A Real Myst Linking Book

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Another World, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Another World
    OP

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    10,487
    1,598
    Jan 3, 2008
    Colombia
    From Where???

    Ever wonder what it would be like to physically interact with the Myst linking book? Well one fan has spent the better part of 6 years bringing this dream to reality. The book not only brings a virtual item to the real world, it also hides a desktop computer that is capable of playing each of the Myst titles. How much would you pay for such a thing? Well the person behind this project is offering up the 1-off build for $15,625. Head on over to the project page for photos and technical information.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Project Page
     


  2. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    23,442
    21,331
    Sep 13, 2009
    Poland
    Gaming Grotto
    Myst... wherever you look, whichever platform you pick up, you always see Myst.

    I never even finished that game and I already hate its guts... :P
     
  3. Another World
    OP

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    10,487
    1,598
    Jan 3, 2008
    Colombia
    From Where???
    it is this part of the process that is amazing to me.

    -another world
     
  4. KingVamp

    KingVamp Great... AETHER!

    Member
    10,027
    1,791
    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    I honesty didn't see the appeal...
     
  5. DaggerV

    DaggerV Archmagi of the Emerald Moon

    Member
    932
    199
    Dec 3, 2009
    United States
    I don't either, such a small screen. Don't get me wrong though, it's neato, just not awesome.
     
  6. KingBlank

    KingBlank King of Nothing

    Member
    556
    214
    Sep 17, 2008
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
    "(Yes I essentially destroyed this book to convert it into a Myst linking book, but I like to think that it's cooler now. At least 20% cooler.)"
    Oki doki loki!
     
  7. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Global Moderator
    6,181
    4,802
    Aug 29, 2008
    United States
    Las Vegas, NV
    What amazes me is this guy not only has the audacity to destroy such a rare book, but puts a PC and a touch screen inside of it and thinks that it's worth anywhere close to 15K.

    Myst has it's fans. I'll admit that, but I doubt anyone would be willing to plonk down 15K for what amounts to the guts of a laptop stuffed inside of a butchered book.
     
    jalaneme likes this.
  8. cearp

    cearp the ticket master

    Member
    7,318
    4,544
    May 26, 2008
    Tuvalu
    here he even says that the parts cost around $1500-2000, so... if he is charging $13,000 for labor? and installing some games? lol
     
  9. The Real Jdbye

    The Real Jdbye Always Remember 30/07/08

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    The Real Jdbye is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    10,578
    4,245
    Mar 17, 2010
    Norway
    Alola
    That was my thought too. Even Ben Heck doesn't charge that much.
    It's a cool project though.
     
  10. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    5,816
    2,611
    Sep 14, 2010
    Netherlands
    I imagine finding the book and getting it in perfect condition would be pretty tough considering it's 135 years old.
     
  11. cearp

    cearp the ticket master

    Member
    7,318
    4,544
    May 26, 2008
    Tuvalu
    also how does this take 6 years? maybe if you do 5 minutes a day? 5 minutes a day for 6 years is like 180 hours..
    with console modding, some cut down the chips to make them fit, stuff which seems really tricky etc etc, i was looking at some portable gamecube threads on another forum and wow, it was pretty involved. but this guy, just gets a book, and puts a small computer in it.
    are there even speakers in it? and the way you have to turn it on... surely he could have implemented a nice hidden switch without needing to do what he did in the video.
    i couldn't see how it is charged, or maybe the battery is not rechargeable? and is he allowed to sell the games with it? i'm not sure, but whatever.
    he can sell it for as high as he wants, who doesn't want to make a lot of profit, but if he believes that it is WORTH that much... then he is very dumb

    -edit. people are talking about the rarity of the book etc etc... surely you can get a book made just how you want it right? just like you can make a new table look antique and worn, i am sure a book binder would have created something for him for less than $1000
     
  12. Issac

    Issac oh!

    Global Moderator
    4,994
    1,757
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    How about, getting a touch screen part.. I know there are such to buy. Then, a raspberry-PI... and plug in a 32 GB microSDHC (or normal SD or whatever)... into a book... wouldn't be too hard actually....
    -starts looking for touch screens online-
     
  13. pasc

    pasc GBATemps official GBA Freak

    Member
    2,586
    144
    Sep 9, 2006
    Gambia, The
    Germany
    overpriced laptop yay
     
    Sop likes this.
  14. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Member
    10,254
    17,403
    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    It seems to me a strange thing, Myst-ifying...
     
  15. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Global Moderator
    6,181
    4,802
    Aug 29, 2008
    United States
    Las Vegas, NV
    The book lost any and all value when he decided to hollow it out and make this abomination.
     
  16. Another World
    OP

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    10,487
    1,598
    Jan 3, 2008
    Colombia
    From Where???
    that is true, but, it still is a 135yr copy of the same kind of book scanned for the original myst game. that will add intrinsic value for some crazy myst series fan, and you know one is probably out there somewhere.

    -another world
     
  17. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,763
    16,143
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    I thought it was neat before I read the details. He could have made a perfect copy of the book for $50 but noooo, let's destroy the original and cram an obsolete computer inside. Nice going, ass.

    EDIT: Disregard that, I suck.
     
    raulpica, Sop and jalaneme like this.
  18. Giga_Gaia

    Giga_Gaia Shinigami

    Member
    1,301
    40
    Sep 12, 2006
    Canada
    Quebec, Canada
    So stupid, why do this? Myst was a terrible game, even with the standards of the time it was released. Thank god they don't make it anymore.
     
  19. Another World
    OP

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    10,487
    1,598
    Jan 3, 2008
    Colombia
    From Where???
    Myst was a great game, it culminated years of point-n-click adventure games. perhaps you do not realize that at one point they dominated the PC market.

    -another world
     
  20. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Global Moderator
    6,181
    4,802
    Aug 29, 2008
    United States
    Las Vegas, NV
    Actually Myst was pretty damn revolutionary for it's time. It hasn't dated well. At all. But there are still iterations of Myst being sold, even now, on current platforms.