Larry Porthole

"The Land of the Lounge Lizards" - VGA

Copy Protection

Larry 1 EGA - Age protection - Click for a larger image
How effective?

The physical copy protection mechanism employed by the old version (EGA) was now gone!

Don't get too excited, still no (and there shouldn't be any) chance of a free game! Sierra added a 6th question to the set of 'age protection' questions whose answer was a reference to something within the manual. If anyone's got any examples of the questions then please let me know!

Future games would still use different methods as Sierra attempted to find betters ways of protecting their sales without upsetting the game player too much.

The other form of 'protection' was one related to a player's age. Simple... fairly, effective... nah, not at all! But that wasn't really the point of it was it?

It was really nothing more than a set of 5 general knowledge questions selected from a set of 150+ questions. Get two question wrong and you'll be booted out of the game. Some of the questions were slightly American-esque but you can forgive this - Sierra was an all American outfit back then!

For a full list of questions and their answers, check out Al's personal Larry pages. You'll find them buried under the "Copy protection, cheats, bug fixes" link.

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