Al Lowe

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Al Lowe
Born (1946-07-24) July 24, 1946 (age 67)
Gumbo, Missouri, United States
Occupation Musician and game designer
Website
www.allowe.com

Al Lowe (born July 24, 1946) is an American video game designer, programmer, and musician who developed several adventure games, mostly for Sierra On-Line. He is best known for creating the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Career[edit]

Teaching, early programming[edit]

Lowe began his career teaching public school music for 15 years. After that time, he decided to teach himself programming and in 1982 he created three games for the Apple II: Dragon's Keep, Bop-A-Bet, and Troll's Tale. Sierra Entertainment bought these games in 1983 and Lowe worked for them as a programmer and game designer for 16 years. His first projects included Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood, Donald Duck's Playground, and The Black Cauldron, all based on Disney properties. Later, he was lead programmer on King's Quest III and Police Quest I and also created the music for other Sierra games. Lowe is best known for his Leisure Suit Larry series of games. After Larry's success, Lowe also designed other games such as Torin's Passage and Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist (with Josh Mandel). Throughout his career, Lowe was known for his distinctive bald head, full beard, and considerable belly, and liked to call himself "the world's oldest game designer".

Sam Suede: Undercover Exposure

In 1994, he moved with his family to Seattle and supposedly "enjoyed" retirement since 1998. In a 2006 interview,[1] Al revealed that he was not actually retired, but had spent well over a year secretly designing a new game Sam Suede: Undercover Exposure, an action comedy game developed by iBase Entertainment, which he co-founded with Ken Wegrzyn. Unable to locate a publisher to promote and distribute Sam Suede, iBase Entertainment shut down in December 2006. Following this setback, Lowe expressed serious doubts whether he'd ever reenter the gaming industry again.[2] As of January 2007, the website for Sam Suede developer iBase Entertainment lists the project as postponed pending acquisition of additional development funding.

Later developing[edit]

In 2010, Lowe produced and directed Al Lowe's Comedy Club, developed by The Binary Mill for iOS devices.[3] He has since been recruited by Replay Games to work on high-definition remakes of six of the first seven Leisure Suit Larry games (the fourth game in the series was never developed).[4] On December 11, 2013 it was announced that Lowe has left Replay Games and returned to retirement. Where Replay Games' official statement claimed that Lowe's departure was amicable, Lowe himself disputed this, stating that the parting did not happen on good terms.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Lowe has played saxophone professionally since age 13 and still performs with local jazz bands, including MOJO.[6] He has been a model railroader for several decades[7] and is a member of the Board of Directors of the 4th Division of the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association.[8] In November 2007, he was the guest of honor at the Alternative Party 2007 in Helsinki, Finland and played saxophone live with David Hasselhoff Big Band.[9][10] He also runs a website, Al Lowe's Humor Site, and CyberJoke 3000, a daily joke mailing list.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adventure Classic Gaming (2006). "Al Lowe Interview". Archived from the original on 10 June 2006. Retrieved 2006. 
  2. ^ John Callaham (2006-12-01). "Interview with Al Lowe following the cancellation of Sam Suede". FiringSquad.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Al Lowe's Comedy Club". The Binary Mill. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive-Leisure Suit Larry Returns in HD". egmnow.com. 
  5. ^ Takahashi, Dean (11 December 2013). "Updated: Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe retires from Replay Games (exclusive)". VentureBeat. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.rebell.at/ Al Lowe "Wir sprachen mit dem Großmeister ..." (Interview, 2003)
  7. ^ Seattle Met magazine - profile - Al Lowe posted online 7 January 2014 http://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-profiles/people-and-profiles/articles/model-railroader-al-lowe-lives-on-little-rails-january-2014
  8. ^ "4th Division of the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association - Contact Us". Retrieved 2010-01-16. [dead link]
  9. ^ 'Adok', 'Magic'. "Al Lowe interview". Hugi Magazine. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  10. ^ fiikus (2007-11-05). "DHBB feat Al Lowe". Flickr.com. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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