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Elite Dangerous mappers go on strike over ‘poor communication’ (but only for, like, three seconds)

A bunch of maps and tools for space sim Elite: Dangerous [official site] were shut down today by their creators as part of a protest over what they called a “lack of consistency from Frontier in effectively fostering third-party development”. The picket line of third-party tools was set to last until Sunday and included some very useful stuff for pilots like maps, trading databases and…

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Elite Dangerous Gets Fighters With Guardians Update

Elite Dangerous [official site] got its latest update today, bringing more galactic hi-jinks to the quite-good space sim. Murmurs of aliens and fighter bays have so far blinded us to the real highlight of the update – the space buses. The Beluga is a giant luxury space yacht for transporting wealthy VIPs on passenger missions and it is the focus of a new trailer Frontier…

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Elite Dangerous Pilots Find Alien Map Hidden In Probe

Pilots in Elite Dangerous [official site] have discovered a hidden map in an alien probe after scanning the probe and applying a spectral analysis to the sound it produced. Probes like this have been around for a while but it wasn't until last week that a player, Cmdr Rizal, "honked" at one (commander slang for using your Discovery Scanner) and documented the "reply". Worryingly, the…

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Alien Threat Teased In Elite Dangerous Distress Calls

We always knew they would come back some day. The race of aliens known as the Thargoids have been slotted to appear in Elite Dangerous [official site] for a while, according to the developer's plans. And David Braben has said in interviews that he wants them to be just as scary as encounters in the previous games. But we've seen little in the way of…

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Elite: Dangerous Early Adopters Get Steam Keys May 28th

Elite: Dangerous Steam keys will be given to Kickstarter backers as well as anyone who has purchased the game via the official Frontier store. The Steam version arrived in April, months after the game launched, and Frontier Developments had only said on the official FAQ that they were "investigating the possibility" of giving keys to players who wanted it in their Steam library.

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Feature: The RPS Job Centre

Job Seeking: An Elite Dangerous Career Guide

A career! Everybody has one. Mine is looking at a keyboard until I black out and coming back to consciousness with 4000 words on my screen about how to get started in Elite: Dangerous [official site]. This guide will give you some pointers about the main careers you can undertake in the game, from vigilante to explorer, from trader to (ugh) miner. We’re basically an…

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Feature: Baby Steps Toward A Sun

Attention Rookies: Getting Started In Elite Dangerous

This is our guide for absolute beginners. For more detailed advice on a particular space career, look out for our upcoming Careers and Resource Guides. It may have its flaws but even as undercooked as it is, Elite: Dangerous [official site] still has enough going on that makes it both interesting and difficult to find your feet in the vast galaxy. Trading, bounty hunting, even…

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Feature: Dog Eat Dog

The Elitist, Part Five: Hunting Dogs

Brendan continues his life as space misfit in our Elite Dangerous Diary. In this final entry, he finds himself settling down among the stars with a steady delivery job. But how long can the simple life last? There she is, the Asp Explorer. A gargantuan beast of a spaceship, she is able to blast every wannabe outlaw out of the sky and still jump 10…

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Feature: Space Cowboy

The Elitist, Part Four: Spacer, Miner, Robber, Jerk

Brendan’s misadventures in deep space continue in our Elite: Dangerous diary. This week, he tries out the new features of Elite's Beta 3.0. I was lounging in Alison City station listening to to the Lauren Laverne show when the call came in. I say “when the call came in” to give you the image of a space rat in his natural habitat, feet up on…

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Feature: Fight The Law And Run

The Elitist, Part Three: Picking A Fight

Brendan’s misadventures in deep space continue in our Elite: Dangerous diary. This week, he gears up for some risky bounty hunting and runs into his old foes, the space police. It was the silence that worried me. I had dropped out of warp into a pocket of space marked on my navigation chart as a ‘High Intensity Combat Zone’, and yet when I looked into…

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Feature: Interstellar Bum Jokes

The Elitist, Part Two: The Exploratory Romp

Brendan continues on his journey through space in this series on Elite: Dangerous. This week, he sets out to discover strange new worlds, in search of profit and prestige. Well, here we are. The rickety, unsanctioned outposts of the Gamma Serpentis system, where dismantled shipwrecks lie opposite a huge skull mural painted, somehow, in Zero G. I’m sitting on landing pad number 1 of the…

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Feature: Interstellar Bum

The Elitist, Part One: How To Make Money In Space

Elite: Dangerous was recently updated with some new features. Brendan takes us on a journey through space in this new series, where he will be exploring faraway stars and getting into trouble with the space police. My first mistake was packing my cargo hold full of stolen explosives. My second mistake was trying to fly that cargo full of explosives, at high speed and with…

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Smuggling The E3 Trophy Home: Elite – Dangerous

There was a time when I'd look forward to E3 for weeks in advance. It's not that the event was better in ye olde days, it's that it held the possibility of surprises from beginning to end. We know so much now, with daft sites like Rock, Paper, Scattergun reporting on every fart and sigh that emerges from yesterday's indie sensations. Where's the mystery? If…

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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: The fraught frontier

Impressions – Elite: Dangerous Alpha

The current alpha for Elite: Dangerous offers a linear series of combat missions, with a narrative through-line about illegal toxic waste dumping, megacorp mercenaries and accidental collisions with asteroids. That may well be how the final game plays out for some people but I’m more likely to spend my time exploring the farthest reaches of the galaxy, looking for unusual sights and making a few…

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Golly: An Elite: Dangerous Gallery

A thought I had in the shower, while soaping my nethers and conditioning my beard. I was an early teen when Frontier: Elite II came out, and I've been chasing it ever since. I've not really been looking for another Elite, though one is totally welcome. I've been looking for something more nebulous: the feeling of being part of an world that was ruled by…

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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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Spacecraftcraft: Notch Starting An Elitey Firefly-ey Game

I think I've found serenity: Minecraft creator Notch is slowly thumbing through the Big Book Of Awesome Space Things while he comes up with his next game. He told the handsome devils over at PC Gamer that he's pondering a sandbox style Elite game, "except done right". To clarify, he's not saying Elite is rubbish and broken, but that no-one's ever done it as well…

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Elite Released 25 Years Ago Today!

...if you're reading this in Honolulu and within 35 minutes of me publishing this. Otherwise, it was released 25 years ago yesterday. On the 20th September of 1984 David Braben and Ian Bell's Elite shocked an shy world of 8-bit videogame heads. Really, it doesn't get more seminal than this. Frontier Development have celebrated by making a micro-site featuring assorted Elite memorabilia plus a forthcoming…

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