I teach English at a local community college. I ought to be in bed right now, actually. However. . . .
City was always the one MMO that I said I'd give a shot some day when I could, back when I had a chump computer with dial-up for a connection thanks to living out in the sticks with a meager parental income. The computer came first; the fast Internet happened later.
Then, September 21, 2008, I started playing City of Heroes on a cold/cold defender.
I quickly found out that defenders weren't exactly my speed. Controllers, though, most certainly were!
I ultimately made a couple of blasters and a single thugs mastermind that I never did get to 50 (my girlfriend and I were pacted to the end, and we got to a block or two from 48). Apart from playing with her, which we did for many, many weekends for the past few years, I spent my time hanging with my SG members in The Omniscients on Justice, hosting funny costume contests, and writing my series of Mission Architect arcs (The PENGUIN series, City of Ho Ho Ho, This Costume Contest Sponsored by Tubbius, and Hammer and Sickle of Paragon City).
I was up until about 3:30 the night the game closed. I woke up around noon on Saturday to hurry to judge/play in a HeroClix tournament at the local game/comic shop, taking the 3-0 first place win with a team of Thorin Oakensheld, Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and others of the Company of Dwarves. After that, I had a concert to attend with my girlfriend, and then I went home to chill out, role-playing online with a few friends, occasionally glancing at HeroClix Online. . . and really feeling the loss of City of Heroes. I was up until about 1. Sunday, there was church in the morning, and grading papers and chatting with friends online until time for bed, which came around 1:30 after some family drama.
Today, I was at work, teaching and tutoring from 8 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. I came home and had to take care of some work on the computer, and I sat down to look around on here.
So how AM I handling this loss? I have plenty of DVDs I can catch up on viewing, and I have a few games (Lego Batman 2, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6) that I either haven't touched much or haven't started. Shoot, there are a LOT of games on the XBox 360 alone I need to finish some day, not to mention all of the other systems. There are numerous games installed on the computer that I could beat or unlock more stuff in.
But I miss City. The CCG cards, the Clix figures, the downloaded quick start of the RPG, the comics. . . these are good, but these just aren't the game.
I really do hope we can work something out. My whole life didn't revolve around the game, per sé, but a large chunk of my time, both alone and with my girlfriend of now four close to five years, was certainly spent there. I never thought CoH would close before I would give it up. Even in the semesters where I was overworked and couldn't play much, I always knew it would be there to get back to.
Then again, I don't guess many of us thought that it would go first.
Here's to working together to seeing City brought back somehow if at all possible!