Hi everyone, another newbie joins the forum!
I grew up playing a lot of Sierra's games, especially the adventure games. King's Quest IV is the one that got me hooked on gaming (I was 8, didn't understand a word of English, but just exploring this intriguing world on my pc blew my mind!), and King's Quest VI is the first Sierra game I bought myself (I was about 11 at the time, still with a very limited knowledge of English, but quickly improving thanks to these games), and that's where my interest in collecting Sierra games really began, although I didn't realise it at the time. The amount of fantastic content in that box was just amazing! And then the game itself, I played it for weeks on end, with a dictionary in my lap, step by step discovering the Green Isles, unlocking its secrets and ultimately saving the princess, and having so much fun in the process.
During the mid to late 90s then, I hunted down every new Sierra game in stores I could find (and could afford lol, was still living on a very modest student budget back then
). Gabriel Knight 2 and 3, Rama, Shivers 2, Lighthouse, Torin's Passage, Larry 7, the KQ 15th anniversary collection, the Roberta Williams anthology, and a bunch more, bought them all as soon as they hit store shelves.
I'm soooooo glad now that, despite moving house about 6 times since the 90s, I always held on to all my big box games, floppies, cd-roms and all their content too (think I have about 50 big box Sierra games, next to about 100 non-Sierra
). They're not in perfect condition (they were played a LOT
), and nothing compared to some of the collections I've seen on here, but still having them all together in a big bookcase now feels fantastic, and now with the help from this site, I can actually play them again on my new pc!
When time passed and new Windows versions arrived, I noticed I couldn't play my favourite games anymore. Add to that the decline of adventure games, my favourite genre, in general, and I ended up not playing much games in the 00s. That is, until I discovered gog.com last year, and happily noticed that they also sold a lot of the classic Sierra games, and even better, tweaked them so they ran on modern OS systems, yay! I looked around a bit more and ran across DOSBox. Quickly realised though that I couldn't make heads or tails out of it (and I tried lol, my mind just can't comprehend it, even after people gave me step by step instructions
). So on went the google search, until I arrived here!
Wanted to try it out with a game I have such fond memories of, so downloaded the Rama installer, and lo and behold, it worked! I'm playing Rama again, on my Win8 laptop!!! You have no idea what an excited moment it was to first see that gold Sierra logo on screen again, followed by the main menu of the game, with those three orbs/globe thingies activating!
It's been more than 15 years since I've seen that outside of youtube!!! Oh, me thinks with the help of this website, there's a whooooole lot of fun gaming times ahead of me, rediscovering all the games in my Sierra collection! And in addition, to start hunting down the games I missed back in the day, ebay here I come!
Thank you for this website and its forum, and I'm looking forward to meeting you all on here!