Matt Chat 76: King's Quest (The Cursed Episode?)

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Well, here it is, episode 76 featuring Roberta Williams' monumental adventure game, King's Quest. This is the game that inspired the genre of point-and-click adventures that is still producing games today. Enjoy!

This seems to be the "cursed episode!" First off, the Vegas crashes were the worst ever. I had the video finished around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and tried to render it (usually about an hour long process). However, Vegas Platinum Pro wouldn't cooperate, and crashed repeatedly (about two dozen times during the rendering). I broke up the video into tiny pieces, but it was even crashing doing one minute of video! Somehow, I *finally* got past that first couple of minutes and was able to render the rest. Then I uploaded it--only to discover that Vegas had bugged again, and part of the video was inexplicably a blank screen! What the heck? So, I had to take it down from YouTube and re-render it again (sigh). I went to bed (this was about midnight), and when I woke up this morning, it had finally rendered correctly. I uploaded it.

Now, this was my first "GOG" video, meaning that I am now an affiliate with GOG (Good Old Games.com) who I have purchased games from and really admire. I was supposed to send people to the site, using my special code, so they could buy King's Quest (and whatever other games they wanted), all 100% legal and 100% DRM-free (I can't tell you how much I applaud that!). I was to get a modest cut of the sales, which would have directly supported Matt Chat. Yet, shortly after the video went live, GOG went down! Yes, totally down, with no explanation other than a message about how they can't provide the service anymore...It's not clear at this time if it's a joke, a hack, or the result of some kind of legal action from publishers (apparently they have a lot of struggles with publishers over the DRM-free thing. Good Lord, how could publishers still be SO STUPID after all this time???)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video. It took a helluva lot out of me.

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Bill Loguidice
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Yep, GoG is gone for good.

Yep, GoG is gone for good. We'll have to stick with Gamer's Gate now.

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yakumo9275
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KQ1 was one I tested a lot in

KQ1 was one I tested a lot in making sarien. KQ2 imo is a really weak, very poor game. KQ3 is a lot of fun tho, so I'm grateful for KQ2 being so bad so they were forced into action on kq3

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Tyler Long
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Was a good video Matt like

Was a good video Matt like always. Might have to check this series out. I've never played any of these point and click adventure type games, but since I've gotten an interest in making games, this type of game would be a good style to start on.

Thanks for this series Matt, love the videos and am always looking forward to the next one.

Chris Kennedy
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Wow

A very fun episode of Matt Chat, Matt. Coincidentally, I was thinking about sliding into talking about Sierra games - specifically King's Quest in the next episode of the podcast. I was even considering making it a separate, shorter segment than the rest. Not sure if I will do it now...if I do, I'll mention Matt Chat. Maybe I can find a different angle.

Either way, we were definitely due for some love of Sierra.

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Tyler Long
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By the way Matt, never

By the way Matt, never mentioned this before, but gotta envy that wall of games behind you in your videos. Definitely looking forward to getting the cash to start my own great game collection along side a nice collection of old literature haha.

Keith Burgun
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Great work, as usual!

I look forward to your excellent, informative Matt Chats, Matt! Keep 'em coming.

Matt Barton
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If my friend Al has his way,

If my friend Al has his way, that shelf is going to be a LOT more impressive in coming weeks. :)

I am proud of what few collectibles I have, but it is a molecule compared to Bill's universe of games. Seriously, when he retires I hope he'll open up a games museum.

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Bill Loguidice
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Al Lowe? ;-)
Matt Barton wrote:

If my friend Al has his way, that shelf is going to be a LOT more impressive in coming weeks. :)

I am proud of what few collectibles I have, but it is a molecule compared to Bill's universe of games. Seriously, when he retires I hope he'll open up a games museum.

Sounds intriguing.

I need to figure out how to film in such a way that that's reflected, though. Right now, there's no way to show the scope or depth, since it's difficult to film in the storage areas.

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