October 31, 2012 1:12 pm
In the 1993 video game Myst, players come across artifacts known as “linking books.” Myst was an expansive adventure and puzzle-based game that saw players explore a mysterious island. These tomes spoke to the player, providing vital information and, says Gizmag, were used to “transport people to other worlds known… as Ages.”
Example of a linking book:
But now, says Gizmag, Australia-based Mike Ando, who goes by the name RIUM+, has designed and built a linking book that doesn’t just talk back but actually allows you to play Myst through a touchscreen and computer built right into a book. The replica linking book, says Ando, is “made out of a copy of the same book [Myst-developer] Cyan originally scanned as a texture reference.”
The sequel to Myst, known as Riven, was well known at its launch for the mere fact that the game sprawled across a whopping five CDs. Ando’s construction manages to house not only Myst and Riven, but every other game in the Myst series.
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