Saturday, December 19, 2009

A 'Making of Riven' Video: As Much as Fits in 2:56

"Tapped In: Riven"

gametap, YouTube (October 31, 2008)
video, 2:56

"How do you follow up the best-selling game of the 20th Century? Watch and see."

This is one of those 'the making of' videos, and a pretty good one.

Watching it, you'll learn how the developers of Riven moved from a garage, where they'd made Myst, to an old mattress shop; why Riven doesn't look like Myst; and why they went two years over schedule, making Riven.

In just under three minutes.

Obviously, this isn't one of those in-depth 'the making of' videos, where you learn about the childhood dreams of the principal developers, whether their desks were all in the same room, and what brand of coffee they used.

Or, for that matter, if Rand and Robyn Miller drank coffee.

I've got one of the 2,200,000-plus units of Riven, by the way - and think it's an impressive example of interactive software, and a wonderfully plausible virtual world.


"Tapped in: Myst"
gametap, YouTube (October 31, 2008)

video, 5:21

Actually, it's about these closely-related games: Myst; Riven; Myst III Exile; Myst IV Revelation; and Myst V End of Ages.

Not-quite-related posts:


Nivlaek said...

Riven is still tops in all of the MYST adventures. Rand and Robyn, you created a gem!!! The music is fabulous and you literally can lose yourself on the island. Shorah!

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...


Riven is a remarkable world - I discovered, talking to one of my kids, that there are parts I missed.

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