City of Heroes fans mark 12th anniversary in Paragon Chat and Champions Online

    
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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.

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Sorenthaz
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DoctorOverlord sray155 Sorenthaz Damonvile Necro Mage Now I’m thinking of a super hero MMO with a similar structure/styling to The Secret World.  Not so much supernatural/Cthulhu mythos stuff but more just in the sense that there are a lot of stories to tell, mysteries to unravel, there are games within the game, and you can basically do whatever you want to a degree.   

The issue with secret identities is you’d have to come up with some clever way to use them though.  The only two I can think of are NPC reputations and some sort of PvP element.  I.e., for NPC reputations you could become notorious with gangs and such, and if you run around willy nilly using your powers in your altar ego form (or get caught changing in/out of your hero/villain form, as that stuff would take time to do, or get knocked out by enemy NPCs who can then try to discover your secret identity), they will catch word of it and then target you and anyone on your friends’/guild list by sending special hit squads or whatnot.  The same would go for villains and justice factions like the police.  It could create an interesting dynamic where some people choose to just fight as their normal identities, because they want to live on the edge and draw the attention of their enemies.   The problem is that if you’d get caught and taken out by a hit squad, they’d capture you and hold you for ransom, forcing you to either escape, call others to help you break free, or pay up the ransom.   Either way you’d have to delete your file in their database in order to regain anonymity.   
Then the other option could be if there’s a PvP element.  I.e. players can take photos of one another and if they catch people in the act of changing in/out of their costumes or catch them using their powers in public in their altar ego, they can submit the evidence to a local news site or their guild in order to expose that player and make them known to other players who check the news or examine their guild’s database of known heroes/villains.   This could lead to interesting political games and sneaky tactics from people who are looking to specifically expose heroes/villains.  Plus maybe they could give that info to NPC factions for the NPC idea mentioned above.
Either way this type of thing could lead to secret identities being a big deal as they’d let you lay low and avoid conflicts.   Otherwise having your identity exposed would lead to you and others affiliated with you vulnerable to attack even in their non-hero/villain states.   
Guild is just a subjective term that would probably be called something else more appropriate, but you get the idea.

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sray155 Sorenthaz Damonvile Necro Mage  Excellent post.  It’s rare to see someone present an opinion so balanced.  You point out COH’s strengths but didn’t overlook its flaws. 

I still remember never felling less heroic (much less superheroic) in any game than when my character was hiding behind dumpsters to avoid higher level Skull and Hellions street punks.  Able to shoot lightning from hands but unable to win against ordinary thugs – that certainly makes a comic book hero! I realize the developers chose to use levels as part of the mechanics, but things like that and timesink grinds ruined much of the feel of comic books IMO. 

But you are correct that while CoH might have missed some essential elements of comic books, it was a unique game and introduced mechanics that influence the entire genre to this day.

I hope someday we will see a superhero MMO that incorporates secret identities, super opera storylines and the other things that are responsible for comics still being read to this day.  And maybe in that game superheroes will never have to worry about getting wasted by an ordinary street gang.

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MagmaFist BalsBigBrother breetoplay Damonvile sorry you feel that way but you might notice that comments on massively often discuss wider topics than what the original article is about.  I was responding to one such comment that I disagreed with.
My views of this game are not the same as yours.   I apologise if me having my own opinion spoils your happy outlook of a game you enjoyed.

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BalsBigBrother MagmaFist breetoplay Damonvile Sorry, but since we are pointing out different perspectives, my perspective is I don’t feel you were just presenting an alternative view out of a need for any spirited debate but did not properly understand the article or what it means to celebrate its launch date. You have succeeded in making the day a little less special.

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MagmaFist BalsBigBrother breetoplay Damonvile you are welcome to comment on anything  you feel tne need to whether I am a fan of it or not and I will be happy to debate those comments with you.   
Sorry if you feel I am being negative or bashing when all I feel I am doing is giving an alternative view on what I thought of CoH from my experiences of it, which were not as positive as others.  Sorry for not enjoying what you enjoyed and for having a different opinion to you all on a games impact on the wider mmo genre.  
If you enjoyed playing it good for you and despite what you may think I do wish you all could have continued to do so.

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BalsBigBrother breetoplay Damonvile Not that I can stop you but then why do you want to come and comment on a thread where we want to celebrate our time with CoH by being negative about it’s time in the MMO landscape? What game do you like so I can come into the thread and have a negative opinion? Not that I plan to because 1) I have better things to do than bash what other people enjoyed and 2) I most likely have not played it 3) if I find I don’t like something, I don’t really comment on it especially if I see others have or are enjoying it.

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breetoplay Damonvile BalsBigBrother again if all you saw was clunky cludgery would you think it revolutionary or dismiss it as average?    Some folks just didn’t see any of the things you are all putting on a pedestal as mmo changing or revolutionary. Sorry but obviously our perceptions of what it contributed will be different to yours and no doubt the games I think contributed the most the the genre would probably stop and make you scratch your head too.  :-)

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Armsman 25?! lol  You obviously do not play Champions Online.

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Necro Mage breetoplay Sorenthaz Damonvile  Mastermind class was awesome with the robots. They only thing they missed out on was having a clown minion set.   That would have been perfect and creepy

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Damonvile BalsBigBrother Adding to that — I thought the first few years of playing the game were on the weak side too. Villains helped a TON, and the AE patch basically turned the game for me from “eh, maybe” to “welp there goes all my free time,” basically until the day they shut the door.
But yeah, I wasn’t talking about whether I liked it. I was talking about the lack of knowledge, dismissing the game as being “average” except for character creation. Holy hell. You don’t have to like its clunky cludgery, you really don’t, but don’t erase its positive contributions like that.