Compared to others here I was late! I entered the world of Elite on 17 September 2014 after watching a video of the Beta (IIRC by Scott Manley). I was intrigued and ordered the Beta right away. Never heard of it before the video, but was sold on the spot.
Didn't play since late 2015 until december 2018. I stopped playing because I became fed up with multiple interdictions even on Solo on each flight. It was after an update and, well, we all know Elite Updates can give issues
I forgot about the game in those years until right at the end of last year when I accidentally stumbled on a video by ObsidianAnt and I found my interest again. Let's try it again I thought.
Since that date I try to play every day. Got addicted again. I married during the Elite-less-time and my wife asked what the hell I'm doing?! as I never played longer as 30...60 minutes per game and Elite is like "the day starts at 7am and ends at 10pm".