Thursday, January 28, 2010

eBay Weirdness

Every once in a while, I check on eBay for a few games that I either find interesting, might help ScummVM in some way, or because I'm trying to track one down. I was looking for Mac versions of Sierra games, and at one point I happened to scroll down to the bottom of the screen and something caught my eye. "Leisure Suit Larry" (along with "Lego Batman") was mentioned on the bottom of the screen:

Bewildered as to what that link could possibly mean, I clicked on it and it lead me to here. Apparently Leisure Suit Larry is a popular item on eBay. Or something. I don't really get it. Not to mention none of the products listed below the description are even related to LSL.

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EDIT (2/3/10): My continued eBay searching has left me somewhat confused. Sometimes the item is just ridiculous, sometimes the price is just ridiculous. Since I don't want to just create another post, here are a few oddities I have found:

- King's Quest I CD: In addition to the high price... "replaced with the CD version"
- King's Quest V FM-Towns: High price. I would love to have it to be able to support it though! (Will accept a donation :P)
- Indiana Jones FM-Towns... Phone Card: Self-explanatory
- LucasArts Japanese Mac Pack: I would love to have this too (not as much as KQ5 FM-Towns), but I don't want to spend this kind of money...
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Seems normal... until you see what it comes with.

And, the icing on the cake:

- King's Quest VI "Girl in the Tower" CD: My jaw dropped when I saw this one. Yours probably will too. The price pretty much tells all. But it has free shipping!!!!

In other news, I've been tinkering with the Mohawk QuickTime code and working on adapting it to the Graphics::VideoDecoder interface in ScummVM. The more I do this, the more it feels like shoehorning the features that QTPlayer has into VideoDecoder isn't working. In addition, md5 mentioned that IHNM Mac uses QuickTime MIDI files. Curious as to what that involved, I looked up some samples on the internet. They use the good bad ol' QuickTime format to hold its own MIDI format (I had hoped for SMF in a QuickTime wrapper). Here's what Apple's QuickTime specs said about it. Anyone out there have better info than that?


Unknown said...

The description on that page has this odd paragraph:

The initial 1987 release of Leisure Suit Larry now retails at auctions throughout the US. Fans can also find copies of over a dozen other Leisure Suit Larry games including version five, Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, which came out in 1991, version eight, Lust in Space, and the 2006 version, entitled Cocoa Butter.

clone2727 said...

Haha, I didn't even notice that. I only skimmed through the paragraphs.

Anonymous said...

The prices of the Indy3 phone card and Japanes Mac Pack are quite high but both items are listed as Buy It Now or Best Offer. So maybe the seller accept $24.99 for card and $129.99 for Mac pack ;)

clone2727 said...

Hmmm... Petr, you make a good bargainer. I'll have to think this over :P

Eugene Sandulenko said...

...Too late

clone2727 said...

@sev: Did you buy it?

Eugene Sandulenko said...


clone2727 said...

@sev: Nice! :)