I caught wind of the Art of Sierra in an interesting article this weekend over at The Artful Gamer and in doing what small part I could in helping to get the word out I also wanted to pass on to them just how cool it is to see something like this being done to honor the companies many contributions to the video game industry. Essentially the Art of Sierra project takes the form of an over sized coffee table book designed to provide an in-depth visual history of Sierra’s visual history.
As the article notes, the project is the brain child of Sierra enthusiast Brandon Klassen and Eriq Chang, who simply wanted a way for fans such as themselves to be able to relive some of the magic of their youths that came with playing so many of Sierra’s classic games:
The Art of Sierra has been a dream I’ve been waiting to see realized for the past 6 years, and I’m so excited that we’re finally unveiling the project! It’s a visual history of Sierra’s adventure games – a hardcover, oversized coffee table art book filled with an unprecedented amount of rare Sierra art and a wealth of behind-the-scenes material. This is the journey that every Sierra fan has been waiting to take, and we can’t wait for fans to be able to hold this book and flip through it, to remember the magic that happened every time the Sierra logo and fanfare lit up their computer screens!
My own experience with Sierra Entertainment came first in the form of Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood, which was released in 1986. My sister and I played that for years it seemed and I can still remember the interface, classic Pooh music, and among other things, the ominous gusts of wind that accompanied the game. My family followed that up with Thexder in 1987, a game notorious for its steep difficulty, but dang was it a great gift to open and explore that Christmas. Sierra’s most famous games, of course, are likely the King’s Quest and Space Quest series (the latter of which I obtained in a spiffy collection a couple of years ago) and for a generation of us, these games defined the PC gaming experience, and I’ll always remember that era fondly.
You can find out more about the project by visiting their official website at the Art of Sierra.