King's Quest dimensions change when using Windows Installer

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King's Quest dimensions change when using Windows Installer

Post by Gooey98 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:36 pm

I recently downloaded the new installer for the 1994 King's Quest collection to use on my PC. I noticed something odd about this installer. The original King's Quest game is in a 8:5 ratio (WTH?!?!), but when using the .exe files that are created as part of the installation, it opens in a 4:3 ratio instead. Any clue why? Was this something they did so it would look better on modern computers? It seems strange to me to have the enlarged "pixels" slightly skewed.

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Re: King's Quest dimensions change when using Windows Installer

Post by Collector » Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:48 pm

No, the aspect correction is so that they will be the same dimensions as they were made for on a modern monitor. The original aspect was 4:3. Monitors of the time had taller pixels, but with the same overall aspect ratio, just with fewer scan lines. So without using DOSBox's aspect correction, the images are unnaturally distorted.
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Re: King's Quest dimensions change when using Windows Installer

Post by Gooey98 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:19 pm

Oh, that makes sense. Thanks!

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