View Full Version : Why do you buy Myst games?

04-27-2004, 05:07 AM

04-27-2004, 05:07 AM

04-27-2004, 07:20 AM
Corona, i don't think that the reason most of us buy Myst games can be singeled down to one reason. We buy it for the EXPERIENCE (the mind-numbing puzzles, breath taking beauty, incredible storyline, that feeling when you solve a really hard puzzle, the wonder of exploring, ect.) Notice I said MOST of us. There may be some people who just buy Myst games for the beauty or storyline http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif.

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04-27-2004, 12:37 PM
Corona, you're missing story in your poll choices. The story has always been a very strong part of Myst, and IMHO the most compelling reason to buy them.

[ETA to add]http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif ...and experience, yes that too. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

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04-27-2004, 01:00 PM
Well, I voted for the puzzles because I like to exercise my brain.

That being said, I wouldn't purchase Myst just for the puzzles. In addition, it has to have all the things that Myst is famous for...beauty, immersion, story and it's sense of wonder and excitement.

Paula (Pa'lua in Cavern)

04-27-2004, 01:09 PM
What Pa'lua said. If I just wanted puzzles, I could go to The Adventure Company. I can immerse myself in another world for a time and I don't have to "kill or br killed".

04-27-2004, 02:19 PM
If these are my only two choices, I'll definitely pick beauty over puzzles, but I too am primarily motivated by the story.


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04-27-2004, 10:55 PM
I dunno know here Corona. I'm amazed at the beauty and the puzzles are great too. Hard shot to call for me. How bout the ability to explore and learn? Is that an option? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-27-2004, 11:45 PM
Although I chose the "beauty" option ... I have to agree as well ... this is a tough call for there is so much to each of the games to be able to narrow down to just two choice.

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04-28-2004, 02:00 AM
I'm a traveller not a tourist.

I love a gorgeous world, but without something to engage me it is just eye candy.

I would buy and play a game that has great puzzles but less beauty. However, I would probably only borrow a game that is beautiful but not engaging, just for a quick look around.

04-28-2004, 05:34 AM
To me the story is tertiary. As wonderful as the story may be, when I turn around the corner to a new view, I'm not interested in story. I'm interested in what that strange object might be, or why is there a house here, or 'did that thing just move'.
I guess I'm more addicted to eye candy than some others. I'm more interested in the 'now' than the historic sum of the past when it comes to games.

In RL I'm Very interested in history. Maybe I hold more respect for real history enough to dismiss game history. I'm not trying to 'bring everybody down' or anything. When I play a truly exploratory game the last thing I want in my head is responsibility. Keeping tabs on the games' never-ending historical tidbits is more work than play. There's enough 'work' with the head-banging puzzles as it is.

04-28-2004, 06:52 AM
I voted beauty but man that was a tuff choice. They are pretty much 50/50 for me, and if you ask me tomorrow I might have say puzzles...

04-28-2004, 02:30 PM
I voted puzzles. But, the puzzles are so integrated into the beauty, its hard to separate the experience.

04-28-2004, 02:49 PM
For me it's the beauty, the "immersive world experience", and, to some extent, following the story (not the backstory, not all that interested in the entire history of D'ni). The puzzles give me something to do in the game, and some way to progress, but I don't care about them. To me, the thing to do in a game to keep me motivated and interested, it hasn't been invented yet.

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04-28-2004, 03:45 PM
Hey, I can't vote, I have preshed the two options, but is not working http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Now, think, what would be Myst without puzzles.
And now think, what would be Myst without the Beauty.


04-28-2004, 06:27 PM
I think the backstory is fun. I do like it. I like the history of D'ni, but It's not front & center with me.

When I finished To D'ni, I spent an hour or so pouring through the pamphlets in the Kings' Palace domed room. I absolutely loved them. I got a better overall sense of the civilization.

I felt it was the perfect way to end the gameplay of To D'ni. (And I lucked out, I read them in chronological order my first try!)

But the games...exploring to me is the greatest reward. Explore some, tackle some puzzles, be rewarded with more beauty & exploring...& twists.

I notice a trend to more art neuveaux styles as each game releases (with a perfect integration of D'ni design). Great choices, very organic.

And thank you to those who took the poll & answered here. Your posts are very enlightening & thoughtful. they're 'thinking' posts. They challenge & teach. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

04-28-2004, 06:40 PM
I placed my vote in beauty, because the sad fact is that an ugly puzzle is just a puzzle, but a beautiful one is a MYST puzzle.

Thankfully, there have never been any ugly puzzles that I can recall.

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04-28-2004, 07:00 PM
Even the toughest headbanger puzzles that made you scream till your head exploded, you still thought..."Damn nice looking puzzle!" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

04-28-2004, 07:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>an ugly puzzle is just a puzzle, but a beautiful one is a MYST puzzle<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

That's beautiful! Do you mind if I use it? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-28-2004, 07:21 PM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif Careful Elbasunu!....ask for royalties & a percent of the cut. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

05-01-2004, 08:30 AM
I really have nothing new to add (you have all done a great job expressing my feelings http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif) I buy it for both but each visit is for something different depending on my mood.

Is currently out of meaningful insights!

05-02-2004, 07:10 AM
While this may be my first post on these forums, and i feel a bit weird admitting that yes it is... I once played myst as a little kid, around 7 or 6, and now being 14 ive tried to look it up again. I remembered myst for the beauty and wonderness of its storyline. While it may sound wrong for a 6 or 7 year old to see such beauty in just a game, i never realy thought of it untill i was writing another short story and i remembred its docks and islands.

Personaly i played myst for the beauty, as i was too young to apreciate the storyline. I would realy like to see the origional myst remade along with the current line of other myst games, so that i can get the storyline together without having to struggle through windows to install a old old game. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

05-02-2004, 11:09 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Screamer9:
I would realy like to see the origional myst remade along with the current line of other myst games, so that i can get the storyline together without having to struggle through windows to install a old old game. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi Screamer9. Welcome to the forums!

If you have a DVD drive, check out the new three game 10th Anniversary DVD Edition recently published by Ubisoft. It includes Myst, Riven, and Exile redone to work well with Windows XP, and with Mac OSX.


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05-02-2004, 01:02 PM
Shorah Screamer9 and welcome to the M4: Rev forums! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Might I also suggest you find a copy of realMYST ... this was released in 2000 and in all done in real time 3D ... and is very intriguing for is what Cyan originally envisioned Myst to be like ... but did not have the technology at the time. It also more closely ties in Myst to Riven.

But be warned ... realMYST has some pretty high system requirement ... so make sure your computer is up to specs for this game. If you have already played URU with no problems ... realMYST should play fine.

Enjoy! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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05-14-2004, 07:58 PM
I enjoy myst for the immersiveness. When I just want to get out of touch with reality for a while, I'll play myst.

05-15-2004, 11:12 AM
Why I love Myst et al:

<LI>Beautiful artwork
<LI>Feelings that the experience invokes
<LI>Using brain rather than hand-eye coordination (unfortunately, a lot more hand-eye coordination was required in URU)
<LI>Time-no sense of being rushed or hurried
<LI>Not getting killed like in other games

Not necessarily in that order.

-mariska http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

05-15-2004, 05:59 PM
I vote for everything!! i especially love the story (i'm a huge fantasy reader), i love the beauty, the animals, the music, the scenery, the puzzles, the different endings (choose your own adventure..lol..), the journals, the rides, and so much more! i can't just choose between puzzles and beauty..... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif

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05-15-2004, 11:03 PM
There is an interesting thing about the Myst series. It is absolutely captivating to me. Sometimes, over a year since the last time i played them, I will think about one of the Myst games and just catch my breath.

As a consequence of this, they are EXTREMELY fragile. The puzzles MUST be there. Without the puzzles go watch a movie. The beauty MUST be there. Without the beauty go play Heaven and Earth. The story MUST be there. Without the story, where is the motivation?

There is no part of the Myst games that is the reason I buy them. I buy them because they are Myst. There is no better way to describe it, and because you have played them, I trust you know what I mean.

05-16-2004, 10:54 PM
I can't place a vote Corona. You only have two options and for me there are so many more reasons that I continue to buy the Myst games.

For me it's the puzzles, the beauty, the history, the story, the characters and the way it makes me feel when I'm inside the game. I say game for want of a better word. For the Myst stories are not just games to me. They are old friends.


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