I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

An Experiment

I have nagged and nagged both friends and family to play any or all of the Myst games.  I tend to suggest Uru more strongly than others because it is newer, fit for multi-player, and it is accessible to a wider audience.  The response I tend to get from people who have actually heard of the game is "That game from the 90s?"  Yes.  That game from the 90s.  And the 2000s.  And the now 10-year-old Uru surviving here in 2013.  The original Myst is in a museum.  Shouldn't that in itself be an incentive to play?

Finally, I convinced a friend to play it.  After 10 years of nagging him!  He made an account for himself, and now he is known as local_character (KI 22120546).  I walked him through getting his KI so that we could chat online instead of via text messaging.  He is learning the controls and I brought him to my Relto and explained a tiny portion of the city (D'ni) to him before I dictatorially sent him to the Cleft.  I don't know how much of that he has completed, but I will find out when he returns.

So, while conversing with him via email today, I was hit with an idea to make notes about his methodologies of gameplay.  He has never been exposed to the games before, and while it is second nature to me, I am very curious about his process and progress.  I asked him if it would be all right for me to post my observations here and he agreed.

Therefore, this will be my project.  Cheers to the journey of local_character!  Welcome to the party!

(I'm really looking forward to Kadish's Ages!)


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