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September 20th, 2004

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04:15 am
Xposted to my lj, c0mp_g33ks, obselitism, techno_fandom, and more places as I find them 8)

This is a letter I just wrote to a potentially bad email address for tech support at Vivendi Universal Studios (though it hasn't bounced yet).

I sent it there in lieu of finding an entry for Customer Service (their email contact form redirects you to a forum which has the email address in a comment).

A while ago, I had a chat with centaurk about King's Quest and the old Sierra On-Line games. Tonight, I decided that I should try to track down those games. Unfortunately, Sierra is a member of the IDSA.

Granted, I'm one to get a bit misty-eyed over an old computing find (like when I found a 1st edition K&R or a friend offered me a TRS-80 that a client of his had laying around), but games like King's Quest, Space Quest, Conquests of the Longbow, and Quest for Glory (or Hero's Quest as the first was known) were probably the most important part of my childhood.

I tried to contact "Customer Support" on the email form on the webpage.  That sent me to a forum which had this email address for technical support.  If this doesn't belong, please tell me the correct email address and I'll gladly send it there.
I had a nostalgic conversation with my girlfriend a bit ago which reminded me of Kings Quest.  A number of years ago, I bought the Kings Quest Collection.  After this conversation, I made a beeline for the last known place of the CDs, pulled them out, and installed them.

During the process, I got distracted.  I remembered all the other great Sierra games that I used to play (Space Quest, Police Quest, Quest for Glory (I remember when it was Hero's Quest), &c).

I didn't have a lot of hope, but I went to Sierra.com to see if I could get copies of the old games.  I couldn't, but I was glad to see that there's a new Leisure Suit Larry coming out.

So I did a quick google search and found two different sites which
apparently have the game data, but do not offer it for download, due to the restrictions of the IDSA.

Those sites, by the way:

Given a way to get them, I would gladly spend money.  Those games are classics.  The ones I played indelibly affected my upbringing.  I was six years old when my parents brought home a Tandy 1000 and let me and my sisters play King's Quest II (Radio Shack was out of King's Quest I.  We found it a week later at Crown Books).

What I'm getting at is that I am begging for these classics to be released in some (or any) form.  If they were to be remade, so much the better, but I'd be willing to buy a Tandy 1000 or equally archaic computer off of ebay to run them in their original state.

If I've missed it somewhere, please direct me to the appropriate place with my thanks in advance.  If there's anything upcoming, please let me know.

If there's a better person to contact, please either forward this to them or give me their contact info.

If there are no plans to release these games and no way to obtain them legally, please don't let my request fall on deaf ears.  There is almost no price too high to pay for those games.  They're fondly remembered parts of my childhood and I'm sure that I'm not alone.


Ok, so I stretched the truth just a tad. I have two Tandy 1000s (one's an SX at that!), but no functioning TGA monitor (My last one died shortly after I graduated high school) =(.

Does anyone know anything I don't about this?

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Date:September 20th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC)
Well. I had to delete a comment because LJ had problems with my HTML, for some reason. Here it is again, in clorious codeless form:

Well, the simplest (and not too legal) way is to just download them. Websites won't help you much, but the eDonkey network will. Get whichever of the v4s fits you best( http://theblackhand.sourceforge.net/plug.php?p=downloads ), or the official client from http://www.emule-project.net/home/perl/general.cgi?l=1&rm=download, if you prefer, and find out how to set it up at the help section there. Then just search for the name of the game you want.

Your bigger problem will probably be that you won't be able to run them.

There are VGA remakes of some, which you probably will be able to run, but since this is nostalgia we're talking about, they probably won't cut it. There's http://freesci.linuxgames.com/ for the newer games, and http://www.mega-tokyo.com/sarien/ for the older ones, although I don't know how many of them either of them run. There are links to more interperters on FreeSCI.

Failing that, there's http://www.ece.mcgill.ca/~vromas/vdmsound/, which is mostly for Win2K-based systems and doesn't necessarily support any of those, but it it's helped me a lot, so I thought I'd include it.

Well, hey. Now that I've actually bothered to look, I think pretty much everything is avalable on Amazon. For instance: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00001NFRB/qid=1095683680/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/104-6382353-6535911?v=glance&s=videogames&n=507846

Looks like it's mostly auctions, though, so you might just want to try eBay.
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Date:September 20th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
A friend of mine had Quest For Glory 1 thru 4, and I was recently given 5. (the icon on his desktop for 1 actually said hero's quest.) They all ran fine from Windows 3.1, on a nice 19" svga monitor and sound worked with dos drivers over a Sound Blaster Pro.
Quest for Glory 4 actaully had a win95 frontend, which worked fairly well.
Oh, and King's Quest worked well, though a bit buggy.

The point being, that if you dual boot that windows box you have with DOS, you should be able to run all these easily. Just need to find dos drivers for the mouse (logitech dos drivers work for everything) and sound. Most motherboard manufacturers supply dos drivers, so it shouldn't be too hard.

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