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Why do people collect Sierra Games?
Unlike those items shown on the Antiques Road Show the only tangible part of a game is the disk, box and manuals. The heart of the collection may be lost forever if the game cannot be played.
A “record” cannot be enjoyed unless you have a record player.
An interesting question as far as collectibles go. I guess people who collect records probably keep them even after they have the CD for nostalgia reasons. Or they probably still do have a record player to play them. Or maybe they convert the record to MP3 audio themself, and keep the record case for the liner notes. I have an old 486 that I keep just for playing the old games, making my collecting them without problem because I’m able to and do play them. Also I’m sure for some the box and manuals are a valid reason to collect unto themselves without being able to play the games.
While growing up, we shared memories with Sierra. Sierra did wonders to our imaginations and intellect and therefore changed us in that certain way we can’t really describe with words. I couldn’t imagine who I’d be without having that piece of memory in my childhood.
It’s that something we can’t let go. Let it be a toy, a doll, or a Sierra game, working or not working. It’s that worn box and dog-eared manual that grew up with us that we just can’t part with.
I could not agree more with the heart felt value of the Sierra games! As a collector is collecting video games a good investment?
For me, the Sierra games I have are a special link to the past, a link to better times in my life. A time when the computer was a mystical device where I could escape, and let me tell you, I was in the worlds Sierra created back then.
I used to have a sizeable Transformers collection, and I sold it. I do not miss it. On the other hand, one look at my Sierra games boxes and I am transported to better times, playing through King’s Quest I with my older brother. Even computer game stores had a mystical feeling back then.
It’s not about the games itself anymore. It’s about happier times where my imagination was free and powerful, and the worries of the world where unknown to me. I’m not living in the past, but I do like to look through that window sometimes, and take a peek and recapture some of those feelings, albeit breifly.
Those Sierra game boxes take me there.
I’m not to the point where I’m collecting old boxed versions of the games, but I still have my old game boxes. I wish I took better care of them. They’re all worn now and some are missing things. But I do preserve my favorite Sierra games and play them often through emulation. And I’d love to have high quality scans of the boxes. I’m still looking forward to the InterAction magazine scans. I collected those and read them to the point where they’d fall apart from so much use.
For me, it’s simple.
I am a collector by heart. When there’s something I enjoy, I collect it to have it. Something to always be able to look back at and remember something. For example, when THE HOBBIT was read to me (and the rest of the 4th grade class I was in) – it left a huge impact on me. It was the single moment that said to me, “This is what you want to do. You want to write.” So I went and got THE HOBBIT as well as LORD OF THE RINGS, and spent two years reading THE HOBBIT from cover to cover, back to back, side to side. I have since collected maps to Middle Earth and random assortment of books relating to it. Next impact was STAR WARS. Now I have the role playing books – even though I haven’t gamed in forever. But the books have all kinds of additional knowledge.
Then, Leisure Suit Larry walked across the screen of my best friend’s father’s computer. He showed us how he could walk around things and do different things. He let us play it, as well as King’s Quest 1 (EGA – although I swear the version he had was CGA, and only four colors… But I can’t find any record of such a KQ1 game – anyway). I immediately went out and bought SQ1 and LSL1 and then found KQ1. These were incredible to me. A game that I could walk around, and the stories were fantastic (for me back then). So now I have a shrine of SIERRA games from the classic days.
Because I can look at them and smile – and remember the countless hours my friend Shawn and I would be sitting there – refusing to call the hint line – but pounding our heads against the wall trying to figure out something in one of these games.
I do it because these games give me memories.
Memories where I smile and chuckle to myself.
I do it because these games opened another door for me, to yet another way, another world to express myself. 🙂
I collect Sierra games (at least, the classic Sierra games) because they represent, to me, the Golden Age of computer games.
When I first became aware of Sierra as a company, it was Space Quest II that caught me. I’d just booted up the game (oh, the glorious days of DOS!), and within five minutes, I’d accidentally sent Roger Wilco floating off to his inescapable doom in the depths of space.
It was hilarious. Not because I’m a cruel person, you understand, but because Sierra made it *fun* to see how much trouble I could get poor Roger into. No matter how many times I blew him up, unzipped his spacesuit in the middle of deep space, threw him off a cliff, or got him eaten by Some Alien Being on Unknown Planet X, there would always be a wisecrack or a joke around the corner to make his endless galactic wanderings just that much more enjoyable.
Sierra truly *cared* about the games they made. Moreover, they obviously had fun making them, and wanted *us* to have fun playing them.
Sierra loved their work, and I loved Sierra. That’s why I collect Sierra games.