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Sierra Al Lowe auctioning off copies of Sierra Adventure game source codes

Discussion in 'Adventure Gaming' started by troupeg, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. troupeg Educated

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    I know this is a weird topic, but it is technically related to adventure games so I've decided to post it.

    Al Lowe, who decided to back up his and Sierra's work after they decided not to, has decided to auction off INCREDIBLY priceless (talking "only one in existance" priceless) source code copies of some old Sierra games (Leisure Suit Larry 1-5, King's Quest, etc.)

    If you want a chance to buy a piece of adventure gaming history, here ya go:


    Ebay Link:
    https://www.ebay.com/usr/al_lowe
     
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    Bids on the source codes for LSL1 and LSL2 have exceeded $2300 at the time of this post.
     
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  3. grimace Savant

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    "These belong in a museum"
     
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    Then the museum better start forking over the dough.

    LSL1 source code bid over $3000 now. Makes me ask: What was the previous maximum bid on a video game, or heavily related video game item?
     
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  5. RapineDel Savant

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    What an investment for him (saving the source codes in the first place). He's clearly testing the waters with a couple of these and it looks like he could make something like $200,000 with everything in that video if he plays it right. All this because the folks at Sierra were too dumb to save anything themselves.
     
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  6. troupeg Educated

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    Wow. LSL1 is at $6200 an LSL2 is at $5700. I wonder how much King's Quest would go for.
     
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  7. jfrisby Arbiter Patron

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    Glad to see Al make some money after his auctions last year were pretty low.
     
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    Imagine how many kidneys he could buy with all that shit
     
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    [​IMG]


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    What are the chances of The Dark Crystal Gelfing Adventure being released to the players?
     
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  10. troupeg Educated

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    Wow, Leisure Suit Larry 2 overtook 1. $7800 vs $7600
     
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  11. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    I predict several lawsuits.
     
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    I agree with Haba, I'd be surprised to learn that he actually owns the rights to any of the Sierra published games, whether he created them or not. Of course, whether any of them are things corporations care about or could hope to still make money from may be another matter.
     
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  13. troupeg Educated

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    I highly doubt he would have even started the auction without permission. There's no way he would
     
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    That's not how it works. Even if he knew who to ask for permission, Lowe wouldn't do it.

    And look at No One Lives Forever and Nightdive Studios. They got no replies when they were trying to ask who owned the copyrights but once they started prepping for the release, everyone lawyered up - even though they were not sure if they owned the rights in the first place!
     
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    Holy crap.

    Current bids:

    Bop-A-Bet, rare title on the Apple II - $10000
    Source code for LSL2 - $8400
    Source code for LSL1 - $9200
    Dragon's Keep, rare title on the Apple II - $1200

    And there's still a week to go!

    Considering these titles are sold 'as-is', someone's taking a sizable gamble here. I hope they're doing it for posterity's sake.
     
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  16. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    Yeah, what are the chances any of those disks still work? P. much all mine are dead, and they were stored in a very different climate than his.
     
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  17. Boleskine Arcane

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    Maybe Al will use the profits from all the auctions to buy a yacht and follow in the Williams' footsteps.
     
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    This is now my favorite comment.

    Incidentally, I'm selling Quest for Infamy's source code for $5 and sandwich.


    Bt
     
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    LSL source codes have now surpassed the $10000 mark, with less than five days to go.
     
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  20. MRY Prestigious Gentleman Wormwood Studios Developer

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    It's shut down. It's like Don't Copy that Floppy was called back for one last mission.

     
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  21. Sceptic Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Not surprising, considering he was trying to auction something that he doesn't actually own (and in some cases that he didn't even have any involvement in making). In fact I'm surprised it even lasted this long before being taken down.

    OTOH if he was trying to make a point about how valuable the originals themselves still are several decades later then this was a brilliant demonstration, considering how quickly the bids went up.
     
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    Hate to say I told you so.

    But I told you so.
     
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    So, in the end, it buys no kidney.
     
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    So, the auction was removed because Activision initaited it. Not because they own LSL, but because they felt that there may be parts of the underlying source that are similar/the same as King's Quest and Space Quest. Basically an IP protection - kinda bullshit, but Al doesn't have the money to fight it.

    A post by Britton Matthews on the Sierra Gamers forum.
    Crazy shit.
     
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  25. FeelTheRads Arcane Patron

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    In other words: harassment.
    They didn't even know if it was something they owned but they knew they're gonna win just by their power.

    Best justice system in the world.
     
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