April 25, 2003 at 8:38 am #24388
I’m so glad Sierra’s history is being preserved in this way. I grew up with Space Quest since the age of 4 and have gone on to find Police Quest and Leisure Suit Larry just as good. Sierra helped me get into computer games and nothing has lived up to the standard of playability that the Quest games had!
April 27, 2003 at 2:38 pm #24389
(re: Thanks!) Um, yeah. At risk of sounding like a fanboy with no life (oh wait, I am a fanboy with no life. That’s all right, then), I would just like to say Thanks to everyone involved with this site, and with the making of Old Sierra. I know it’s corny, but old Sierra adventure games were a part of my childhood, and if I have a somewhat hyperactive imagination now I know that in part it’s because of those old adventure games I used to play back in “The Day” (of the tentacle? Oh, wrong company). It’s really nice to see that some fragment of that past is being preserved here. They really “don’t make ’em like they used to.” And speaking as somebody who is still a member of that skateboarding, snowboarding, rap-listening to youth that Mr. Williams was talking about under the Where Is Everyone Now topic, the new “Harder Edge” games just don’t compare. I know this is sort of digressing from the topic here, so I guess my point is…Thank You. A lot.
April 29, 2003 at 12:29 am #24390
(re: Thanks!) I played my first Sierra game (Police Quest 1) when it first came out when I was 5. By 6 I could get through the whole game by myself after watching my dad do it so many times. Playing those games taught me how to read, spell, and how to use a computer. I believe I would fall into that same ‘youth’ category .. I’m only 21 now. But believe me I would buy any game if I knew you were behind it Ken. Do you still play any games that are out now or ever go back through some of the old sierra games? I remember when Iceman came out my dad surprised me with it and when I asked him where he got it he said “Ken Williams dropped it off on the doorstep” I think it’s kinda funny that a kid knew you by name … anyway have fun playing golf and whatever else you do now. James
April 29, 2003 at 3:43 pm #24391
(re: Thanks!) I also “grew up” on Sierra games (or “Quests” as we used to call them here in Israel). My first quest was “The Black Cauldron” which I played to completion when I was eight. How I loved these games! They added a lot to my puzzle solving skills and also to my English! (Back in the day, you had to type… I remember that the word “sculpture” I learnt because I played Leisure Suit Larry 3…). I have to admit, though, that today the games are much harder than they were when I was young. Probably because I have so many games I want to play, and so little time – so I don’t allow myself to get completely drawn into a game…
I have to tell you (Ken) one more thing. When I was young, one of my biggest fantasies was that Sierra will discover I am such an avid gamer and will invite me to work on designing new “Quests”. I remember lying on my bed dreaming up different various quest genres…
April 29, 2003 at 4:20 pm #24392
(re: Thanks!) “When I was young, one of my biggest fantasies was that Sierra will discover I am such an avid gamer and will invite me to work on designing new “Quests”. “
I know how you feel. It was tough for me to be in management at Sierra. All I could think about was how much fun the developers were having. My hope post-acquisition was that I would be able to stay on at Sierra and work on games. It was a huge disappointment that it didn’t work out that way….
April 29, 2003 at 4:51 pm #24393
that’s funny… i had the same fantasy.
May 9, 2003 at 1:08 pm #24394
(re: Thanks!) Hi guys
There was a very long time there when Sierra was the only game company I bought games from. I certainly wasn’t ready to see them go.
The old Sierra games where with out a dought the best on the market for many years and a lot of those old games of there’s are still better than a the new releases comming out today.
May 9, 2003 at 9:38 pm #24395
(re: Thanks!) Since everyone else is talking about their childhood fantasies I might as well chime in.
I too was always trying to think of ways at the age of 8 back in the early 80’s on how I could get out to California and convince Ken to let me give it a try, I just had to work for this company. Growing up then I would basically memorize the Sierra newsletters, save all the mailings that came to my door, and save money up to buy the next game. I remember saving up $50 for King’s Quest III and my dad really quizzing me to make sure I wanted to spend a whole $50 on a computer game!!! YES DAD YES!!!!
Back at age 8 before I really understood how high/low level languages and interpreted languages worked, I would always try and figure out how they got all the high color graphics and animation to work on my little IBM PCjr, I would sit for hours in BASIC writing little animation routines, and couldn’t ever get the screen to refresh fast enough. I remember in one Sierra Newletter you guys talked about some of the programming logic about King’s Quest IV, you guys had a snippet of code in there about “Ego” “Room Numbers” and other small subroutines….I went crazy when I saw it.. it was like I was “behind the scenes”…. I even remember trying to hack into the files on the disks, to see if I could find “in-game” dialouge and such to help me when I was stuck.. I know it must sound pretty dorky.. but to be honest here today 20 years later I am operating off the same type “high” that I had in my early childhood – Sierra evokes the same exact emotions inside. It’s simply stated, “an addiction.”
Okay enough of the rambling… I’ll make room for someone else to speak…. NEXT!!!!