Al Lowe, one of Sierra On-Line's prominent game developers and programmers, has put on a bunch of source code files for original games for over 30 years, fully convinced that they are worthless.
"I'm 72 years old and neither of my kids want this garbage!" Lowe said in an interview with YouTube Personality MetalJesusRocks (aka Jason Lindsey, even a former Sierra developer and friend of Ars). "Do any?"
Lowe is about to figure out, as the developer has begun posting eBay listings for their entire source collection. (You're reading it right. Shebang.) The sales opening is accompanied by a MetalJesusRocks video (built-in below), which offers a 12-minute tour of backed up files, original game boxes, original hints and more.
After the press, Lowe has listed auctions for the first two Leisure Suit Larry game source, with bids already climbing (both well over the $ 400 mark after they went live). Lowe indicated to Lindsey that more game code will follow on eBay, and this will probably include a wonderful treasure chest: Lowes others Leisure Suit Larry game, King's Quest III Police Quest I and Lowes games based on Disney franchises Winnie The Pooh and Black Cauldron.
In addition, Lowe has original backups of its complete programming pipeline, including the Sierra tools as converted plain text, ASCII command-line commands. When you tap on how curious users can read those disk files, Lowe answers clearly: "It's a text file! Put it in Notepad."
In the lower video interview, Lowe offers his opinion of the source code collection rarity: "I supported everything because I knew Sierra did not."
Lowe's listings clarify some things: first, he has not tested any of these discs, and other owner of these disks is not the same as owning the legal rights of free or commercial distribution of the content. "Realize that while you have my data from the date of the Larry 1 creation, you will not own the intellectual property rights of the game, code, art or anything else," Lowe says in LSL1 listings. "I do not. IP rights were sold again and again, until they are now owned by a German gaming company."
In addition to the source code, this Sierra Treasure Trove contains a rare detailed copy of A Gelfling Adventure his Dark Crystal spin-off game that reused the first game's assets and an original floppy disk of Softporn – A game that Lowe did not work on, but inspired him to make the Leisure Suit Larry series. As Lowe admits on eBay, he received this copy from Sierra Co-founder Ken Williams himself … to replace his own pirated version at that time. ("There is no box because I did not get a box," writes Lowe in the eBay listing. "But you get a unique piece of video game story!")
Original game boxes, art and hint books will also accompany. We bookmark the Lowes eBay channel in the foreseeable future and we have come to the Video Game History Foundation team for their thoughts on this seemingly rare and unique collection of game code history.
If you are less interested in the source code and more in just playing the games, you have some options: this deposit of Sierra games programmed by Lowe and his peers, plus Lowe's own selected collection of game files (which mostly means Lists or King's Quest listings.
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