David Braben

David Braben

David Braben is best known for designing and developing the seminal computer game 'Elite' in 1984.
 
Together with Ian Bell, they developed the game whilst still undergraduates at Jesus College, Cambridge. The game was released bu Acornsoft for the BBC Micro and it became widely regarded as the first in a new genre of  computer games.

Elite was written in conjunction with Ian Bell while both were undergraduate students at Cambridge University. Another seminal game written by Braben was Zarch for the Acorn Archimedes (later released on some other platforms as Virus), which was one of the first true "solid" 3D games.

After Zarch, Braben went on to found Frontier Developments, a games development company whose first project was a sequel to Elite named Frontier. Braben is still the Chairman and part owner of the company, whose recent projects have included RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, games based on the Wallace & Gromit franchise and the platformer LostWinds, which was a launch title Nintendo's WiiWare download service.

As of July 2006, David Braben is currently working on a game called The Outsider with Frontier Developments.

He married Katharin Dickinson in May 1993 in Cambridge.
 


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