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Real Game Changers: The Myst Franchise

Updated on December 20, 2013
The First Game in The Myst Series
The First Game in The Myst Series

As the holidays are kicking in, I found myself in a certain state of nostalgia. Checking out the newest AAA titles and what's happening in the world of gaming, I felt a bit disappointed. While the graphics are more than amazing, I believe that games are just not what they used to be. I remember the days, when developers were making games not for the money, but for the experience. Developers, back in the days, wanted to bring their vision to the world. They were like true artists expressing their stories via the virtual gaming experience. Two of them, brothers Robyn and Rand Miller have created one of the games that since its release has changed the gaming world and taken it for a spin. That's right I am talking about Cyan Studios and the Myst franchise. But why exactly is Myst a real game changer?

The First Game in the Series of MYST

The first game of the series, Myst has been released back in 1993 and was something that the gaming world hasn't seen before. A game, focused on telling a story, rather than killing and shooting things, Myst is an highly engaging adventure game, where you have to solve puzzles and mysteries in order to progress. However players weren't taken aback just by the difficulty and design of the puzzles in the world of Myst, but the story as well.

If you haven't played the game, go ahead and do so - the story is more than amazing and I would not want to spoil even a bit. Although it spans across 5 games, if you like the adventure genre, you will love Myst and you won't understand when the time has passed.

The island of Myst, where the story of the fist game spans across.
The island of Myst, where the story of the fist game spans across.

For the first time in gaming history a game was focused on telling a story. Although other games had an amazing storyline, their main focus was either leveling up or killing things ( FPS, RPG, etc. )

Myst begun an era of adventure games that were based on a more sophisticated experience. It came to a shock for the gaming community and the whole world was speaking of video games as an art form for the first time in gaming history.


The story of the Myst franchise spans over a period of more than a decade. Four games have been released following the story of the first (excluding Myst Uru) - Riven, Myst III: Exile, Myst IV: Revelation and Myst V: End of Ages.

Even though the Myst franchise was a true success, without the first game things could have been quite different. And even though the world is still debating on games as an art form, it is good that Myst has started the discussion, isn't it?

Do you believe that Myst is a game changer? Would the gaming world be the same as it is today?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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      aliensplaygames 3 years ago

      Good read! Myst was definitely a game changer. One of my all time favorites. Thanks for the post.