for Disk Space
Back in the old days, Sierra On-Line didn't take uniformity very
seriously. At one point you could get that popular new Sierra
game your friends were talking about. With all the cool box inserts
and stuff. But if you were unlucky, you could have bought the
budget release instead, which came with just the game disks and
that sloppy fast start instruction.
As is the case with the games itself, the disks and cd's are a
pretty good indication of how the gaming industry changed over
the years. I guess you could say Sierra was saved when the new
CD-Rom format was introduced in the early '90's, as some games
were shipped with a ludicrous amount of disks. Around that time,
the "Roger Wilco Other World Series Collection" (SQ1
to 3) became available, with 3.5" but also with 5.25"
disks (those sloppy bendable disks grandpa used to have). Twelve
of those babies were needed for a complete product! A later collection
release, the "Space Quest Saga" collection (SQ1 to 4),
contained FIFTEEN 3.5" disks!
article is about the different data carriers Sierra used for the
Space Quest Series.
label (44 KB): This disk is one
of the first disks ever made by Sierra for the Space Quest Series.
Sierra used to have a whole team of employees who copied the disks
manually. What a huge task that would have been. This one shows
a Space Quest 1 disk, but there's also a
Space Quest 2 version.
picture label (52 KB): The label
on this disk is the most common. It followed up the blue label.
white/green/blue label (64 KB):
This is the latest label version Sierra used. This disk itself
is from a late Space Quest Collection and quite possibly one of
the latest 5.25" disks produced.
disk with cool blue Space Quest label (56
KB): This is one of the first 3.5" disks produced
for the Space Quest Series. It's a double side, double density
disk containing Space Quest 1 EGA in the Apple Mactintosh format.
It's one of the most rare disks out there. There's also a
white version (this one contains Space Quest 2). which is
possibly even more rare.
disk with the commonly used Halfdome label (48
KB): Sierra continued to use blue floppies for the Space
Quest Series for quite some time. In the end, an enormous amount
of these were produced. This one features the familiar Halfdome
picture are a rare (and odd) black protective slide thingie, which
doesn't really suit the floppy, does it? Anyway, the are many
different flavours of this one. Like this black
disk with black slide cover (64 KB)
and the more common black
disk with metal slide cover (72 KB).
Can you believe all these different disks are from the same box?
disk with the boring white/green/blue label (64
KB): This disk contains (a portion of) Space Quest 2 so
it can therefore be concluded this disk is not an original 1987
release but a later collection disk... And guess what? This is
indeed the case! All gets pretty confusing, doesn't it? This label
was also used on black
disks (60 KB). Guess there is
also a grey version out there and God knows how many other flavours.
disk with the boring office style logo (36
KB): This disk is from one of the last floppy Space Quest
Collections. The label is not widely used. None the less, quite
a few of these babies saw the light of day. In the same box there's
black (48 KB) and a blue
disk (48 KB).
Quest 4 (first version) (72 KB):
There are two versions of the Space Quest 4 CD-Rom out there.
I think this is the first version as the second used an art which
was created later on for the 15th Anniversary.
Quest 4 (second version) (76 KB):
This CD-Rom features the logo from the 15th Sierra Anniversary
Collector's Edition. The data on the two versions are identical.
Quest 4 (Sierra Originals) (44
KB): A CD-Rom disc from the popular Sierra Originals
Quest Collector's Edition (original retail version) (60
KB): This is one of my personal favorites. It features
the same art as the box does.
Quest Collector's Edition (European version) (52
KB): This particular item was made in France.
Quest 6 (original retail version) (52
KB): This design was featured on the first edition of Space
Quest 6 CD-Roms.
Quest 6 (European export version) (56
KB): As is the case with many European Sierra products,
there are also Italien, German and France CD-Roms out there.
Quest Collection CD-Rom (1/2) (original retail version) (68
KB): This particular CD-Rom has an unofficial street value
of about $50 to $60 US dollars. Collections like these are sold
for over $100 US these days at Ebay.
Quest Collection CD-Rom (2/2) (European export version) (52
KB): This is a very special release for me. It so happens
that this the first official data carrier from Sierra containing
Space Quest I've ever touched. It also marks the end of the Space
Quest era. This CD-Rom was one the latest produced for the Series.
32 colour version of Space Quest 1
I'm afraid this page is not complete. I know for sure it's missing the Space Quest 6 Sierra Originals version. Sadly, this two item was in my possession once. I recall selling the CD-Rom, but
keeping the box and stuff. After all, what's a guy to do with
8 legal copies of Space Quest 6? Give
me a sign if you have this item, or other items I've