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How I Feel by firstedition How I Feel by firstedition
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.
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RolandGrey Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Over a year and a half later and we STILL feel like this.

A really disturbing thought is the fact that NCSoft essentially said, through that action, that if a game underperforms in any way from what they expect, the execution will commence...

Of course, we should have seen behavior like this from their previous shutdowns, like Exteel and Tabula Rasa.
Bikerbloke Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Never played the game, have no real desire to since I'm not that into games per se, but I can empathise with your frustration. But I have to that picture you did just tears at the heart strings. Well done on capturing such emotion.
kozispoon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This made me choke up a bit. I think using dogs hit way too hard in the feels. CoH was the first MMO I ever touched, so the loss of it is remembered all over again seeing this deviation. :(
SubZippo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
DAWWW.... ;.;

I miss CoH...
Daigonzo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Almost a year later, I still miss City of Heroes every single day. No other online game I've tried has even given me a fraction of the fun I had playing it.
firstedition Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
It really was a unique gaming experience.  No other single game combined the level of customization, powers and multiplayer as well as City of Heroes.

Still sad it's gone. :(
Feiqa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Totally agree with the sentiments. CoH was its own setting encompassing everything you could find for a great comic. Then they let you in to play as one of those people.
No other game does so much for you.
I agree it shall be missed.
Daniel-Gleebits Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And the pain comes flooding back...

Bleedin NCSoft. If it doesn't take off in Asia, they consider it a failure.

AutoBubbs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Was on for a little over a year prior to termination. Hadn't had more fun on a game before, and likely since.
Fascinum13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I hear you loud and clear. And I humbly offer this: the creepy parents that make kids give up a beloved pet because of their selfishness are the same nasty old bastards that complain that Junior never visits them in the Nursing home. They are the sort that do have a clue, but are too narcissistic to say "I'm Sorry."

Sorry NCSOFT, I may even play GW2 for a while, simply because I am following other NCSOFT castaways to it, and I would rather mow my lawn than touch Mist of Pandering to Asian stereotypes. But frankly, do not expect the sort of loyalty I gave to you, both in community and in dollars, that let you shovel money to arenanet. GW2 may be a good game, but I will NEVER allow myself to care about anything that comes out of your shops.

OH, and I dare say that the whole MMO world may be blowing itself up if it maintains it's level of arrogance. I am a star wars fan, and I can say that between EA and BW crashing SWTOR, Blizzard's panda's, and NCSOFT, I might go back to the days of muds. Yes, the graphics stink, but at least I know what I am getting.

Also, I feel what you said about roleplay, but we are not the sort to be shoveling little bits of cash into micro transactions like good little livestock, no, we would rather have a good game.
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