It's not a name that the modern generation of gamers would necessarily recognize, but years ago Sierra Entertainment was one of the most important studios in the business. Cofounders Ken and Roberta Williams built iconic franchises like King's Quest, Space Quest, Gabriel Knight, and many more, before selling the company in 1996. In a rare glimpse at the lives behind the pair of industry legends, a listing for their Fresno River, California home was reportedly discovered recently.
One Laine Nooney, whose Twitter name is fittingly Sierra_OffLine, posted the listing that they had discovered on RealLiving.com. The home, which is available for an impressive $2.3 million, is set on a 5.76 acre lot with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and even its own small indoor basketball court. Perhaps the most interesting feature to the home, however, is its stained-glass windowing around the front entrance depicting characters from the Dark Crystal show and game, which Roberta designed.
Nooney described some familiar details of the house in a Twitter thread, explaining that the realty site's photos were the first glimpse of the house that have been shared. In addition to the Dark Crystal stained glass, they also noted another stained glass window in one of the home's bathrooms depicting Sierra's mountain logo. Apparently the Williams only lived in the home for about 2 years, using it for marketing materials and even hosting an employee wedding at the location.
Ken and Roberta Willams are known to have multiple homes. It's surprising really that they kept this Fresno River location all these years. They also reportedly have homes in Seattle, France, another in California, and a now sold home in Mexico, too. However, the couple has spent most of their time touring on their 68-foot yacht. Though they recently sold their old ocean-going boat and are now building a new one meant for cruising America's rivers. The adventure game business was very lucrative, years ago.
if you got $2.3 million, go buy the palatial house Sierra On-Line cofounders Ken and Roberta Williams lived in on the Fresno River.— Laine Nooney @ 🌇🗽 (@Sierra_OffLine) November 23, 2019
Check out the stained glass windows referencing Roberta's Dark Crystal, and the Apple-logo-emblazoned racquetball roomhttps://t.co/cS2s7tFOcm pic.twitter.com/R4FQ1DM1Ay
The story of Ken and Roberta Williams, as well as the story of Sierra Entertainment, is an especially interesting one. Given the two's propensity for privacy, in part due to their love of living on the water, hints at their lives and livelihoods are exceedingly rare. But then again, they're long-retired from developing video games. The gaming industry isn't what it was in the 80s and 90s. Nevertheless, any reminder of Sierra and the Williams' role in gaming's past is a happy one.