Parsing the Secret History of Adventure Games and Sierra


There are a lot of games about uncovering the truth. From indie games about family mysteries to globe-spanning conspiracies, games love to talk about the hidden truth, the buried past, and the reality beyond what we know. But what about the history of video games? While YouTubers like The Gaming Historian have made their name on reconstructing past events and their contexts, this still remains a small part of gaming culture. We’re always looking forward to the next games while passing around the same old anecdotes about Atari cartridges in the desert.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at


For another historical look at Sierra, check out the always brilliant Digital Antiquarian: