Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#12547 closed defect (invalid)

SCI: KQ6CD - program crashes in dialogues ("portrait ALEX.bin not found")

Reported by: lwcorp Owned by: sluicebox
Priority: normal Component: Engine: SCI
Version: Keywords:
Cc: Game: King's Quest 6

Description (last modified by Mataniko)

The Internet Archive version of KQ6 crashes the first time you attempt to talk to anyone.

Steps to reproduce
1) Start the game (this version is dual Windows/DOS so choose either)
2) Go up
3) Go top left or top right
4) Talk to someone

Expected behavior
Start a dialogue

Actual result
Game crashes with:

ERROR: portrait ALEX.bin not found!

Additional notes

  1. While this version of the game lacks it, other versions have a subfolder called ACTORS that indeed has a file called ALEX.bin (which is probably a node to the protagonist Alexander).
  2. Some reviewers of The Internet Archive complained about crashes, but none of them mentioned ScummVM (it seems they played it right online there via DOSBox) and none of them referred to dialogue related crashes.

Tried it in the latest daily 2.3.0git16139-g21fdb18a4d (May 15 2021 06:13:57)

Change History (8)

comment:1 by lwcorp, 3 years ago

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comment:2 by lwcorp, 3 years ago

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comment:3 by lwcorp, 3 years ago

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comment:4 by lwcorp, 3 years ago

Summary: SCI: KQ6CD program crashes in dialogues ("portrait ALEX.bin not found")SCI: KQ6CD - program crashes in dialogues ("portrait ALEX.bin not found")

comment:5 by sluicebox, 3 years ago

Owner: set to sluicebox
Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

Please see the rules on the home page:

"Also we do not support using pirated copies of games, which includes copies downloaded from so-called abandonware websites. See ​ for more details."

comment:6 by lwcorp, 3 years ago

I'm aware of this quote, but I'm sorry, I was under the impression The Internet Archive is a respected establishment that only uploads legal materials. states:

The project advocated for an exemption from the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act to permit them to bypass copy protection, which was approved in 2003 for a period of three years. The Archive does not offer the software for download, as the exemption is solely "for the purpose of preservation or archival reproduction of published digital works by a library or archive." The exemption was renewed in 2006, and in 2009 was indefinitely extended pending further rulemakings. The Library reiterated the exemption as a "Final Rule" with no expiration date in 2010.

All of these statements are backed by references.

comment:7 by Mataniko, 3 years ago

Yes - that gives them permission to archive and stream these files, it does not extend to the end user for personal use.

Think about it as a library, you can go in and read the books and magazines (and in some cases check them out on a temporary basis), but you're not allowed to reproduce or resell them.

comment:8 by Mataniko, 3 years ago

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