The Search For “Leisure Suit Larry”

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Remember the days of Bulletin Board Systems?  The wonder years of cyberspace…

I was a young teenager.   Somehow I convinced Dad to purchase a modem I had seen in Wargames as some mechanism to further my education.  He had no idea I was planning on either hacking into the NSA or finding a few pixels of the digitalized female anatomy.

“What the Hell do you need that for?”  Dad grunted.  The salesman seemed to mysteriously become aroused with the normal reaction I had to something I wanted — opening my mouth and rambling incessantly.

Looking back on it, I suppose caressing that black box of beauty might not have been the best signal to salesman.  Me and my mouth.  Now I understand that look he shot at me.  He still does that.  But, I love him.

“Research.”

Hook, Line, And Video Games.

My little brother was bothering me as I tried to set up the new computer Dad bought us in the guest room.  Of course, the new computer needed to be bought to work with the new 1200 Baud Hayes Modem.  That didn’t work on the Commodore 64.   It was a beautiful IBM PS/2 Model 30.

It wasn’t too much longer I figured out how to get on to these B.B.S’s.  Some dork from computer class gave me all the “cool” phone numbers to call.

Maybe I was a dork.  I mean, that kid was just doing the same thing I was.  Nevermind.  It was him.  Not me.  He was the the key to my intellectual journey.  And, I was cool.

“What’s this?”  I say to myself.  The amber list of video games scrolling down the monitor astounded me.  One stood out.  “Leisure Suit Larry In The Land Of The Lounge Lizards.”  The game was “cracked.”

This brings me to cyberspace nowadays.  What happened to the days of the simple wonders of CGA graphics and a character’s quest to get laid?

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is a computer adventure game game first released in 1987, the first part of the Leisure Suit Larry series.[1] It was a completely graphical adventure game with 16 color EGA graphics. It utilizes the Adventure Game Interpreter (AGI) engine made famous by King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown.[1] Originally developed for DOS and the Apple II, it was later ported to other platforms such as the Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS and the TRS-80 Color Computer. In 1991, Sierra released a remake that used the Sierra’s Creative Interpreter (SCI) engine with 256 colors and icon-driven (as opposed to text-based) interface.[1][2]

Set in the fictional city of Lost Wages, the story follows a middle-aged virgin named Larry Laffer who resolves to sleep with a woman before midnight. Land of the Lounge Lizards establishes several elements which recur in later games, including Larry’s out-of-date attire, perpetually bad luck with women,[3] and penchant for double-entendres. The story and basic structure of the game are lifted from Softporn Adventure, an 1981 Apple II text adventure.[1][2]

I began to play.  First thing to do: look in the encyclopedia under “C” for crabs.

Now we have all sorts of viruses.  And trolls.  And other creatures of the night in cyberspace.  It took that “cracked” link to remind me of the wonder years of cyberspace.  I miss those times and wonder: will we ever get back to the bliss of “20 goto 10?”  Sadly, I think I know the answer to that question.

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17 Responses to “The Search For “Leisure Suit Larry””

  1. Michelle Says:

    Heh heh…

    Truth aka WADE….

    bust ted….

    • PCL Says:

      I can just picture IT at two different laptops. I still wonder if it’s that Janet psycho chick too–she’s pretty mean and nasty too.

  2. RyboSlybo Says:

    Well I was not on the internet until around 1995 or so.

    Trolls already existed.

    However anyone of us could be a troll, it just depends on what site you are frequenting at the time. I have been called troll on some sites from, Gun Forums, to Political, and even Sports. Some people are easily offended even if I am trying to have a sense of humor. But then again I guess sarcasm is not always easy to catch when you are reading. And I can be a sarcastic bastard from a time to time.

    As for the Leisure Suit Larry of course I am familiar with the game but have not played the one you mentioned in your article, I played a newer version. The whole point was to just try and help poor Larry get laid and devirginized.

    Peace and Bong!

  3. Cube Says:

    Whats up.

    That’s actually a true story told in a shitty Wonder Years mode. If you click on the link “cracked” you can read the article that generated this… Top 10 erotic video games. Then I thought back to my 80 something computer, and, remembered this game.

    Which made me think…

    Those were the wonder years of computing if there is such a thing.

    Was WADE busted? The link on “trolls” is a pretty good study on the psych of “troll” Univ. Of Texas study I think Michelle.

    Ryan, I think I was allegedly stoned trying this game once and fell asleep.

    PCL: What happened to Wade. And, do you have confirmation?

    • PCL Says:

      Check with Michelle, but I think WADE or Truf forgot their typing format. They both have similar mean and nasty comments and they both have signature typing styles.

      Everyone who disagrees with them is an ‘idiot’. WADE gets really mad, you can almost picture the veins in his head popping out. WADE, TRUF, PAYNE, and catquick all seem to be of the same nature. Whether they are the same person, I don’t know. I like just messin’ with them now and then. I’m a shit disturber–I admit it.

      • Michelle Says:

        It was the use of the name

        Chillaxative…

        one used it, then the other…and you know Toof…he don’t copy…lol

        and I have noticed the same name play, among several, it leads me to feel, we have been squabbling with one person…

        lol

        I feel so used.

      • PCL Says:

        Yeah, too many same word choices with them.

  4. Cube Says:

    The article on trolls is interesting if you click on the link. I never stir shit up. What about that stain on Tommy’s blog. Xanadu? WTF?

    • PCL Says:

      I did click on that link–amazing that the trolls have their own Wiki entry.

      Yeah, I did see that Xanadu person on Tommy’s blog, I even went to her blog–it’s wildly weird.

      Naah, you never stir up shit, Cube–you are as innocent as a newborn kitten, right? LOL!

  5. Cube Says:

    Thats a woman?

  6. Michelle Says:

    I wish it was easier to “ping” others these days…

    you could find out alot…

  7. Cube Says:

    Don’t insult crazy.

  8. Unusable Signal With Cube Lineup « Cube Says:

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