October 22, 2018
Archives  News  Exploring Player Participation In Myst Online  

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Click to enlarge
Exploring Player Participation In Myst Online
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent Escapist article examines the unique online game experience provided by Cyan Worlds' Myst Online: Uru Live. The article offers a history of the online world before delving into the player interactions which form the backbone of the Myst Online experience.

When Cyan dropped the project in 2004 due to financial woes, the game stayed alive through unofficial "shard" servers. The community remained in the cavern, creating their own stories. Only recently has Cyan returned to support its players, but the players never lost their resolve. Why? What makes Uru special?

Roleplaying in other online games rarely extends beyond greeting people with "Hail." The "roleplaying" aspects of the game are essentially level-grinding and stat-manipulation. The depth of someone's character exists only in his loot's cool factor. Without that loot, the game's appeal disappears in an instant. Uru's appeal comes not from leveling and growing stronger but from exploration and taking part in the game's evolving storyline.

To say Uru has reached a point where players are actually involved in the story would be stretching, but the building blocks are in place, and the potential is staggering. As it stands, the storyline, generally revolving around strange "Bahro" creatures who have suddenly appeared en masse in the cavern, plays out in real-time, with "actors" at Cyan playing important characters that interact with explorers: giving speeches, answering questions, even making jokes.
Click over to the site below to read the rest of the article.

The Escapist: The Ending Has Not Yet Been Written
Myst Online: Uru Live

Other Mac Games News for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Inside Mac Games Reviews GHOST Hunters: Haunting of Majesty2:01 PM
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Mac Screens, Beta Status6:00 AM
Eschalon: Book 1 Pricing, Boxed Version Contents6:00 AM
• Exploring Player Participation In Myst Online6:00 AM
Hoyle Games Return To The Mac6:00 AM
Seven Minutes Of Aquaria6:00 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Thursday, November 8, 2007 on one page

Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 7, 2007

EVE Online Now Available6:58 AM
A Newbie's Guide To EVE Online6:00 AM
Apple Games Features Pirates Of The Caribbean Online6:00 AM
Battlefield 2142 Reviewed6:00 AM
Destineer Licenses Unreal Engine 36:00 AM
Jeff Vogel Explains Why Single Player Games Will Never Die6:00 AM
Macgamestore: Diner Dash Hometown Hero Available6:00 AM
Phase Released For iPod6:00 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Wednesday, November 7, 2007 on one page

Recent Mac Games News

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.

Archives  News  Exploring Player Participation In Myst Online