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Let's remember old friends and happy times. Let's get away from all that crazy negative stuff and share our happy memories here.

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The first time I met Adversity we teamed for several hours and the group helped me get my first cape, which was a big accomplishment for me at the time. Till then I had only joined PUGs or people that were much more experienced than me (Jags old SG). I had so much fun and when they asked me if I wanted to join the SG I had no doubt it was the right fit.

I can't remember who was on the team, I know Pax and SB were there, probably also Radio, CT, Ember and Qwizzie (I don't remember Gopher on that team, I think I only met him later). Anyway, at that time Adversity was almost all from Gainsville and I was probably our first international member!

PS: As an empath, I remember I had a lot of work so Adversity spirit was already there!

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I've been thinking about what to mention since, given my attendance record, most of my City of Heroes memories are kind of separate from Adversity. In the end, though, I figure I should share some, be what may.

I think my earliest memory of the game period was the most awesome sniper shot I've ever taken, aaall the way back in 2004 when the Steel Rook was still an AR/Dev Blaster. I'd recently taken Sniper Rifle and was just developing my "constant hover" style of play, which I was applying to some Trolls in Skyway City. I shot a bunch of them, took down most but one took off running, and ran out of the 80 foot range of my rifle shots. Bizarrely, he started running up a fire escape, so I spammed my Sniper Rifle bind and the Rook took aim. This is where things get awesome: The Troll climbed up to the top of one building and went to jump over the alley below to the nearby rooftop and BAM! Just then, the Rook fires a sniper shot, catches the Troll right at the apex of his jump, defeats him and sends him flying down to the alley below, flat on his back. I couldn't have pulled this off if I set it up, but just then, fortune smiled on me and gave me an awesome eventuality.

Most of my other memories involve me pinching myself, not being able to believe a game was letting me put my imagination to actual practice some more, but there are a few more noteworthy ones.

For instance, I ran a TF with a bunch of stranges, and it was a team of just four of us. I was on Brutticus then, my giant savage girl armed with an axe and shield. The rest of the team consisted of one Controller who had basically no damage, one support-built defender with basically no damage and some other player who spent over 3/4 of the TF AFK. You can probably see where this is going - nobody but me had basically any damage to offer. I know it's wrong to feel proud at the expense of other players, but I couldn't help it that time. I faced several instances where I'd get separated from the team and they'd get involved in a fight. For five minutes they'd be whittling down something until I come in and take it down in basically two hits. I've never felt as "big" in a game as that one time, and I doubt I ever will again, in a game that tries to be fair. The others seemed to be having fun, though.

I also remember that infamous Bastion TF we ran with six Scrappers and a Bubble Defender. That was a riot, especially since it was pre-GDN. Basically, you had a group of six monsters running rampant and a Defender ensuring we could afford to be idiots. I've quite literally never had as much fun with City of Heroes as I did back then, because that's precisely the kind of game I enjoy the most - everyone can take care of himself, everyone can be depended on and I'm free to improvise and freehand every encounter without having to worry about "tic-tacs" or "holy trinity" or any of that crap. Right then, our team felt like the amazing seven, where each of us was a hero and we were racing to show each other up, rather than fighting for our lives. Sure, it was easy as pie, but challenge has never been part of my entertainment budget.

What else...

Well, there was that time when Xanta fought Marauder. Xanta, whom you may remember as being a giant fiery redhead with green skin and a sword bigger than most people, had actually a pretty tough fight with the dude. They're both invulnerable and both packing physical damage, so it was basically heavyweight grudge match, but I was losing ever so slightly. Still, I managed to beat Marauder down until he was forced to go Unstoppable, at which point I was physically incapable of defeating him. Rather than follow his example, however, I kept using Inspirations and intentionally held out on the last of my health until about a minute in. Then I had Xanta go Unstoppable, and we spent a good two minutes trading ineffective blows. Here's the real brilliance, though - because I held out, Marauder's Unstoppable crashed first, and he crashed hard - lost all health and all endurance. At that point, he was a few heafty sword swings away from defeat. Xanta, by contrast, remained unstoppable for around another minute. Not only did I squash him utterly, but I outsmarted Marauder, to boot. Yay me! Smile

Hmm... Oh, I remember that one time I ran a "Treespec" on a team of four Masterminds. I don't remember if we won or not, but I laughed my ass off in that Trial. OK, we started out losing very badly, since Wyvern EBs have that flaming arrow which one-shots any minion it hits, and the first mission is basically half Wyvern EBs, plus a lot of the Masterminds were SKd with their mentors AFK. It picked up in the tree cave, though, where we overwhelmed our enemies through sheer weight of numbers. For some reason, all Mastermind teams always put a smile on my face. Sure, it's chaotic, cumbersome and sometimes laggy, but there's something to be said about 24 people and change curbstomping inferior enemy numbers Smile

Really, though, most of my best City of Heroes memories have all to do with the stories I've written and the characters I've made, and those don't actually have terribly much to do with the actual game itself.

Of all the things I've lost,
I think I miss my mind the most.

 

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After eight-plus years, I have way more memories than I can record here. But probably the one that comes up most, as my friend constantly reminds me of it, was one day he and I were in Perez Park on level-equivalent characters. I saw something I didn't recognize, and being new to MMOs, ran up to it to get a better look. It was so cool and freaky looking! Right before it turned me into a grease spot. It was a Rikti, about +40 to me. My friend also got killed because he was laughing so hard. The quote from him that I still hear to this day? "Yeah, if you don't know what it is, maybe's it's not a good idea to RUN RIGHT UP TO IT!"

 

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I received CoH as a birthday gift in January of 2006. Orange Dragon on Pinnacle really was my very first character. I remember when I hit level 6 and I got Hover. I ran screaming downstairs and dragged Koldoon upstairs to our computer to show him. "That's cool." he said and promptly went back downstairs. I just sat there, whispering to myself "I can fly!"

 

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The first flight! I remember training in Steel Canyon and choosing "Fly." When I first took off into the skies above Steel my mouth hung open and I squirmed in my seat.

I thought, "I'm a fucking superhero." What I said was "OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!"

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I did actually recall a few other stories, as well.

I remember seeing my first high-level critter, in Kings Row. I noticed a HUUUGE forcefield over in a yard that usually has Clockwork in it. I started tabbing through the clockwork, thinking this was a new boss I hadn't seen. I was level 12, I thin, at the time. So I tabbed onto something purple, saw that it was level 26 and I legit panicked. Took off running and I never even saw what that was. Yeah, I got spooked by a Sky Raider Forcefield Generator. No Sky Raiders around it, mind you, just the generator itself. Someone got ambushed and didn't feel like whiffing at the generator, so he left it behind, and it scared the living daylight out of me.

A few days later, I ran into my second high-level critter. This time, having become a bit more confident in the game, I didn't run away like a little girl, and instead approached it. The little critter was immobile and glowed a constant green aura. It was called a "Tree of Life" from some faction I'd never heard of - the "Devouring Earth." Wow, those must be really big bad guys, I thought. So I called my team together, all around four of us, all level 14-16, staring at this level 24 Tree of Life and wondering what to do. We figured out it doesn't bite, so we tried to kill it. Yeah, good luck with that. Nobody could hit it, and the random errant hit landed for all of 1 hit point.

So we're all dogpiling this bonsai tree, whiffing like losers when all of a sudden I notice a level 22 hero sitting on a wall next to us, just looking down. I ask him if he knows what this thing is, and he tells me we're too low level to be fighting the Devouring Earth, which we were. I pleaded with him to please kill this monster, which he did - jumped down, pulled a sword and started hacking, quickly apologising that it was a bit too high level even for him. Wow! The Devouring Earth must be really powerful if they're too high level even for him! But he did take it down rather quickly. We spent the next few minutes doing the /em praise emote around him until we said our goodbyes and he left. My hero! He saved me from a tree!

I also remember seeing my first travel power, though in my case it was someone Super Jumping. It amazed me utterly, making me think "AWESOME! I want this!" Keep in mind I'd come out of Diablo 2, where everyone was designed to suck. At the time, all I could do was use Combat Jumping. One of the first people I met, a selfish jackass power gamer who only made friends with me so we could run TFs, figured out a way to climb buildings with it using window ledges. I spent so many happy hours just climbing up buildings slowly, looking at the city from up high, then leaping down to great damage. I could have done nothing else in the game but that and I'd have been happy.

Then I got my actual travel power. Since this is Sam Tow we're talking about, that was Super Jump. And I fell in love with it! See, this powergamer I mentioned, he'd previously been leaving us all in the dust, using a combination of Combat Jumping and Hurdle, and basically never waiting for us, up until he got KOed for playing a Blaster badly. As soon as I got Super Jump and beat him everywhere by a literal mile, he killed his old character and made one called something "PlMP," with a lowercase L, who was a controller of equally poor performance, who had flight. I have no idea what became of him after that, since we didn't have global chat and I stopped playing characters that had him as a friend. But that's beside the point - Super Jump was awesome, and it let me do what I always wanted - jump from rooftop to rooftop. It's amazing how no game ever has let me have that before or since.

Then there's flight. I first got Fly for the Steel Rook back in 2004 (so you can imagine how long I'd been waiting for jet packs!!!). First I got him Hover, which at the time was slower than my ass (and my ass is pretty slow), later supplemented with Fly. I had a decent set of binds, switching to fly to move around, then back to Hover to stay in place and fight without running out of endurance, similar to how I'd turn on Sprint only to move from enemy to enemy, but without leaving it on constantly. Back then, Fly had no suppression, but it had an accuracy penalty and ridiculous endurance cost, so switching was clever, I thought. My fondest memory comes from playing the Rook late one night, hunting Clockwork robots in the Cannonade in Boomtown when I realised that... For roughly the last 45 minutes, I had not landed a single time. I have never before, nor indeed ever since, played a game which let me do that... Short of Aquaria, I guess.

The feeling of flight being an actual tool to enhance my character's presentation, rather than just fleeting joy I could never hold for long, transformed how I play games from then on. NOT A SINGLE GAME has been able to replicate this since then. Not a single one has tried. Aion has got to be the funniest example, too. For FUCKING YEARS trolls would sing the game's praises and tell of how it would be like City of Heroes, but better. Because they had wings, and we didn't at the time. Yeah, turns out you can't really fly in Aion, mostly just glide, or fly fly for VERY short amounts of time, and only in some places. Why, in a game al about wings, can you not fly permanently? How is that a bad thing? Meh. City of Heroes let me. It didn't ask me to worry about fuel or flight buff exparation or any of that stuff. Sure, it was as slow as walking, but I could stay in the air as long as I wanted, and that counts for a LOT.

Eight years later, MMOs consistently fail to learn even the basic lessons learned from City of Heroes.

Of all the things I've lost,
I think I miss my mind the most.

 

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marqaha wrote:

The first flight! I remember training in Steel Canyon and choosing "Fly." When I first took off into the skies above Steel my mouth hung open and I squirmed in my seat.

I thought, "I'm a fucking superhero." What I said was "OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!"

Sub in Skyway City and that was my exact experience, too.

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I completed the cape mission/contact with Ember Rose and immediately ran to the tailor. I'm almost positive someone fronted me funds to purchase the piece of my costume that I had desired since I first started the game. When I entered the costume creator, I scrolled for at least twenty minutes trying to decide on a cape- what length, style, colors. It must have flames! When I finally cashed out and exited the costume creator, I turned the camera around to look at myself. I remembered thinking "Wow- I finally have a cape. Now I'm a superhero..."

It still makes me smile Smile

Just one more block and I swear I'll stop.

It's never too early for a glass of wine and some zombie shooting.

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So many good memories from this game, after the closing of the server i have look some of the Screen captures i took over these years and simply smile at all those moments, the first 14 lvl to get a decent way to move around the city, the painful but also exciting mission in the hollows, the first Giant Monster.... I will really miss this game

Accounts where u can find me:
PSN: Shaaktar and luiguifi
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Speaking of City of Heroes media, the fine folks at the Titan Network have developed Icon, a tool that bypasses the login screen and dumps you straight into the character creator with everything unlocked. You can't actually play the game since you can't MAKE any characters, but you can still play around with costumes.

Check it out!

Of all the things I've lost,
I think I miss my mind the most.

 

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Clever!

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That should have said "speaking of City of Heroes MEMORIES!" If anyone's messed around with the editor and created something new, I'd suggest posting it here. Let's make some new memories, why not? Smile

Of all the things I've lost,
I think I miss my mind the most.

 

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City of Heroes had the best character creator around. Why ruin other games by continuing to mess with it? Wink