King’s Quest: Vintage Gaming on an IBM PCjr

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!

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Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

15 thoughts on “King’s Quest: Vintage Gaming on an IBM PCjr

  1. I loved the post, despite its brevity. But the fact that you took so many quality pictures of the game is something I appreciate. I had a PCjr as a kid (still do!) and still have my old King’s Quest PCjr version that I still love. It’s one game I can keep going back to and replay it over and over again, because it was just so innovative and creative for its time, and really spawned an entire genre of games.

  2. Played King’s Quest on the PCjr myself. It was my first computer (atari 2600 was my first gaming console). I remember playing Wizardry on it as well for about 6 months nonstop.

  3. King’s Quest, Space Quest–I remember playing until my hand hurt and wishing I could play some more.
    Zork holds a soft spot for me, because that was the first RPG I played as a kid (born in 1976). I played the gfx based version later on, but it was never the same.

  4. I started gaming on the NES. Love the screen shots. To this day I still game when I can. It’s amazing how far gaming as evolved in such a short time.

    1. Hi Stephen— That’s great. We didn’t have the NES but I did play a lot of Donkey Kong and Joust at the arcade. (What’s better than a knight riding a flying ostrich?) It’s pretty amazing to think about where gaming might be in another 30 years. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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