It is a sad day for people who grew up on games like Leisure Suit Larry, Space Quest, and King's Quest. Over the past (almost a) decade, a talented band of fans at the Silver Lining (www.tsl-game.com) has tried to continue the King's Quest story and fill plot holes by making new episodes. They were granted a fan license to continue some time back, but now Activision has legally shut them down. Activision is perfectly within its rights to do so, so a few forum posters have given them the obligatory "serves you right" treatment. But as a fan of King's Quest who was sad when the narrative was abandoned, this feels like nothing more than corporate bullying. If Activision plans to do something with the intellectual property, great!, but I doubt it. I hope the Silver Lining is able to release its work in some form or other. I yearn for the saga to continue.
The timeline this game was being developed on suggest it basically had no chance of ever being completed.
So, hey, turn that incompetence into a shot at "the man" and get some press. That'll work.
I much prefer the fake his own death gambit, but it would be hard for a group to pull it off. :P
Hey, it worked for both of the Chrono Trigger fan projects.
It sucks, but people aren't entitled to use other's IPs.
That aside, the presentation in KQ6 was amazing, featuring some of the best storytelling and voice acting (narrator, Jollo, Alexander) I've ever seen in a game. The whole society of the Black Cloak background story was so intriguing, hinting that the royal family had unknowingly been fighting this benevolent force for as long as they have been in power in Daventry. You could argue that every major villain had some tie to the society.
And then KQ7 and 8 happened.
I'm a bit sad to see the KQ9 project die, as it sought to, in a fan fictiony way, give some closure to the series, but I knew it would never come out.
"Alexander pulls out his magic map."
Even then, the presentation was amazing.
The windows version was the best, with highly detailed character portraits, and a more complete opening cutscene, but alas, you can only play the DOSBOX version anymore, as I'm sure it would be way too much trouble to emulate Windows 3.0 or '95 in order to play it.
Install to C:\games\kq6. Set compatabilities properties to emulate 95/98. This should make it run for you.
Or at least the previous sanctioning should have been more iron-clad...
edit: Oh my. 8 is worse than I remembered!
Although I guess dying because you didn't pick something up three hours previously was par for the course in King's Quest VI. It was still a game I came back to every year or so, until the CD became too scratched to repair.
Except that Vivendi had previously given them the go ahead to make it, now Activision have plugged the plug for what seems no reason than to be utter douchebags and to carry on for their Guinness book of World Records attempt for Worlds most evil games company.
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The bits about the forums just don't sit right with me. Sounds more to me like they were looking for a way out once they realized that project was basically unfinishable, and Activision is an easy scapegoat.
Lent the disc to somebody and never saw it again. I was really bummed about that. Not because I lost some King's Quest game, but because the Incredible Toon Machine was also on the disc. It REALLY sucked losing that...
That was KQ7.
And The Incredible Toon Machine was AWESOME.
Was Quest for Glory 2 the one that had that insane copy protection scheme where you had to literally have the manual with you for directions just to walk around? Like the whole thing was this giant maze and you couldn't get from point A to B without the detailed step by step instructions?
Because fuck that.
Yeah, I remember that, but there was this one game ( I think it was a QFG), where the whole town basically was copy protection. Like literally you had to do copy protection to go down the street to get groceries. Over and over again through the whole game.
The game came with a map because the city was realistically big. I don't really see that as copy protection. Also if you bought the map from Chico Marx you could just fast travel to the locations after the first time you visit it.
Now Quest for Glory 4 had the blatant copy protection where you had to remind Dr Cranium what the formula for the healing potion was which was listed in the manual.
I can't believe I still have all those things.
Note all the blind alleys, loops, areas with nothing at all ... It's copy protection.
And whoever mentioned DOSBox and KQ6, it's pretty easy to install Windows 3.11 under DOSBox. I did it a little while back to play my original Myst disc. I didn't think about trying the Windows version of KQ6 with it, though. I should do that.
Steam Support is the worst. Seriously, the worst
The VGA remake gives you the option of using the original or 'simplified' streets - the latter drastically cutting down the number of redundant alleys, making things correspond to the cardinal directions, and I believe actually giving you access to an in-game map at some point.
And KQVI - bought a budget release of the game that didn't have the copy protection guide in it! Had to get Sierra US to send a copy... I wish more games came with a well-produced booklet containing a workmanlike narration of you playing.
Space Quest X: Roger Wilco and the Latex Babes of Phobos.
I would be so happy.
Those geese have some pro fucking art for what is a new game:
As much as I love the idea behind a number of fan projects, I can't, off the top of my head, think of even 1 that was finished.
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Don't forget the riddles actually inside the labrynth that you needed the book for.
Oh god the labyrinth. I still have nightmares about dying over and over in there because I didn't bring a brick.