City of Heroes fans party hard for the game’s 13th birthday

    
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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!

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Richard de Leon III

oh man, Green Arrow looks like he’s a dead man….Black Canary looks pissed….

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Shocktor

What is Paragon Chat? Is it just a rendering of that central area in Atlas Park?

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Bree Royce

It’s an emulator of the game, all the maps, so you can travel everywhere. It has some things, like travel powers, emotes, chat, porting between zones, badges, and the complete costume creator, but not mobs or combat. Anyone can get there, even if you never played — we put all the info in our original announcement post if you’re curious!

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Pepperzine

I’m surprised that this game doesn’t have a team of former players reverse engineering it considering how dedicated to the game some of these players seem to be.

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BigAngry

Considering Paragon Chat’s a thing in and of itself, I think there is at least one team working on it.

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Pepperzine

I kind of view it more akin to the MxO chat emulator. It exists for players to use avatars to travel around and talk, but that’s all there really is to it. I have never used paragon chat though, so is there more to it than that? There hasn’t been any progress or activity with the MxO emulator past that point. Is that the same with paragon chat, or are they making progress?

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Bree Royce

I think the idea was to (publicly?) stop here with this version to avoid NCsoft cracking down (which it has done on emulators in the past). I know there were emulators with combat, but I don’t know what happened to them. They may still exist underground and I’ve just lost touch with how to get to them, but I knew of one a few years ago, and it worked great. So clearly they have the capability.

The main thing is that the people who would build emulators moved on to building real superhero games that can make money and legitimately stand on their own, hence City of Titans, Valiance Online, etc.

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Pepperzine

I understand the logic, but that’s a shame. Wish it could exist like SWGemu does. Maybe in the future some of the more complete projects will come to light and not be intimidated by NCsoft. Personally I’d rather play an emulated version of CoH than the other games as they appear now. Can only hope that they vastly improve over what they have been showing over the last few years.

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Bree Royce

Believe me, I’m right there with you. I just want to play it.