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To all fellow City of Heroes players:

We’re still running Tanker Tuesdays on the servers until the end.

And I’ve still got Shardtober planned for Champion server this coming October weekends.

@Witty Librarian

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Convert your characters to a tabletop system format (I like Mutants and Masterminds) and you can play him for as long as you can keep a group together.

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I never played CoH, but I spent years on WoW (played from about 2005 until about two months ago) and I know what you mean. While I was playing it I was always amazed by how much stuff I still had never done, how much potential there was for my characters and in the world in general. Even over the months before I let my subscription lapse, as other things infringed on my WoW time and the “stuff I still had never done” list got closer and closer to the “stuff I don’t like” list, I felt good about the game and expected to come back with the next new content, or when I wanted to play with a different focus, or even as soon as I found more free time and money. The idea of WoW and my main characters not being there at all when I want to come back to it is a bit frightening.

But now, I’m surprised when I think about how easy it’s been. Other pasttimes took over most of the time I used to put into WoW, and I’m nowhere near bored with them yet. Real life has become more important, but mostly in a good way. I haven’t been particularly curious about the upcoming expansion.

So me quitting isn’t the same as the game vanishing, but still, you never know.

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Well said. Glad to see City of Heroes players here.

Here are the links if anyone wants to sign the petition or learn more how you can help save the game.

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Good article, John. I sympathize, though my experience with CoH goes as far as a hacked copy of the character creator from five years ago, and a foray into the game three days ago*. I think you’ve hit on the terrible truth of the current MMO-space, that the community investment required for a worthwhile experience simply isn’t profitable for any one sponsoring company. There appear to be a few reasons for that, but all I can say for sure is that it’s a damn shame. I think a lot of us grew up believing that videogames would let us share great stories we had a hand in building.

* I really like playing with the character creators, to the point I’d pay a couple of dollars to see the CoH creator made freeware. I spent a lot of time on DCUOnline just collecting costume pieces, in the absence of an engaging game to play.

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So… how can I save the characters I want to keep, in case the game does close?

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@PaulW: This is a link to the Sentinel+ data extraction program:

http://cit.cohtitan.com/sentinelplus/

At present, there’s no way to make use of the data it extracts; as wyrmsine said, there’s no offline CoH character creator or private server version of the game. However, that may change in future, so I backed up my characters now and am keeping a hopeful eye out for something to do with that data. :)

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The Netrunner reference in the first paragraph leads me to believe that you may not be aware of the game’s recent revival as a ‘LCG’ by Fantasy Flight Games but might be pleased to learn of that fact.

http://www.amazon.com/Android-Netrunner-Living-Card-Game/dp/1616614609/

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highlyverbal said on September 8th, 2012 at 3:27 am

CoH was an excellent game. It was very high on the number of enemies you could successfully pull at once, compared to a very wide variety of other mmorgs I have played. Other games have questlines or craftlines that felt more epic, but CoH actually felt the most heroic as you waded in. It gets too darn annoying if you have to flee all the time you pull one single extra mob.

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Care to go into more detail about what you didn’t like about DCUO?

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I to pray for the day when someone can come and ressurect City of Heroes. After my shock and then burning anger at NCSoft, my heart went out to Paragon Studios for all those great people who got tossed to the curb. I hope they all find jobs.
I for one will continue to play City of Heroes until they pull the plug.

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What really bugs me is that people paid money for the game but can only play it for as long as the game company allows them to.

(Insert Digital Comics DRM discussion here)

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I loved this game, especially the villains half. I hope someone finds a way to keep it going with private servers. I always wanted a single-player/co-op game set in a similar sort of way. Maybe like 5 players making their own characters, their own villains, and then getting their own open world wherein massive storylines occur, random events, and your own custom story progresses.

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My Shadowfist brother!

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@Dio: Didn’t like the control scheme. Not saying it’s bad; just saying that after years of playing a game that doesn’t have mouse-look, playing a game that does have mouse-look made the experience something like watching the feed from a camera strapped to the head of a squirrel that had been fed coffee beans instead of acorns. Not pleasant. :)

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The Crazed Spruce said on September 10th, 2012 at 3:36 am

It figures. I picked up a discount copy of City of Heroes about a month ago, just haven’t gotten around to playing it. Looks like I’m gonna miss my chance.

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DCUO has better writing, better stories, and better characterization than 90% of the comic DC is publishing right now.

And flying around Metropolis is right up there with the Spider-Man 2 game for giving me the, “Yay! I’m a superhero!” feeling. Just getting from place to place is more fun than most superhero games I’ve played.

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candidgamera said on September 10th, 2012 at 8:52 am

The announcement hit me like a gut punch, even though I haven’t been actively playing the game for the last two years. I maintained my subscription all that time, figuring I’d just go back to it when I had the time..

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The thing I loved absolutely the most about CoH was travel powers. No more plodding along wearily for ten minutes just to get to one side of a city from the other. Every time a new MMO comes out and doesn’t have those, my enthusiasm decreases by at least three notches.

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Are you sure it’s really racism, and not the same generalized assumption that game developers hate their customer base that you see everywhere in the gaming community? You know, people say EA and Blizzard hate their customers all the time, no race involved. I’m pretty sure they would assume a motive of customer hatred if those in charge were manatees, mice, or advanced supercomputers incapable of human emotions.

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I remember the last time I logged on. Truth be told, even then, I knew it couldn’t last. The game had gone free-to-play, and the servers, once teeming with fashion disasters, was now desolate.
Nonetheless, my ancient Storm-Summoning Corrupter, Thunderbolt Iron, awaited me like an old friend. I flew to high towers and danced, electrocuted mobsters and robots, joined up with some mates and robbed a bank… The elation when you level up and everyone “gratz”es you, the glee of hurling a hailstorm into the middle of a chaotic melee and watching the damage plink up, the joy of going into the costume creator and watching a new character take shape, the satisfaction of tearing the cape from the hero’s back and styling it into a symbol of fear…
And soon it’ll all be gone.
Dang.
I’mma go back on, even if only to say goodbye.

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Halloween Jack said on October 9th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Obviously I’m coming to this discussion very late, but there are a few points that I’d like to make, as someone who has played the game since early 2005 (or Issue 4, if you know the game’s update numbering system).

One, I don’t think that it’s racist in any meaningful sense of the word to argue that NCSoft doesn’t really understand the North American/European market, and possibly never has. It’s a less hurtful theory, IMO, than that NCSoft is in fact a badly run business that regularly kills off games in the worst possible way, which would not only permanently alienate most of the current CoH player base, but also give it a bad rep that would affect sales of future games. (In fact, I know a number of CoH players who are switching over to Guild Wars 2, under the assumption that NCSoft couldn’t kill it off even if they wanted to, but not only do I not trust NCSoft in any way, shape or form now, but also I frankly want to punish them by boycotting their games.)

Two, this has been further supported by rumors in the month-plus since the cancellation announcement that NCSoft has simply refused to respond to offers to buy CoH. NCSoft’s spokespeople insist that they tried and failed to sell it, but for some odd reason people don’t trust a company that fired all of Paragon Studios’ staff on the Friday before the major American labor holiday. Between the fact that CoH was still making money after going free-to-play/freemium and the fact that other MMORPGs have managed to keep servers open for years after they stopped making money for their owners, it comes off as cruel indifference.

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