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Vintage Games by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice

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MYST (1993): LAUNCHING MULTIMEDIA WORLDS

Cyan's Myst, first released in 1993 for the Apple Macintosh and later for the PC and countless other platforms, is one of the most influential adventure games ever made. It was so financially successful, in fact, that it helped spur the widespread adoption of CD-ROM technology, a critical development that changed the surface of the computer gaming industry. It also offered some of the best graphics of the era, offering a viable alternative to the often cartoony, pixilated, or blocky raster1 or polygonal graphics of its contemporaries. Beyond these technological factors, Myst also ushered in a new type of graphical adventure game, one that deviated sharply from past adventure game hits such as Infocom's ...

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