Creator / Al Lowe

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Al Lowe is an American video game designer, programmer, and musician who worked on several adventure games, mostly for Sierra On-Line. He is best known for creating the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Originally a high school music teacher, Lowe decided to teach himself computer programming and made three games for the Apple ][ computer: Dragon's Keep, Bop-A-Bet, and Troll's Tale. Sierra would later buy the rights to the games and hire Al on full time, starting with a few Disney games like The Black Cauldron and Donald Duck's Playground and composed music for games like King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne and Mickey's Space Adventure.

After helping program King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human, Lowe was tasked with developing a graphical remake of Sierra's only text adventure, Softporn Adventure, made by fellow employee Chuck Benton. Lowe famously remarked that the game was so outdated, it "should've been wearing a leisure suit". It was that remark that gave Lowe the idea to rework the Featureless Protagonist of Softporn into the Disco Dan computer programmer himself, Larry Laffer.

In between Larry games, Lowe worked on other games, including the first Police Quest game, Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist, and Torin's Passage.

In 1999, Lowe, along with many other Sierra employees, was laid off from Sierra after the Vivendi buyout. He has since gone on to make his own personal site, which provides walkthroughs for his games and manuals to bypass copy protection, and a daily joke mailing list, called CyberJoke 3000.

In the early 2010s, he joined Replay Games, a studio headed by former Sierra employees, to work on remaking Leisure Suit Larry games in HD. However, this was short-lived; after remaking the first Larry game, he chose not to renew his contract with Replay and went back into retirement, leaving the fate of any future Larry remake, or even a new Larry game entirely, uncertain.


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