It was announced the other day that NCSoft was closing down City of Heroes - not because it wasn't performing - because the company wanted to move 'in a different direction'.
I drew this picture to try to convey my feelings.
The game... IS old... the graphics engine sucks... it crashes... the characters are really low poly... they don't even have individual digits on their hands... the SG bases crash my computer... but... even with all that, the game did something that no other MMO lets you.
It put /you/ in the driver seat of the creativity. Want an Arcane Warlock? No problem? Futuristic Ship Enginner? You bet. Hard-boiled Detective? Got room for that too. You could build your own bases, create your own missions. Your experiences were only limited by your creativity, and that's not even talking about the /community/.
RPers - people who like to /envision/ themselves in the roles of their characters - are rarely seen, or even welcomed in other MMOs... but in City of Heroes... they were embraced. Welcomed. Defended.
I'm ranting. It's a great shame NCSoft has done this.
In future, I've decided to 'go in a different direction' as well, NCSoft. Far, far away from any of your games. Sure... maybe GW2 is a good game... but if you're just going to pull the plug on it down the road... then I'm not giving you a cent for it now.
Sorry if I was down.
City of Heroes will be missed.