Immersion in Games

I was thinking about immersion in games, and I remembered about one of the first immersive titles I played: Myst.

Now, you can hate or love puzzles, and that’s fine. But you can’t deny the the library in Myst was one of the most amazing things ever.

myst_bookshelf

My older sister and I would sit there, and read these digital books while ‘in’ the library. Some of those books seemed very long, 20+ pages. So we’d be sitting there, and when you’re done reading it goes back on the shelf, then you’re back in the library.

There is something about reading books, or something similar while already IN a game, that makes that game area feel more real. You’ve been there. You’ve read books there.

It’s a really neat effect, and one I want to use in the future.

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