A Mild-Mannered Reporter: Stop digging up the grave

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A Mild-Mannered Reporter: Stop digging up the grave
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Massively has an article called A Mild-Mannered Reporter: Stop digging up the grave wherein the author draws attention to comments recently made by Jack Emmert, and focuses on whether we should continue to hope for a comic book style resurrection of CoH.

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For those who haven't already seen it, here's a helpful link to the video of the PAX East panel wherein Emmert makes a brief statement that the shutdown was not a good thing and that NCsoft should call him.

The author observes that this vague and ultimately meaningless comment has given hope to the thousands pining for CIties. The author presents his perspective in a thoughtful article well worth the time to read.

 

 

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I'd avoid the comments, tho. Not that I can. But if you can, I'd suggest giving them a pass.

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Sadly, this reads like "Stop having fun, guys!" It is, as well, based on some rather broad assertions as if from the outside looking in. Take, for instance:

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If Cryptic as a whole was interested in seeking out CoH, the time to do so was several months ago. We don't know if that happened, but if it did, Cryptic was not willing to pay what NCsoft is asking.

Cryptic in general and Jack Emmert in particular WERE interested in purchasing City of Heroes and approached NCsoft soon after the foreclosure notice, aka "several months ago." NCsoft weren't interested in selling, despite what they claimed. They were interested in burying the game because it didn't fit their "model" of a Korean grindfest MMO. Historically, there's been A LOT more chafing between Paragon Studios staff and NC Korea than players were privy to, and much of it on a purely ideological basis of game design principles. NC shut down the game for financial reasons, I'm not deluded enough to claim they'd cut off their nose to spite their face. But they shut City of Heroes down to die, not just to shed the property. They received several offers, but the money they were asking for - let's face it - a tired old franchise that wasn't ageing all that well, was unreasonable.

And then there's also this:

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I'll be first to the party to point out that CoH is still worth discussing in hindsight, but that is hindsight. It's gone.

Actually, no it isn't. A comprehensive project exists to emulate the game's server structure that will be successful. It probably won't be successful for a few years, sure, but so what? I've waited for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 to be emulated via MAMA for... God, 10 years now? I haven't stopped waiting yet. I don't expect to stop waiting for City of Heroes, either. What are my alternatives, realistically speaking? Other than Project Destiny, which won't happen, given its status. Past that, I would bet money on the fact that "private" servers for the game already exist. They exist for WoW, Lineage II and all the others, after all. So when you see people who seem incapable of letting go of City of Heroes and still act as though they just played it yesterday, keep in mind that perhaps they actually did.

I'm of the opinion that we need to show up with hope at every opportunity there is. So it won't happen. So NCsoft won't sell the franchise to someone else to develop. So what? We showed up for the game's sendoff and filled in 33 instances of Atlas Park before the Freedom server started putting people in a queue, bleeding into 11 instances of Atlas Park on Justice, and we pretty much knew it wasn't going to help. I'm of the opinion that we should show our support for the game every time it shows up, because I enjoy knowing that this game had enough loyalty in its players that it WILL NOT go down.

The article writer sees it as digging up a grave, but here's the funny thing - City of Heroes never died. The servers shut down, our accounts were suspended and yet that game still excites us more than any MMO currently on the market. I enjoy knowing that for at least the foreseeable future, any super hero MMO will live in the shadow of the titan that was City of Heroes, and that even long after its shutdown, people will still be saying "Wouldn't it be cool if they brought it back? I wonder if we can't make it happen." Sure, we have lives besides City of Heroes. Sure, we play other games. But that doesn't mean we should "let go" of City of Heroes, because unlike real people, games can never die. Ever.

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

 

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Not that I want to say the guy is an idiot and what the hell is he talking about. Of course not. Marq is right in that he was intelligent and reasoned in his arguments. For himself. My beef with the whole article is that it's projecting those arguments onto other players, in a "thou dost protest too much" kind of way. Consider this quote:

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During most of that, I was facepalming. I'd really expected better from the community.

He expected "better" from our community. He was "facepalming" at our folly. I'm fine with a person standing strong and tall, at peace with his own loss and wishing to move on. That's fine. It's when it gets preachy and chastises other people for it that I start to have issue with. It's not enough that HE has moved on. WE must move, as well, otherwise we're facepalm-worthy. This seems like a running problem with "strong-worded" articles, in that the author usually fails to account for what he's implying beyond what he's saying directly, and moreover the kind of conflict that creates.

We all know that I'm a controversial poster here on Adversity. I know at least one person has asked to put me on ignore. I know just how easy it is to fall into this trap of being judgemental of others without intending to, and that's how this article reads. If you're still holding out hope that City of Heroes could be revived, you're sad and should stop doing it. And it completely ignores a person's ability to hold on to hope without actually being consumed by this hope.

This - at least to my eyes - is at the root of all fiction. Yes, we know that these things are impossible that we write or read about. Of course not, it's fiction. But deep in our hearts... We kind of wish it could be. Yeah, I know I can't fly and shoot lightning from my hands. I know I'll never be close friends with aliens and mythological creatures. Of course not, it's fiction. Wouldn't it be cool, though? Who knows, maybe some day I'll wake up like Neo from the Matrix and find out I live in this much more interesting wacky world. I probably won't, I'll even admit I know it won't... But that doesn't mean I have to stop wishing for it.

To me, you don't make peace with a loss by ceasing to wish for the loss to be undone, but rather by accepting that you will never stop wishing for it and learn to live life with it. Whether that's a lost parent, a lost game or a lost chilhood as it was for me, we can't and shouldn't simply turn our backs to these things. We can and should, however, go on alongside these desires.

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

 

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Sam, I think I've agreed with you more in the past eight months than in the preceding eight years.  Well said.

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Agreed. Well said, Sam.