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(re: Game Archive) Welcome! Glad to hear from a fellow collector. As you may see around here, there are some archival projects underway. If you have some rare games, we’d love to see a list of your collection in case you can contribute high-quality box / manual scans to the Museum area of this site.
I’m not sure about creating disk images. This topic was also brought up recently on the forums of as Frans is starting his SQL, Space Quest Library, to find out and have a copy of every single version of the Space Quest games (some games have a lot of different versions!) It’s a worthy effort on Frans’ part, to which I will gladly contribute. I wish all Sierra games could go online in a quality archive, but that won’t happen for legal reasons. Hopefully Frans will not get shut down for doing it… he’s definitely doing it very carefully, check out his site. As for this site, Ken has said he doesn’t mind links to sites offering the games, but the games themselves cannot be posted on this site.
The problem with creating disk images, if possible, is like creating any sort of image file – it may not be easily accessible to everybody. Personally, this is what I do – I create a zip file with the contents of each disk in it. Then I create a text file that shows the directory listing of the files from each disk, including the date they were made, the filesize, etc., including hidden files like on some of the early games. In this text file I also record all the information from the disk labels. Oh, and of course I specify whether the set is created from 5.25 or 3.5 floppies. Then I zip it all together into one file. I find this is a good way of creating an authentic archive while maintaining ease of use.
In any event, it’s good enough for me. I don’t really care about creating disk images. When do you go too far in archiving something? What is far enough? Good questions to ask. As for keeping boxes sealed, I don’t either. I open them, make copies of the contents, and then keep the contents protected in comic bags with backing boards and the disks in a disk case.
For example I have the archive which is version 2.0C of Space Quest 2. It includes SQ2 Disk, SQ2 Disk and Contents.txt. For later games that actually require installation, I create, for example, as well. However these early games don’t require installation, you can simply unzip all the files to one directory and then play the game. The text file looks like this, and of course the opening text changes dependant on whether you are working from the original disks, a copy, or something you downloaded. I generate the listing part of the text file by simply using the command dir x: >textfile.txt. If someone knows of a simple utility that gives more complicated disk information in an easily text-output format, I’d be glad to know of it to have more information in this text file.
This release is copied from the original disks.
As such all information should be correct.
Also included is SQ2 Disk 1 with a patched SIERRA.COM.
Disk One
[logo] SIERRA (R)
SIERRA ON-LINE, INC – COARSEGOLD, CA 93614 – (209) 683-6858
Space Quest is a trademark of Sierra On-Line, Inc. Sierra is a
registered trademark of Sierra On-Line, Inc. (C) 1987 Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Volume in drive A is SQ2 DISK 1
Directory of A: CPC COM 8,048 19/09/85 16:47 CPC.COM [hidden file]
INSTALLH BAT 1,247 07/01/88 10:14 INSTALLH.BAT
_INSTALL BAT 1,010 07/01/88 10:15 _INSTALL.BAT
SIERRA COM 3,121 07/01/88 10:15 SIERRA.COM
AGI 39,424 07/01/88 10:15 AGI
AGIDATA OVL 8,192 01/12/87 8:49 AGIDATA.OVL
CGA_GRAF OVL 1,024 01/12/87 8:48 CGA_GRAF.OVL
JR_GRAF OVL 512 01/12/87 8:48 JR_GRAF.OVL
EGA_GRAF OVL 1,024 01/12/87 8:48 EGA_GRAF.OVL
HGC_GRAF OVL 1,536 01/12/87 8:48 HGC_GRAF.OVL
VG_GRAF OVL 512 01/12/87 8:48 VG_GRAF.OVL
IBM_OBJS OVL 512 01/12/87 8:48 IBM_OBJS.OVL
HGC_OBJS OVL 1,024 01/12/87 8:48 HGC_OBJS.OVL
HGC_FONT 3,072 26/01/87 15:47 HGC_FONT
_SQ2 BAT 38 08/10/87 9:26 _SQ2.BAT
WORDS TOK 6,828 02/11/87 9:07 WORDS.TOK
OBJECT 331 15/10/87 9:48 OBJECT
LOGDIR 426 07/01/88 8:49 LOGDIR
PICDIR 444 07/01/88 8:49 PICDIR
VIEWDIR 720 07/01/88 8:49 VIEWDIR
SNDDIR 210 07/01/88 8:49 SNDDIR
VOL 0 70,302 07/01/88 8:48 VOL.0
VOL 1 161,203 07/01/88 8:48 VOL.1
SQ201088 QA 35 01/01/80 0:03 SQ201088.QA
INSTALLH 161,203 07/01/88 8:48 INSTALLH
26 file(s) 472,072 bytes
0 dir(s) 240,640 bytes free

Disk Two
[logo] SIERRA (R)
SIERRA ON-LINE, INC – COARSEGOLD, CA 93614 – (209) 683-6858
Space Quest is a trademark of Sierra On-Line, Inc. Sierra is a
registered trademark of Sierra On-Line, Inc. (C) 1987 Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Double Sided W161779
Volume in drive A is SQ2 DISK 2
Directory of A: OBJECT 331 15/10/87 9:48 OBJECT
VOL 2 411,093 07/01/88 8:49 VOL.2
VOL 3 0 07/01/88 10:03 VOL.3
SQ201088 QA 35 01/01/80 0:03 SQ201088.QA
VOL 0 70,302 07/01/88 8:48 VOL.0
5 file(s) 481,761 bytes
0 dir(s) 245,760 bytes free