In June 2008, I passed my third year exams at the faculté (History studies) and then, immediately after, suffered some kind of burnout. I was still living at my parent’s home, and they had just bought a computer - the one they had before barely worked. For the first time, I had a real Internet access, and most importantly, I could play games that the previous one couldn’t run.
So I decided to play Myst IV: Revelation (I had already been a Myst fan for a good part of my life at this point… and it was about to get a lot, lot worse. Or better).
I basically lived in that game during ten days, approximately.
And guess what I’ve just dug up?
My Revelation journal!
The text at the top says "I have found the frequency".
Trying to fix Atrus’ machine and talking about his attitude towards his family problems ("the fact that he trapped Gehn on Riven or his sons inside books is typical of his "yeah-I’ll-deal-with-this-later" attitude…").
"D’ni letters all look the same…" "Just like in real life, I’m scared of vast empty places. I spent far too much time in that kitchen, just because it looked like a safe place!" "Looking at the portraits in the living room, I noticed Anna wasn’t there. Maybe Atrus didn’t have anything to take pictures when she was still alive."
Trying to make a map of Spire and failing remarkably. It’s titled "Map of Spire (not finished) (and approximative)".
Getting really pissed off by the Spider Chair (I called it la machine infernale at the time, “the machine from Hell”), drawing chibi Sirrus, and getting really excited because I found the right frequency for ONE crystal out of four.
"It’s 5 PM already and I just noticed I forgot to eat (!), so let’s stop for today." Then getting completely and hopelessly lost in Haven.
Tons of notes on the Haven fauna. "Did Achenar come up with all the creatures names himself?"
Trying to solve the Mangrees puzzle with a malfunctioning mouse is a nightmare.
"I don’t really trust Achenar, but to be fair I don’t trust Sirrus AT ALL, so I kinda like the violent environmentalist better than the affected psycho, somehow." Also trying to map Serenia and bam, CHAOS.
Getting really pissed off by the Ancestors puzzle because it’s completely abstract and you can mess it up by accident. "Done. Ok. What’s next? Next I’m out of the dream. Kay… What was the point??"
"The door is open >:) Color code? It looks complicated O_oU The marbles that Sirrus uses, as Achenar told me? Looks like that disk from Spire? SHIT I HAVEN’T NOTED THE COLORS O_O …had to go back to Spire… I’m so stupid… stupid code… I HATE YOU SIRRUS" "I was so pissed off I turned the computer off." "IT WORKS!!" "I’m, well, ATROCIOUSLY happy to go through that door."
Positive and negative points, and then some post-game thoughts. "What can I say? Waoh. That was like a big musical colorful slap to the face." "Feels like mourning something at the end of the game…" Basically everything I didn’t like was in Serenia.
"It’s interesting that the main colors of the prison Ages are the exact opposite of the colors of the books." "Retrospectively there were so many evidences of Sirrus’ culpability. The thing that broke the bridge and knocked me out at the beginning was one of his bombs…"
(next page) "Achenar would have killed himself on Spire. Sirrus would have been devored after a couple of days on Haven." "There’s no way in hell that Sirrus’ plan could have worked without anyone noticing there was something wrong with Yeesha."
An Achenar quote, and "Long live Myst."
As someone who lovingly kept an in-character journal while playing the Myst games, I absolutely adore seeing other folks’ take on the same theme.