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    • #23077 Reply
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      It’s really unfortunate how old classic games become prohibitively expensive if their distributer doesn’t allow abandonware long past their publishing. I wanted to share the Kings Quest collection with some younger people but I cant find it for less than $130 anywhere. How sad!

    • #23078 Reply
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      You could download AGDI’s remakes of King’s Quest 1 and 2, burn them onto a CD, and give it to those young people you know.

    • #23079 Reply
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      Do you mean just ‘copy’ the .exe isntallers in a cd, or can you burn them as cd versions of the games, that are installed and ran from the cd?

    • #23080 Reply
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      That’s true that I could download 1 and 2 however I dont think that they are able to connect with young gamers nearly as well as the more recent games. Only someone with a real appreciation for retro can go back THAT far.

    • #23081 Reply
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      Well, AGDI’s remake of KQ1 is still fun to play, and many fans have said that the plot and character development that was added to KQ2 brings it up to an almost-KQ6 level. With both you get VGA graphics and digital sound and voices, so you really do have the experience of Sierra’s later games with these remakes.

      Gildor, I just meant burn the installation progs to a CD. The games require to be installed on a HD to run.

    • #23082 Reply
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      There are still some abandonware sites that carry the old Sierra games (regardless of VU’s desires to the contrary). Sure, it’s technically “illegal”, but all in all no one’s going to lose any money through your downloading of ten year old (or older) games. In fact, you’d be doing the original creators of those games a favour by showing them that their work is still appreciated and enjoyed.

    • #23083 Reply
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      Indeed… the dilemma of abandonware: illegal but not immoral

    • #23084 Reply
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      I wonder what Ken and Roberta would have to say on the subject…

    • #23085 Reply
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      Put it this way. The age-old argument is that you’re stealing from the copyright owners, stealing their labour. Noone that was involved with these games has anything to do with at least the games’ side of it any more (at VU).. so abandonware is illegal, but certainly not immoral. Ken and Roberta should have no issues with it.. surely they’d like to see the games circulate rather than wither. They don’t lose anything from illegal distribution..

      – Alistair

    • #23086 Reply
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      My way of looking at it is to buy all the Sierra CD-ROM games off eBay, because you will most likely not find those on the net (due to being several CD’s each) and to download the older ones that I don’t have (I have originals for most of the old KQ,PQ games). I got every single Sierra talkie game off eBay last year, some of them new (budget release jewel case only versions), and it cost me about $100 U.S. including shipping.

      A tip to those of you trying to find the old games in google – instead of searching for “kings quest 4 download” or something like that just type in the filename. E.g. “kq4.zip” – this is a more reliable way of finding them.

      And I would recommend people looked on eBay as there were tonnes of Kings Quest and Space Quest collections available on there last time I looked, and they were pretty well priced too.

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