About three years ago when writing an article for MobyGames, I ran into a problem of not being able to prove that Leisure Suit Larry and the Land of the Lounge Lizards had come out for the Apple IIc. So adamant was the approver that such a game never existed, I contacted Al Lowe, who programmed the game in order to settle the dispute. Along the way, I found someone who was able to back my story, and the matter was resolved. While I didn’t hear from Al, I figured I had just entered the “weird crackpot” area and was largely forgotten. This was back in 2004.

Fast forward to today.

In my Inbox was a letter from none other than Al Lowe himself, apologizing that he had not replied sooner, and true to form, answered a three year old question. I’ve exchanged a few e-mails with him, and he’s a genuinely nice guy.

Leisure Suit Larry was one of my favorite games as a kid. I first found the game at the tender age of 11, and was drawn into its cheesy world of pun-laden smut. The game was such a huge influence in my life for two reasons: 1.) It was an “adult” game that I shouldn’t have been playing (in retrospect, it’s just goofy fun now), and I was blown away by the 3D system Sierra had used for their games at the time. The game seemed “real”, and well understood what my twisted little mind wanted to do at the time instead of the tired phrase “I don’t understand that command”. I later heard via magazine rumor that Larry was coming to the NES. And so I waited…. And am still waiting….

But it was really cool hearing back from someone who created one of the favorite games of my youth, and from his official site, it looks like he’s enjoying life now with new projects and ways of making people laugh. If you feel so inclined, I’d suggest stopping by and saying “hi” to him!

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