Let's Recognize the Brilliance of 'Myst'

Michael Loftus

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It's always good to pause and reflect a bit. Figure out where you've been as you get excited about where you're going. I recently wrote a review of No Man's Sky: Beyond VR. It's awesome and I think it's legit groundbreaking. However on this National Video Games Day I want to give a HUGE shout out to Myst.

This was literally a game changer. No bad guys trying to kill you. No zombies. No rifles or extreme carnage. Just you on a crazy island that was flat out gorgeous, trying to solve puzzles and unlock the secret of what the hell was going on. No one chasing you. You had all the time in the world. It was fantastic.

I'll let the smart people write the articles about how many units were sold and the CD-ROM technology, blah, blah, blah. For me it was more of an emotional connection to the game. I loved wandering around and solving the puzzles! Getting another colored page and being one step closer to unlocking the secrets. And the island was just the best. The artwork was nuts! I could just walk around the place and take in the scenery. Absolutely spectacular. And the story was strong too! Myst succeeded on every level. It truly deserves a place in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

I want to play it now. That's how good it was for me. Maybe I'll pick up the special edition and give it a whirl. If you told me I could shut off all the lights, put on a pair of headphones and spend the rest of the day playing Myst? No interruptions? I am ALL IN!

This game will always have a special place in my gaming heart. While VR may be on the horizon and very exciting, I think I would be super stoked for a new Myst adventure too. Just make a VR version and we are all set. I legit have a bit of a boner just thinking about that. Damn! That's a really good idea! Myst VR! Somebody get on that right now. Like today!

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Paul Hair
Paul Hair

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Never played 'Myst' but I remember well the excitement around it. For me, the biggest video game memories still go back to the Atari 2600 (and later the 7800). Really dates me, but those were my prime video game playing days.