View Full Version : Your first time...(with Myst!)

04-26-2004, 11:10 AM
Just curious about this, how did you first hear about Myst and what ultimately motivated your decision to make the purchase (doesn't matter if your 1st one was Myst, Riven or Exile)?

Personally, I believe I REALLY started being interested about it when I heard about it on TV shows and Magazines that were totally NON-GAME RELATED. I was so passionate about the medium even at that Age that I was just mesmerized with the idea of a game that was finally being taken seriously by an audience who was not usually interested in that kind of thing. Then the graphics looked so good, I just had to find out. And finally, I would read people say how DIFFERENT it was, UNIQUE, IMMERSIVE, etc, etc, but I couldn't quite figure out what it was about (ie, how do you play and what do you have to do?), and that was the final key, piquing my curiosity!


04-26-2004, 11:10 AM
Just curious about this, how did you first hear about Myst and what ultimately motivated your decision to make the purchase (doesn't matter if your 1st one was Myst, Riven or Exile)?

Personally, I believe I REALLY started being interested about it when I heard about it on TV shows and Magazines that were totally NON-GAME RELATED. I was so passionate about the medium even at that Age that I was just mesmerized with the idea of a game that was finally being taken seriously by an audience who was not usually interested in that kind of thing. Then the graphics looked so good, I just had to find out. And finally, I would read people say how DIFFERENT it was, UNIQUE, IMMERSIVE, etc, etc, but I couldn't quite figure out what it was about (ie, how do you play and what do you have to do?), and that was the final key, piquing my curiosity!


04-26-2004, 11:21 AM
I got into Myst a bit late. About five years ago I was working with a fellow setting up a test stand for a process in the plant where I am employed. This guy was involved in the programming of the controls for this process (PC based). We got to talking and he told me about how he really enjoyed Myst. So I bought a copy and have been hooked ever since. Myst is still my favorite game of the series. I've enjoyed the others but none gave me the sense of wonder that Myst did.

04-26-2004, 12:44 PM
The first game of the series I played was Myst, but I didn't get it on purpose.

I was flipping through the packet of bundled software for my parents' new PC and Myst was included. I'd never really played any computer games like that (outside the Solitaire/Minesweeper/Monopoly genre) and the people who I knew who had played Myst were pretty negative about it, but I figured I had it already so it was silly not to play it.

So, naturally, I played it, loved it, got completely hooked. The ending was actually a total shock to be because I already knew both brothers were bad (this isn't a spoiler for anyone, is it? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) and I didn't think it would be possible to get a happy ending because I'd been told erroneously that Atrus was dead. Don't believe everything you hear http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

As I said, I was hooked, and I played Riven, Exile, and Uru as soon as they came out. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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04-26-2004, 01:05 PM
A friend's teenage son recommended Myst to me a couple of weeks after it was first released.

We were talking about non-violent and puzzle games, and he mentioned this one. Then he showed me the game on his computer. He was stuck on one of the puzzles (can not remember which one right now), and I helped him with the solution. I was hooked that very day. Picked it up the next day.

Have to admit though I had been looking at the Myst box for the first couple of weeks when it was first released. But it was word of mouth that made me buy it. Since then I have purchsed the sequels immediately upon hitting the shelves.

04-26-2004, 01:13 PM
I was about seven when myst came came out PC (1996?) and we got it a couple months after it hit the shelves. My older sister and I played it together and, while we loved the graphics, we were a little creeped out, so we stopped playing it. After a couple years passed, i decided to give it a go, and to my surprise, I beat it (it did take a little help on stoneship, but not much). after another few years passed, after considering getting Riven, Costco had it's little Myst, Riven, Exile deal and I decided then was the time to get it. By the time I had finished those, I started hearing things about Uru and here i am.

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04-26-2004, 01:14 PM
I didn't get involved with Myst until my son gave me his copy at the end of 1999 or begining of 2000. He is definitely into the action games, but thought he might like Myst.

Although he knew I didn't play computer games, when I was no longer able to work, he decided to send me Myst to give me something to do.

I was hooked after that and continue to look forward to all things Myst.

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04-26-2004, 02:13 PM
I saw an ad for Myst in some magazine back in 98 and bought it even before we had a computer (we got one later that year). I barely knew how to boot up a computer at that point and was completely fascinated by this game. The one point that people laugh at me for is the fact that since my real name is Catherine, I seriously thought that Atrus was talking to ME. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I knew nothing of the stories about Atrus and Catherine or D'ni... I was completely captivated thinking that SOMEhow they knew who I was. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif DOH????????

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04-26-2004, 02:53 PM
My dad and I picked the game up at CompUSA shortly after it was ported to PC. Mom had something of a fit because we'd just spent $50 on a game (we'd just bought our first computer not 4 months prior...). The back of the box blurb (which is horribly inaccurate looking back on things...) was one of the things that pushed us to get it, as well as the painfully beautiful graphics.

Anyhoo, I was 10 at the time, and the highlight of the day was coming home from school and playing Myst for almost the entire rest of the evening with dad almost every day. We even skipped dinner the night we found the Mazerunner of DOOOOOM http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif.

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04-26-2004, 03:29 PM
I bought Myst in 1995, shortly after spending $5K on my first PC - a 100MHz Pentium with 16MB of RAM and a huge 1GB hard disc. (Ah, memories...the old monster makes a fine doorstop!)

It was a review in a magazine that enticed me to buy it. The idea of a game with no violence appealed to me.

Side note: "7?" "10?"...holy cow...I suddenly feel very, very old...



04-26-2004, 03:43 PM
During my final University year, a friend of ours (all of us in the shared house we rented) arrived and bought his PC alon. He later went out and purchased Riven. That was the first I heard of the Myst series. Suffice to say, it was unlike any other game on a PC I had ever played.

The six of us played as a group - and over about a week we got some way there - to Moiety, and then he had to return home. We never managed to follow it up as a group, though one of us did get Myst. Which didn't seem to work right under windows 95 (it was the original, not masterpeice).

I had a windows 3.11 PC then - and it worked ok on mine, but with exams and so on, we never got far.

Some years later, in Bath (UK), in WHSmith, I was looking for something to spend a voucher I'd been sent as a Christmas gift on. And I saw Exile Collectors Edition. So I bought it, and after some hair pulling, completed it. (I didn't get a pewter Squee though :-) ).

After that, I underwent a number of years of not bothering with computer games much at all. Until someone I knew told me about URU. I liked the concept and idea and decided I needed to revisit all this.

I finally got hold of Riven over eBay (it was the set, including Myst and Exile). I forgot how amazing Riven was.

I completed each of them, and was hungry for more. So I ended up trawling the web for realMyst (never did find a UK outlet for it). Eventually got that too - and loved it.

And then URU arrived. GASP IN AMAZEMENT. realMyst but better, and online...until prologue ended.

Since then I've bought each of the novels and the anniversary edition (LOL - I now have three copies of riven, two of Myst MP, two of myst original, and two of Exile - and the box set of URU is mine as soon as it is released!)

Myst obsessed? Gee - d'ya think????

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04-26-2004, 03:55 PM
First time I saw Myst was when the gamer show on Tech TV (not sure which name it went by at the time, it's changed a few times) was showing some images from this game for the PS2,and I was amazed at how realistic they were. More so than any other game that my daughter played. When I was out later I recognized the box pic so got the name "Exile" and picked up a copy for her to go with a few other games for her new PS2 at Christmas. It was the only game she didn't open and play right away - give her a Silent Hill though and it barely survives the unwrapping. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Took some nagging but finally got her to play it and we were both instantly hooked! We had a ball with the puzzles, solving them together. I'm no slouch when it comes to puzzles, but she is utterly brilliant - very quick at putting it all together. She just looked at the final ball/map puzzle in Amateria and with a few switches she had it - I had been at it for an hour! After that we went scouting at different shops until we found the previous games for the PC and we still play them. I grabbed Uru first chance I could as soon as I heard it was out and have amassed quite a Myst collection of games, books and other assorted Myst memorabilia - just can't seem to help myself, I just love it so much. Those games have great replay value, makes me even more excited about a new one coming out. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


04-26-2004, 04:28 PM
I grew a bit weary of the choices of games I could play on my old Sega Genesis in 1995 so I bought a Sega Saturn & a few games to play with it. I got Panzer Dragoon, Robotica, Clockwork Soldier, and I looked at MYST. I read the description on the back. It intrigued me. I loved the beautiful renderings, & bought it as well. I played it 1st when I got home & I was confused & hooked. I couldn't get anything to work for weeks. I was so frustrated yet so determined to get to those other beautiful areas I saw on the box cover. (Library tower door hotspot 1 pixel wide, didn't find it for many weeks.)

Ze Pedro
04-26-2004, 07:43 PM
It was completely by accident for me. Had never played a computer game before and thought I would never like to. But I saw Riven's box in a computer store and I loved the pictures on the back of the box. I decided to give it a try. And, man, was I shocked?


04-26-2004, 07:57 PM
Oh my beloved Performa 5200, even with your pink screen, you were my favorite machine ever, for upon you was given the honor of playing Myst.

Freshman year of high school I had a 'love at first sight' moment with a wonderful girl. We hung out for a bit(she lived just down the road from me, LUCKY!) and I noticed she had a few computer games I hadn't tried.

"What's that one?" I said.
"Oh, that's MYST. I never figured it out. My dad bought it," she replied.
Well I noticed right away it was also for the MAC! Ho hooo! I swiped it up, and as soon as I got home launched that baby. WHOAAAHH!! Thinking games! great! I haven't had something cool since my last LucasArts adventure title! Heeeyyyy! This ROCKS! WOW! A tiny boat! WOW! A dentist chair...um..er...wow? OH! telescope..ok...
I beat the game that week, which earned me brownie points with said girl. I spent the next week flirting with her while she played the game under my wizened guidance. I fequently would put my hand on top of hers on the mouse to show her where to click on more difficult puzzles.

So, THANKYOU MYST, you helped me develope a wonderful relationship with a nice girl. Since then we played riven, broke up, got mad at each other, and then reconciled our differences and became friends over Exile. So ends my little story. If you didn't want to know, tough! You asked.

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04-26-2004, 08:27 PM
In '95 I was visiting my little sister. She asked me if I would like to see what her daughters were playing on the computer. "Sure, why not?" Well, there was Myst and her little girls, 5 and 7 year olds, asked if I would help them.

Not much later, the little ones had to go to bed and I continued trying to discover all the facets of Myst. I stayed with my sister for 2 days and became addicted to adventure games. I immediately bought Myst when I returned home and spent many an evening working on the puzzles. I had never been one to play games until then. I'm glad to say I've never quit playing them.

04-26-2004, 09:08 PM
Okay, I admit. My first copy of Myst was a burned one.


But remember when CD burners first came out? Holy cow! My friend burned that sucker for me at 1x. I played it, and I realized how much of a crime it was to be playing that game with a burned copy. (Okay that was creepy - I was just trying to type copy and it came out body - my murderous fingers have minds of their own) So....I bought it a week later. I had borrowed friend's copies of the games as they came out to play them, and I just recently bought the DVD version. YAY for DVD drives, right? I bought Uru the next day. And I'll buy Myst IV the day it comes out, I swear.


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04-27-2004, 05:16 AM
Let's see, the first time I heard about the game, I was playing a game called "Manhole" at my grandparents place. It was an extremely... odd game and I never figured out what to do in it, but my grandfather then mentioned a game he said was similar but slightly worse than that one since there was "nothing" in the game. ^_^ That's the first time I heard about Myst, and though I didn't play it my parents did and they came up with the same assessment - boring, stupid, low budget game.

Several months later I'm chatting with my friends during lunch when one of them starts talking about a game she just bought. Said it wasn't too interesting to her since she couldn't figure things out but said it might be right up my alley (and she explained the two books and the intro).

A hard and very dull game. LOL ^_^ That's what Max bought with money she had earned from babysitting. I was extremely apprehensive about playing it and was telling myself "if nothing else, it's difficult. If I don't like it, I'll sell it. And after I had found Sirrus and Achenar, I almost quit out of dull boredom myself... until I found the door at the dock and things got moving a little.

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04-27-2004, 05:17 AM
Bkreeger, that's one of the funniest creepiest GIFs I've seen in a while.

04-27-2004, 06:01 AM
My older bro and my dad played it when I was like 5, and they had so much fun with it, they loved it! But I didn't give a ****. I was young. Then Riven came out, and they got hooked on that. My dad gave up, but my bro finally beat it. He loved it! I still didn't give a ****. Ok, so it's 2001, and I'm looking randomly through a computer store at the mall and I find a box that says MYST III: Exile, and I'm like "cool! My bro would love this!"

I brought it home, and we both played it. I was immediately hooked, and we both beat it within 5 days. He was disappointed, but I had never played the other two, so I was incredibly amazed. After scrounging around the lurking corners of the house for a while, I finally found Riven, and it ended up taking me 3 months to beat, but I loved it SO MUCH!!! My brother had sold Myst after he had beaten it, and my best friend was hooked on watching me play Exile, so I gave my copy to him for his birthday, and then I ran off and bought all three in one package. Now i have two copies of Riven, along with Exile and Myst Masterpiece, and I lvoe them all very dearly. But Exile is the worst.


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Ze Pedro
04-27-2004, 08:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Phen1:
My brother had sold Myst after he had beaten it, and my best friend was hooked on watching me play Exile, so I gave my copy to him for his birthday...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

What kind of a person gives away and sells his Myst games?

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04-27-2004, 11:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by zepedro:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Phen1:
My brother had sold Myst after he had beaten it, and my best friend was hooked on watching me play Exile, so I gave my copy to him for his birthday...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

What kind of a person gives away and sells his Myst games?

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Exactly. I still have the original Myst game along with the bonus Myst that came with a Riven pack that I purchases two months after I bought the original Riven. So that is 2 myst, 2 Riven, 1 Exile and the DVD Anniversay pack I recieved with URU. Had a freind ask recently if he could buy the originals off me, and I had to smack him upside the head for even suggesting that.

04-27-2004, 04:36 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> My brother had sold Myst <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Sell ... my ... Myst ... games ... ?!


04-27-2004, 05:30 PM
[QUOTE] My brother had sold Myst [QUOTE]

http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif But it's mine, my preciousssss....

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04-27-2004, 08:44 PM
Ok, ok! Stop freaking out! I said my brother, BROTHER... Not me. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


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04-27-2004, 10:48 PM
Actually, Myst was the first "REAL" game I ever played. After spending years on Solitare, Blackjack, etc... I was looking for something that would be a challenge. Boy, did I pick the right game! I remember the first time landing on the dock and then reading the first note, then the music, my god! the music just blew me away, honestly, I was scared zchitless the first time in the chamber. Wow! What an experience! I expected a ghost to pop out at anytime, grab me by the collar and wisk me off somewhere really spooky! Now since the original Myst made me feel that way, based on what I'm seeing in peeks of Revelation, I've got that same feeling, just like I had in Myst!

04-28-2004, 12:34 AM
I know I told my story in another thread in this forum ... but here goes again.

I was given Myst during first half of 1994 by a friend who worked for Broderbund. I had no idea what this game was about or what I was supposed to do ... how Myst-like I say now. Up to this point I had only played standard (mostly DOS) card games another game that came out in 1993 ... DOOM. Still a favorite of mine.

About 6 months previous I had bought a Packard Bell Legend (something or other name) 486SX with a 66mb HD, 4mb on-board ramm, and a 2400 baud on-board modem, Dos 5.2 and Windows 3.1 (I had never worked with Windows before this).

OK ... my first experience with a Cyan product ... that I would become very accustomed to in the following years to come.


Buy a Sound Blaster Discovery 16 (sound card, 4x CD-ROM and speakers), a Hercules Dynamite Pro with 1mb video and a 14.4 modem ... hey we are zooming now. Later I would add more memory ... four 4mb 30 pin simms ... for a whopping 20mb of total ramm. This is the very first time I ever opened a computer case, let alone install anything.

I can now play Myst ... and although I was intrigued ... I was not a big puzzle person and didn't really catch on what to do ... though I was figuring things out. Got to Mechanical real easy as well as Selenitic ... got stuck in the maze. Was never able to get the tree to work and so never really finished Myst until Riven came out.

By this time I had a AMD 300 with 128mb ram, still using my original video card and a 56k modem, also a whopping 1.6gb HD. This allowed me to actually finish Myst and move on to Riven.

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04-29-2004, 02:44 PM
Honestly..?...I heard about Myst back in, what, '94? I had just started my first real job and everyone was playing it at work. But I refrained because I had more will power then. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I knew that I'd be an addict. (I have that kind of personality so I have to be a little careful.)

I was doing pretty well with that plan until this last Thanksgiving. It was right before vacation and I was really bored at work. I saw the ad for Uru on Salon.com of all places. Downloaded the demo and played it without sound. I had no idea what Zandi was saying.

What was that, the end of November? Now, it's the end of April and I've played MystRivenExileUru and read the three books. See what I mean about having an addictive personality?

I was such a screaming newbie in Live! I had no idea what I was doing or what it really meant. But, as time passes and I look for the same experience elsewhere, I realize how amazingly special it was. It certainly reformed this diehard non-gamer.

I can't wait for Revelation.

04-30-2004, 04:56 AM
OK I am coming around to all you guys' houses who said you bought Anniversary to commit a felony. Grrr - as many of you know I've been trying for months to get hold of it here in Australia (please don't suggest eBay again! I just wanna buy it!)

OK The first time I played Myst was at a friend of my dad's house - I would have been 8 I think. All I remember is "the man in the pool". But I absolutely loved what I saw. For many years I planned to get Myst.
One day I was in a computer store with my dad, deciding whether to get Myst, or a sim game (Afterlife, if anyone's played it). I got Afterlife. Because, we decided, Myst you would finish and never play again, and Afterlife you could play forever.

How wrong I was. I eventually returned and got Myst in 1996. Lets see... now Afterlife sits on my shelf collecting dust, while Myst I play over and over and over again even though I know it better than my own house. But the bonus of waiting till 96 was you got the Windows 95 version which came with screenshots of Riven.

Riven, Exile, realMyst, Uru, I got shortly after they came out. Those of you who know me know that I've played all of those games to death!
And since everyone else is counting their versions, here goes:
Myst: 3 (Myst, Masterpiece, realMyst), Riven: 1 (ohh!), Exile: 2 (Normal, Collectors Edition), Uru: 1.
If I ever get anniversary that will add 1 to each of the first 3 titles so yay.

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05-01-2004, 09:14 AM
1996 My then boyfriend (now hubby) has a sega system and decides that he would like a playstation. When we go to buy it at a record/game/movie I see Myst. I wont get it for another 6 months but it is calling me. I was soooooo lost for so long that I almost gave up! Then I got the tree to go up and I was hooked.

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05-01-2004, 12:03 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by zepedro:

What kind of a person gives away and sells his Myst games?

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I agree with that. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Anyway, this is how I got introduced to the Myst universe. When we got our first computer, Myst was bundled with it. This was in 94/95 or something like that I think. I loved it. Got Riven when it was released. Loved it. Got Exile when it was released. Loved it. Got Uru when it was released. Loved it (including the prologue). I never even knew that Myst was supposed to be boring until I read it somewhere on the Uru forums. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

Recently got the books as well, and loved them (even though they're not "canon").

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05-08-2004, 10:40 PM
My dad got it bundled with a cd drive, and I ganked it from him.

I then spent 5 hours on the phone to three different tech support departments at 3 different companies, trying to figure out why it crashed every time I entered the planetarium.

Turns out the cd drive on my computer was too fast for the disk. It was months before I got a copy I could play, and then I stayed up until all hours playing it.


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05-10-2004, 04:09 PM
Well, a long time ago, (In a galaxy far far away...) I rented it and thoght it was very cool... But then the renting place closed and I didn't play it in some time. Then I saw something about Riven in the newspapaer and was amazed by the graphics (I mean they really were a jump from the myst graphics...). Some time later I bought it (although its dubbed (sp?) in portuguese: why couldn't it be subtitles?!?!), and then I bought myst, and then Exile. And I have to say, I think it was Exile that really made me adicted! And then Uru, and To D'ni. And now I'm waiting for Path of the Shell and Revelation, and myst 5, 6, 7, 8, etc,etc... In other words, I'll probably play the Myst games to the day I die.

*takes a deeeeep breath*
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05-12-2004, 01:19 AM
I was an old adventure gamer since, well, "Adventure", and the Zork series... the classic text adventures. So the idea of Myst wasn't that new to me: the whole "first person, what am I supposed to be doing here, explore and solve puzzles" thing was something I was used to (and loved).

But having this with beautiful 3D graphics instead of text or cartoons WAS new, as was the idea of a game so big it had to be on a CD! I got Myst when I got my first CD-ROM drive. Played it, loved it, got the others when they came out.

Was very hesitant about Uru, because I'd never played a multiplayer game before, and assumed I'd hate it... because I assumed that all the other folks in the game would be at best a distraction and at worst downright annoying. Sorry guys! Boy was I wrong! Wasn't until then that I got involved in the community side of things, but I got real involved real fast http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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05-12-2004, 04:57 AM
I was involved with the community before Uru, but I had the same hesitant feeling about it being Live. "Other people in a Myst game?" It seemed so foreign. I didn't like the idea at all. But within a minute after successfully getting into the Ferry Terminal, all that went away. I met some person & it was quite funny. I loved it.


05-12-2004, 07:43 AM
OK I dont need to commit a felony anymore - I BOUGHT ANNIVERSARY right here in Australia. Yaay.
Here is my post if any of you Aussies want to buy it too. (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=311106333&m=953101604)
OK GreyWolf - people think I'm crazy because I collect computer game boxes. But I generally only collect 1 of each (They think I'm extremely crazy when I tell them I now have 4 copies of Myst).

But you, my friend, are a complete Myst nut, of epic proportions, to rival the craziest of the crazy. (Meant in the good way, of course).
If that list is true...
How could you possibly buy all of those? Isnt it expensive.
And how come most of them are sealed? Don't you want to play to find out the differences between them? (I can understand leaving Masterpiece sealed - the box is pretty but the game is so buggy its worse than Myst)
Also, according to that list, you've never played Uru! All the editions are "sealed".

Hmmm... crazy I guess. I thought I had a pretty big collection, but seeing that brings tears to my eyes (metaphorical ones).

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: People who know binary and people who don't.

05-12-2004, 11:01 PM
I have just bought the myst trilogy set in jan.2004, man was I hooked. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The story was great. When i played riven I couldnt stop, i had to go on and on, same with exile, now that I got uru I cant stop playing it. Cant wait for revelations http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/34.gif

05-14-2004, 08:37 AM
You bought the Trilogy? Why didn't you buy Anniversary DVD?
(I will assume you have a DVD drive, since this poll (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=311106333&m=736104443&showpollresults=Y) I started shows that 86% of Myst fans do.)

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: People who know binary and people who don't.

05-15-2004, 04:55 PM
Thanks EMS ... and yes I'm crazy and devoted. You can see pics of my collection HERE (http://forums.guildofgreeters.com/index.php?act=module&module=gallery&cmd=user&user=35&op=view_album&album=1) and click on the images themselves for larger view.

Some is very expensive ... so I only buy a few things a month ... or depending on what I'm buying and how much it is. As for them being sealed ... this is what retains the value of the item and there really is no difference between the games except the language. Sometimes I have bought two copies though ... one for my collection and one to play.

As for Uru ... I have played more time that I care to count ... I was a beta tester and even though I pre-ordered URU still went and bought a copy from Gamestop the day it was released and when my pre-order copy arrived with the 10th Anniv DVD ... those two went on the shelf with the rest of my collection ... sealed.

With PotS I will buy two copies of the game and one copy of the Complete Chronicles and am already saving for that. Well I have already pre-ordered Pots and Chronicles. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif so will just run over to Gamestop for my playable copy. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Perhaps the ending has not yet been written!

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05-18-2004, 07:02 PM
I actually upgraded to a mighty P166 with 16mb of RAM and a new fangled CD drive just to play Myst. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif I bought the game before my new computer arrived. I now have all versions of Myst, 2-Riven, 2-Exile, and URU. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


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05-19-2004, 12:00 AM
My brother got Myst for Christmas... '93 or '94 I guess -- seems to have been right after it came out, though I don't remember, really. The whole family was crowded around Dad's newest computer... I figured it'd be weeks before I got a gander at it by myself -- the box looked wonderful! I was anxious to play, being a visually-oriented person and intrigued by the whole concept...
So...I read the whole hints guide Aunt Kathy had also gotten for my brother... I was still sure it'd be forever until I got to play and by then I'd forget all the hints, right?
Oh. That afternoon the computer stood unattended... I pounced...
And for the next several hours various family members wandered by as I ran through the whole thing...

It was spoiled, therefore, as far as puzzles go, but I still loved it, and in the years between then and Riven played and replayed often... And when I wasn't playing, I was imagining going to those places...bringing friends...finding the bathroom I was sure must be simply hidden in each Age...

I also wrote to Cyan for a catalog...and proceeded to buy about half the stuff in it... ^^;;;

Riven, Exile, Uru, the books... I'm on the dock for all of those, too!
The day Revelation comes out I'll be dragging someone, anyone who can drive to Best Buy...! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

LOL...Hogarth, I'm with you...&lt;creaks off to find her teeth&gt; Well, okay, I was fifteen in '93... ^^;

In cavern: Ronda
KI # 589268 - Atrus shard ~ TMP
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

05-19-2004, 05:02 AM
Tainry, your avatar is all topsy turvy!

You had to fight off a crowd & wait your turn to play Myst? If only the rest of the general public were as enthusiastic.


05-20-2004, 02:17 PM
Somewhere along the way in this post, someone is going to accuse me of just trying to draw fire. It's not true, though I do know that I'm flirting with danger. First game in the Myst series I played was Riven. Now, there's a certain aspect of all this that has to do with "imprinting", like the first thing a whooping crane chick sees becomes its mother. ;-) Riven spoiled me, like so many others apparently, for the other games. As far as the original Myst goes, I've always called it a prototype, and to me its only real value is that it was so successful, that it enabled Cyan to develop Riven. I realize that the budgetary and the technological restrictions were there at the time of Myst's development, so please don't anyone jump on me about that. That being said, the graphics and the puzzle concepts are SO tacky and cheesy that I could barely finish the game. (Flame Time!) It's almost as if the Miller's didn't have anybody around at the beginning to say, "No, no, that's a terrible idea." The spaceship, for starters. And the pipe organ? And the elevator tree? Somebody stop me. On the other hand, I'm on record as having called Exile "Disney Myst", so I guess there's no pleasing me unless it's Riven. Can we hope that Revelation will be more Riven-like?

05-20-2004, 02:42 PM
I had heard and seen the myst games since 1996 but i didn't play Exile(the first on I played) untill 2000. I heard about it through a magazine called Explore and remembered seeing people play myst and riven. The next week I went to sams and bought Exile that is the best purchace i've made in my life!!!

"To dwell on the past is to die in the present" -Atrus (Riven)

"Taking only from the past only that which is good. Maybe in the process we can build a
better and brighter future." -Atrus (Exile)

Best PC Games Ever
1)Riven (Iv'e been playing 15+ hours and im still in the first age.)
2)Uru (The best graphics Iv'e seen.)
3)Exile ( I love the fact that the people aren't animated.)
4)KotOR (2003 Game of the year (what else needs to be said.).)
5)Jedi knight (Yes the first one.)
6)Jedi Outcast (The PUZZLES!!!)
7)Myst (Fun yet old)

05-20-2004, 04:35 PM
the first time i saw MYST, i was at a party, and all the guys were holed up in one room watching this one guy play.... i didn't play the game myself till a few years later when a friend let me take care of his computer for a while, and he had both MYST and RiVEN. i bought exile as soon as i saw it in stores, and i plan on buying REVELATION as soon as it comes out!!!!!

Lei'arra in URU

To dance is to breathe...to breathe is to live....to live is to dance....

05-20-2004, 05:21 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by lotr-sam0711:
but i didn't play Exile(the first on I played) untill 2000.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not trying to correct here ... but this could be confusing to others that read this ... Exile was not released until May of 2001 ... so you could not have played it in 2000. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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05-21-2004, 10:35 AM
I received Myst with one of my early CD-ROM drives. At the time, I was down with the flu, and it looked like a quiet game to play (with my wife) while recovering.

Since then, of course, I've bought every game in the series, and enjoyed them all to one extent or another.


05-21-2004, 01:34 PM
monsieurdavid: I don't think you'll get flamed; it would be against forum policy, so no one would DREAM of it!

For me, I had very different experiences with all three games, because a) I was at different places in my own life, and b) my expectations based on my experiences with other games were different, and c) the community aspect was evolving as I got more hooked into the Web. So I don't really like to compare. If I didn't really like ALL of them, I wouldn't be here http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

On whether the first Myst was popular and influential: it was. Over the past week I've made a project of visiting gaming sites and fora around the web where people are discussing E3, popping in with a comment about M4 if it seemed appropriate... and have been quite astonished to find that there are many more mentions of Myst 1 than Myst 4, which an awful lot of folks seem to have completely (ahem) missed. But they're still talking about Myst 1!

That's not necessarily a problem -- the folks who like Myst aren't necessarily the same folks who populate gaming sites. Evidence for that is M4's place in the rankings at Amazon, near the top of ALL software in the "Early Adopters" list. Which tells me that Myst people go to bookstores to do their shopping rather than to game sites http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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05-21-2004, 01:46 PM
I have always considered the Myst games to be interactive books; it's too bad we can't get Barnes & Noble or Borders to carry games in the literary section.


05-21-2004, 06:25 PM
a second note about my myst expeience: MYST to me was a good introduction to the series. it got me hooked, and expanded my mind. RIVEN was harder, more interactive, but still a lot of fun! EXILE to me was a bit of a break in thinking so much. it was just plain fun! the puzzles were interesting, but not overly taxing, and i loved the continuation of the story line. URU is a work in progress http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif; i love the feel of immersment (sp?), the interaction i got in live, and the way that it keeps expanding in the xp's. i also love the feel of it being "NOW", y'know, instead of the 'past". I CAN"T WAIT till REVELATION comes out!!!!!! it will probably be the greatest of all the games!!! YEEHA!!! Bring It On!!!

Lei'arra in URU

To dance is to breathe...to breathe is to live....to live is to dance....

05-22-2004, 05:54 AM
I played Myst (soon after it first came out) when I first got my Mac Performa years ago (the poor machine died a hideous death a couple of years later.... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif). I remember spending many hours that summer solving the puzzles and enjoying this new world. I was hooked. Now using a PC, I bought and played both Riven and Exile and enjoyed them...Riven was more challenging and took longer while Exile was more pure entertainment, less headaches. However I did not like the abrupt ending in Exile.... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-mad.gif Real Myst was a pleasant journey into known territory with a live feel to it.

Then along came Uru Live. Aaahhh! Bliss! Followed shortly by bitter disappointment...and then the relief of XP1....and now I am waiting for my pre-ordered copy of Path of the Shell...while still hoping for further installments of the story of Yeesha, the Bahro, and the D'ni.

Myst IV Revelation looks utterly fantastic and I am awaiting September with anticipation.



05-25-2004, 06:37 PM
The first game I ever bought for the computer was the original SimCity, (gosh what did it come on - one floppy maybe?). Then came Myst. As primitive as it may seem today, it was so far advanced from what I had seen before it was absolutely revolutionary.

Riven was, of course, stunning. But Myst will always be the milestone.



05-27-2004, 09:21 PM
the first time i played myst was when after a loonngg search, my mom bought it. I saw my sister playing it, and it looked fairly interesting, so i started playing it, (i got hooked badly) and wouldn't put it away.

It was a family game for us all to work on, but i like to think (no shame here) i did most of the work on it, and yeah, it was I who beat it, not any of THEm

As for Riven, we got it for X-mas, and once again it was meant to be a family game at first, but no one but me played it sadly, it deserved better.... and yeah, i beat that one too

Exile i didn't get until late the previous year when we FINALLY got a new pc. The first thing i did was purchace it (unfortunatly, didn't start playing it until over a month or two later due to me not having sound drivers installed). Exile i beat in a very short amount of time....

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05-27-2004, 10:07 PM
I remember seeing part of the commercial ad when MYST first came out(I was 14 I think) and I thought 'there's no way I'm gonna play that, it's too creepy'. Well, about four or five years later, my uncle came for a visit with my grandma and younger cousins. We went out for pizza and we talked for awhile. The subject got around to games and he asked me what I liked. My reply... The Sims, Sim City, and Myst! I don't know what changed my mind because I hadn't seen anything from it.

Well, a couple of weeks later I got a package in the mail. It was MYST http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif!!!!! I like puzzles, I'm not very good at them, but I like them. Anyway, I wasn't even done with Myst when I got on ebay to look for Riven. The copy I got came with a guide book that the person bought. (BTW: It has a vital typo in the D'ni number section that totally screws up my game http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif)

After that, I did the Exile watch and counted down to its release. I didn't get til over a year later(Edana still makes me sick). At this point I'm totally Myst obsessed and I go looking for the books. My mom surprised me and got them for me for Christmas last year. I just got Uru and I can't play it because I need a video card http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Given that this is my longest post thus far, I don't see any signs of losing interest in everything Myst and D'ni.

Hugs to all!

05-28-2004, 12:49 PM
Please excuse the newbie jumping in http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I had just completed one of the Ultimas and was in the computer store looking for a new game, and just happened to be there the day Myst came out. I hadn't even heard of it, but the guy at the store said he'd heard good things about it, so i bought it.

Took it home and ended up playing all night. It was amazing, i'd never seen a game like it. I couldn't stop playing it and if i wasn't at work, thats what i was doing, much to the irritation of my girlfriend at the time... We broke up not too long after... Hmmm.... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

06-01-2004, 09:59 AM
My son gave me Myst for Christmas back in 1994. I had never played a pc game and it sat on my shelf for months. One boring rainy day I plopped it in and looked it over. The images and soundtrack were beautiful and I was captivated. I started to play and couldn't stop. My journal began to fill up and my housework went south. The rest is history. Games, books, soundtracks and ultimately, the forums. It has been a wonderful journey and has accelerated over the last year, evolving into an obsession. I adore the entire genre and will gobble up anything Myst that comes along.

Chloe on Achenar
Miranda on Atrus

06-01-2004, 09:07 PM
The one thing that is obvious with Myst games is the Love for adventure. The love of the realism of made-up worlds that hold truths to them. Good vs. Evil. Kindness, Brutality, Fear, & Curiosity. Ingenuity. Fortitude. Companionship. Commeraderie. Cooperation.

But Uru added a new dimesion that we all knew too well. Sorrow. No other game added that element so masterfully. I'm sure it was unintended, & a by-product of ending Live. But they don't realise what they actually did. Well.....they probably do...but they may still be in awe of it. I would be.

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06-10-2004, 03:04 PM
Oops... I just got done chronicling my whole Myst experience on another thread. Rather than re-write the whole saga, here's a LINK (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=311106333&m=549109963&p=4).

Scroll down the page. It's the long one... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif


Q: "What's even better than playing Uru?"
A: "Playing Uru in stereo 3D!"

06-11-2004, 03:03 PM
I've just been playing RealMyst for the first time... my first visit back to Myst island in 10 years (I tried Masterpiece Edition, but just couldn't handle the low resolution). It's very interesting revisiting after all the developments since.

Myst and its ages feels much smaller now than it used to -- may be a side-effect of full 3D, where you realize there really isn't anyplace to go besides the same paths where you could go with point-and-click, but no doubt also a reflection of the Millers' resources and the higher cost of rendering back then. The effect for me though is just like revisiting as an adult a place you lived when you were a child -- from your new perspective, everything feels shrunken.

For me though the biggest change is the way the puzzles fit into their environments. Starting with Riven, the worlds you can explore have been getting increasingly internally consistent and coherent: sure, there are plenty of unnecessarily complex devices (required for our entertainment http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ), but they fit the world they're in. Of course, seeing Myst Island as a portal to different Ages, it makes sense to bring a visual element from each Age to the island; those elements don't seem out of place in their destination Ages. But the effect is... eclectic, and makes me appreciate more the strides that have been made since in visual coherence.

The attempt to justify everything in the game according to some kind of "linking theory" or D'ni science was evidently not fully in force yet in Myst, and there are some very puzzling elements. Besides the much-discussed "prison book" problem, there are plenty of smaller things. The pictures that swirl, rotating the library? The link to Selenetic, which apparently happens through some kind of lens -- you don't touch a book? And the biggest puzzle of Myst island -- though it was the family's main home, there's no place to live there, no beds, no kitchen. All the later games give us much more sense of a habitable and inhabited world.

I don't mean this as a criticism: in a way the miniturism and the very illogic of Myst made it more magical than any of the other games, and more surprising. When I first played it, I was completely unconcerned with these matters, and it's only the other games that have conditioned me to worry about them http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Myst represents a major point on the path forward that has taken us to where we are today, with the large, coherent, living worlds we can now explore, and I'm very excited to see where the path will take us.

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06-11-2004, 04:29 PM
Sri --

Very interesting points! I'd noticed those myself. It's been fascinating to see Cyan's game design philosophy mature over the years. Many of the interactions we see in Myst are direct descendants of certain elements of their earlier products. The Manhole, Cosmic Osmo, and Spelunx were rich with items you could click just to see some sort of funny animation, hear a sound, or both. (They were designed for children, after all.) The swirling pictures in the Myst library are exactly the same sort of thing, but they differ from the earlier titles in that there's a hidden effect elsewhere that you can't readily see; you have to discover it. So you're actually seeing the evolution of Cyan there, in a way. They were building on their previous experience, but at the same time they were venturing far beyond into a world of mystery and suspense that was not present at all in their previous worlds.

Running parallel to this maturing process was the development of the whole D'ni legend, which is why certain elements of Myst don't exactly jive with what we know now. The in-game explanation would probably be that the proper D'ni technology simply hadn't been discovered yet, so the developers saw fit to come up with story elements that made sense in the game; later discoveries (as journals were discovered and translated) then forced a re-thinking, with the result that Riven, Exile, and Uru each adhered a little more closely to known D'ni science. The link to Selenitic is a prime example. Just how does the rocket fit into the process? Who knows... only that in Cosmic Osmo you traveled to its various worlds in a comical little spaceship called the "Osmobile." It looks like they included the rocket in Myst for much the same reason; simply as a playful game element that added to the other-worldliness of Myst Island. Only later did "The Art" become better understood, with linking books becoming central to the story.

In fact, although D'ni was mentioned in Myst, it was only the briefest of references. You simply knew that Atrus was trapped there, and that the linking book under the library allowed you to join him. The spelling at the time was actually "Dunny," by the way, much to the amusement of our Australian friends, I'm sure!

My mind is simply boggled when I compare Cyan's earliest creations, Myst included, with the later titles, especially Uru. The whole concept, which started out so simply, has exploded into a masterpiece of creativity and technology. What a shame that it was just a little too advanced for Live to work. But we can hope!


Q: "What's even better than playing Uru?"
A: "Playing Uru in stereo 3D!"

06-13-2004, 07:06 AM
This is not a flame.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>the graphics and the puzzle concepts are SO tacky and cheesy that I could barely finish the game.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Imagine its 1993.
Obviously you didn't play Myst back in its day. But back in 1993 it was considered absolutely revolutionary. Nothing topped its graphics for years. (I didn't play it in 93 but I knew about it).
As for the puzzles, well, everyone has tastes, but I think Myst's puzzles stand the test of time. The only problem is the non-randomness of certain important passwords, and the overall "smallness" of the game by the others standards.

Sri - realMyst for the first time? No Myst in 10 years? OMG thats amazing for someone who's obviously so into Myst - u havent played the main game for all this time!
I'm quite the opposite. I've played Myst more than any of the others. In fact, since I got RM, I've actually played Myst more than I've played that.

You're right - it does seem a lot smaller now than it did. But I think each time you play one of these games, they get a little smaller as you get more familiar. Riven and Exile are becoming smaller to me now.

So I never had a "myst revisit" as you described - I never left! (Except getting realMyst was breathtaking, which is why I think they should do realRiven at any cost). I wonder how well people know Myst? Because I know every nook and cranny; every password by heart. If you locked me in a room without the game and asked me to write a walkthrough I could.

Oh Mowog i was gonna say but u beat me too it.
The original spelling "Dunny."
I am your Australian friend! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif And, yes, from the point I found it to this day, it is still very much to my amusement!

Actually, I remember doing a school project on Myst http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif and I had nearly finished the game, but hadn't got to "dunny", I'd just seen the name in the credits. I wrote a list of ages in the project, and I'd heard of "dunny" but was too embarrassed to put it in (since I wasn't sure if it was a joke or something) so I just wrote "there may be more ages since I haven't finished the game"

The gathered will tell... Cool I'm one of the gathered!

06-13-2004, 07:19 AM
After that little conversation I just went and played Myst Masterpiece.
I was on the lookout for something I think should have been changed. But no - if you look in the credits of Masterpiece it still says "Dunny". Ha ha ha http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
OK after visiting the place I can't WAIT to play Path of the Shell. But I'd better not go into further details on a non-spoiler forum for Myst IV!!!

The gathered will tell... Cool I'm one of the gathered!

06-13-2004, 05:28 PM
Hey, EMS, I didn't know you were Australian! Hope you've checked out the Aussie Mysterium threads!

I wasn't really a Myst fangirl until Uru. I'd played the earlier games, and enjoyed them, but it was the community aspect with Uru that sucked me in and made me into the monster I am today http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Know what you mean about PotS... a certain area just glimpsed that you want to revisit? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I felt that way too.

Anyway, on to replay Riven and Exile in prep for the Fall!

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06-14-2004, 06:42 AM
Yeah I'm replaying Riven and Exile too... err along with studying Physics exam for Wednesday. The sad thing is I think I've spent more time playing Myst/Myst related games/Forumming in the past week than Physics.
Errr... Uru has a physics engine - that counts! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Didn't know I was Aussie? Oh, I've been dropping hints all over.
Aussie Mysterium - I dunno, I definitely won't be able to go unless its in Melbourne, and even then I'm not sure - so I'll just sit tight. But I'm glad Myst is finally happening in the place where "dunny" has a different meaning!

Did u go to the real Mysterium? I know I saw u at the E3 show - and I think if you want to compare reviews, you (and GreyWolf, since he's sensitive about his profile) did a FAR superior job to GameSpy and the others (if you recall that "A crying shame and wierd to boot" (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=311106333&m=765100034) thread)!!!

The gathered will tell... Cool I'm one of the gathered!

06-14-2004, 11:05 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Eat_My_Shortz:
Did u go to the real Mysterium? I know I saw u at the E3 show - and I think if you want to compare reviews, you (and GreyWolf, since he's sensitive about his profile) did a FAR superior job to GameSpy and the others<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am attending Mysterium this year in Toronto. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I'm not sensitive ... just caring. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

Thank you EMS ... as I said I know I'm not a great writer but I still try to get any and all info you you all ... and am glad I was given this rare opportunity to do so.

Perhaps the ending has not yet been written!

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06-15-2004, 04:28 AM
I just like to read reviews about games I like by people who also like those games.

I've read a lot of Uru reviews. Most of them were bad. I can sort of understand the ones that say "Myst was good, Uru ruined it" - obviously they can't adjust to the new environment.

But reviews that say "Pfft Uru is just as bad as Myst! Myst was boring and so is Uru". They just sent in the wrong person for the job. Obviously there are millions of people who love myst, so to write a review based on a "given" that Myst is bad is just - well - I don't like it!

Actually GrayWolf, can u please post a link to your review - I can't find it anymore!

The gathered will tell... Cool I'm one of the gathered!

06-15-2004, 01:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Eat_My_Shortz: Actually GrayWolf, can u please post a link to your review - I can't find it anymore!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Review (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=774101533&m=580100224) I placed my review in the spoiler section just in case ... currently it is the first post in there.

Thanks EMS and everyone else!

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06-15-2004, 09:43 PM
Those type of people will never get it. Ever. Don't even bother. Write them up as 'lost collateral'. Move on to better pastures.

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06-16-2004, 10:01 PM
Yep. I've never met anyone who thinks Myst is "allright". You either love it or hate it.
Send in the former to write reviews plz!

GrayWolf: Just reading ur review again. very good! I can just imagine trying to "play" Revelation and trying to solve a puzzle when all those people are watching you, and its that overwhelming! Well you certainly captured the moment.

Its funny that you ended with "Even though I may be biased in my opinions of Myst this game is so totally amazing...." considering the convo we're just having!
I think its better that you're biased towards the Myst series because then true Myst fans know whats in it from a similar perspective to their own.
The gathered will tell... Cool I'm one of the gathered!

06-18-2004, 08:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I think its better that you're biased towards the Myst series because then true Myst fans know whats in it from a similar perspective to their own. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good observation. Those who bash products in their reviews, for whatever reason, are probably seeking to please people who probably wouldn't buy the product anyway. Having the product reviewed by someone who has a genuine interest in it would produce a more useful review, i.e., one that was more appropriate for people who are actively seeking info on the product with an eye toward buying it.


Q: "What's even better than playing Uru?"
A: "Playing Uru in stereo 3D!"

08-25-2004, 04:42 PM
I should perhaps mention before I start on this that when we bought our PC in '91 (A Philips 286, with a CD-Rom drive) we got a copy of The Manhole, a totally tripped out and completely excellent 'game' with no point, just exploration... there weren't really any puzzles.

Though that little green thing that went "boo" when you clicked on the front of the boat going into the tunnel was stunning... and looking up a rabbits nose as he says, "There's a little person in my tea" always freaked me. Who drinks tea with a straw anyway?

However, back to the plot...

Ahh... the first time. I'd heard about it, but as a youngster (Only 14) I didn't have much money to spend... then we got a HP DeskJet 600C in '95, and bundled with this was a copy of Myst.

I was hooked.

It was stunning, as many here have said, and it was well worth the bane of the printer (I hate HP's. Worst printers ever). And, then, I bought Riven, and it was even better.

Alas, Exile was so-so, but too easy.

Uru - never played it live, haven't got over 40 minutes to wait around at one time to finish POTS (Yes, I looked at the walkthrough. What were Cyan thinking with those puzzles?)

MystIV:Revelation - Please make it a 'real' puzzle game... not some easy peasy namby pamby thing! Please? Anybody?

OK then - can we mod it afterwards to make it harder? *grin*

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08-25-2004, 05:05 PM
Man the memories...
i got the original Myst (with the making of MYST quick time movie and that demo for the cell shaded Train game) from a friend of my dads who had finished it but was gonna lose his pc in a divorce (you dont wanna know) i spent almost two years on it (i was twelve no guides) i fondly remember what a buzz kill it was when you "finished" it. then i heard about riven and was hooked from then on

btw lazer You still have a copy of Manhole? any chance i could get a copy?(i doubt Cyan will ever re-relese it or Spelunx in a sort of 20 year anniversary pack)


08-25-2004, 05:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hogarth...:
Side note: "7?" "10?"...holy cow...I suddenly feel very, very old...

I can relate, H http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

Myst first caught my eye when I saw a pix for the parody game (I think it was Pyst???)...the clock looked intriguing...bought our first PC in '97...Myst followed within days...and I was hooked...the graphics, being immersed in a totally fictional yet somehow very real environment...the puzzles...and no violence...

Last year, Uru was on my X-mas list, but I KNEW it had been bought...I was looking into the upgrades our current PC would need...we brought it into the shop on Dec 30, only to learn (and I know I'm not the first) faster chip means new motherboard means new case means new power supply...you'd be better off just buying a new PC...quickly followed by "did I tell you about our Holiday special???"

Well, with the second PC, of course we'd need a new monitor, and we'd been waiting for our now five-year old one to finally die (it is still alive and well lol)so we could finally buy one of those nifty flat screen ones.

We still laugh at the 'expansion pack' we bought so I could play Uru. Visualize this: the two of us each on our own PC, playing our own new game...barely stopping to eat, for three days...and we're both over 40

Anyway...my birthday is the end of October...either I get Revelation, or I buy it the next day...I have a week's holidays planned shortly thereafter and I have made it known Myst IV will be my priority!

In the meantime, I have been happily replaying Myst, and Riven, having only just found out that the 10th Anniversay DVD edition had been re-engineered to run on XP...I placed my order the day after I found out...and no, I don't live in a cave...I just never read the fine print, and I was SO focussed on Uru, released at about the same time.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
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08-26-2004, 03:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MTigerV:
btw lazer You still have a copy of Manhole? any chance i could get a copy?(i doubt Cyan will ever re-relese it or Spelunx in a sort of 20 year anniversary pack)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think so... but I'm not giving it away, or selling it. It's mine - a piece of Cyan memorabilia that is sticking with me. At least - I'll have to check, it's probably up in the loft somewhere with the rest of the old software collection...

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08-26-2004, 03:06 PM
honestly lazer you think me a cad...

Iwould never ask any Myst fan to part with his/her beloved memorabillia but..

it was just a bunch of floppys right?

just post copys of them here on the boards!

i think i speak for all the younger myst fans when i say wed all like to try cyans other games

come on it would be great! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif


08-26-2004, 03:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TheTian:
Well, with the second PC, of course we'd need a new monitor, and we'd been waiting for our now five-year old one to finally die (it is still alive and well lol)so we could finally buy one of those nifty flat screen ones<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hah, that's nothing. The 14" screen from my original computer (Bought in '91) is still up and running... all 640x480x16-bits of it. Philips. They don't make 'em like that anymore. BTW, it's a PRO3CM9680 (IIRC, the monitors at my mates as a 'server' monitor), if anyone's interested. I recall that the clock-synch was reversed, caused me no end of trouble when I tried to run Linux... everything was totally awry. Worked fine on *doze, though - everything from 3.1 to 2000 (Never ran XP on it - ew, XP in 640x480... *shudder*)

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08-26-2004, 03:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>it was just a bunch of floppys right?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

No Way! This was a CD-ROM game! I did say the computer had a CD - and this had full audio, everything. I think it was one of the first 600MB games out there... Home of the Underdogs.org (http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=679) has info about it, and also about Manhole: CD-ROM Masterpiece Edition (http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=4057), which has an interesting snippet:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Home of the Underdogs originally posted:
Note: The download of this game has been removed since Cyan has informed us that they are working on re-working older titles for re-release. Great news, so please be patient and contact Cyan directly if you want more details or release dates http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
There you have it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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08-26-2004, 04:08 PM
(grumbles) alright http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif but i wish you didnt tell everyone!


08-26-2004, 04:09 PM
Why not? The enjoyment of a great game like this is surely reason enough to tell everyone? I know I'd buy it!

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08-26-2004, 04:33 PM
i meant the no bootleging part.. oh well

btw 0-0 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/mockface.gif


08-26-2004, 04:39 PM
HAH! Nice http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I could still beat you with my arms tied behind my back, I just conceded since nobody else would want to see our combat...

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08-26-2004, 04:48 PM
theirs always Insult Dart Throwing at the Bar and Grille!


08-26-2004, 04:48 PM
To support Pat, I suppose I should start by describing my first experience with Myst. Oh, sorry here, I don't usually like to make such long posts - please don't feel you have to read all this!

I read about Myst in an article in Newsweek magazine, as US news magazine, many years ago. It looked like a beautiful game, a wonderous world. I did not buy the game. I did not have a computer at home, though, being in the computer biz, I worked on computers at work. This was before the advent of computers as "fun" for me. At that time it was work, enjoyable work, but work. It never occurred to me to buy a computer for home (Remember that was years ago, now I go into Fry's Electronics at least once a week!). I also never thought I would be the sort of person who could or would play computer games - it seemed as far away from me as, let's see, snow skiing (I HATE the cold).

I'm not sure I would have ever bought a computer for home except for the internet. Fast foward to around 1997. By this time the internet has happened (and I'm late to the party!), and I'm staying at the office until 3 in the morning to websurf - I think I accessed every travel site on the web! I finally (!) decide I want to work at home some of the time (we finally get a way to access our company network at home), so I grab an old laptop, slow, but for that time period not to shabby, and head out of the office. I work at home some of the time, and I access the internet at home and I'm happy. Then I want my own internet account and my own PC. In 1998 I buy the fastest laptop on the market, 300Mh, not cheap either. I set it up, get my very own internet account, start to do stuff, and then I remember Myst. I never forgot about Myst - when I remember something I remember something. I buy the game (and the game guide, even without playing a single game I just know that I'm going to be a slow and lazy gamer!). The rest is history.

I love Myst - I love the "myst"-ery, the glimpses into other worlds, and the story of the brothers. I love it that someone in the game seems to need my help, though he doesn't seem to know at first how much I can help him! I love the mood, and the palpable sense of nostalgia and loss, which oddly enough has some similarities to the nostalgia and loss that permeate Lord of the Rings. I love how the mysterious things don't all fit together. I spent so my time in Myst that there are days when it seems real to me, in a way similar to the "real" world. I feel I've been there, I have memories. I don't love the ending - now really, was there a more disappointing ending in the whole history of gaming? I have played realMyst and I love the 3D of it (it makes for a much better game), but the original Myst (actually Myst Masterpiece Edition is my favorite) will have a special place in my heart.

I've kept up with the Myst series games, joined a couple of boards, and bought all of them, not the books, except for game guides, just the games. I don't like Riven (I know, heresy, I did play it with a walkthrough to get the story). I do like Exile - I think it's a good game, and I really like how the characters were done. I like some things about Uru very much, love them actually - how the worlds look, how we move in the space (love 3D) and the occasional interaction with other "real" people in the live part (I like the mix of personal and public ages). I liked the sense of desolation and mystery that you experienced when you were alone in Uru - online it become a happy place, which I also like, though I didn't like any of the attempts at role-play. I've been playing Uru since January 2003 (was in the beta), and I've taken thousands and thousands of screenshots. But, well, Uru isn't Myst. I do think the story in Uru is very weak, and (more heresy ensues) I don't like D'ni very much, now that it's all structured and codified - I'm just not all that interested in it. I got more of a sense of an amazing wonderful world in Myst than I ever got in Uru.

I'm looking forward to more of a personal story in Myst Revelation, just like it was in Myst, and even Riven (which as I said, I'm not fond of) and Exile. Give me someone to relate to - make me feel like I'm doing something for someone! Myst, and the other games made me think of Atrus (not Rand Miller who plays him, in-game Atrus) as a friend - there was a personal connection. In Myst the story wasn't a big one, it was a little one actually, but it had enough of a story that there was a reason for me to wander through the puzzle worlds. I also got to find glimpes of the brothers - more of a personal thing, a story about people, with the history of the worlds comfortably working as backstory.

So, as you see, I'm really looking forward to Myst Revelation. To me, it seems like the worthy successor of Myst. I am looking forward to it very much.

mszv - play Until Uru as amarez

Put that down, you are not in a game, this is my life!

[This message was edited by mszv on Thu August 26 2004 at 04:06 PM.]

08-29-2004, 01:11 PM
Well first i would like to say hi everyone! I am a screaming newbie starting fresh today. My Myst journey started in 94 when i was 16. A friend of mine had a 486 computer and let me play doom and Myst on it. At that time doom was the game (especially with the simpsons mod installed). When my parents decided to get a comprable cpu, They recieved msyt with it. From that point on i have loved the game and all of its sequels especially riven. I was late to the game with uru and never got into the live aspect. The ambitious nature of the game shocked me i didn't expect a game so full of soul and life. After playing the demo i have no dought (can't spell) that we once again will have a whole new vision of the life of atrus and his brood. Can't wait!

What do you see....

08-29-2004, 01:19 PM
Welcome rorschachx! It's great you are here! Be sure to check out "Until Uru (http://plasma.cyanworlds.com)" which is a way to play Ages Beyond Myst with others, online.


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09-04-2004, 07:57 PM
thnx khatie......Ive seen it im a little afraid to try it because it might consume my life......well not like these message boards aren't already http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif sorry for such a late response i have been so busy with the puzzles http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/52.gif
see you on the next one!!

What do you see....

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09-05-2004, 02:12 AM
Hmmm, it was 1998 and I was 13. I'd only just got a computer then so naturally, hadn't really paid much attention to computer games (the closest I got was my own Sega Megadrive AKA Genesis and my friends SNES's). This guy hadjust joined my school and he invited me round to his house one weekend. When I went round he was playing this game that he called 'Raven' (he still mispronounces it to this day as far as I know).

Anyway, I was mesmerised by it's beauty, and so was he (unfortunately only by the graphics for him as he skips storyline and doesn't care, hence thats the only Myst game h has and wants). I went out and bought the Ages of Myst 5th Anniversary Box Set. Didn't think much to Myst at first (as I was also a graphics freak), but Riven did something strange. It actually made me want to learn about the places I was visiting, the people I was seeing, the core story and backstory. In essence, it converted me into an adventure game player from someone who was only interested in what a game looks like. So after completing Riven, I went back and played Myst and loved it.

Thats when I joined some forums, to fill in an seemingly empty gap in my life after I'd completed those two milestones. First it was Riven Guild, where I really learned about D'ni, then Myst Community when Riven Guild shut down. I bought the novels, in hardback and softback, just so I'd never damage the hardback masterpieces. They really made me understand the Myst and D'ni Universe.

Then came Exile, I had been waiting for so long and at first, just for a moment it was excellent, but as I went on, it wasn't like Myst, it was just another very good adventure game. I'm sure all of you realise the difference between a very good adventure game and the Myst series http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. So it was kind of dissapointing, but not bad even by a longstretch of the imagination.

Then came Uru, I was playing the beta, it was strange at first, playing it in realtime 3d, but RealMYST had prepared me for that. I loved Uru but I think a lot of the spirit died when Live was turned off, I only hope Until Uru can resurrect it.

So here we are, getting very close to Revelation, the game which seems to have the potential to equal the likes of Riven and the original, but only time will tell.

Sorry for going on a bit there, I tend to do that on long posts, good job I'm not in school anymore, those English essays were a nightmare. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

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09-05-2004, 09:53 AM
December 2003, two weeks before the end of the semester at UMass Amherst. My boyfriend had cleaned out his room back home and found his old copy of the original Myst. He said that I'd enjoy it, so I started it in his dorm. I was interested the second I saw Atrus' imager message. Unfortunately, I took a long break from playing; finals were coming up, and I knew I would just play Myst instead of writing papers and finishing projects! Plus Christmas and winter break...

Flash forward to February 2004. While the community (which I didn't even know one existed) was mourning the death of Uru Live, I began a new save of Myst. I was interested before, but then I saw the brothers and then I made it to Stoneship. What I thought was going to be a mere lighthearted adventure was actually far more deep, dark and involving.

Now I've caught up with the rest of the community, and played all the games and read all the books, and they have awakened my sense of curiosity and adventure. Now I'm eagerly awaiting Revelation!

09-05-2004, 11:03 AM
Returning to the original topic, I discovered Myst via computer magazine.

I had spent many years playing, writing (and beta-testing, if anyone remembers my original signature) text-adventure games. I started long ago on an Acorn BBC-B computer (and then B+), and compressing code plus text data into 32k - including video memory - was fun if you wanted detail and a large (and textually detailed) adventure.

I moved from BBC to PC, coding in C++, and playing round with graphics (including ray-tracing). And then I saw a review of Myst... I was knocked over with the stunning views - at that time many CD-ROM companies were pushing Myst as a seller for CD-ROM drives, and I took the plunge - I never regretted it, despite my first CD-ROM drive being anathema to more CD-ROMs than it read.

And the rest is history. I still work on text-adventures, still play them if ever I find them, and always love adventure-based games.


09-05-2004, 11:52 PM
Wow that was a LONG time ago, I was (i guess) about six, my friend (well his dad, we we're six after all) had just gotten a new computer (66 MHz dream machine ;P) and it either came w/ Myst or he bought it. Well I got to see it and we poked around (we couldn't even figure out how to get off Myst island without help from his dad, who had the hint guide (not sure if he used it to get to channelwood (or the "treehouse level" as we called it) but I saw it later. Well I was hooked! I got it for Christmas or something as soon as I possibly could (and played it on my old Quadra mac, upgraded to a whopping 50 MHz Power PC). Got the game guide later, couldn't do anything without it really, mix of attention span and tring to play it with my Dad who has just never gotten it (to this day he thinks the entire series is "mindless puzzle solving" not that they're easy but theres no point). Too bad really. Anyway, I then basically forgot about it for a few years, untill bored web seaching let me chance upon The Myst Two Unofical Homeopage (Now called the Riven Unoficial Home page, which i still visit for news, etc.). Well needless to say I was excited, but my old Quadra (still running strong at that point, though getting rather old and underpowered) didn't meet the system reqs. Well we were due for an upgrade and got one at Christmas (when i got Riven), a nice G3 (which is STILL chugging along though it isn't used much nowadays http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

unfortunatly for me my parrents also got me the hint guide with Riven, and despite my best efforts I sucommed and used it, though I replayed it years later and had compleatly forgotten about half of hte puzzles, I still wish I hadn't gotten it though.

My current Myst collection now includes:
the original Myst for macintosh
Myst Masterpiece - PC (or hybrid, don't remmeber)
realMyst - PC
Riven - CD Mac verison
Exile - original CD version
10th Aniversery DVD Pack
URU Prime and POTS, boxed versions
All three novels (paperback)
I realise this is small compared to some, but I like it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I noticed when poking around the net after replaying myst (well realMyst) recentally that a much easier way of accessing the Selentic age dosn't seem to be widely known. From what I can tell everyone is still doing the listen to the note, run across the ship and try to match it by ear. Just count the number of keys from the far left of the board to each note, then move the slider up that many notches (remember it starts on the note of the far left key). I find this MUCH easier, but maybe this is widely known and I'm just tone deaf or something http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

09-16-2004, 06:10 PM
I started playing soon after the first Myst came out, a week or to and I own all the myst games and have beaten them (including Uru http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif)


09-19-2004, 10:29 PM
The frist time I played myst was the 1st one. I remeber my Dad playing it and I really dont remeber to much about it but it was fun and now I am looking forward to exile http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

When did the first myst come out. If in 98 then I was 10 years old.

09-20-2004, 01:50 PM
I rember played when i was about 7 my next doo neighbor gave it to me and i have loved it ever since. I really did not get in to the other games till abotu 3 years ago. Never palyed uru did not like the story line. Cant wait till Myst 4 comes out. Only one more day

09-20-2004, 02:57 PM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif We had a new computer in the house and it was just about Christmas time 1995 I believe. My husband was looking around the computer store and saw the MYST box. One of the salesman said "Yeah, your wife will likely like that one" so he bought it for me. I opened the box Christmas morning and said "Wow, a computer game, great!" Installed it I think that afternoon. Being Xmas, he was off work for the week (a carpenter) so we had time to sit and play together. Every day, we'd sit and peer at the screen trying to decipher the clues. It didn't take long to solve the tower rotation I recall. Got the clock puzzle done. The hardest for me was the piano (being tone deaf myself) but hubby and his electronic keyboard helped LOL. Loved Channelwood the best of all the ages.
Then kept in touch with the Cyan site and bought Riven the week of release. I cheated a bit I recall using some walk-thrus. Loved the whole game SO much. Then bought the Exile Collectors set (got my pewter Squee!). Got URU when it was released, the week after I'd gotten my new P4 2.0 Ghz computer. Good timing huh? got hi-speed internet too, on purpose. LOVED URU live (see my page on UruLive and my pictures on my web page link below). Have placed name on list for Collectors's edition of Revelevation. Will be buying it the day it comes out. Not a big gamer here at all. (Doom, what's that?? in other words LOL http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif Warcraft, huh??? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif LOL.

The day I was immersed in the Myst universe is forever there in my memory. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/heart.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/heart.gif

update: Have original Myst, original Riven, Collectors Exile, 10th anniversary DVD set of Myst, Riven, Exile, 2 copies of URU: Ages beyond Myst (1 for me, 1 for daughter/husband), both EX pacs, and book of Ti'ana. LOL. Wouldn't sell any of them for any price offered.

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09-27-2004, 10:34 AM
Well, I'm a relative newbie to Myst and Uru (a definite newbie to these forums), so am posting this rather late http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

I had heard about Myst (can't remember where) but wasn't a gamer as such (excluding card games, Mahjong, etc). Had played Wolfenstein 3D when it came out, courtesy of friends who worked in computing departments. Ditto with Doom and Doom 2 - which led me to give up on computer games for a while because it was so violent.

But one Christmas on my own (98) I decided to treat myself to Myst - it came in a box with a preview CD of Riven. I was also intrigued by the fact that it came with a notebook to use whilst playing - and I loved it. Fantastic graphics, wonderful sounds (I usually play games with the sound off), fun puzzles and a intriguing backstory that hinted at so much more. Although the first time I played it, the note to Catherine gave me a start because I knew I hadn't input my name anywhere, and even when I do, I use my initials of CEK.

About a year later, Christmas coming up again, I treated myself to Riven. A big step-change in the quality of the graphics but I got stumped after finding my way around 3 of the islands, and frustrated with constantly having to swap CDs. Shortly after this, I had to upgrade my O/S after which, due to lack of video RAM, Riven refused to play on my PC. So it went back on the shelf again - until last year.

Having bought myself a new PC, I loaded Riven and settled down to play - this time armed not only with a new notebook but a walkthrough as well for when I got well and truly stumped - which happened a couple of times. I never could work out the symbols on the domes for the colours of the islands (they whizzed around much too quickly for me to record the symbol accurately) and I never saw the frog on the Workshop island - whether that was a bug in my copy or not, I don't know.

Nonetheless the storyline alone was enough to guarantee that I would quickly follow up with Exile - which I loved. I only needed hints a couple of times to solve the puzzles (and the endgame, I'm ashamed to admit. By the time I finished Exile, Uru was out with PoTS soon to be released - I opted to buy the UK collector's set of Uru.

Since Uru arrived at the end of July, I have played it through completely 6 times and will finish the 7th this evening (that's Uru, To D'Ni and PoTS). The only reason I haven't signed up to Until Uru is that I'm saving for a holiday with my mum (yes, I know it's only $5 but...). Myst, I've played through 3 times, Riven and Exile twice (problem of having a very good memory is that I usually remember all the solutions).

Have explored the Myst IV website - and conquering all the puzzles without the help guide gave me a 5 discount at Ubisoft UK's online store on Myst IV - so I've ordered the CE. And I'm hoping that the release date of 30th Sept is adhered to.

I've been a science fiction and fantasy fan since the age of 9 and read sf and fantasy in preference to anything else. I also dream of being an astronaut and have my Level 1 wings from the US Space Academy in Huntsville (plus a Right Stuff award). I love the worlds conjured up by Cyan and would love to explore them - just as I would love to go into space, walk on the Moon, travel to Mars, etc. The Myst/Uru games give me worlds to explore in the meantime.


09-27-2004, 11:44 AM
Gotta hijack this thread (again), and say - Cathyk, loved your point of view, and welcome to the boards.

Myst is a total difference to many other games out there (I play a variety, but tend to stay away from the violent ones, unless it's non-lethal (ex. Thiefhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifeadly Shadows & series)), and it's a wonder to just explore and... well, be there.

I, too, am a Science Fiction and Fantasy fan (Just read LotR for the 9th time :P), and a big bookworm...

Thanks for posting, and now we return you to your normally scheduled programme.

09-29-2004, 09:24 AM
Here's the latest Gamespot review (http://www.gamespot.com/pc/adventure/myst4revelation/review.html).

09-29-2004, 10:16 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif WOW, a stunning review for a stunning game. I have very high hopes for it after having the pleasure of actually meeting the producer of the game Genevieve Lord and seeing her passion for it as she talked about it. Yesterday, too, hearing the development talk about it, they put their very considerable talent and soul into this game. WOW, now I'm REALLY eager to get it! Again, if you want a Collector's edition of Myst IV Revelation, we, here in Canada are running a "fan-based" by the fans, for the fans to get copies to our American friends. Go here for the CE edition (http://ce.orangewedge.com/)

10-02-2004, 08:19 AM
Thanks for the welcome, LaserFX - I am waiting anxiously for the postman to arrive with my pre-ordered copy of MystIV CE - I'm also in the UK and where I live, the postman delivers when he gets around to it. Which means that on many an occasion, I've left for work before he calls (and I don't start work until 2pm).


10-03-2004, 01:10 AM
First time I discovered myst...

I was maybe 13 or 14 years old (I'm 22 now). My brother was working at Office Depot at the time, and my mom and I went to pick him up that night. We got there a bit early, so I fiddled around in the computer isle (we didn't have a computer back then, so I was giving them big puppy-dog eyes. We were really poor back then) On one of the games they had a demo of Myst installed. Someone had been playing it before I found it, and they were on the stoneship age. I remember being entranced by the graphics (I've always been a graphics snob, lol). I must have played for a good ten minutes before having to go, but I did get to solve one of the puzzles though, and I later found out it was a rather difficult one.

Fast forward a couple years, and finally our family had enough money to buy a computer. It wasn't a great one, but it ran. Somehow or another I remembered that game I once played in Office Depot (I didn't even know what it was called back then), so I looked into it, and found out what it was. I saved up my allouance and bought it. I was hooked. I beat it in three days. It was another couple of years until I found out there was a sequel, and I got that for christmas. I beat riven in about a week. Another year or so, I got Exile and beat that in 24 hours.

When I heard Uru was coming out, that's when I started looking online for other myst fans, and found several communities!

When Uru's system requirements were released, I about gagged because our old computer was bad enough to make a cat laugh, and my laptop (that I got for a Graduation present) would have equally popped a circut at the meer idea of intalling the game. Coincidentally (or not) at the time my parents were looking into buying a new computer (a very NICE computer). I did a LOT of begging. But the graphics card the computer came with wasn't up to par, so I had to beg, buy a new graphics card *and* let them keep it.

By the time that all came about, Uru live had just been announced cancled. So I missed it by a hair. I beat Uru in about a week.

I got Revelation on Sept 29th, and beat it in about 30 hours.

Riven, Uru and Revelation are my favorites out of the whole series, all for different reasons.

Now I'm dying to hear if Cyan and Ubi plan to make another game to add to the wonderful series, or if Until Uru will be it.


10-03-2004, 07:43 AM
I found Myst about 6 months after release. I have been hooked ever since and never guessed it would have such a life-span. Myst is probably the only reason I ever update my system. Just bought a DVD drive. Why??? D'uh.

But my first experience with anything like this was a text/inform game called Curses, by Graham Nelson. I still recommend it. All text seems really lame right now, I agree. But you would be amazed. I still remember visuals from the game as though I actually saw them instead of read them.

I maintain that Myst simply evolved from this series of Zork inspired text games.

10-03-2004, 10:21 PM
I first encountered Myst about 5 years ago, and I didn't really like it all that much. I found an old copy in the budget aisle, AU$10.00, so I recognized a good deal when I saw it and took it home.

Playing through it, I wasn't that impressed. I was only 15 at the time and quite firmly fixed in the computer game obsession of the time, ie. I liked my action fast and furious. So I played through the game, but only to say I'd beaten Myst, and with a hint guide permanently open on my lap. This is not a good way to enjoy the game as I'm sure you're all aware.

So I beat it, and a few months later sold it on eBay. End of story.

A year later I was browsing the computer racks again and found Riven for $20. Figuring I should give it a go I took it home and loaded it up. After an hour of playing it I uninstalled it and sold it on eBay. The reason? I hated it. Why? 5 Cds. Plain and simple. It was annoying and repetitive so I couldn't be bothered with it.

Myst III came out, and I always wanted to play it, since I felt a vague connection with the series now, but never got around to buying it.

Why, I'm sure you're asking, why on earth am I now on the Myst forums?

Well, a lot happened in those five years. I finished puberty for a start, that always calms you down. Second I matured and grew a bit older. Third I read a lot of classic books.

Most importantly, a friend and I started up a Film Club in the final three years of high school. After three years of watching and studying literally hundreds of different films, mostly pre-sixties (Which I feel the Myst series has a lot in common with) I've grown to love and appreciate the absolute joy that comes out of "Narrative." A well told story is one of the finest things on this planet, and should be appreciated when they're done well, because they're becoming harder and harder to find.

And lastly, I saw a preview of myst 4 in my local computer magazine, along with an ad for the Myst Anniversary DVD collection.

For reasons I can't quite fully explain I ordered the DVD edition and went out and bought myself a DVD drive. (Since I didn't have one)

Playing through them again, what did I notice?

First, they're beautiful. Riven particularly. (My favourite of the three/four Myst Games I've played) The worlds look amazing, and it's a joy just to explore through them.

Second, I could play them. I wasn't the puzzle type five years ago, but I am now, and I thank God that he made me forget all the puzzle solutions between then and now for Myst. I actually got through Myst entirely on my own, a fact I am now very proud of. Riven I required a bit of help with, but mostly I was able to discover the clues and answers myself.

Mostly though, I was amazed to discover that these games had stories! And really fantastically great stories at that. The puzzles were forgotten completely at times, instead I was more obsessed of the larger story, of where it would lead me, and what more I would learn about Atrus and the rest of them. Again, I feel Riven is the most superiour in this department.

While watching the interviews on the dvds Rand Miller said "First we create a story, and then we put gameplay into that." I wholeheartedly agree that this is what makes the series stand out for me. These are story games, not action games.

I'm playing through URU and it's expansions right now, and enjoying it immensely. Currently I'm still waiting for my copy of Revelation to arrive, but I'm certain when it does arrive I'll be in for a treat.

I've got the Myst Anniversary Edition (Myst, Riven, Exile), URU collector's edition (bought two weeks ago) and the Path of the Shell, the three books and PreOrder on Myst 4 CE. I'm hooked. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Fav Game: Riven by a mile, which is saying something because they're all top 10 games.

10-04-2004, 08:19 PM
Like some other of us oldsters ("of a certain age...") who've posted in this thread, I am an old old old Infocom addict -- and Advent before that -- played on a time-shared DEC-10 mainframe with a TI portable and an acoustic moden... before there was DOS (are you listening, Bill Gates, this was the good old days "before u"). If you cut your teeth on xyzzy and plugh etc, Myst was a natural extension of that addiction. Sheesh, it boggles the mind to think of what the old Infocom folks could have done with this technology... the Leather Goddess in 360 pan and Quicktime movies.. what a trip that would be... ;-) BTW I still play the old Infocom games. As you get older, you forget the moves you made when you were younger and it's a new game all over again.

11-24-2012, 05:52 PM
Please forgive my lack of understanding of how this forum works, so I just chose this particular discussion since it seems to involve some of the staff of UBI. My grandson wants me to purchase Myst & Riven for him. He has a Mac OS S Version 10.7.5. I just looked on amazon.com, but couldn't determine if their selection of game purchase choices was suitable fo this operating system. If anybody can be of help, it would be appreciated. Thanks...