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City of Heroes: NCSoft Responds to 'Save CoH' Movement
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10/07/12 10:26:52 PM
I'd like to clear something up. City of Heroes was making money, and by most measurements doing just fine. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/10/06/corps-shut-down-family-friendly-products/ Investors never got to the naming a figure part of the talks, since there were never any talks. At least this is how it has been reported, and that's what we know until there is a different report we can rely on.
NCSoft has a history that we cannot ignore of closing games down, and it appears trying to cheat people(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Garriott) out of milions of dollars. If it's true they are publically telling their customers and investors that they had tried to sell the COH assets, but could not, when in fact they didn't even try, this is a company people might steer clear of.
What concerns me the the elimination of a good game, that the whole family can play and is amaizingly fun. Others can't see this. I do. I have 3 kids ages 10, 8, and 6. They all love to create characters and enjoy playing them. It's something I enjoy with them. There is no other offering like it. Nothing matches the feel or the level of play, in that same way.
It's also a type of game which has manages to foster a really great community. I could be the heroic theme, or the way characters are encouraged to help each other. Unlike any other MMO out there, when you ask for help, you stand a good chance of getting it. There appears to be no stuipid questions, and virtually everyone friendly. In 6 years on the game I have only see one annoying person, and that person later apologized.
The whole expereince has been so different. I know your milage might vary, but I'm telling you how it was for me.
For my kids they are like comic book heroes, that they have created. They have thousands of stories about their characters. They write about them in school and draw endless pictures. I know those characters will live on in their imaginations forever, but it's the game play with something great that they enjoyed more than anything.
I allowed my kids to play, starting wiht my oldest, so that they would have an incentive to read. My oldest was not doing to well reading in school and really hated books. I tried City of Heroes and it worked so well he now reads for fun, and is reading at nearly a 12th grade level. My other kids are right behind my oldest, thanks to the game.
We all know things have to end sometime. I don't mind that at all. But how they end can be good or bad. But this ending is not right. There is no reasonable reason to close it. Yes, it's theirs to close whenever they want, but not really. See, the game belongs to the owners of NCSoft not the management. If what management is doing is counter to their responsibility to the owners, then there is a problem. When people make a stink about the closure, tweet, etc, it's the owners who they hope will notice, and also new invoestors. Their hope comes from idea that this is a good asset that was just starting it's second life.
I'm also fighting. I'm tweeting the honest truth of my opion. I think the move, as we know the facts, runs counter their the company's goals. It could be bad PR right on the heals of a devistating lawsuit. It reduces the bottom line. And NCSoft has made no friends of the thousands of gameers they have pissed off by most likely lying to them about the possible sale.
I know I will not be giving them any money. I don't care if anyone else does. Please do, in fact. I don't like the way they do business and I'm free to do what I want with my money. And if it's a little immature of me to do that, so what. I'm an adult running about as a super hero. Let's face it, that's not entirely mature to start with.
Now for the amazing distrubing item. Some fellow gamers are down right hateful towards those looking to save a game they love. This seems offensive to them for some reason. I feel extremely sorry for them. Finding something you really enjoy and really love is rare, as rare as falling in love with that perfect someone, and spending your life with them. It's amazing, as amazing as being the little boy in Where the Red Fern Grows and having those great hunting dogs. Reading that story, not a single person didn't wish they could have saved those dogs becuase that ltitle boy loved them so much. This is why so many people work to save City of Heroes.
I'm motivated differently. I dislikely lying cheating corporations just as much as the next person. Maybe more, since I play a heroic game, but my real motivation is the pain this has caused my kids. Don't get me wrong I'm all for fighting for the game, but I really don't have the time. The reaction of my kids made me make the time.
If you have kids and you love them, you would do the same.