King's Quest, IBM PC Jr, vintage video game

Remember King’s Quest?

Truth be told, I don’t. We didn’t have an IBM PCjr. We had Atari. So I played Asteroids and Pitfall. But my husband played King’s Quest. And he still has the floppy disk. And he still has the IBM PCjr to play it on. The other night he loaded it up so that we could wax nostalgic about 80’s gaming and our kids could ogle at the vintage graphics and anxiously await the moment when the next screen would load. It was fun. Because it’s neat to remember the way things were and how far we’ve come.

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What was happening in the U.S. when kids were playing this?

  • Ronald Regan was President
  • Ma Bell was breaking up
  • Johnny Carson hosted the Oscars
  • World’s Fair held in New Orleans (I went)
  • Summer Olympics held in LA
  • MTV Music Awards started

IBM PC Jr, King's Quest, vintage video game

What was happening in the tech world when kids were playing this?

  • Apple put the first Mac PC on sale
  • Sony and Philips introduce first commercial CD players
  • Sony made the first 3 ½” floppy disk

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Sources:

  • The People History
  • Wikipedia
  • King’s Quest: written by Roberta Williams, programming by Charles Tingley and Ken MacNeill, artwork by Doug MacNeill and Greg Rowland

King's Quest, IBM PC Jr, vintage video game

What about you? Do you have any vintage video games? Which ones? Did you play games in the 80’s? What were your favorites? Are you a gamer now? Do you have any vintage tech equipment? Hope everyone is doing well!