MYST XX

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Myst & the 15th anniversary of Riven. I began both games shortly after they became available, at the ages of six & ten respectively. This year I am finally able – and very much pleased – to say that I have beaten both games. Fifteen and twenty years of play time; the better part of my life.

To blog has never been so much in order.

 

From time to time Our Hero is known to write a big ol’ essay on a subject that interests him. This is one of those times. The stars are in alignment. The muses sing sweetly into mine ears. I am unemployed and single. I’m bored out of my mind. I’m going to write a Thing.  Words to your mother.

It will be one part history, one part personal essay, one part art criticism, one part game review… six parts gin, one part whark oil, thirty parts caffeine, and a hell of a lot of internet.

 

Once I get the prose prosed, I will be passing this essay about to my fellow nerds for feedback. Subsequent to this I hope to add a few little improvements to the final draft: relevant links; pictures and screencaps; linking table of contents; a bibliography. I may even include a little OC. Because, let’s face it: 20 years later, hypertext is still pretty fucking cool.

 

-david axel kurtz

Kennebunkport, Ought-Thirteen

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THE ToC AGE:

 

1: THE PART WHERE I PARAPHRASE WIKIPEDIA

I: The State of the Tech

II: The State of the Industry

III: The Brothers Miller

IV: Ages Before Myst

V: Myst

i- The Design

ii- The Plot

iii- The Puzzles

iv- The Art

VI: The Killer App for the Personal Computer

VII: Riven

i- The Design

ii- The Plot

iii- The Puzzles

iv- The Art

VIII: The Death of the Killer

IX: Myst at Twenty

2: THE PART WHERE I INDULGE IN A PERSONAL ESSAY

3: THE PART WHERE I CHANNEL OLD MAN MURRAY

4: THE PART WHERE I JERK OFF RUSKIN WITH BOTH HANDS

5: THE PART WHERE HE KILLS YOU

6: THE PARTING OF THE WATERS

7: THE PART WHICH BEGINS, “IN CONCLUSION…”

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~ by davekov on 22 July 2013.

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