Why King’s Quest 6 Ruled My Screenwriting Notebook

November 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

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OLD SCHOOL VIDEO GAMES INSPIRE SCREENPLAYS TOO

I got my hands on King’s Quest 6 long ago.  How long ago?  It ran on my lightning fast Compaq Presario 850.  I instantly fell in love with the amazing graphics and gameplay.  And thus the game dominated my life for months.

My dad runs his own business and our computer was command central in our basement.  Obviously, I’m thankful that my dad is a hard working man but it was always disappointing to come home from school and see him working.  It meant I couldn’t play King’s Quest!

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Once he was finished his to-do list, I got to work exploring and solving puzzles.  Eventually, my imagination surpassed the limits of the game and I began writing my own story entitled.  The King’s Deadly Race.  I filled up a bunch of loose pages before my mom bought me a notebook to collect them all.

And so, I would make progress in the game and in my own story simultaneously.  It was a glorious time.  I would open up new secrets in the game and it would inspire me to create my own unique secrets in my writing.  Eventually, I beat the game and moved on but for a little while, King’s Quest literally dominated my imagination.

I think screenwriters everywhere have little tales like this.  Moments from our past that inspired us and led us down the road we walk today.  I look back on King’s Quest 6 fondly not only because the game captured my imagination but because it set my imagination on fire.

To this day, I still have the first 5 chapters of The King’s Deadly Race in the same notebook my mom bought me long ago.  I can tell you exactly where it is.  I keep it close because it was created when my passion for writing began.  While I wrote that book, I discovered how much I love to write and I began searching for a medium that suited me.

I found that outlet the day I discovered the screenplay format and the rest is history.

C:\

cd Quest [enter]

C:\quest>

Quest.exe [enter]

That’s probably not exact but you get the idea.  Takes me back.