Eurogamer's The Final Hours of City of Heroes

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Eurogamer's The Final Hours of City of Heroes
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Eurogamer has a nice essay entitled "The Final Hours of City of Heroes."


Tonight, they're mostly in Atlas Park, Paragon City's central hub. They've fought demons and psychic clockwork monsters and evil cultists and gods and ghosts and vampires, but they can't fight destiny. As I log in to join the final hours of the best superhero MMO ever made, they stand united with flaming torches and the occasional generic protest sign from the emote bank, collectively staring into the eye of destruction and daring it to blink.

Well, that's the idea. Unfortunately, due to the positioning of a giant statue of modern hero Atlas bent over in front of City Hall by the weight of the world on his shoulders, in practice everyone here is spending their last few hours staring deep into a giant stone anus.

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The last paragraph really resonated with me. It was almost the same on our small 4th instance of Atlas Park in Pinnacle as it was on the huge Virtue server. It's a strange feeling of closeness with people I've never even met or heard of and probably never will. I'm just grateful we didn't have the login issues that they did. I might have had an anxiety attack since I was pretty close without the connection issues. I thought it was strange that there was no final battle, no last hurrah or even one last punch. It didn't register that the devs had already lost admin commands and couldn't do more than spawn a GM or two. I pictured bombs and fire and multiple giant monsters, rikti invasions and Talos ghost ships all spawning in Atlas Park at once, my computer begging for more RAM as I fought in this final glorious battle. But in the end it was more like a dinner party with close friends rather than the 12-keg raver- quiet and filled with stories and memories. I enjoyed it as much as I could, despite the impending end of our beloved CoH.

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

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

Truss Adams
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I think this is my favorite line:


Initially, nobody can be bothered to go fight him, even taunted by cries of "Last day of playing and I see chumps instead of heroes!" from one Mr. Donatello. Warped One has more success by shoving a finger into the evening's sore spot with a cry of "We have to pretend he's NCSoft!"

That sound you can hear is a hundred powers igniting.

'It will help you if you add the phrase "And save the world!" to the end of that. I do it all the time, it cuts down on arguments.'
- Major, from The Red Panda Adventures