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Gender: Male
Species: Humans (Earthling)
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Ken Williams is the co-founder of Sierra On-Line and husband of the first Roberta Williams.

BackgroundEdit

When Aluminum Mallard landed on Earth after traveling back in time and across parallel universes, Roger Wilco and the Two Guys from Andromeda met Ken Williams. The Two Guys were offered jobs as software programmers.

In the distant future, Ken Williams or one of his descendants were staying at the Castle Daventry in The Daventry Zone (as the guests of King Graham) when Roger Wilco crash landed in the moat (after pushing the 'Don't Touch' button). He was asked by his wife, if he heard something, and was noted as saying at the time;

"It was probably just the gators entertaining another Space Quest player. Go back to sleep, 'berta."

Ken or one of his descendants may also have been a former member of the Arcada crew. He apparently left the Arcada at some point taking a data cartridge home with him. They knew they would never get the cartridge back. With the destruction of the Arcada, it would never be returned.

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Ken or one of his decendents was once employed by Elmo Vohaul Pug as one of his bosses and enforcers, whipping the poor progammers of ScumSoft, Inc.

Kerona is said to be a "Ken-forsaken planet".

A human Borth baby was born Borthia that looked mysteriously like Ken Williams.

Behind the scenesEdit

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In early versions of Space Quest 1, when you typed "ken" in the opening screen aboard the Arcada, Sierra CEO Ken Williams would walk onto the screen and complain that the game was behind schedule. Doing this twice would produce the message "Dave? Dave's not here". This egg does NOT work with version 2.2 of SQ1, which is supplied with the Space Quest Collection CD. (From the Space Quest FAQ)

The reference to Ken in SQ1VGA may be a nod back to this classic easter egg. Dave (or David) also appears as a crew member in SQ1VGA. Ken is said to be a former member of the Arcada crew. He apparently left the Arcada at some point taking a data cartridge home with him. They knew they would never get the cartridge back. With the destruction of the Arcada, it would never be returned. The lost cartridge maybe another reference to the lost Leisure Suit Larry 4 floppies, which many of the Leisure Suit Larry games put the blame on Ken himself.

One of the whipping taskmasters in Scummsoft offices is named "Ken", the other is "Rick" according to the game files. Though his name is not mentioned in the game itself, the animation is a stylized sprite of Ken Williams with his trademark mustache.

The Real Ken WilliamsEdit

For more information see, Ken Williams (producer).

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