Someone is reading the original Leisure Suit Larry source code live on Twitch

Archivist and filmmaker Jason Scott is currently reading the entirety of the original Leisure Suit Larry source code live on Twitch. As I write this, he's currently reading code related to the purchase and application of condoms. Nice.

Scott has undertaken the task in order to encourage donations to three organisations responsible for safeguarding online history: the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Video Game History Foundation and the non-profit library Internet Archive. At the time of writing, he's already been going at it for just over seven hours.

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Last week, Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe attempted to auction off the original source code for the lewd 1987 point-and-click adventure. Bids were going strong, but  lawyers working on behalf of Activision eventually intervened. As Andy reported, Activision acknowledged that it doesn't own the Leisure Suit Larry name: it worries that code is shared with other titles it does own, including King's Quest.

But never mind, because Jason Scott has our back. Assuming this Twitch stream will be archived, the source code will be forever available, assuming anyone has the time and energy to transcribe it.

You can watch the stream over here. Scott operates the website, and has directed documentaries including BBS: The Documentary and GET LAMP.

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.