|Publisher(s)||Brøderbund, Midway Games, Mean Hamster Software, Sunsoft|
|Designer(s)||Robyn and Rand Miller|
|Platform(s)||Mac OS, Windows, Saturn, PlayStation, Jaguar CD, AmigaOS, CD-i, 3DO, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS|
NA September 24, 1993
JP June 15, 2006
EU November 2007
NA May 13, 2008
|Genre(s)||Graphic adventure, puzzle|
|Rating(s)||ESRB: K-A (Kids to Adults)/ E (Everyone)|
|Input methods||Keyboard, mouse|
Myst is a graphic adventure video game designed and directed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual that creates Video games A developer may specialize in a certain video Cyan Worlds Inc (formerly Cyan Inc) is a Computer game company founded by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller in 1987 Brøderbund Software was an American maker of Computer games Educational software and The Print Shop productivity tools Midway Games ( (formerly Midway Manufacturing) is an American Video game publisher. 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Events 1497 - Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common See also [[Game classification]] Video games are categorized into Genres based on their Gameplay interaction An adventure game is a type of Video game characterized by investigation exploration puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters and a focus on Narrative Puzzle video games are a genre of Video games that emphasize Puzzle solving In video gaming, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session A video game content rating system is a system used for the classification of Video games into suitability-related groups The Entertainment Software Rating Board ( ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, Advertising guidelines and Digital media (as opposed to analog media) usually refers to Electronic media that work on digital Codes. CD-ROM (an initialism of "Compact Disc Read-Only Memory " is a pre-pressed Compact Disc that contains data accessible to but not writable In Computing, a keyboard is an Input device partially modelled after the typewriter keyboard which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys In Computing, a mouse (plural mice, mouse devices, or mouses) An adventure game is a type of Video game characterized by investigation exploration puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters and a focus on Narrative A video game is a Game that involves interaction with a User interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. Robyn Charles Miller (born August 6, 1966, in Dallas, Texas) co-founded Cyan Worlds (originally Rand Miller (born January 17, 1959, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, U It was developed by Cyan Worlds, a Spokane, Washington-based studio, and published and distributed by Brøderbund. Cyan Worlds Inc (formerly Cyan Inc) is a Computer game company founded by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller in 1987 A video game publisher is a company that publishes Video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a Video game developer Brøderbund Software was an American maker of Computer games Educational software and The Print Shop productivity tools The Millers began working on Myst in 1991 and released it for the Macintosh computer on September 24, 1993; it was developer Cyan's largest project to date. The Miller Brothers, Rand, Ryan and Robyn Miller co-founded Cyan Productions (now Cyan Worlds) and became famous from the Events Notable releases Namco releases Star Blade, Super World Stadium, Solvalou Macintosh, commonly nicknamed Mac is a Brand name which covers several lines of Personal computers designed developed and marketed by Apple Inc Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. 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Myst puts the player in the role of the Stranger, who uses an enchanted book to travel to the island of Myst. The Stranger is how the Player character of the Myst series of games is known in Myst canon There, the player uses other special books written by an artisan and explorer named Atrus to travel to several worlds known as "Ages". The ''Myst'' series of adventure computer games deal with the events following the player's discovery of a mysterious book describing an island known as Myst Clues found in each of these Ages help reveal the back-story of the game's characters. The game has several endings, depending on the course of action the player takes.
Upon release, Myst was a surprise hit, with critics lauding the ability of the game to immerse players in the fictional world. The game was the best-selling PC game of all time until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002, and helped drive adoption of the then-nascent CD-ROM format. This is a list of Video games that have sold or shipped at least one million copies including the top ten best-selling franchises. The Sims is a strategic life-simulation computer game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. Events Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts the 5th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards; inducts Will Wright of Maxis CD-ROM (an initialism of "Compact Disc Read-Only Memory " is a pre-pressed Compact Disc that contains data accessible to but not writable Myst's success spawned four direct video game sequels as well as several spin-off games and novels.
The gameplay of Myst consists of a first-person journey through an interactive world. See also First person First-person narrative is a Narrative mode in which a Story is narrated by one character, who explicitly The player moves the character by clicking on locations shown in the main display; the scene then crossfades into another frame, and the player can continue to explore. Players can interact with specific objects on some screens by clicking or dragging them. Point-and-click is the action of a Computer user moving a cursor to a certain location on a screen ( point) and  To assist in rapidly crossing areas already explored, Myst has an optional "Zip" feature. When a lightning bolt cursor appears, players can click and skip several frames to another location. While this provides a rapid method of travel, it can also cause players to miss important items and clues.  Some items can be carried by the player and read, including journal pages which provide backstory. In Narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story Players can only carry a single page at a time, and pages return to their original locations when dropped. 
To complete the game, the player must explore the seemingly deserted island of Myst.  There the player discovers and follows clues to be transported via Linking books to several "Ages", each of which is a self-contained mini-world. Each Age—named Selenitic, Stoneship, Mechanical, and Channelwood—requires the user to solve a series of logical, interrelated puzzles to complete its exploration. Myst is a graphic adventure Video game designed and directed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller. Objects and information discovered in one Age may be required to solve puzzles in another Age, or to complete the game's primary puzzle on Myst. For example, in order to activate a switch, players must first open a safe and use the matches found within to start a boiler. 
Apart from its predominately nonverbal storytelling, Myst's gameplay is unusual among adventuring computer games in several ways. The player is provided with very little backstory at the beginning of the game, nor are any goals or objectives laid out. This means that players must simply begin to explore. There are no obvious enemies, no physical violence, and no threat of "dying" at any point, though it is possible to reach a few "losing" endings. There is no time limit to complete the game.  The game unfolds at its own pace and is solved through a combination of patience, observation, and logical thinking. 
The game's instruction manual explains that an unnamed person known as the Stranger stumbles across an unusual book titled "Myst". The Stranger is how the Player character of the Myst series of games is known in Myst canon The Stranger reads the book and discovers a detailed description of an island world. Placing his hand on the last page, the Stranger is whisked away to the world described, and is left with no choice but to explore; the player then gains control and is allowed to wander the new surroundings.
Myst, the island world described in the book, contains a library where two additional books can be found, colored red and blue. These books are traps for Sirrus and Achenar, respectively, the sons of Atrus, who lived on Myst island with his wife Catherine. The ''Myst'' series of adventure computer games deal with the events following the player's discovery of a mysterious book describing an island known as Myst The ''Myst'' series of adventure computer games deal with the events following the player's discovery of a mysterious book describing an island known as Myst The ''Myst'' series of adventure computer games deal with the events following the player's discovery of a mysterious book describing an island known as Myst Atrus can use an ancient practice known as the Art to write special "linking books", which transport people to the worlds, or "Ages", that the books describe. From the linking panels of their books, Sirrus and Achenar tell the Stranger that Atrus is dead, each claiming that their brother murdered him, and plead to the Stranger to help them escape. However, the books are missing several pages, so the sons' messages are at first faint and unclear.
As the Stranger continues to explore the island, more books are discovered hidden behind complex mechanisms and puzzles. There are four books in total, each linking to a different Age. The Stranger must visit each Age, find the red and blue pages hidden there, and then return to Myst Island. These pages can then be placed in the corresponding books. As the Stranger adds more pages to these books, the brothers can speak more and more clearly. Throughout this process, each brother maintains that the other brother cannot be trusted. After collecting four pages, the brothers can talk clearly enough to tell the Stranger where the fifth page is hidden. If the Stranger gives either brother their fifth page, they will be free. The Stranger is left with a choice to help Sirrus, Achenar, or neither.
Both brothers beg that the Stranger not touch the green book that is stored in the same location as their last pages. They claim that it is a book like their own that will trap the Stranger. In truth, it leads to D'ni, where Atrus is imprisoned. Upon opening the book, Atrus asks the Stranger to bring him a final page that is hidden on Myst Island; without it, he cannot bring justice to his sons.
The game has several endings, depending on the player's actions. Giving either Sirrus or Achenar the final page of their book causes the Stranger to switch places with the son, leaving the player trapped inside the Prison book. Linking to D'ni without the page Atrus asks for leaves both the Stranger and Atrus trapped on D'ni. Linking to D'ni with the page allows Atrus to complete his Myst book and return to the island. On returning to the library, the red and blue books are gone, leaving only burn marks behind.
|"We started our design work and realized that we would need to have even more story and history than would be revealed in the game itself. It seemed having that depth was just as important as what the explorer would actually see. "|
—Rand Miller on developing Myst's fictional history
The Myst creative team consisted of the brothers Rand and Robyn Miller, with help from sound designer Chris Brandkamp, graphical artist Chuck Carter, Richard Watson, Bonnie McDowall, and Ryan Miller, who together made up Cyan, Inc. The company had previously only made children's games. Ryan Seth James Miller (born 1974 in Albuquerque, New Mexico is the younger brother of Rand and Robyn Miller, the co-founders of Cyan (now Cyan Worlds Inc (formerly Cyan Inc) is a Computer game company founded by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller in 1987 Myst was conceived by the brothers as a challenging but aesthetically simple game that would appeal to adults; Myst was not only the largest collaboration Cyan had attempted at the time, but also took the longest to develop.  According to Rand Miller, the brothers spent months solely designing the look and puzzles of the Ages, which were influenced by earlier whimsical "worlds" made for children.  According to the creators, the game's name, as well as the overall solitary and mysterious atmosphere of the island, was inspired by the book The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. The Mysterious Island (L'Île mystérieuse is a Novel by Jules Verne, published in 1874. Jules Gabriel Verne ( February 8 1828 &ndash March 24 1905) was a French Author who pioneered the science-fiction 
At first, the developers had no idea how they would actually create the physical terrain for the Ages.  Eventually, they created grayscale heightmaps, extruding them to create changes in elevation. In Computer graphics, a heightmap or heightfield is a raster image used to store values such as surface Elevation data for display in From this basic terrain, textures were painted onto a colormap which was wrapped over the landscapes. Objects such as trees were added to complete the design.  Rand noted that attention to detail allowed Myst to deal with the limitations of CD-ROM drives and graphics, stating "A lot can be done with texture…Like finding an interesting texture you can map into the tapestry on the wall, spending a little extra time to actually put the bumps on the tapestry, putting screws in things. These are the things you don't necessarily notice, but if they weren't there, would flag to your subconscious that this is fake. "
The game was created on Apple Macintosh computers, principally Macintosh Quadras. Macintosh, commonly nicknamed Mac is a Brand name which covers several lines of Personal computers designed developed and marketed by Apple Inc The Macintosh Quadra series was Apple Computer 's product family of professional high-end Apple Macintosh Personal computers built using the Motorola The graphics were individual shots of fully rendered rooms; overall, Myst contains 2,500 frames, one for each possible area the player can explore.  Each scene was modeled and rendered in StrataVision 3D, with some additional modeling in Macromedia MacroModel. StrataVision 3D was a comprehensive 3D computer graphics software package by Strata.  The images were then edited and enhanced using Photoshop 1. 0. 
The original Macintosh version of Myst was constructed in Hypercard. HyperCard was an Application program created by Bill Atkinson for Apple Computer Inc Each Age was a unique Hypercard stack. Navigation was handled by the internal button system and HyperTalk scripts, with image and QuickTime movie display passed off to various plugins; essentially, Myst functions as a series of separate multimedia slides linked together by commands. HyperTalk is a high-level Programming language created in 1987 by Dan Winkler and used in conjunction with Apple Computer 's HyperCard hypermedia QuickTime is a Multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc, capable of handling various formats of Digital video, Media clips sound text  As the main technical constraint that impacted Myst was slow CD-ROM drive read speeds, Cyan had to go to great lengths to make sure all the game elements loaded as quickly as possible. CD-ROM (an initialism of "Compact Disc Read-Only Memory " is a pre-pressed Compact Disc that contains data accessible to but not writable  Images were stored as 8-bit PICT resources with custom color palettes and QuickTime still image compression. PICT is a graphics File format introduced on the original Apple Macintosh computer as its standard Metafile format  Animated elements such as movies and object animations were encoded as QuickTime movies with Cinepak compression; in total, there were more than 66 minutes of Quicktime animation. Cinepak is a Video codec developed by SuperMatch a division of SuperMac Technologies, and released in 1992 as part of Apple Computer's  This careful processing made the finished graphics look like truecolor images despite their low bit depth; the stills were reduced in size from 500 KB to around 80 KB. A kilobyte (derived from the SI prefix Kilo -, meaning 1000 is a unit of Information or Computer storage equal to either 1024 
Chris Brandkamp produced most of the ambient and incidental sounds in the game. To make sure the sounds fit, Brandkamp had to wait until the game's visuals were placed in context.  Sound effects were drawn from unlikely sources; the noise of a fire in a boiler was created by driving slowly over stones in a driveway, because recording actual fire did not sound like fire burning.  The chimes of a large clock tower were simulated using a wrench, then transposed to a lower pitch. 
At first, Myst had no music, because the Millers did not want music to interfere with the gameplay.  After a few tests, they realized that the background music did not adversely affect the game and in fact "seemed to really help the mood of certain places that you were at in the game. " Robyn Miller ended up composing 40 minutes of synthesized music that was used in the game and later published as Myst: The Soundtrack.  Initially, Cyan released the soundtrack via a mail-order service, but before the release of Myst's sequel Riven Virgin Records acquired the rights to releasing the soundtrack, and the CD was rereleased on October 6, 1998. Riven is the Sequel to the highly successful computer game Myst. Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell Events 105 BC - Battle of Arausio: The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) 
Myst's success has led to multiple rereleases and remakes. Myst: Masterpiece Edition was an updated version of the original Myst, and was released in May 2000. It featured several improvements over the original game, with the images re-rendered in 24-bit truecolor instead of the original Myst's 8-bit color. See also True Colors (disambiguation. Truecolor is a method of representing and storing graphical image information (especially in computer 8-bit color graphics is a method of storing image information in a computer's memory or in an image file such that each Pixel is represented by one 8-bit Byte. The score was re-mastered and sound effects were enhanced, and some cinematics were redone. 
realMyst: Interactive 3D Edition was a remake of the Myst computer game released in November of 2000 for the PC, and in January 2002 for the Mac. Unlike Myst and the Masterpiece Edition, realMyst featured free-roaming, real-time 3D graphics instead of pre-rendered stills.  Weather effects like thunderstorms, sunsets, and sunrises were added to the Ages, and minor additions were made to the Ages to keep the game in sync with the story of the Myst novels and sequels. The game also added a new Age called Rime, which is featured in an extended ending.  realMyst was developed by Cyan, Inc. and Sunsoft, and published by Ubisoft. is a Japanese Video game development company founded on April 16, 1971 as a division of Sun Corporation itself a division of Sun Electronics or Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) ( is a French computer and Video game publisher and developer with headquarters in Production of the game was discontinued after its release in November 2000, due to its slow performance on most computers of the time. 
In November 2005, Midway Games announced that they would be developing a remake of Myst for the PlayStation Portable. Midway Games ( (formerly Midway Manufacturing) is an American Video game publisher. The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP) is a Handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. The remake would include additional content that was not featured in the original Myst, including the Rime age that was earlier seen in realMyst.  The game was released in Japan and Europe in 2006, and the U. S. version will be released in 2008. 
A version of Myst for the Nintendo DS was also released in December of 2007. The is a dual-screen Handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. The version features re-mastered video and audio, using source code specifically re-written for the Nintendo DS. The remake features Rime as a playable Age, with an all new graphic set. Myst is a graphic adventure Video game designed and directed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller.  Myst DS was released in North America on May 13, 2008. Events 1497 - Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
|GameSpot||8. Adventure Gamers is a Computer game Website created in 1998 dedicated to the genre of Adventure games. Edge is a multi-format Computer and video game magazine published by Future Publishing in the United Kingdom. GameSpot is a video gaming Website that provides News, Reviews Previews Downloads and other information 9/10|
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Myst was a very popular and commercially successful game. Game Rankings is a Website which keeps track of Video game reviews from other sites and combines them to present an average rating for each game Along with The 7th Guest, it was widely regarded as a killer application that accelerated the sales of CD-ROM drives. The 7th Guest, published in 1993 by Virgin Games, is a video -based puzzle Computer game, not unlike The Fool's A killer application (commonly shortened to killer app) in the jargon of computer programmers and video gamers has been used to refer to any Computer program  The game's success also led to a number of games which sought to copy Myst's success, named "Myst clones".  Myst was the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s, until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002. This is a list of Video games that have sold or shipped at least one million copies including the top ten best-selling franchises. The Sims is a strategic life-simulation computer game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts.  The PC version of Myst holds an average score of 90% at Game Rankings based on six reviews, although the subsequent remakes of the game and the console ports have generally received lower average scores. Game Rankings is a Website which keeps track of Video game reviews from other sites and combines them to present an average rating for each game Myst's success baffled some who wondered how a game some saw as "little more than 'an interactive slide show'" turned out to be a hit. 
Myst was generally praised by critics. Wired Magazine and The New York Times suggested that Myst was evidence that video games could in fact evolve into an art form. Wired is a full-color monthly American Magazine and on-line periodical published in San Francisco, California since March 1993  Entertainment Weekly reported that some players considered Myst's "virtual morality" a religious experience. Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated as EW) is a Magazine published by Time Inc  Aarhus University professor Søren Pold pointed to Myst as a excellent example of how stories can be told using objects rather than people. Aarhus Universitet or the University of Aarhus is the second largest University in Denmark (after the University of Copenhagen) based in  Laura Evenson, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, pointed to adult-oriented games like Myst as evidence the video game industry was emerging from its "adolescent" phase. The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H 
GameSpot said that "Myst is an immersive experience that draws you in and won't let you go. GameSpot is a video gaming Website that provides News, Reviews Previews Downloads and other information " Writing about Myst's reception, Greg M. Smith noted that Myst had become a hit and was regarded as incredibly immersive despite most closely resembling "the hoary technology of the slide show (with accompanying music and effects)".  Smith concluded that "Myst's primary brilliance lies in the way it provides narrative justification for the very things that are most annoying" about the technological constraints imposed on the game; for instance, MacWorld praised Myst's designers for overcoming the occasionally debilitating slowness of CD drives to deliver a consistent experience throughout the game. Not to be confused with McWorld, a term for globalisation Macworld is a web site and monthly Computer magazine dedicated  The publication went on to declare Myst the best game of 1994, stating that Myst removed the "most annoying parts of adventure games—vocabularies that [you] don't understand, people you can't talk to, wrong moves that get you killed and make you start over. You try to unravel the enigma of the island by exploring the island, but there's no time pressure to distract you, no arbitrary punishments put in your way". 
Some aspects of the game still received criticism. Several publications did not agree with the positive reception of the story; Jeremy Parrish of 1UP.com noted that while Myst's lack of interaction and continual plot suited the game, it helped usher in the death of the adventure game genre. 1UPcom is a video-game site owned and operated by Ziff Davis Media, publisher of the popular video game magazine EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly.  Edge stated the main flaw with the game was that the game engine was nowhere near as sophisticated as the graphics. Edge is a multi-format Computer and video game magazine published by Future Publishing in the United Kingdom.  Heidi Fournier of Adventure Gamers noted a few critics complained about the difficulty and lack of context of the puzzles, while others believed these elements added to the gameplay. Adventure Gamers is a Computer game Website created in 1998 dedicated to the genre of Adventure games.  Similarly, critics were split on whether the lack of a plot the player could actually change was a good or bad element.  In a 2000 retrospective review, IGN declared that Myst had not aged well and that playing it "was like watching hit TV shows from the 70s. IGN (abbreviated and formerly known as I magine G ames N etwork is a multimedia news and reviews Website that focuses heavily on Video 'People watched that?,' you wonder in horror. "
In addition to the numerous remakes and ports of the game, Myst's success led to several sequels. Riven was released on October 29, 1997, and explains how the Stranger came upon the Myst book in the first game. Riven is the Sequel to the highly successful computer game Myst. Events 437 - Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Myst III: Exile was released simultaneously for Macintosh and Windows systems in North America on May 7, 2001, and was later ported to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. Myst III Exile is the third title in the Myst series of first person adventure video games Although its predecessors Myst Events 558 - In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. The Xbox is a sixth-generation Video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. Exile was not developed by Cyan; Presto Studios developed the title and Ubisoft published it. Presto Studios was a Computer game development company of the 1990s especially famous for its award-winning The Journeyman Project series and the 2001 Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) ( is a French computer and Video game publisher and developer with headquarters in  Taking place 10 years after the events of Riven, Exile reveals the reasons for Atrus' sons being imprisoned and the disastrous effects their greed caused.  The fourth entry in the series, Myst IV: Revelation, was released on September 10, 2004 and was developed and published entirely by Ubisoft. Myst IV Revelation is the fourth installment in the Myst Computer game series developed and published by Ubisoft. Events 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The music was composed by Jack Wall with assistance from Peter Gabriel. Jack Wall may refer to Jack Wall (composer, American video game music composer Jack Wall (politician (born 1945 Irish Labour Party Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950 in Chobham, Surrey, England) is an English Musician and Songwriter.  The final game in the Myst saga was Myst V: End of Ages, developed by Cyan Worlds and released on September 19, 2005. Myst V End of Ages is the fifth and final installment in the Myst Adventure game series Cyan Worlds Inc (formerly Cyan Inc) is a Computer game company founded by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller in 1987 Events 335 - Dalmatius is raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 
In addition to the main Myst saga, Cyan developed Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, which was released on November 14, 2003. Uru Ages Beyond Myst is a Computer game developed by Cyan Worlds and published by Ubisoft Events 1533 - Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.  Uru allows players to customize their avatars, and renders graphics in real-time. The multiplayer component of Uru was initially cancelled, but Gametap eventually revived it as Myst Online: Uru Live on February 15, 2007. GameTap is an American online Video game service by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS Myst Online Uru Live is a Massively multiplayer online game developed by Cyan Worlds, featuring several diverse D'ni Ages designed in the Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. On February 4, 2008, Gametap Creative Director Ricardo Sanchez announced that the game was cancelled, and that the servers would be shut down 60 days after the announcement. Events 211 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 
The Miller brothers collaborated with David Wingrove and wrote several novels based on the Myst universe, which were published by Hyperion. David Wingrove (born September 1954 in North Battersea, London) is a British Science fiction writer Hyperion is a general-interest book publishing division of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1991. The novels, entitled Myst: The Book of Atrus, Myst: The Book of Ti'ana, and Myst: The Book of D'ni, fill in the games' backstory. The Book of Atrus is the first book in the Myst series of novels set in the same universe as the Myst Computer games by Cyan Worlds The Book of Ti'ana (1996 by Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, and David Wingrove is the second novel of the Myst series but chronologically The Myst Reader is a bound collection of three books in the ''Myst'' franchise, and was published on September 1 2004
As of November 27, 2007, the Myst franchise has sold over 12 million copies worldwide, and the game's popularity has led to several mentions in popular culture. Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Myst is a franchise centered around a series of Fantasy - adventure video games Drawing influences from stories they read as children brothers Robyn Elements from Myst made appearances in an episode of the The Simpsons, and Matt Damon wanted The Bourne Conspiracy to be a puzzle game like Myst, refusing to lend his voice talent to the game when it was turned into a shooter instead. Matthew Paige Damon (born October 8 1970 is an American Actor and Philanthropist. Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy is a video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.  Myst has also been used for educational and scientific purposes; Becta recognized a school teacher who had made literacy gains using Myst as a teaching tool, and researchers have used the game for studies examining the effect of video games on aggression. Becta (formerly known as the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) is a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Children Schools