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Background: Sierra is a legendary game developer and publisher, most famous for its quests. It was founded in 1979 as On-Line Systems. The company came to fame following their production of Hi-res Adventuresfor the Apple II. The company would soon become Sierra On-Line and later Sierra Entertainment, which is the company's current identity.In late 90's Sierra passed through a series of acquisitions (by CUC International, then Cendant, which was purchased by Havas). In 1999 Sierra, suffering from financial troubles, announced major layoffs, which included some studios to be closed. Year later Havas became a part of Vivendi and was renamed Vivendi Universal Publishing. Sierra continued as a game publishing division of Vivendi. In 2008, Vivendi Games was integrated into Activision Publishing, who then closed Sierra Entertainment. However, in 2014, Sierra was relaunched by Activision Blizzard.

1st Logo (1980-1982)[]

Logo: On a black background, there is a white line going into a circle, forming an "O". Next to the "O" was "N-LINE" in a bold font, and "systems" appears in a plain font on the top right of "N-LINE". Below it is "Presents", or it appeared on the middle of the title screen.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: May appear on earlier Sierra games, like ThresholdCannonball Blitz, the IBM PC Booter version of Adventures in Serenia and early copies of the Hi-Res Adventure series.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (1982-1984)[]

Nicknames: "The Sierra Mountain", "Primitive Mountain"

Logo: On a black background, we see the same "O" as in the previous logos, except it was thicker. Inside the circle is a white/purple outline of a mountain face, with green trees below it. To the right of it is "Sierra" in a small script font and "ON-LINE INC" in a bold italic font. The logo then cuts to the title screen.

Variants:

  • On some games like reprints of Mystery House and Aquatron, the logo is in the middle of the title screen.
  • On the PCjr port of Wizard and the Princess, the logo draws in on a grey background. Here the mountain is fully colored and the line and text are pink.
  • The line and mountain may not be seen.

FX/SFX: The shining and the 2 stars, usually.

Music/Sounds: Silent or the opening theme to the game.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on their first titles, like reprint copies of Mystery House and the PC Booter version of Frogger, among others.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (1984-1989)[]

Nickname: "The Sierra Mountain II"

Logo: On a black background, a segmented circle is seen with the same mountain face as before, but represented by contrasting segmented lines. Below it or next to it is "SIERRA" in a bold Helvetica font.

Variants:

  • On Space Quest I, the logo is red.
  • On King's Quest IV, the logo is blue and there is white word "PRESENTS" below. A white crown and a copyright stamp appears below.
  • Early games have the logo on top of the title screen.
  • On Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, there is Larry with a girl seen in a blue dress. The segmented mountain appears to the right before transforming into a more detailed grey mountain with a blue sky. "SIERRA" stretches in with rainbow colors in stars above the mountain, with "PRESENTS" appearing the same way below the mountain.
  • On many Disney games like Donald Duck's Playground, Mickey's Space Adventure and Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre-Wood, the Walt Disney Personal Computer Software logo is shown above, below it is "AND" and we see the Sierra logo with the small word "ON-LINE INC." on the bottom right of  "SIERRA" with "PRESENTS" down below. On some ports, "AND", "ON-LINE INC." and "PRESENTS" were missing.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on Sierra computer games of the era, like the PC Booter version of BC's Quest for Tires, but most games do not have this and instead go straight to the title screen.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo (1989-1990)[]

Sierra (1989) (From Space Quest III - The Pirates of Pestulon for DOS)

Nickname: "The Sierra Mountain III"

Logo: On a dark blue background, we see green pieces of the circular mountain logo from the previous logo sliding in one by one. Then the word "SIERRA" appears flip up one by one in green, followed by the pink words "PRESENTS" appearing down below.

Variant: Depending on the composite, the entire logo may appear in yellow.

FX/SFX: The sliding, the word flipping.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the game.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on some Sierra games of the time period, like Space Quest 3 and Hoyle games. As with the previous logo, most games do not have this and instead went straight to the title screen.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo (1990-1994, 1995)[]

Nickname: "The Sierra Mountain IV"

Logo: We start out with the picture of the actual mountain face. Then it morphs into the circular mountain logo, usually in green. Then the word "SIERRA" then brightens down below. The logo shines.

Variants:

  • On most games, the logo is already formed with just the logo shining.
  • Sometimes, the logo may appear either in pink, blue, orange or red instead of green.
  • On early games by Jeff Tunnel Productions, a blue furry monster walks in with the text "Jeff Tunnel Productions", before pointing at the logo and saying the name.

FX/SFX: The morphing and shining.

Music/Sounds: A majestic fanfare with strings which ascend ala the 1988 Media Home Entertainment logo, followed by a 4-note trumpet, and two dings when the stars appear. Other than that, silent, the opening music of the game.

Availability: Very common. Can be seen on most of Sierra's games from the time, most notably the Space QuestKing's Quest and Leisure Suit Larry series. The logo made a surprise appearance on Space Quest 6 for PC.

Editor's Note: For those who grew up with Sierra's computer games in the early 90s, the logo looked amazing and ahead of its time.

6th Logo (1994-1998)[]

Nickname: "The Sierra Mountain V"

Logo: On a custom colored background, we see the same mountain logo from before. Next to it, or on the bottom, we see the text "SIERRA" in a Times New Roman font, either in spaced-out or not.

Variants:

  • On Police Quest: SWAT, a man emerges within the logo and shoots the letters, causing them to spin.
  • On other games, a blue furry monster (from before) walks in with either a Dynamix byline, the Jeff Tunnel Productions logo or the Dynamix logo, before pointing at the logo and saying the name.
  • On the last games, the logo gained a metallic look to it, as well as the Dynamix logo appears.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo. Like before, it is silent, a different fanfare, or the opening music of the game.

Availability: More common. Seen on most Sierra games from the 1990s like the later games in the Police Quest and Leisure Suit Larry series, as well as games by Jeff Tunnel and King's Quest VII.

Editor's Note: For those who grew up with Sierra's games from 1990s, the logo looked more powerful than before.

7th Logo (1996)[]

Nicknames: "The Sierra Mountain VI", "The Animated Sierra Mountain"

Logo: Starting off at a dark mountain with clouds rolling above, they move around as thunder lights them up in the back. The camera then zooms in at the mountain, now with thunder striking it, before it brightens up and a gold circle zooms out slowly to surround it. A duller circle then stops around it, with the second one coming in and with a rainbow coming in from the side. The mountain becomes gold and the rainbow hits it, turning it into a shining gold Sierra logo. "SIERRA" zooms in from the screen as the light behind it dies down, before popping up again. The logo continues to shine.

FX/SFX: The thunder, the circle and rainbow, the shine. Very impressive animation, looking beautiful even under the limits of CD-ROM technology.

Music/Sounds: Some dark flutes playing and thunder sounds, ending in a proud orchestral/choir fanfare.

Availability: Rare. Appears on Lighthouse: The Dark Being as well as Lionel Traintown. It also appears on the Space Quest Collection installer.

Editor's Note: None.

8th Logo (Sierra Attractions) (1998-2000)[]

Nickname: "Sierra Attractions"

Logo: On a black background, strange streaks zoom in and rotate before revealing the new Sierra logo, which is "SIERRA" in a strange font with a "wing" on the "S" made from spikes. Below it is "attractions" and a yellow triangle, all lighten up by RGB lights. The triangle shines.

Variants:

  • On 3D Ultra NASCAR Pinball, the logo is seen in white on a red stripe surrounded by checkerboards. A racing car with images of the blue monster then swerves into place below, with a crowd cheering in the background. The blue monster then emerges from the window and does what he did before.
  • The logo may sometimes just shines.

FX/SFX: The rotation and the shining.

Music/Sounds: A short synth theme. The variant uses the end of the fanfare from the previous logo, as well as the sounds of the car and the blue monster.

Availability: Can be found on pinball, poker and other sport games by Sierra.

Editor's Note: None.

9th Logo (Sierra FX) (1998)[]

Sierra FX (1998) (From Police Quest - SWAT 2)

Logo: On a black background, a blue light shines as the letters of the previous logo swirl around inside it. As they get closer together, the light brightens before forming a glare. The Sierra FX logo, which is the Sierra logo with blue spikes and "FX" in a black connected font with a blue glow, appears as a light passes behind it.

FX/SFX: The fragments flying and shining.

Music/Sounds: A mystic synth tune with a strange flute when the logo appears.

Availability: Only seen on 2 Yosemite Entertainment games, which were Police Quest: SWAT 2 and Quest for Glory V.

Editor's Note: None.

10th Logo (Sierra Studios) (1998-2001)[]

Sierra Studios (1998) (From Half-Life)

Logo: On a rotating starry background, blue wireframes of the Sierra logo zoom out and spin into place, along with "STUDIOS". A ring also takes its place surrounding the "S". Then, metal shards cover the logo, turning it silver. The logo (bar the "STUDIOS" text and the ring) turn gold and proceeds to shine brightly, ending with the ring giving off a gleam.

Variant: A short version exists, with the logo closer to the screen and only having the ring shine. It also only has sounds having the ring shining.

FX/SFX: The logo forming.

Music/Sounds: A deep synth note and several whooshes, ending with sparkles and a dark bell tune.

Availability: Uncommon. Appears on Sierra published games from the era. The most well-known game with this logo is Half-Life. Other games include Lords of MagicTeam Fortress Classic, Counter StrikeGround Control, SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle (Original and Elite Editions only), King's Quest: Mask of Eternity and Homeworld Cataclysm. A shortened version appeared on Caesar 3. None of the Steam releases of Valve games will have this logo.

Editor's Note: None.

11th Logo (Sierra Sports) (1998-2001)[]

Logo: On a black background, we see the Sierra logo from before spinning up, but this time the streaks form the star. The word "SPORTS" coming down from below the star and it settles, and a yellow outline appears.

Variant: A still version exists.

FX/SFX: The coming of the logo.

Music/Sounds: A crowd cheering.

Availability: Seen on various Sierra sport games of the time period like the NASCAR series.

Editor's Note: None.

12th Logo (2001-2002)[]

Sierra (2001)

Logo: On a black background, the logo in a pinkish silver zooms out one-by-one starting with the right. The logo also shines brightly throughout the entire time.

Variant: On SWAT 3 Tactical GOTY Edition, A copyright date appears below.

FX/SFX: The letters flying and shining.

Music/Sounds: Several sharp flying sounds, then a small whoosh sound.

Availability: Rare due to its short life span. Seen on Arcanum, Aliens vs Predator 2, The Throne of Darkness, Empire Earth, SWAT 3 Tactical GOTY Edition and both the GOTY PC/PS2 versions of The Operative: No One Lives Forever.

Editor's Note: None.

13th Logo (2002-2008)[]

Nicknames: "The Sierra Mountain VII", "The CGI Sierra Mountain"

Logo: On a white background, we past the bottom of a snowy mountain. As the white clears to reveal a blue sky, it reveals the familiar mountain with snow and mist all around the reddish rock. As it zooms out, the background fades to black and the mountain fades to the logo, which is a modified version of the familiar mountain still moving in it. When it stops moving, a flurry of snow comes from the corner and takes the logo with it. It then clears out, with the logo fading back in, along with a modified version of the "SIERRA" text from before (minus the wing).

Variants:

  • World in Conflict contains a mostly different animation. Helicopters surround the red-colored mountain, which forms the Sierra logo in yellow on a red background. Then, static comes in to reveal a version of the logo with the hammer and sickle and "СЬЕРРА". The logo then changes to the normal logo though the same static transition.
  • Software released under the Sierra Home label had this logo with the word "Home" in a cursive font. This print variant was used until 2004, when the Sierra Home label was discontinued.
  • A still version exists, with the mountain in yellow.
  • There was a version with tribal-style remixed soundtrack.
  • A white-background still version was used on Tribes: Vengeance.
  • Starting from 2006, the logo now plays in warp-speed.

FX/SFX: Excellent CGI.

Music/Sounds: A flute piece, transitioning into a techno beat that grows louder into an orchestral hit, and then a whoosh when the snowflake cloud appears.

Availability: Very common. The original version can be seen on original, Non Steam versions of Half-Life 2F.E.A.R, EragonSWAT 4, Ground Control 2, Ice Age 2: The MeltdownCaesar IV, and the international version of Spyro: A Hero's Tail, among others. Often accompanied by the Vivendi Univesal Games logo. The later shorter version appears on The Legend of Spyro trilogy, Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind Over MutantSacrifice: The World is YoursTimeShift and other games from that era. The Sierra Home variant was seen on Sierra published software from 2002-2004.

Editor's Note: While the company was shut down in 2004, the logo was still used until 2008 as a publishing label.

14th Logo (July 30, 2014-December 20, 2016)[]

Nicknames: "The Sierra Mountain VIII", "New Sierra Mountain", "CGI Sierra Mountain II", "The Hiker"

Logo: We see wind blow against a white background as a man clad in hiking gear, shielding his eyes with his left arm, comes into view. As the wind dies down, we see the Sierra mountain, and the hiker pauses to view it for a moment before running up to it. The camera zooms out as we see that the hiker animation is coming from a series of blue bars. They come together to form a blue, redesigned version of the Sierra mountain logo (2002-2008 version) as "SIERRA", in a gray, stylized font resembling the one from before, forms underneath it. When the logo is complete, it flashes blue and some frost blows off of it, and the background changes to vignetted black/blue gradient. The small byline "©[year] Activision Publishing, Inc. SIERRA is a trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc." fades in at the bottom of the screen.

Variants:

  • A still version of the finished product appears on the bottom-left corner of the title screen for the iOS version of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions.
  • A shorter version of the logo with only the last part of the animation and no byline appears in trailers for Sierra games.

FX/SFX: Impressive CGI animation that looks very realistic.

Music/Sounds: Wind blowing sounds are heard throughout. Near the end, there are some whooshes and a deep "boom" (not unlike the 2001 logo) as the logo comes together.

Availability: Current. It was first revealed on the Sierra website in late 2014 and officially debuted on Velocity 2X in September. Also seen on Geometry Wars 3: DimensionsShiftlings, and the 2015 King's Quest reboot.

Editor's Note: None.

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