December 8, 2003 at 3:38 pm #24345
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Unfortunately my first game was Leisure Suit Larry (the original) when I was 6 or 7 and I will be forever traumatized!
I will send my psychiatrist bills to your address. Me and my older brother used to fight to play the game. However good the mature audience test was before you got to play the game (for example: Which river extends from blah blah to blah blah blah) Mississippi. I was one of the only kids my age that knew how to spell that. That kind of deterrent would normally stop people from playing but not only would I guess till I got in, but I would watch my brother play if he got the questions right. He set up the rules: one chance at answering the questions…if you get them right you play…if you don’t the other person goes. I did learned.
He got to play for a while and he loved the game. I had a fun time playing it I would play it endlessly. I didn’t understand much about it but that it was great fun. I loved figuring out the puzzles. Later on, when you started (or it was created) the Sierra Hint Line, This quickly stopped after my parents noticed a $50 phone bill. I don’t have any scars but it felt like I should. It was the story and the adventure that drove me. I wanted to make games.
This was followed by Kings Quest, maybe 3 or was it 4? I don’t remember…it was back in the days our family had my Tandy 1000.
Kings Quest 4 will always be my all time favorite. I’ve played every game Sierra made except a few titles and those prior to Kings Quest 1 and Kings Quest 7 on.
Well it happened our family took a trip to visit our relatives in Northern California. I think they were living in Sunland at that time, maybe Coarsegold. They live in Oakhurst now, maybe they did then. I don’t know my memory’s very funny. Sometime around Christmas probably.
Anyway, when I was at the mall looking through computer games I was looking at some Sierra Game. The guy at the counter made a comment. I responded I don’t remember what I said but it was something with ‘Roberta Williams and Ken Williams’. The guy told me Roberta was in the bookstore nextdoor.
I got all excited and nervous. I didn’t know what to do. I was too nervous to meet someone I adored so much.
I walked up and down the bookstore and then I saw her. I knew it was her, but I was afraid. I took another look around the store to make sure it was her. Well it was her. I never talked to her. Instead I stood next to the shelf muttering Kings Quest..blah blah blah…pretending to be looking for a King’s Quest Guide or something, hoping she would talk to me and I wouldn’t have to. It was silly, but to a kid you’re like gods. Well she never ended up saying anything.
Maybe she still remembers? Every pass by the shelf I would make my “Kings Quest blah blah blah” more audible.
Haha…anyway, I’ve studied programming since around 9. Not I work as a freelance programmer(custom business apps mostly).What I really want to work on is games like those I love. Sierra games have always been the entire foundation of why I wanted to get into games. I’m currently at the Art Institute in San Diego studying Game Art & Design. I hope to work at a company in Washington while I go to school at Digipen to learn some of the more advanced graphics programming. I want to have a solid knowledge of both the graphics and programming (and some business) so that understand the needs of the project so I can work to improve it. Getting everyone to work more collaboratively in the fields of design, art, programming, music, and marketing, and management. and better structure projects to maximize it’s outcome. The most important part of games is story though. Albeit I am a programmer I recongnize this, which is why I am taking game design and art classes.
(The true) Sierra is sorely missed. I hope one day it will rise again. Kill Forbes!
PS – Regarding Leisure Suit Larry. You should have seen the look on my poor worried mother’s face when I asked her what a prophylactic (rubber – for everyone else) was. She has been worried about me ever since hehe
December 8, 2003 at 5:18 pm #24346
(RE: You two are the reason that I wanted to get into the industry) Message Kalani Bright:
I loved your email, and have printed it to show to Roberta. Good luck with your career. I visited Digipen many times, and really like what they do. At one time our son Chris was signed up to go there, but then decided he wanted to go to school in Tokyo instead.
December 8, 2003 at 9:05 pm #24347
(re: You two are the reason that I wanted to get into the industry)
> However good the mature audience test was before you got to play the game
I loved that test! it was like a puzzle you had to solve before you could get into the game. I think I was 9… and I got into the game…
LSL also taught me what a prophelactic was. 🙂
The KQ4 soundtrack may be available at http://www.queststudios.com