Every trick is in a (misty) book.

Myst is an adventure that lots of old-school players like to dive in; in other terms, a point and click classic. It featured interesting and mesmerizing universes that are presented through a “linking book” , which permits a “mise en abyme” of invented worlds (written by one person-the enigmatic atrus). Well, I mean parallel universes, and you are the so-called tourist.

That setting is very rich, both by the gameplay and the story. There even were three books released by a science fiction writer, David Wingrove. He received assistance from Myst’s creators, Rand and Robyn Miller. The Book of Atrus (1995), The Book of Ti’ana (1996), and The Book of D’ni (1997) was combined  into a mash-up called “The Myst Reader” that you can find here in Kindle edition. I love the Kindle format because it can be read on the PC or on the Kindle , I never lost track of the story thanks to the electronic bookmark, and last but not least my crippled English gets a useful hand from the “Oxford Dictionary of English”.

And now comes the funny thing. A fan, Mike Ando, made a book that can play the Myst games. Under the pages of a book that is an accurate replicate of the ”linking book”, you can find an entire windows PC running on an Intel Z530P with GMA500 and 1Gb of RAM. In other words, enough to run all the Myst games (Myst 1 , Riven, Exile, realMyst).

Enough space was even digged in the (fake) book to allow heat dissipation. Yet, it won’t annihilate  the sweat and the render that you might emanate while racking your brain on the tiny screen displaying puzzling enigma.

15, 000 $ and it’s yours.

Cool.

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