I just had to write this. I realized that I was getting too caught up in the "business" side of the Aetherlight; the factual side. I'm wondering if this is happening to you too. Today, I opened the Aetherlight. But before I clicked play, I just sat there for a minute, watching the snow swirling around Jefferson and his multi-colored coils waving. The beat of the music sounded in my head. The pleasing expectancy of the notes of the music to come in the following measure. I'm not even joking, I was performing a gymnastics routine to the music in my head. Had no one been around, I would have gotten out of my chair and danced some of it out.
Unfortunately, this fact has become clear to me: I had forgotten the spirit of the Aetherlight.
Remember Episode I and the introductory episode. Remember when you logged on to the Aetherlight for the first time. Remember battling your first automaton (an excavator) with Lukas at your side, wielding nothing but a Rusty Preacher. Remember the feeling! One mission. One urgent mission. Wake up the citizens to the fog shrouding their memories. Fight back the evil, slowly encroaching. The joy of seeing a fellow player run by on a mission. The awesome mystery of the Scarlet Man and his mask. Fighting BESIDE the SCARLET MAN in battle! I wish I could replay that moment. Over and over. It was AWESOME. Not like, "Oh, that's cool," it was like, "I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THIS. (!!!!!!!!!!!) "
It's easy to forget, to allow the Aetherlight to become just another game. But it's more then that. It's really more then that. It's..the greatest Story ever told, not to mention the greatest task ever given: serve Jesus (the Scarlet Man).
I'm just saying, the Aetherlight should not be considered a game with tasks that you complete to move forward.