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Elite on the BBC Micro and NES

Site history

Here's a quick history of the development of this site, with the most recent additions first:

Next steps for this project

This project is a work in progress. Here are my current plans:

  • I'd like to write a top-level view of how Elite works, for the more casual reader. Deep dives and source code are all very well, but it can be a bit forbidding to non-coders.
  • The commentary needs tidying up and clarifying in places - there are one or two areas where the code is documented in terms of explaining what the code does, but I'm still trying to get my head around exactly how it works, so those areas still need addressing.
  • I'm planning to write more deep dive articles, as well as expanding the ones that are there. There is so much more to say about this masterpiece, from explaining the program flow to analysing how much of the code is devoted to each type of functionality.
  • I'd like to bring the ships to life by incorporating 3D models instead of the rather code-heavy ship blueprints. That should be fun to code...

Watch this space!