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A citizen of the galaxy
When I was young, my brother and I took our Commodore 64, a portable telly, and a copy of Elite, which we used to transform our under stairs cupboard into a starship. To this day, it has to rank as one of the most immersive gaming experiences of my life. He would shoot things, and I would plot courses and organise trade, as well as being spotter in combat.

Ever since then I've tried to recapture the joy of flying my own space ship, and to this day, I am a sucker for grandiose space opera. I don't know how much of that is down to Elite, but it has to feature in there somewhere. The problem is, no game has ever come close to bringing back the feeling I got when playing that game. The Elite sequels, Frontier and First Encounters were unpilotable, and fundamentally I suck at piloting (and can no longer draft in my brother to have reflexes). Eve Online was too big a time sink for me to want to invest in it.

But I keep hoping. And my latest hope is Star Citizen, a new single and multiplayer persistent universe spacefaring game by Chris Roberts, who has an impressive pedigree which includes the Wing Commander games and Freelancer. What's most exciting about this game is that it will be possible for multiple players to fly in squadrons or man different stations in the same large ship. So, yeah, I plonked down some money for the Kickstarter.

But I don't do multiplayer unless it's with people I know. Playing games feels too personal an act to do with strangers. Which means I need all of you to go and buy it too. Come with me to the cupboard under the stairs. It could be awesome.
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davywavy From: davywavy Date: November 2nd, 2012 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
On the one hand, I dearly loved elite. On the other hand I wouldn't play online games if you paid me.
From: robinbloke Date: November 2nd, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's playable and moddable offline
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 2nd, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I understand. I too hate people and shun their company, even virtually.
From: robinbloke Date: November 2nd, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have flung wodges of cash at Chris Roberts, he hasn't returned my marriage requests.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 2nd, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The man has no taste (or is aware of potential conflicts of interest).

Thought you might be interested.
From: robinbloke Date: November 5th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I still remember buying the first WC and loading all 900 discs onto my PC, not to mention endless hours of floating through space hoping to meet Thargoids... happy times :)

I'm signed up via the kickstarter, now I just need to start building a flight deck...
zandev From: zandev Date: November 3rd, 2012 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I certainly have hopes for this.
the_whybird From: the_whybird Date: November 3rd, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you played Artemis? It's basically a six-player starship bridge simulator for lan parties with one person playing helm, another weapons, another engineering and so on.
From: robinbloke Date: November 5th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
FTL (Faster Than Light) is also worth looking at in this vein, it's sort of a rogue-like in space; control your crew as your ship hurtles through sectors.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 5th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have come across it, but the organisation tuits required to get a game going are such that I haven't.
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