If you are an adult who was born and grew up in the 80’s or before, chances are you know of Sierra. No, not the mountain range or the Mist, if you asked that you are obviously too young. I’m talking about the incredibly amazing company that pooped out such classics as King’s Quest, Police Quest, Hero’s Quest/Quest for Glory, Leisure Suit Larry, Gabriel Knight, Laura Bow, Gold Rush, Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist, Phantasmagoria, Shivers, etc.

I grew up playing these games on 3.25″ and 5.25″ floppy discs. I remember getting a box and opening it up, putting the discs in number order and firing up the old PC. Weirdly enough my love of history stems from some of these games; Hero’s Quest/Quest for Glory showed me the mythological history that was well researched, of several cultures. Gabriel Knight taught me about voodoo/German mythology, Ludwig II, Knights Templar/Cathars/Rennes le Chateau, Laura Bow: Dagger of Amon Ra taught me about egyptology, 1920’s history, art, culture and life. Phantasmagoria taught me not to buy a mansion filled with weird shit and a demonic fuck who tortured and killed his wives. Leisure Suit Larry taught me how not to be a leisure suit-wearing asshole who somehow, even though he’s fugly as hell, still bangs desperate, big boobed women. And I loved every.single.one of them.

I remember when my dad brought home Laura Bow in: The Dagger of Amon Ra one winter sometime between 1992 and 1994. I remember going out ice skating all afternoon and then coming back inside and playing it all evening in the dining room. This was a time before the internet and cell phones and it made me who I am today. Today, I am a 31 year old woman who loves video games (as well as makeup) and yearns for the simple, fun, adventure games of yore. And today…today I found something incredible that I did not know about: Sarien.net has been given permission by Activision to put the Sierra games they have in their catalog, up online for people to play and for those with iPads to use.

So far, it looks like Gold Rush and one other game is available, but I can’t wait for more. You can read the whole story on Sarien.net’s blog here: Hopefully, in the future, there will be all of the Sierra games available online for people to play. I am planning to review the Sierra games, in detail, on here as a special from time to time. I think these are some of the most interesting, entertaining and funny games out there and deserve to be remembered and replayed on new technology.

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