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Ken Williams

Game Credits

Business

King's Quest III: To Heir is Human (1986)   (Gaffer)
 

Production

Diablo II (Collector's Edition) (2000)   (Localization Producers)
The Realm (1997)   (Executive Producers)
Hoyle Bridge (1996)   (Executive Producer)
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh (1996)   (Executive Producer)
Hoyle Classic Card Games (1993)   (Executive Producer)
Space Quest V: The Next Mutation (1993)   (Executive Producer)
The Dagger of Amon Ra (1992)   (Executive Producer)
Jones in the Fast Lane: CD-ROM (1992)   (Executive Producer)
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel (1992)   (Executive Producer)
Quest for Glory I: So You Want To Be A Hero (1992)   (Executive Producer)
Castle of Dr. Brain (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood (1991)   (Executive Producer)
EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Hoyle Official Book of Games: Volume 3 (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Jones in the Fast Lane (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge L... (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Litt... (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Mixed Up Fairy Tales (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Mixed-Up Mother Goose (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Police Quest 3: The Kindred (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Roberta Williams' Mixed-Up Mother Goose (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in the Sarien Encounter (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail (1990)   (Executive Producer)
Hoyle Official Book of Games: Volume 2 (1990)   (Executive Producer)
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yo... (1990)   (Executive Producer)
Oil's Well (1990)   (Executive Producer)
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire (1990)   (Executive Producer)
Roberta Williams' King's Quest I: Quest ... (1990)   (Executive Producer)
Code-Name: Iceman (1989)   (Executive Producer)
The Colonel's Bequest (1989)   (Executive Producer)
Fire Hawk: Thexder - The Second Contact (1989)   (Executive Producers)
Hero's Quest: So You Want To Be A Hero (1989)   (Executive Producer)
Hoyle Official Book of Games: Volume 1 (1989)   (Executive Producer)
Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursui... (1989)   (Executive Producer and Best Boy)
Manhunter 2: San Francisco (1989)   (Producer)
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (1988)   (Executive Producer)
Manhunter: New York (1988)   (Producer)
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance (1988)   (Executive Producer)
Sierra's 3-D Helicopter Simulator (1987)   (Developed by)
Sorcerian (1987)   (Executive Producer)
Silpheed (1986)   (Executive Producer)
Time Zone (1982)   (Executive Producer)
 

Design

Crazy Nick's Software Picks: King Graham'... (1993)   (Executive Producer)
King's Quest III: To Heir is Human (1986)   (Gaffer)
Hi-Res Adventure #4: Ulysses and the Golden Fleece (1981)   (By)
Hi-Res Adventure #0: Mission Asteroid (1980)   (By)
Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess (1980)   (By)
 

Programming/Engineering

Supercross 2000 (1999)   (Core Programming)
NHL 99 (1998)   (Game Logic)
Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)   (Zeus Hardware)
Cruis'n USA (1994)   (Hardware)
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987)   (Game Coding by)
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel (1987)   (Programming)
The Black Cauldron (1986)   (Programming)
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter (1986)   (Programming)
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne (1985)   (Game Logic)
Mouskattack (1982)   (Programmer)
Hi-Res Adventure #3: Cranston Manor (1981)   (By)
Threshold (1981)   (by)
Hi-Res Adventure #1: Mystery House (1980)   (Written by)
Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess (1980)   (Lead Programming)
 

Video/Cinematics

Police Quest 3: The Kindred (1991)   (Actors)
 

Creative Services

Sierra's 3-D Helicopter Simulator (1987)   (Documentation by)
 

Support

Race Drivin' (1990)   (Technical Support, Administrative Support, Management, Manufacturing, Etc.)
Hard Drivin' (1989)   (Technical Support, Administrative Support, Management, Manufacturing, Etc.)
 

Thanks

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 2: The... (2013)   (Special Thanks)
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The... (2012)   (Special Thanks)
The Silver Lining: Episode Three - My Only Love Sp... (2011)   (Special Thanks (for the support))
The Silver Lining: Episode One - What is Decreed M... (2010)   (Special Thanks (for the support))
The Silver Lining: Episode Two - Two Households (2010)   (Special Thanks (for the support))
The Fast and the Furious (2006)   (Special Thanks)
King's Quest Collection (2006)   (Special Thanks Go To)
Police Quest: SWAT 2 (1998)   (Special Thanks To)
Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire (1998)   (Special Thanks to)
King's Quest: Collection Series (1997)   (Special thanks go to)
The Realm (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail! (1996)   (Special Thanks To)
Justice League Task Force (1995)   (Special Thanks to)
Thexder (1995)   (Special Thanks To)
Torin's Passage (1995)   (Special Thanks to)
Alien Legacy (1994)   (Special Thanks To)
The Incredible Toon Machine (1994)   (Special Thanks)
King's Quest (Collector's Edition) (1994)   (Special Thanks go to)
Daryl F. Gates Police Quest: Open Season (1993)   (Our Appreciation to)
Fates of Twinion (1993)   (Special Thanks To)
Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! (1993)   (Special Thanks)
Shadow of Yserbius (1993)   (Special Thanks)
Sid & Al's Incredible Toons (1993)   (Special Thanks To)
Thexder (1985)   (Special Thanks To)
 

Other

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987)   (Undetermined)
 


Developer Biography

Ken Williams was born on October 30, 1954 in Evansville, Indiana. Williams’s father David was a television repairman for Sears, who had moved to California from Cumberland County, Kentucky; his co-workers nicknamed him “Country.” Ken grew up in a fairly tough neighbourhood in Pomona, at times sharing a bedroom with his two brothers, John and Larry.

Ken Williams attended California Polytechnic, Pomona Campus, majored in Physics and was carrying a C average. He met Roberta (Heuer Williams) when he was sixteen and they married on November 4th, 1972, five days after he became 18. They got two sons, D.J., born in 1973 and Chris, born in 1979. As Roberta became parent during his college time he needed a job fast. He stopped studying physics, attended a nine month programming trade school, Control Data Institute in Los Angeles, and graduated top of his class. He had several jobs since then; he worked as a systems programmer for Bekins Moving and Storage, where he got hooked on pure programming, and went after one and a half year to Informatics, where he met one the of the managers in charge of Informatics’s new products, Dick Sunderland, who would become President of Sierra in 1982.

He bought an Apple II, intended to write a Fortran compiler for the Apple and hired five part-time programmers to help him implement the compiler. But things went a bit different, as Roberta, after playing “Adventure” by Crowther and Woods, proposed to make a game with graphics, a game that would become known as Mystery House (1980).

In the same year they founded On Line Systems, later known as Sierra On-Line (1982). Williams was Chairman and CEO of this highly successful and leading game company till 1996, when Sierra On-Line was sold to CUC International. He stayed on with the acquiring company for a short time, to build one of the first internet-shopping systems (www.netmarket.com), which was very successful.

Later on Williams started a dot-com called Talkspot, to do entertainment broadcasting on the web. Talkspot was transformed to a company that did paid broadcasting for companies trying to reach large audiences, and renamed WorldStream. As it wasn’t the right business for him, he retired again. The internet crash happened about a year later, and took WorldStream with it.

In 2003 Williams created a site called SierraGamers, where people can meet, talk about Sierra and upload/download Sierra related files.

After their retirement the Williams’s bought a Nordhavn 62, called Sans Souci. In 2004 they made a trip with it over the Atlantic, and in the same year they upgraded the boat to a Nordhavn 68. Williams created a website to document the trip and other trips (kensblog.com). He also wrote books about their experiences, called “Crossing an Ocean Under Power" (Atlantic) and "Cruising Under Power" (Central Am and Mexico).

In May 2009 they started with two other boats a mini rally, the so-called "The Great Siberian Sushi Run," departing in Seattle for Japan, traversing Alaska, The Bering Sea, and Siberia along the way.

The various websites are constructed with the “Website Construction Set,” which was developed by himself. He offers the “Do-It-Yourself websites” at his site TalkSpot.com.

Last updated: Jun 21, 2009