Ryan "Grey Dragon" Warzecha reports that Cyan Worlds has laid off all but two employees. Cyan Worlds is the company that made the original Myst game, and all of its sequels. Another Cyan worker posted a letter from Chris Brandkamp, a Cyan VP, detailing how there's No room for creativity in the gaming industry.
I think it's a crying shame that games like Myst aren't as successful as the shoot-em-up games are. I've never been interested in twitchy shooting games, and I found Myst incredibly involving. As Brandkamp says, the Myst-style games, with their puzzles and animations are too labor-intensive to compete with first-person shooters which are essentially giant physics engines.
The closing of Cyan is a big deal in this household. How did we commemorate the closing of a very cool company? How else? We made a cake: