I was feeling
bored nostalgic bored at work today so I spent some time browsing around the int0rw3b. As luck would have it, the first site I surfed to, The WikiPedia , had some interesting stuff in it. Specifically, a link to an entry on Harun al_Rashid . He was the Caliph in the Thousand Nights and a Night , and more recently he was the central character in issue 50 (
Ramadan ) of Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman comic book .
After looking up a few other random words I typed in “elite”. This returned a variety of possible results, one of which was subtitled “computer game”.
Could it be?!? YES! An entry on the greatest computer game of the 1980s!
Doing a Google search brought up a great BBC article on the people who created the game, all those years ago. I am still in the process of looking for good ports of the original to a PC platform. They are surprisingly, frustratingly, few and far between — although this one looks promising. I say “surprisingly” because there is nothing about the game that could not be easily done in Flash.
So if I don’t find any good results in the next few weeks, I guess I will have to quit my job and build it myself!