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 Post subject: Alien Legacy and an epic failure in QA
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:34 am 

Country: United States
I'd like to share with you an amazing software QA failure.

The other night I installed Alien Legacy (Sierra, 1994) on my 486. The game installed just fine, but when I went to run it I was told that I needed to put the disk in the drive. I installed it from an original boxed copy with a legitimate disk.

So after a ton of research and hair pulling I found the problem, when they pressed the CDs they misspelled the volume label, and the game checks for that disk volume label to make sure it's in the drive. The only solution I could find was to copy the disk and use the correct label on the new disk. I did this and it worked perfectly.

So this leaves me wondering, how the hell did tons of boxed product make it out the door of Sierra without a single person checking to see if it actually worked.

So incensed was I by this that I actually tracked down the head of QA for AL to ask him what happened. If I get a response I'll let you know.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:38 am 
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Country: United Kingdom
Assuming this is not spam - Given that the game is 25 years old and Sierra have been defunct for 11 years, I wouldn't hold out any hope...

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