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Lords of the Riven Myst

Who among you played Riven and Myst? Did any of you actually like them?

I would have posted this as a poll, but I wanted to read some cogent discussion. My students say that the games consist of "random puzzles without much of a unifying plot". From just looking at the game descriptions and playing similar games such as 3 in 3, 7th Guest, and 11th Hour, I find this whole genre too tedious and boring to play all the way through. It just feels like homework to me.

My cousins were crazy about 7th Guest, and I remember a few classmates who liked puzzle games. Since the mid-1990s, though, and especially since I started my LJ, I haven't come across anyone who professed to liking them. Anyone?


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wudu_wasa
Nov. 16th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I found Myst rather amusing but I can't say anything about Riven, I haven't played it.
neoookami
Nov. 16th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
I've played the first two and I enjoyed them, but more for the background plot. The puzzles can be fun but they're more often obnoxiously cryptic. The books on the other end I'd highly recommend. The world for the series and stories are excellent, unlike the games.
taiji_jian
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Me.

Yes.
twinofhugin
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I played 1, 2, and V. They're very atmospheric, if you can't get into the atmosphere then you won't really like them much. I enjoyed them a lot.

There isn't a plot that is handed to you. The plot is something you have to build by looking at the environment. You might never actually get introduced to a character the entire story, but you will be walking through their home / working places / living places and can see what kind of person they are from that. If you're just focusing on winning the game though, it's very unlikely that you'll get any of that.
susanjacobson
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
lol - you gotta remember that Myst, Riven and 7th Guest were the first graphic virtual world games ever. Before Myst there was - pac man or maybe early Mario Brothers. From a production stand point, the producers incorporated all of the cutting-edge representational technology of the time (early 1990s). When Myst came out, no one had ever seen anything like it. Also, it was the first time that a real narrative was attempted in a video game - again, think of the "narratives" of pac man and Mario. Adventure and its descendants had a little more narrative, but not the visual detail of Myst. Myst is, actually, a descendant of Adventure. Myst was the best-selling video game of all time for a few years.
neoookami
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Myst is hardly the first to provide a good narative in gaming, after all by then we'd seen plenty of engrossing role playing games on PCs and consoles. Not to mention Infocom and other text adventure games in which the game itself was entirely in narrative form. Though Myst really, really was the first case of seriously putting technology to work in creating am engrossing atmosphere, unlike priot games which really had to rely on the player's imagination to see the world as something more than pixels on a screen.
susanjacobson
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Infocomm = Adventure See note above.
neoookami
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah but by the time Myat hit the scene Infocom had released titles with far more engrossing narratives than Myst. (In my opinion at least.) Likewise RPGs with really nice epic tales were on the scene. Gaming had already moved well beyong Pacman and Mario by then.
julisana
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I loved 7th Guest and 11th Hour, but I just could not get into the Myst games. To be fair, though, I usually always play games on Easy so I can follow the plot, instead of getting bogged down in something super hard.
phawkwood
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I've played the entire Myst series and URU. I've enjoyed all of them, primarily for the story. The later games the puzzles took turns that my logic didn't follow and I ended up getting frustrated with them and/or pixel hunting for that one little thing that tripped the next section. Even so I found the world immersive and fantastic and have enjoyed all of them.
mapjunkie
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I played Myst and enjoyed it heartily.
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