Figured this might generate some potentially good convo...
While I don't know myself what happened with Jim Walls, I do agree with you that he's one of the heavy hitters. And to me it's very clear that he still had some stories to tell, because he made Blue Force which was another cop game, along the same lines of Police Quest, but with a different company.oberonqa wrote: What I'd like to know is what happened to Jim Walls. I've done some digging around and all I can gather is he left Sierra after finishing PQ3... apparently on bad terms. There was an alleged argument that involved yelling in the office, but nothing concrete.
I look at it as kind of unsolved mystery. And considering Jim Walls was one of Sierra's heavy hitters (along with Williams, the Coles, and Al Lowe), it is one of those things that I guess I'm morbidly curious about.
Some said that the game was too easy, where as I never finished it (yet, but now I want to go back through and finish it! I believe I actually got stuck, so apparently the person who said it was too easy is much smarter than I am, or he/she is a cop!) From what I had played, and remember, I was actually really liking the game, as some others pointed out - it seemed pretty solid (other than no voice in the game, even on the CD version). (Although someone said it was the most disappointing game they have ever played)... and unless the game drastically changes, I don't see how that's possible.
All this to say, I think, whatever the reason, Sierra may have messed up (not knowing the whole story obviously, myself) by letting Jim go. Because, so far as I got in BLUE FORCE, it seemed like a pretty solid game. (For the life of me, I can't recall why I stopped - I imagine I got stuck somewhere, and it was probably before the days I had any form of internet, since I got the game when it came out - just because it had Jim Walls' name on it - and thus couldn't look for hints, walkthrus, etc.
Definitely going to go dig this out and give it another spin.
Er... but in the meantime, some other resourceful folks may know why Jim Walls parted ways with Sierra.