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"Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« on: October 20, 2012, 04:20:12 PM »


A Farewell Tribute - "Memories"


So when I heard City of Heroes was closing I decided the best thing I could do was make a tribute farewell video. I love the initiative here to save or rebuild CoH and I wish it the best of luck and have offered up my writing/editing skills if needed. But I didn't want CoH to die with me crying and screaming "plz don't go plz don't go!" I wanted to give it a proper and fitting farewell, and wanted to say goodbye to my online avater Evangel with a meaningful salute. I joined this game in beta and have been a proud subscriber for 8 long and exciting years. Evangel was more than a character he was a part of me - and I've chosen not to carry him into another game. If CoH is reborn I won't recreate an Evangel - he stays with Paragon.

So I made this (long) video to say goodbye and focus on the part of City of Heroes I will miss the most - the memories. 8 years is a long time to have a virtual family and cast of friends. It's a long time to play a game and stay loyal to a universe despite changes you may like or hate. So starting on the day that the sunset was announced I started filming and editing together this short video.

The video is a symbolic journey that provides a fictional reason for leaving as well as a lot of imagery and mood to close out this chapter of my digital life. Everything from the camera angles to the dialog to the color schemes to the settings all were chosen to represent things about this game that represent strong and emotional memories of my time in Paragon City.



I hope in watching it people can remember what CoH meant to them. And whether we save it or not I hope people will be able to view it and feel the joy/pride I have for being a hero in Paragon, and share in my idea to not tarnish CoH's memory but embrace it. All good things must end, and if this is truly the end then this video is my goodbye. Feel free to share it, forward it, email it, etc. It's about 50 hours of work that has made me cry, laugh, and smile. It's my City of Heroes legacy and I can only hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed editing it!




It's set to the appropriately titled "Moving On" by the legendary God known as Michael Giacchino. I recommend viewing it in full screen and in HD quality:

Link --> http://youtu.be/5hWfkHa4cBI





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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 04:51:09 PM »
What is it with these Onion ninjas.  I this is another video I can't finish with out them attacking!
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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 05:40:50 PM »
Well done.

This is precisely how I want to remember Event Horizon Man's end of service. Not as some horribly handled PR fail that NCSoft has simply dropped in front of us before walking away. It's more like what you created. Our heroes' work is done because evil has finally been vanguished and we won the epic battle of good VS evil. Thank you so much, so very very very much, for imagining with your hard work and efforts, how we all feel our heroes' service really ended.

The only minor difference I might have is that Event didn't get into a car and drive off into the sunset. Paragon City is just a closed chapter. Event is still doing heroic deeds in some shape or form, either on Champions Online or some other related MMO, and most importantly in my mind and in my heart. CoX may be done on December 1st, but Event will always live on. As will all the heroes each of us  have created.

Again, thank you

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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2012, 08:05:09 PM »
Beautiful.

I got lost for a second there on "how'd he set the backpack on the ground", but just for a second.  :)
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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012, 02:28:04 AM »
Interesting... I only started crying when it got to "Outbreak."

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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2012, 11:28:38 PM »
Beautiful and very well made. Definitely a better closure than what happened :/

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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2012, 02:35:27 AM »
You're in the same ballpark with Samuraiko, my friend. Well done. You made me cry too. And yeah - it was the hero walk that broke me completely - and Statesman.

I don't question the logic of how he could be there. He just is. He SHOULD be.
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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2012, 05:19:16 PM »
I have had the privilege of a long association with Evangel (heck, my main is even in one of the scenes, fighting the Rikti alongside him), so this perhaps has an even more personal note for me.  Makes me cry every time I watch it, and that's with the game still alive and playable!  I can only imagine how it will affect me after the lights go out.

I've followed Ev's work from his prize-winning entry in the first CoH video contest (for his origin story) through the AE arcs he made complete with cutscenes.  I guess it's only fitting that this be his swan song...and what a way to go!

Thanks, Ev, for making the closing chapter that should have been.

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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2012, 02:43:28 AM »
Thank you all for the views and great powerful responses! I love to see heroes that love this game the way I do. The world may not have real super powers but these heroes are still real and we are their secret identities. I wanted to give those heroes the goodbye they deserved after eight proud years of service.

And now we can ride into the sunset and prepare to save whatever city might need us next...




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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2012, 01:00:25 PM »
I asked this over in the CoH forums, but does anyone have contact with the devs? I would love for them to see this video but not sure how to get their attention for it. If anyone is in contact and could forward this along I'd love for them to see this tribute to the game they built and cared for for nearly a decade.



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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2012, 02:00:13 PM »
Ask real nice and have Eabrace tweet a link to the vid/this thread from the Titan Account... I am pretty sure a few Devs follow it.  :)

(Just my suggestion.)

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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2012, 06:06:53 PM »
Ask real nice and have Eabrace tweet a link to the vid/this thread from the Titan Account... I am pretty sure a few Devs follow it.  :)

(Just my suggestion.)
Did that on day one.  :)  A few devs re-tweeted if I recall correctly.
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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2012, 09:20:33 PM »
Did that on day one.  :)  A few devs re-tweeted if I recall correctly.


Awesome! Thank you very much!



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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2012, 01:34:28 AM »
I've posted two MA Arcs that comprise what I am calling The Evangel Task Force on the CoH boards to sort of go hand-in-hand with this farewell video. Essentially creating a fictional end-game for the city of Paragon. If any wish to play the info is below! Teams of 8 recommended!


http://boards.cityofheroes.com/showthread.php?p=4417359#post4417359


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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2012, 02:56:39 AM »
Very well done.  I bawled like a baby at the walk.

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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2012, 10:13:57 PM »
I'll be over in the corner crying if anyone needs me...  :'(

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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2012, 05:11:43 PM »
Beautiful!  Rather, it's perfect!  I still have tears in my eyes.  Later, months or even years from now, I'll appreciate even more you're having taken time to feature so many city zones and characters.  Thank you for this masterpiece.
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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2012, 01:45:20 AM »
That was well done.

I can't say I have as much connection to the game as you do, Evangel. I've been with the game since roughly i7, and subbing on or off.

Omega Mk. V is just a robot, he can be remade, yet the memories that you reminded us of will still be there.
Our heroes can be remade, but not the feelings and memories that came with the time we spent with others in this world.

... Heh, I guess I still do have connection with the game, I'm tearing up writing this, thinking of the game, and everyone's time that they've put into it.
It's part of our life, so it can't just be thrown away. It does need proper rest.

I won't 'put my memories aside' per se, but I will carry them with me. CoH will always be a part of me, and I will proudly carry that with me through my life.

Though I fear not, because I believe that there will be another City of Heroes, both on Earth and in the afterlife.

God knows our hearts, and what we love, and I thank him more than words describe, that he will give us our heart's desires in Heaven.
Even something such as this small desire, compared to others.

I look forward to the time we all can pick up our memories again, and share them together in our City of Heroes.

Thank you again, Evangel.

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Re: "Memories" - The Evangel Farewell Video
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2012, 04:53:42 AM »
Thank you so much for making this video.  I cried.  And I will be crying on the 30th of November but I will be among all the friends I have made during my 8+ years.  The memories I have of City of Heroes will last the rest of my life and I will never forget.  Thanks again for the wonderful ending of your Hero's journey.

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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2012, 05:35:03 PM »
Can't thank you all enough for the feedback and support! I'm glad everyone is enjoying the video and the closure it helps provide for this heroic chapter in all of our lives. Keep on fighting until the very end!



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