ec2-3-81-28-94.compute-1.amazonaws.com | ToothyWiki | RecentChanges | Login | Webcomic The original spaceship combat sim / trading game. Written By Davids Bell and Braben. In their bedrooms. In 1981.
From a programming perspective, Elite was pretty impressive for its time, although it took a damn long time to load from tape, and the tape version didn't have the aliens, or special missions, or half the type of spaceships, on it. Which was sad. Ran on the BBCMicro and AcornElectron?. Later converted for the Archimedes and ported to the PC, where someone gave it eye-watering four-colour glory.
Sad (and possibly erroneous) fact: Notable that each of the 8 galaxies was (allegedly) fully described using only 8 characters.