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Eat_My_Shortz
05-12-2004, 07:32 AM
Many of you will know that I've been searching for Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Edition for a very long time, and in Australia, its very hard to find.
Well yaay I finally got it at a place in Melbourne for $42 AUS. The good news is: They ship all around Australia online!

So if you're Aussie and looking for this collection, go to DevoteD DVD (http://www.devoteddvd.com.au/shop/product_info.php?products_id=11351) and order your copy!

What do I think of it? Well its great and all, but there are a couple of disappointments.
1. Someone said that the Making Of videos and interview are on DVD Video for your DVD Player. This is wrong - they are in Quicktime format, about 400 pixels wide, so modest quality.
2. Yes the version of Riven IS the DVD version with upgraded cinematics, but they are still pretty bad. (Improved, though)
3. The games are all slightly upgraded, but some bugs are still there. In Exile, I've always had this bug in XP where the zoom cursor looks corrupted.
4. In Myst Masterpiece the tragic flaw is still there, where the note says "off" when it should say "on", meaning you cant complete the game unless you know the secret already. Also, the Myst linking book is STILL corrupted for the first few seconds.
5. Very annoying - they've replaced the old Red Orb logos with Ubi Soft logos, but rather than the purple one from Uru, they've added this big ugly grey/white logo to all three games. This looks especially bad in Myst, since the grey background leaves a grey area on the screen during the Cyan logo.
6. No printed manuals. But what do you expect for such a low price?

Apart from that all the games work just as they always have, which is very well. There are some cool new things for people who have already played all 3 games:
1. Making of Riven/Exile and Interview with Rand. This makes about 40 minutes of video in total. Very good.
2. Riven is DVD so cinematics are slightly improved.
3. (Funny) Myst III has your choice of 6 languages which includes dubbing. Haha
4. They've changed the file structure of Myst Masterpiece so you can now actually play all of the audio files in AIFF format, INCLUDING MUSIC. Yaay! That means the Myst soundtrack is effectively included!

Sorry about such a long post, but I thought some sort of information about the product needed to be made available. I would still recommend this product to all Myst fans, especially if you are missing one or more titles.

And just for the record (since everyone was doing this on another post): I have
4x Myst (Classic, Masterpiece, realMyst, Anniversary)
2x Riven (Standard CD, Anniversary)
3x Exile (Standard, Collectors, Anniversary)
1x Uru + To D'ni
Book of Atrus, Ti'Ana, D'ni
Riven Strategy Guide + 2x Exile Strategy Guide (hehe)
There I qualify as Die-Hard Myst Fan!

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Eat_My_Shortz
05-12-2004, 07:32 AM
Many of you will know that I've been searching for Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Edition for a very long time, and in Australia, its very hard to find.
Well yaay I finally got it at a place in Melbourne for $42 AUS. The good news is: They ship all around Australia online!

So if you're Aussie and looking for this collection, go to DevoteD DVD (http://www.devoteddvd.com.au/shop/product_info.php?products_id=11351) and order your copy!

What do I think of it? Well its great and all, but there are a couple of disappointments.
1. Someone said that the Making Of videos and interview are on DVD Video for your DVD Player. This is wrong - they are in Quicktime format, about 400 pixels wide, so modest quality.
2. Yes the version of Riven IS the DVD version with upgraded cinematics, but they are still pretty bad. (Improved, though)
3. The games are all slightly upgraded, but some bugs are still there. In Exile, I've always had this bug in XP where the zoom cursor looks corrupted.
4. In Myst Masterpiece the tragic flaw is still there, where the note says "off" when it should say "on", meaning you cant complete the game unless you know the secret already. Also, the Myst linking book is STILL corrupted for the first few seconds.
5. Very annoying - they've replaced the old Red Orb logos with Ubi Soft logos, but rather than the purple one from Uru, they've added this big ugly grey/white logo to all three games. This looks especially bad in Myst, since the grey background leaves a grey area on the screen during the Cyan logo.
6. No printed manuals. But what do you expect for such a low price?

Apart from that all the games work just as they always have, which is very well. There are some cool new things for people who have already played all 3 games:
1. Making of Riven/Exile and Interview with Rand. This makes about 40 minutes of video in total. Very good.
2. Riven is DVD so cinematics are slightly improved.
3. (Funny) Myst III has your choice of 6 languages which includes dubbing. Haha
4. They've changed the file structure of Myst Masterpiece so you can now actually play all of the audio files in AIFF format, INCLUDING MUSIC. Yaay! That means the Myst soundtrack is effectively included!

Sorry about such a long post, but I thought some sort of information about the product needed to be made available. I would still recommend this product to all Myst fans, especially if you are missing one or more titles.

And just for the record (since everyone was doing this on another post): I have
4x Myst (Classic, Masterpiece, realMyst, Anniversary)
2x Riven (Standard CD, Anniversary)
3x Exile (Standard, Collectors, Anniversary)
1x Uru + To D'ni
Book of Atrus, Ti'Ana, D'ni
Riven Strategy Guide + 2x Exile Strategy Guide (hehe)
There I qualify as Die-Hard Myst Fan!

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: People who know binary and people who don't.

Cierdwyn
05-12-2004, 10:33 AM
Congratulations EMS! I got mine (I'm in Canada) before Christmas and for the most part I do love it, especially not having to change discs for Riven. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

A couple of things to be mindful of though ... if using Windows XP, these are some of the problems I have encountered. Adjust your compatibility settings for each game - it helps with a lot of pesky little problems. Do NOT travel too quickly through Riven, it tends to freeze up - especially when you exit the tunnel on the stairs to head up toward the village or down to the beach, (my solution is to slow things down and save often) - but it will happen in other spots too ... and do NOT minimize in Exile - when you come back to full screen you will have no mouse control and have to restart from your last save.

Otherwise it's a lovely set to have ... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

Cierdwyn

Eat_My_Shortz
05-12-2004, 10:50 PM
Thanks Cierdwyn. The Exile bug has been around since the original. Yes, I know - very annoying.
I havent encountered the Riven bug. I hope thats not a new thing they've introduced into Riven DVD.

(Especially considering about 10 bugs introduced in Masterpiece over the original Myst).

Do you have the Riven movies on DVD-Video format? I just found a text file in the Riven folder explaining in great detail how to view Riven movies.
I have the quicktime movies, but according to this, I should be able to watch it on my TV's DVD Player. Obviously the DVD is missing a VIDEO_TS folder required on all Video DVDs.
I will start a new post to see what other people think about this.
I think whats happened is they havent copied the original DVD version correctly - they've copied the text file but not the videos themselves.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>6/30/98
If your computer has the ability to play DVD-Video movies, you can view
the MPEG-2 version of "The Making of Riven."
...
This Riven DVD-ROM has also been formatted as a standard DVD-Video disc,
allowing you to view "The Making of Riven" on most Television Set
DVD-Video players.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Jerle
05-13-2004, 09:01 PM
Thanks for the info and the heads up! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Cierdwyn
05-14-2004, 09:50 AM
EMS wrote : <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Do you have the Riven movies on DVD-Video format? I just found a text file in the Riven folder explaining in great detail how to view Riven movies.
I have the quicktime movies, but according to this, I should be able to watch it on my TV's DVD Player. Obviously the DVD is missing a VIDEO_TS folder required on all Video DVDs. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I wasn't sure about this so I checked before posting. Found the text file that you mentioned, I understood it to mean I could watch them on my DVD player on my computer, and gave it a shot. Fired up my PowerDVD and when I tried to run the Mpeg of "The Making of Riven" I got an error message that said "A disc with unsupported format in drive E:" so apparently they've fouled that up somewhat. The only version of "The Making of Riven" that I found on my Riven DVD is the QuickTime version - so unless it's invisible (and I checked for hidden files) they've made some sort of error with that text file.

Anyone else know what's up with this? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Cierdwyn

Eat_My_Shortz
05-15-2004, 02:28 AM
I think I know (but this doesn't make it alright!)

The text file is dated 1998 - the year the original Riven DVD was released. They probably had MPEG-2 (DVD-Video) content on that version.

We know that the DVD has changed for Anniversary - the new Ubi Soft logos, and the links to Uru. So somewhere along the line, either a conscious decision or an accident was made to remove the VIDEO_TS folder (which is standard on all DVD Videos, containing the VOB, IFO and BUP files which store the videos for your TV's DVD Player).

Not happy!
(Although with a bit of skill and a DVD burner you can make your own - but it won't have as high resolution since the Quicktime files are about 400 px wide.)

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Eat_My_Shortz
05-15-2004, 02:39 AM
Also, Cierdwyn (Or anyone who's played Anniversary or Myst Masterpiece)...
Have you seen this?
Myst Masterpiece Page - Proof (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=5451034&m=590109904)
I want answers!

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Cierdwyn
05-15-2004, 05:31 AM
I had noticed that thread yesterday and to be honest I had not noticed that rather glaring error. I'm to the point now that when I play I hardly notice the notes and such lying about.

But it begs the question ... who in their right mind made THAT change? It makes no sense to go and make a change to any portion of the game like that - unless they had the janitors, idiot half cousin - seven times removed - working that day.

Cierdwyn

Eat_My_Shortz
05-16-2004, 08:16 AM
It is a complete mystery. If it were in realMyst, I'd say "they must have made a mistake whilst retyping it."

But since its Masterpiece, they didn't actually DO anything but remaster the visuals, there was no need to retype it.
Unless its someone's idea of a sick joke.
http://users.bigpond.net.au/summit/nonsummit/mystonoff.jpg

The wierd thing is, if you look at the original one, the word "on" has some space around it, just enough for it to be changed to "off" without displacing the rest of the words.

This conspiracy goes all the way to the top!

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Phen1
05-17-2004, 01:22 AM
Holy weird!!!

~~PHEN~~

Pre-rendering ROCKS!!!

Srikandi
05-17-2004, 02:12 AM
I commented on this in your other thread, EMS -- I think the version of the original Myst I had contained the same error as Myst Masterpiece. So there were two versions of Myst 1, and Masterpiece was created from the one with the error. Makes more sense than introducing a typo http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Eat_My_Shortz
05-17-2004, 05:23 AM
Poor you, Sri!
So your saying that the ORIGINAL version had an error, it was FIXED at some point between your version and mine (which, for the record, I bought in 1996, so your theory makes sense), and then they did what they titled "MASTERPIECE" and took the page from the original game with a bug.

"Attention to detail?"......

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>The wierd thing is, if you look at the original one, the word "on" has some space around it, just enough for it to be changed to "off" without displacing the rest of the words.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Your theory would also explain the above quote (which I said earlier). If the original one said "off" and it was changed to "on", that would explain the spacing around the word.

Funny how all this discussion comes about over 1 little word that can ruin the whole game.

(Now if I can get a little of my own back: Naa naa naa Sri had to cheat!!!) http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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GrantErbil
05-19-2004, 03:45 PM
EMS,

it's also available at www.gameswarehouse.com.au (http://www.gameswarehouse.com.au) for $43.95

I have bought several games from them - their prices are pretty good, they send registered post the next day (usually).

They've got pre-orders on XP2 and the complete chronicles.

Cheers.

PS. I am 1 of the 10.

Srikandi
05-19-2004, 04:04 PM
Touche, EMS! Actually, I cheat all the time, so feel free to ridicule me! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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Eat_My_Shortz
05-19-2004, 11:02 PM
Really, Sri? I thought you were one of those all-by-myself people.
Oh well, I can safely say I've never finished an adventure game in my life without cheating at least once (and I've finished A LOT).

Damn Stoneship compass puzzle! The ONLY thing I couldn't do in Myst (that was back before The Internet tho).

GrantErbil - Thanks for the info. I'll get POTS through them then if my local store doesn't stock it.

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