues, the voices or this secret alliance of all three one hears so much about these days?

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My son makes that stupid drumming sound with his fingers all the time.

dum dum dum dum...

dum dum dum dum...

dum bloody dum bloody dum...

Now, thanks to him, it's ALWAYS THERE. Life imitates art. Now all I need to do is invent a flying aircraft carrier.

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Selezen wrote: Now, thanks to him, it's ALWAYS THERE. Life imitates art. Now all I need to do is invent a flying aircraft carrier.

<blink blink>
in that case you will not be the first

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Lestradae wrote:Yeah, sure, I do know ... my replies were a joke, too, perhaps an inside one that only the Doctor Who fans on the forum will have got ...
Oh, now I feel like such a fool.... :roll:
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JohnnyBoy wrote:
Lestradae wrote:Yeah, sure, I do know ... my replies were a joke, too, perhaps an inside one that only the Doctor Who fans on the forum will have got ...
Oh, now I feel like such a fool.... :roll:
Me too.

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Lestradae wrote:
JohnnyBoy wrote:Oh, now I feel like such a fool.... :roll:
Me too.
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DON'T FORGET!!

B&B are on tonight!

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DaddyHoggy wrote:DON'T FORGET!!

B&B are on tonight!

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Do you know if it will be on in the U.S.? And if not, could someone please record it and put it on youtube? I want to see 2 of the best video game makers in the world too, you know.

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Heres a link for the UK guys...

http://demand.five.tv/Episode.aspx?epis ... 5134750003


Don't think US can use that link tho, :(

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polomint wrote:Heres a link for the UK guys...

http://demand.five.tv/Episode.aspx?epis ... 5134750003


Don't think US can use that link tho, :(
nore Residents in Denmark can watch this... whats that china.. oh yes... thought that was far far away ;-), appearently it moved closer... Censorship... lol...
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I missed the episode on TV (too engrossed in assembling Ikea kitchen furniture for my mother)...

...and now the Five website won't show me the episode because "You don't have the correct media player". Not very Mac-friendly.... :cry:

(although I can't help wondering whether this method for saving BBC iPlayer movies to Mac HDDs will also work for Channel Five's online content... :twisted: )
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It wasn't a bad program, but there wasn't a lot that real Elite fans wouldn't already know.
It was nice to see Mr Braben and Mr Bell taking about how they overcame the problems with the development.
You never get to see both of them together though ;-)

The one thing I didn't previously know was that the fantastic 3D scanner was actually a very late addition to the game - actually delaying its planned release date!

All in all, it was good to see such an important milestone in computer gaming 'finally' being given the publicity it deserves on mainstream television - and not even on a program specifically about games.


(If the above post reads a bit strangely - it's because I'm currently recovering from flu, and so am not really thinking straight at the moment ;-)

EDIT - That's bad about Macs not being able to use the Ch5 viewer (I use a Mac too). Might have to email them about that :-(

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Frame wrote:
polomint wrote:Heres a link for the UK guys...

http://demand.five.tv/Episode.aspx?epis ... 5134750003


Don't think US can use that link tho, :(
nore Residents in Denmark can watch this... whats that china.. oh yes... thought that was far far away ;-), appearently it moved closer... Censorship... lol...
.... Can someone make on the guy who did not make this available in the us or on macs oxp so I can blast him/her/it out of the sky? Over and over again? I may be going to far with the requests, but still... WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHA! :twisted: :twisted:

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So, have Ian and David buried the hatchet in order to make this programme? (I notice they weren't interviewed at the same time).

Ian Bell is a right geek isn't he? :lol: Prefer him to David though...

Not a bad effort, given it was Channel 5, but Elite was definitely not the first '3D Game' to feature wireframe vector graphics, though it was the first one I recall that did 'hidden line removal'. There were also quite a few other games that had dispensed with the highscore/3 lives mantra by that point.

Not to take anything away from it though, nice to be reminded how revolutionary it was at the time, and see it in the context again. Even better to remember you were a part of it back in 1983/84. I very clearly recall getting Elite for my 14 birthday on the ZX Spectrum, unpacking the box (Cassette, Lensloc, Ship Ident Chart, The Dark Wheel, Manual, Keyboard overlay) - God that was exciting. 8)

Shame they skipped over the implementation of the Fibonachi sequence a bit quick, but at least it got a mention. I remember how impressed when I understood how you could generate 2400 planets worth of information in a few bytes of code.

I also hadn't realised the 3d scanner was a late inclusion, so a bit of education there! Always nice to learn something new about Elite...

Can't view the programme on my open source OS either. :cry: Fortunately saved it on my PVR, so will slurp it onto my laptop later on.

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I bet the marketing bods at Thorn EMI hung themselves after they saw the sales figures on the first run of Elite. If they didn't then somebody might have....

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