I’m taking a short break from my series on hunting unicorns for this public service announcement.
Back in the day, there was an amazing little game called Myst. It had graphics like I’d never seen before with little embedded animations—just enough to give the static world a little life. The artwork, music, and sound effects put me in the world like no experience had done before. I loved that game. It played to my natural desire to explore new places. A couple years later, they kicked things up several notches with the sequel, Riven. I still consider it to be one of the best video game experiences I’ve ever had. The attention to detail, like the inclusion of bugs in the environment, was phenomenal. When I listen to the soundtrack, it puts me right back in the apartment I was living in while attending graduate school at CMU, sitting up late into the night, when I finally found my way to “the tree”. I’m proud of the fact that I was able to solve all the puzzles in that game without a single hint.
URU, Cyan’s MMORPG based on Myst, unfortunately failed, and the company has kept things low-key since then. They have released versions of their games on iOS, but that’s it. I was extremely excited to learn today that their fans have talked them into funding a new game through Kickstarter. They are looking to raise $1,100,000 by November 16th. They’re almost half way there as I write this. Obduction isn’t a sequel to Myst, but is a new game in the same vein.
The end has not yet been written.