So Quest for Glory. Man, I was going to write my epxeriences with this game but...will this be interesting? Of course it will. Don't be ridiculous.
It's a Sierra game. The first one was released in...1989. It was called Hero's Quest and that's how I got it. Later, the series changed to Quest for Glory because there was an unrelated board game called Hero Quest (which I also had) who I guess threatened to sue.
I don't know if I bought the game or it was a gift or what. But I got loads of Sierra games. Not loads, I guess. But I got King's Quest 3, Kings Quest 4, Thexder...I'm thinking there were others. I got so many Sierra games because Radio Shack was our nearest software shop and I guess they had a deal with Sierra.
It's kind of weird thinking back now. Radio Shack only had a handful of games. Mostly Sierra. Later, you go to a computer shop like Best Buy or something and they would have hundreds of games on the shelves. Now, I don't even know if stores sell games but you can buy whatever you want online. Just about everything is available on Steam.
So yeah, I had some Sierra games. And my sisters played these games too. Quest for Glory as well, although, this was one of the later games that Sierra released. OH! I also had Police Quest 2.
But yeah, my sisters played them too. Quest for Glory was probably the last game that they played.
I thought it was quite an innovative game. Added like RPG stats and whatnot to the Sierra game model. It was good. I liked it.
I'm not sure if I beat the game as a kid but I've definitely beat it numerous times in my life. One of the really cool things was that you could take your character from a previous game (assuming you beat the previous game) and import it to the next game. So that's why I know I beat the game because I must have gone through the first four games with a character...at least three times.
So the first game was cool. You're in like a Germanic village and you have to save the village from an evil witch or something. There's Sierra puzzle solving and combat and shit. If you've played any Sierra adventure game, you know what I mean. They were all similar.
Then I got Quest for Glory 2. This was relased in...1990. Really excited about this. I loved the first game. I probably got the sequel in 1990 or 1991.
I remember that my dog was sick. He had epilespy and would defecate all over when he was sick. So my mother let me take the computer out of my room (or maybe it was my sister's room at the time) where the dog lived and put it in the dining room. Because you didn't want to be in the same room as this sick dog that defecated all over.
Actually, maybe it was 1992 or 1993 that I got the game because I'm thinking that my father wasn't alive. He died in 1991 or 1992. I say that he was probably dead because what my mother did next would not have happened if he was alive.
I'm in the dining room playing the game. Just got it. Had it for a week or so. And my friend is over. He says that he wants to borrow the game. I decline. I just got it, after all.
My mother then insists that he be given the game. It vehemently resist. It gets to the point where I'm crying saying not to give this guy the game.
Two points arise. What kind of mother would force their child to give their friend a game in this kind of situation? The child is obviously in a lot of distress, crying in front of his friend, doesn't want the game to go. This world's shittiest mother still forces him to give the game.
The second point is what kind of friend would take the game when he sees how much stress it's causing? I know he was a kid but...I'm thinking that I wouldn't have done that if I was in his situation. Just keep the game. I don't want to cause this kind of upset.
So he got the game. Then he brought it back a couple of weeks later, I guess. Doesn't work. I tell him that the game doesn't work. He says, "It worked when I got it." Well, I agree with that. It did work when he got it. But it didn't work when he returned it.
So I tell my mother that the game doesn't work now. Oh well. It's my problem. I don't remember if I paid for the game or it was a gift or what but I wouldn't get a replacement until many years later when I bought the Quest for Glory Anthology.
This anthology was released in 1996. Let's say I bought it in 1997 or 1998. So I would have been 19 or 20. So yeah. I had Quest for Glory 2 in about 1991 as a 12 year old or so and it's not until 1997 or 1998, when I'm 19 or 20, that I'm again able to play the game.
Of course, by the time they had also released Quest for Glory 3, Quest for Glory 4, and Quest for Glory 5 was coming up. Changes in graphics and technology and whatnot were enormous. Plus, I was now 19 or 20 instead of 12.
So all of those years that I could have been playing Quest for Glory 2, all of the memories that I could have had, gone. And it's all because of my disgusting mother. Had I played Quest for Glory 2, maybe I would have bought Quest for Glory 3, et cetera. But I kind of got off the series because I lost Quest for Glory 2.
I did buy Quest for Glory 4, though. I bought this before I bought the Anthology. That was released in 1994 so I probably bought it around then. Then I bought the anthology probably a couple of years later.
But anyway, I get the anthology when I'm 19 or 20. Finally, I can play Quest for Glory 2 again. It was amazing. As I said, games had come a long way since then but it was still great to be able to play again. Not as great as it would have been back in 1992 and as a kid but still great. It was a much bigger game than the original. More shit to do. Whatever. But it was still text-based as opposed to click-based (as the later Sierra games would become...including Quest for Glory 3 and 4).
So it was old school. You had to type shit in. I liked this. I didn't like the easy click based shit.
I beat this game numerous times. Took place in like the Middle East. You could become a paladin at the end of the game, which you could then import into Quest for Glory 3. Paladins were like fighters who used limited magic and...lived by an honour code.
So then I played the next game on the anthology. Quest for Glory 3. Very disappointing. As I said, I didn't like the click-based gameplay. The combat was also shit. Not that the combat was good in any of the games. Quest for Glory 3 took place in like sub-saharan Africa. I don't even remember the end. Towards the end there's a monkey who's leading you somewhere...but I don't remember the end guy or anything. It was a pretty easy game as well.
Then Quest for Glory 4. I already bought this one a couple years earlier but didn't really get into it that much. I think the stand alone version I bought was like a DOS version and didn't have voice acting. But the one in the Anthology was Windows and had full voice. Not that it made a huge difference and in many ways I preferred the DOS version but...whatever.
I'm not sure if I beat Quest for Glory 4 stand alone. The game took place in like Translyvania and was a bit spooky and I didn't really like it. Plus with the click-based gameplay. But now that had the anthology, I felt obligated to beat it because I would take a character from Quest for Glory 1 all the way through to the end of Quest for Glory 4.
So yeah, I beat the game at least three times, probably. It's very glitchy. Especially at the end. Lots of bugs that would crash the game. Very unpleasant. Seemed like a rush job. But still, significantly better than Quest for Glory 3. Some mild implied nudity too. I probably masturbated at least once to the Rusulka.
Then Quest for Glory 5 came out in...1998. Did I have the internet by then? I don't think so but it was probably about 1999 when I got it. I didn't care about the series by then. I was older and games had moved on. I might have also read some negative reviews when I got the internet. The game was clearly rushed out with loads of bugs and just poor gameplay.
In maybe 2001, I suggested some somebody on a Quest for Glory internet message board that I'd buy the game for $1 and then it back to them for $1 (after I had made copies) but nobody took up the semi-joking offer.
I couldn't have been that interested, though because even with the advent of file sharing and whatnot, I've never downloaded it. To this day, I've never played it.
Apparently, the husband and wife who are responsible for the series are now making a spiritual successor called Hero-U. It's been in development for a few years at least. I'm not particularly interested.
But I like the series and Quest for Glory 2 was the best by far. And I just think how I lost all of that time with the game as a kid. I mean, it's reminiscing about video games but I think that I would have really enjoyed it. It was my favourite game series by my favourite company and the best Sierra adventure game ever released. And I was like 12, it's a great game for kids of that age. It was cutting edge for the time. Like 12 disks or something crazy like that. Everything was right. And that idiot mother took that away from me. It's really unfortuante.
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