Choose Your Own Adventure

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of hypertext is the inherent reliance on reader interactivity, and the implications of such interactivity.

"Myst is not linear, it's not flat, it's not shallow." (Cyan)

Simply, Myst redefines the notion of the non-linear text, it pushes the edges of the envelope into a realm that was previously non-existent.

In Myst, the reader creates the narrative.

What does this mean, exactly?

The reader's ability to explore his/her surroundings without a predetermined path allows him/her absolute control over the text. This control, coupled with the virtually effortless interface, creates an environment in which the reader can become thoroughly absorbed and entranced.

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