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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

/end experiment

I regret to announce that local_character has decided to discontinue participating in my experiment and stop playing Myst Online: Uru Live (again).  Earlier, in 2013, I had begun a study to see how a person who has never played Myst before approaches the game and puzzles.  He did an excellent job in the small amount of time he played.  Unfortunately, he disliked his experience and we had differences of opinion over the appeal of the game, and I faced some hurtful remarks.  But the concept of Myst is for some very difficult to understand.  MOULa I guess is particularly so because of the interaction with other players.  Maybe it is the option of just hanging out and chat that is strange to some.  He was in D'ni just this weekend and was turned off by the chatting going on and the mere presence of others.  He believes that Myst has seen its day and now is no longer relevant.  This conversation began when I brought up RMME.

I had some time to mull over this while heading home this evening.  When RMME was released, I posted it on Facebook and a friend by the name Loshem who I met in MOUL when it was thriving commented and then we simultaneously stated that we missed each other.  I sat there for a moment staring at my comments and was overwhelmed by a feeling of sadness, loneliness, and emptiness.  I'm not a person who takes kindly to change and so when things I care about end it is painful to recall the good ole days--MOUL had been very special for me circa 2007/8.  I was going through a moment of unhappiness in my life and MOUL had given me relief where I could find like-minded people who didn't mind obsessing over the game as well as simply chatting.

I suppose what I had aimed at with my "experiment" was to in some part revisit playing the game with someone.  But, as I had read someone write on the forums somewhere, MOULa just isn't MOULa anymore.  Having dedicated more than half my life to the franchise, that is a hard pill to swallow, true though it may be.  Sometimes I think I have come to the party too late, that this blog should have been done years ago when it may have provoked interest, but that this is a new activity of mine shows how continually dedicated I am.  Just because Myst ends doesn't mean my love for it does!  Besides, I shall be including Obduction in my future discussions!!  And I've been having loads of fun droning on and on to myself about this obsession!

But with regards to the above I guess we can just file this away under the category "nostalgia sucks".  


Darke Adventures said...

Always love your Blogs, I know what you mean about not taking kindly to change, I often feel the same. Nostalgia sucks? Hmmm, sometimes it does but I have to say that having just bought RealMyst Masterpiece and played ity last night for the first time - nostalgia was pretty wonderful, I loved exploring Myst Island once again but this time in glorious colour and 'almost' 3D. Big fan of Riven, play it non-stop and have my own fansite, Always dropping in there sometimes just for a walk along its pathways and to listen to the sound of the sea... Aaaah, maybe nostalgia isn't so bad after all...
Just subscribed to your YouTube channel by the way, love your Russian Blue, what a lovely cat... ;-)

Briana Jackson said...

Aww oh wow thanks! I generally like nostalgic feelings, but yesterday I was having a rough day and some not-so-happy memories were zooming all over the place and they were closely tied to playing MOUL in 2007/8. Riven is my ultimate favorite! I started playing it on iPhone and it is so amazing! Even though we know how these games go somehow we have to play them over and over! Hahaha! And welcome to my YouTube channel! Nothing important or exciting is on there, so I hope you are not too disappointed LOL! And thanks for your compliments on my cat! I think Bagheera was just about 1 year old in that video. He's now 3 and still playing fetch and somersaulting and leaping up to the tops of book cases.

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