Am I Measure Suit Larry?

Another thing I enjoyed but absolutely hated at the same time, was the adventure games. I’ve lived through all but perhaps the original, well titled; Adventure. This was long before anyone had any incling of the success of computers. That…

Another thing I enjoyed but absolutely hated at the same time, was the adventure games. I’ve lived through all but perhaps the original, well titled; Adventure. This was long before anyone had any incling of the success of computers.

That game was a text based descriptive game with a plot to follow and figure out how to progress. I was absolutely horrible at them of course. I’d be fascinated by the story, but I enjoyed it either as a spectator or a collaborator.

I played adventure over the course of a few years whenever I could gain a new answer. I would never have finished it because I usually… Perhaps always quit after a very short time trying to figure the puzzle out. It’s more frustrating than fun for me,but I always enjoyed playing with others that we’re good at that.

I found discussing the situation helped us both. In the end, I never really played any of them through to the end without giving up. Pre 1995 or so,we had less access to walk throughs. Nobody had internet and PunterNet was too small a network.

I tried my hardest to get through the Commodore 64 version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text adventure by Infocomm more than any other. We discussed it and tried so many things but nobody I ever talked to had gotten much past the tea.

I so much wanted to finish that one.

realisation: it seems text Adventures may have had more of an impact on me tonight had thought. My first attempt at registering a personal domain was to buy xyzzy.com

Sadly, it had been taken. That was one of two magic phrases from the original Adventure game. It was a neat series of characters I’ll always remember.

Only a select few would make the connection, even back then, although Adventure has been rewritten countless times and used to have the distinction of having been ported to almost every computer format possible. I learned quite a lot about programming from the Commodore BASIC version.

When PCs started having more power, the adventure game market started adding colour graphics. Recalling the evolution of graphics in my mind I remember the Sierra adventures in horrid 16 color lo res and better each year.

My favourite memories were of Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry. The space one was my favourite but the best seller was the sex one. I loved the editions of 32 colours, before the hi res changes that changed them from text to joystick.

I stopped playing, probably spouting some rant about being a purist for the artform. I just got bored. I didn’t like games with a story that stumped me.

I loved the ones where I could type in full sentences or phrases. Even typing go west somehow made it more interactive and conversational than “W”.

Today, while looking for something new to amuse me I downloaded Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded.

Big Smile

As I’m playing it, as a 53 year old loser with little money and no luck with women, I am not sure I will enjoy this storyline but I’ll play for a while.

1 hour in. I’m still in the first scene. I give up and pull up a personal blog with a walk through. I am now playing the story with full enjoyment of the choices made, but none of the frustrations of not noticing the rose on the barrel or knowing giving whiskey to the unconscious bum in the back room.

I literally can’t wrap my head around how anyone can play these games.

Why can’t every game have a …

I gasped. Light bulb moment.

I was going to type, why can’t every game have a mode where it just plays for itself like a player piano. I want to be like your baby brother playing the game with you with a controller that isn’t plugged in.

The reason I gasped is because I realized that is exactly what people are now doing online with great success. YouTube and Twitch both feature other people playing games, with or without commentary.

Some of the most successful people online are just letting you watch them play games. More people possibly watch Markipler play some games than ever bought the game themself.

I remember once a friend of mine owned a small town drinking tavern. One night when tv was out, they played a VCR tape of my buddy and his brother playing Coleco baseball. The crowd cheered on a team, almost like it was a real game.

I wonder if anybody has a video walk through of LSLR online. I’ll grab the disconnected controller.