COG 2011: The Hall of Heroes – The Hero of Writers
THE HALL OF HEROES – THE HERO OF WRITERS
~ Jane Jensen ~
The decision of which writer to induct into the Hall of Heroes came to a difficult split, with writers of such distinct style as Grim Fandango’s Tim Schaefer and Metal Gear Solid’s Hideo Kojima in the fray. However, one writer rose above to claim the glory, and that writer is none other than Jane Jensen, wordsmith and storyteller of some of Sierra’s best titles, among them her own Gabriel Knight supernatural mysteries.
Earning a job as a staff writer at Sierra On-Line when it was becoming THE name in graphic adventures, Jane Jensen contributed to the Police Quest and EcoQuest lines before being selected as Sierra founder Roberta Williams’ co-writer on King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. Soon after, Jensen was given the reins of her first solo title, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, which was the first in a successful and acclaimed trilogy of games, followed soon after by the FMV-based The Beast Within and the 3D-rendered Blood of the Sacred, Blood of The Damned. She also novelized the first two Gabriel Knight games as well as authoring two thriller novels while designing several smaller games for Oberon Media. 2011 saw Jensen return to form with Gray Matter, a tale of magic, mystery and neurobiology that was, in many ways, a return to form.
Jensen is noted for the entrancing gothic mood her storytelling takes, as well as the sharply written repartee between characters. Playing a game written by Jensen is almost a dead giveaway you’re in for a likably snarky pair of heroes, a pained and sympathetic villain, and a beautiful backdrop – her games have featured such locations as New Orleans, Schloss Neuschwanstein, and the city of Oxford. Her stories tend to involve peeling away mysteries in layers before the shocking truth is exposed. Jensen’s Gabriel Knight remains not only a classic Sierra character, but is one of the most recognizable protagonists of any graphic adventure.
Heroine Jensen, welcome to the Hall.