The standard look of logging into the Matrix. This clears up after about 15 seconds, and fades into the real world.
Now, usually the Matrix looks more... green. Today, it looked more ash for a little bit.
Then, of course, there was the raining of blood coupled with eyes in the sky. Not exactly normal, but not exactly unusual, either.
As the sun set, the eyes stayed just as creepy.
Eventually though I ended up finding my way into Club Hel -- the Merovingian's private club from Matrix Reloaded. Everyone from the server was piling into either Hel or somehwere around the Mara Central hardline, the other big hang out for the evening.
This is only half of Club Hel. The other half was just as packed; probably even more packed than this half.
It's a party! What would a party be without a little casual drug use? Everyone wants to have a redpill!
Back when the Matrix Online had 9 servers, one of them was Regression. Regression was eventually merged into Recursion, but the spirit of the Regression community never died. In this screenshot are some of the players from Regression who have either stuck with the game or came back for one last stand.
The white wireframe is that of an Oligarch character -- a veritable "god" of the Matrix. No, this wasn't one of the actors, it was just one of the developers randomly turning players into characters. Still fun though!
Honestly... there is nothing better than having a party with telephone booths. They're great guys and all, except you just don't want to mosh with them. Past that, nicest people you could ever meet!
During the final days, developers were handing out all sorts of things, including some of their special effects items. These items, when used, gave players some of the "apocalyptic" FX that the developers used to tell stories. The intense yellow lightning bolt here is one of them.
Of course, just because the yellow lightning looks great when concentrated in one area doesn't mean it should be. Here we have the bolts scattered all over Club Hel.
Another one of the event FX, the glitch death, makes everyone in range flicker and then quickly deconstruct while their RSI's code gets pulled into a mini-Matrix black hole. Except, in the Matrix, black holes are green!
Someone else revealed that they had received the purple lightning FX tool. It's on, now! For some reason, I don't think this is what historians think of when they hear, "Lightning War."
When you give people new toys to play with, they're going to play with them for a good long time. The lightning war was pretty good... but we think this scene can still get better...
There we go! All of the effects at once! Glitching, lightning, explosions, you name it! My computer was lucky to be alive after that particle blast.
But, in the end, it all came down to this -- the sunset of the Matrix Online. The blue skies serve as the symbol for a bright future, even as the entire Matrix simulation destabilizes and crashes. Thank you to the all of the developers and players of The Matrix Online! Now WAKE UP!