Hello, everyone! I'm Expack3 and, due to a distinct lack of an "Introductions" section on the forums, am posting here to introduce myself. Thanks to never having been able to play the great MS-DOS games of the '90s, including Sierra's Quest
series of adventure games, I ended up buying the King's Quest
and Space Quest
collections put out by Vividenvi Universal. Thanks to the excellent installers by Collector, which I chanced upon thanks to a reference from Vividenvi's Adventure Gaming forums while said forums were still on-line, I was able to experience them in a hassle-free way which I hadn't been able to before.
There are several Sierra games which my parents bought for me during that time period which I still own and love to play, which include the SierraOriginals CD-ROM re-release of The Island of Dr. Brain
(still haven't gotten that stupid briefcase!), which was the only game I kept from a SierraOriginals bundle I had, such as Hoyle Kids Games
and CD-ROM version of the first EcoQuest
game, 3-D Ultra Pinball
, 3-D Ultra Pinball: The Lost Continent
, and 3-D Ultra Minigolf
. Heck, as a young kid, I even had Sierra Schoolhouse Math at one point, from which I was able to unlock and play EcoQuest 2 - which, thanks to an "Out-Of-Memory" error, led to some unintentional nightmare fuel for me when the game froze one the screen had faded to black after Mother Tree died and gave Adam her seedling. Combined with Mother Tree's poignant death and the villain's theme playing, it resulted in what can only be described as the WORST. FIVE MINUTES. EVER.
I've also been able to play the Quest for Glory Anthology
- an excellent series of adventure/RPG hybrids, might I add - albeit not in its entirety (I skipped around at bit, and I almost got half-way through the first game as a thief-fighter hybrid), in addition to some of Dynamix's games (other than Space Quest 5), such as The Incredible Machine 2
. Thanks to GOG.com (awesome site to be affiliated with, by the way!), I've been able to get the Incredible Machine Mega Pack - with my only complaint being that the awesome CD-ROM soundtrack from The Incredible Machine 2
is only included as part of The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions
, not to mention that the digital soundtrack to The Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions
is not incorporated into the game.
I also like to dabble in converting images and video footage from modern games into the color palates used by older systems, such as the Amiga, Windows 3.x VGA mode, and DOS CGA mode. Here are some examples:
I decided to join the Sierra Help Files forum community after I got fed up of only being able to read the continuing adventures of Collector, DeadPoolX, Tawmis, and the rest of the Sierra Help Files forum community - I wanted to become part of the adventure, and definitely help out using my troubleshooting skills and my experience gained from making many CD-ROM DOS games run just fine without their CDs! (Admittedly, though, I don't think I'll be of much help in terms of CD-free DOS games - Collector definitely
has that angle covered already!