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(re: Space Quest EGA Original Disk) NewRisingSun:
>You cannot make a backup copy from your original disk because the disk
>is copy-protected. I take it that you only own the original disk for
>the game, not the “3D-animated adventure game reference card”, otherwise
Ah… thanks for your technical explanation… that’s really fascinating. Did you work at Sierra, or did you read this somewhere? Actually I have the game boxed and I have the reference card, but didn’t bother to read it, because I just recently acquired the game (as well as 2 and 3) near-mint on eBay. When I was a kid my dad had a cracked version on our old computer… so now of course I wanted my own legitimate and complete copy of the game… and to be able to play it without wearing down my original disk… and without using an emulator or something like that.
>Anyway, there are unprotected versions of the AGI interpreter, some from
>Sierra’s own AGI demos or from the compilation CDs. And then there’s
Right… I’m sure I have some AGI demos stashed away somewhere. So are you saying that it’s possible to replace the AGI file or the Sierra.com file from another Sierra AGI game without copy protection, and hence make the game work without needing the disk? Is that what you’re saying? I don’t know the structure of AGI games, so I don’t know which files are game-specific or not. I’ll have to re-read NewRisingSun’s technical explanation carefully to understand your suggestion better.
Oh, and King Rygar – I’m with you all the way! I read in the newspaper about this brilliant guy based out of Toronto, I think, anyway he makes computers out of all sorts of weird things – like bread boxes, and I can’t remember what else, but basically anything that looks cool and that he can use to house the hardware. He’s a hobbyist and makes the computers run very quietly and they don’t produce much heat. I’m sure this guy could make a system like you envision – that would play all the old Sierra games, and you just plug it into your monitor or tv or whatever, and you turn it on, see a Sierra logo, and pick which game you wanted to play.