1993  Robyn and Rand Miller

Reimagining the video game

Myst, created by brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, was a breakthrough video game that combined graphics and storytelling like never before. The Macintosh helped them bring to life a new type of first-person, role-playing adventure where players saw everything from the character’s point of view. With the Mac, the Millers could render 3D images to capture more detail and texture and let players become completely absorbed in a mysterious, fantastically original world.

Try to imagine Myst Island Bird’s Eye (pictured here) hand drawn. That was the original plan for all the images and animations in Myst. But when Robyn and Rand Miller started to use the Mac, “it was like a spyglass into another world. Our job was to reveal more and more of it.”
Myst Garden wasn’t just the first outdoor garden area built in the game — it was the first time Myst truly came to life. The way images were rendered on the Mac felt magical, because it made Myst feel real. And the Miller brothers’ attention to detail set the tone for video games for the next decade.

Released October 25, 1993

Macintosh TV

Not to be confused with today’s Apple TV, this was the first Macintosh with built-in television capabilities. It was an early example of Apple designers combining multiple devices into one, and was the only black Macintosh desktop until the introduction of  the new Mac Pro.

What people did with it

In 1993, the Macintosh TV was many things to Mac users. Here’s how people say they used it the most.

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