Ya, its sad really eh? Sierra was losing its heart, and entrepreneurial spirit, I'd say even before they sold it off to a small degree. Especially that last year Ken remained on after he sold it.
He thought Adventure games were dead, and wanted to emulate genres that had become more successful, and less risky. Half-life was one of those (although arguably the developers of that game still had an innovative spirit).
In one of his last editorials in Interaction, he admits to being a little late to the party, in adding certain genres to Sierra's portfolio (FPS, RPG, and Strategy games, and Console, etc, IIRC). That he had overlooked their coming popularity, and other companies beat them to the punch at least innovating the technology of those genres.
I think he also said that the Japanese-style RPGs (Final Fantasy VII types) and FPS were the future evolution of Adventure games, and other companies had innovated them before they had.
BTW, I noticed you said you never played Quest for Glory? Shame on you! If you like KQ, that series has many things in common! You are truly missing out!
Last edited by BagginsKQ; 07/21/2011 at 02:47 pm.