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Posts tagged “david-braben”

Feature: Space Rage

Interview: David Braben On Fan Anger And Expectations

Elite: Dangerous [official site] is that rare thing: a Kickstarter-funded game that came out when its developers said that it would. Less rare is the response it inspired when it turned out that the planned offline mode had been scrapped, leaving a game that required an internet connection and backers struggling to receive refunds. Despite this, the game has considerable merits. I spoke to David…

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Feature: "I'm a backer of Star Citizen"

Braben On Star Citizen, Elite 2 Bugs & Rude Planet Names

A short while ago I ran the first part of my recent interview with Elite co-creator David Braben about space, VR and other Dangerous-related topics; here's part two, in which I mutter questions from RPS readers at him, on topics ranging from Wallace and Gromit to obscure Elite 2 bugs, before posing my own questions about his take on Star Citizen, and exactly who all…

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Feature: "A little bit of gravity is nice, so that your sneeze lands on your tissue"

Braben On Elite, Oc Rift, Dodgy Gravity & Doing Space Right

At last week's Develop conference in Brighton, I grabbed a half hour with Frontier Developments boss David Braben to talk about what's going on with Elite Dangerous (fresh from my own wide-eyed experiences of it on a VR headset). Discussed: space, Oculus Rift, why FIFA games don't sound right, how Star Trek doesn't talk about gravity, developing in the public eye and publisher-free, and the…

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Into The Vasty Deep: Elite Dangerous

I spent most of the weekend playing the magnificent Distant Worlds: Universe (many words on that tomorrow) and it's left me feeling like a claustrophobic sardine - craving more space. Thankfully, Elite: Dangerous is on-hand with a new development diary in the form of Captain Braben talking to camera while the cosmos occurs in the background. Elite is already an exciting game and most of…

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Feature: L33t Interview

Alpha Papa Chat: Elite: Dangerous Alpha In December

The floating space head of David "Orson" Braben is transmitting more details about Elite: Dangerous. This is a particularly important dev diary, because it announces the alpha stage of the game. The backers who pledged to be part of the alpha will be getting the first new taste of Elite in nearly two decades this December. It's not the whole game, though: the alpha will…

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Elite: Dangerous Is Winning The Space Race For My Heart

I wasn't convinced by the initial Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter pitch. It was nebulous, and built on the notion that people played a game years and years ago and quite liked it. It felt like my memories and love were being sold back to me. But as the updates are slowly populating the site, I've become more and more intrigued in what Frontier are promising. The…

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Vapour Trail Ware – Generous Elite: Dangerous Footage

Elite: Dangerous generated a fair bit of ill will when its Kickstarter first launched, so short on detail or assets was its initial appeal for alms. With Peter Molyneux's similarly vague Project GODUS setting up its crowd-funded stall a few weeks later, we're now in the midst of the first major Kickstarter backlash - concern that big developers who arguably might not struggle to get…

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Look! It’s A Real Bigfoot! No, Wait, Elite IV Footage

Continuing in a very unfortunate trend of talking a lot and showing suspiciously little, David Braben and co have finally seen fit to take the wraps off a teensy tiny meteorite bite of Elite: Dangerous footage. Yes, that's right: RPS can now well and truly and probably Universe And All Alternate Dimensions And Timelines Exclusively confirm that the new Elite game has graphics. There are rocks and stars…

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Elite 4 Comes Dangerously Close To Showing Something

There are the good Kickstarters - the ones with prototypes, extensive mechanic breakdowns or videos of an eerily earless Jim Rossignol* demonstrating in-game footage at length - and then there are the bad ones, the ones that dangle a name but not a lot more. Tom Hall and Brenda Romero's Old School RPG rightfully acknowledged its own (perhaps accidental) cynicism and pulled the plug, but…

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Elite Returns With Massive Kickstarter Goal

Old-school RPGs? Please. That Kickstarter trend is so a few seconds ago. Now it's all about mind-bogglingly ambitious revivals of legendary space series that need your help in the form of several trillion dollars. OK, maybe not that much, but Star Citizen came in space, no one can hear you screaming into existence asking for $2 million, and now David Braben is trying to resurrect Elite (again)…

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David Braben Making A USB PC For £15?

David Braben, he of Elite fame, has unveiled a PC that fits on a USB stick, the Raspberry PI. He has also unveiled a brand new way of pronouncing "obfuscated". The device has an HDMI in at one end, and a USB out at the other, letting you plug it directly into a television, and then attach a keyboard. Braben's rather egalitarian idea is that…

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Exclusive: Frontier’s The Outsider Cancelled?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has received word that David "Elite" Braben's much vaunted next game, The Outsider, was apparently cancelled yesterday. Edit: David Braben has confirmed to us that development on The Outsider has ceased, explaining that it was due a "change [in] priorities" with regards to unannounced projects, telling us that he is "very sad" about the resulting redundancies. The full quote is below. Edit…

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Develop ’09: Elite vs GTA: Designer Mash-Up

Kieron and I have been expanding our minds and destroying our livers at the annual Develop conference in Brighton, Blighty for the last couple of the days. One of the highlights of the show so far has been David Braben, he of Elite fame, and Dave Jones, he of APB and GTA1 fame and their 'designer mash-up.' The concept - they play each other's most…

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David Braben on all things PC. Including the P Word

Towards the end of July, at the Develop conference, we took a much-needed break from listening to design paradigm analysis to have a coffee with Frontier Developments' David Braben. He's one of the living legends of the industry - one word:Elite - and it was a welcome chance to casually pick over the issues of the day. So, yes, the P-word features strongly.

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Elite IV Still In The Works

According to reports leaking out of the GameCity event in Nottingham, UK, David Braben is still working on Elite IV. The game showed up on a slide during his presentation, with the nomenclature "PC, PS3, Xbox 360" next to it. That suggests that the fourth freeform space epic might not be too far off. It's not the first time this has come up, of course,…

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