As an amateur historian and an MMORPG enthusiast, I generally applaud efforts by the community to resurrect, preserve, and even reboot sunsetted games. While there are legal issues to consider, especially over intellectual properties, I want these games to continue on in some fashion. If a studio is not willing or able to do it, then having the community pick up the slack is an acceptable solution in my book.
But this past week I was wondering if there are cases where fan emulators of these MMORPGs might not be worth pursuing. Is keeping City of Heroes operating as a ghost of itself in Paragon Chat helpful to a community that maybe should move on at this point? Do some of the smaller emulators that lack funds and development talent end up doing a disservice to the original title?
What are your feelings on this? Are fan emulators of dead MMOs worth developing, or should we let the deceased rest in peace?
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
Just because City of Heroes is gone doesn’t mean that you can’t have Halloween events for the game. It sort of does remove most of the usual options, yes, but the folks behind Paragon Chat aren’t about to let that stop them. A big in-game Halloween party is planned for October 21st, and it’s going to have everything you could possibly want from a superheroic event, starting with a variety of new costume contests. Themed contests, group contests, and the new costume race event, in which players are given a theme and 30 minutes to make the best costume based on that theme possible.
If that’s not enough, the party will also play host to a special player mission along with live music from The Cape radio hosts. It promises to be quite a bash, so if you want to duck into the old haunts of Paragon City and enjoy everything you can for the holiday, clear your evening schedule on October 21st.
Last Friday evening, the torch was raised once again for City of Heroes. Despite the game being offline for a half-decade now, fans from all over the world gathered in Paragon Chat to celebrate the superhero MMORPG’s 13th anniversary.
In true City of Heroes fashion, there were a lot of crazy and creative ensembles on display, as well as costume contests at Atlas Park, badge hunts, and trivia games. Massively OP was even on location, as MJ, Bree, Justin, and Eliot showed up to party and reminisce about the late, great MMO.
If you want the highlights of the entire evening, a player group put together a quick video to share the festivities and keep the spirit of the game alive. Sharp eyes might even pick up a Bob Russ spray-painting his latest creation and the now-famous “Dancing Jet” that also placed third in the costume contest. Check it out below along with the full MOP stream coverage of the event!
Never say die! If City of Heroes fans had a motto, this would likely be it. Although they don’t have the original game to play, they do have Paragon Chat to hang out together in. And in honor of the game’s anniversary, folks are gathering to pay homage to their favorite world. And Massively OP’s MJ is not going to this party alone: Bree, Eliot, and Justin are also heading in for the evening costume contests. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to catch the gang together and maybe even show off your favorite attire!
What: City of Heroes
Who: Bree Royce, Eliot Lefebvre, Justin Olivetti, and MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 28th, 2017
Beloved superhero MMORPG City of Heroes turns 13 years old tomorrow, and what better way to celebrate than in Paragon City? That’s exactly what we’ll be doing on Friday, and we invite you to join us.
The Hero Events Resource Committee over on the Titan Network puts together an annual event every year for the anniversary, stuffed full of races, costume contests, minigames, and trivia contests, all in coordination with The Cape Radio, to which you can listen even if you don’t want to or can’t attend.
This year’s event begins at 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 28th, and runs until 11 p.m. that evening. You might be wondering how exactly you’ll get to Paragon since the game is no more. It’s easy! The event takes place in Paragon Chat, which is basically a partial emulator of the game world. You can create characters, run around, use travel skills, map-hop, listen to the music, and talk to other people in areas of the game. (There’s no combat or questing, though, so it’s sort of like a visual chat client with costumes, plus that wonderful-awful happy-crying feeling of nostalgia.)
If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.
For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.
Who says you can’t celebrate the life of a sunsetted game? The Titan Network isn’t buying it: It’s once again hosting a City of Heroes anniversary party on the game’s birthday, this year on April 28th, though you’ll need to set yourself up with Paragon Chat to attend.
Twelve years ago, heroes answered the call to defend Paragon City against aliens, bandits, and nefarious sewer zombies. City of Heroes launched on April 27th, 2004, ushering in a new type of MMO that embraced the superhero lifestyle. And though City of Heroes was closed down by NCsoft in 2012, fans still congregate around its birthday to hold a vigil for this once-great MMO. This year, the folks at Titan Network are holding a birthday celebration in the Paragon Chat application on Thursday, April 28th from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT.
The event has grown in scope considerably in the last few weeks since we first reported on it; participants will take part in multiple costume contests, a trivia contest, a treasure hunt, group photos, and rumors of special developer guests. Various DJ personalities have already signed up to get music blasting during the day too.
To attend, you’ll need access to Paragon Chat. It helps if you still have the old client, but there are ways around that too. What if you haven’t got Paragon Chat or can’t get it to work? You could attend the simultaneously meetup inside Champions Online, hosted by Paragon Dawn — head to the globe statue in Millennium City Hall to hang out beginning at 6 p.m. EDT on Thursday.
City of Heroes is gone, but the dedicated fans of the game aren’t about to let a little thing like the title’s shutdown prevent them from celebrating the game’s anniversary. The Titan Network community is working together to plan a community event for what would have been the game’s 12th anniversary utilizing the Paragon Chat client, mobile clients, and a bit of old-fashioned back-and-forth for people seeking refuge in other superheroic MMOs.
If you’re invested in taking part in the planning, you can go into the thread now and toss in your own two cents; otherwise, get ready to do something to celebrate the game on the 28th. Even if it’s just to show up to the event and surprise the heck out of organizers expecting a much smaller turnout.