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I know that I'm kind of known for being negative about this genre I love so much, so I'm just going to be honest with you. This one is going to be a pipe bomb filled with expletives, anger, and bitterness. Chances are you won't see this one on the front page of MMOsite but I feel like it has to be said. So, for the lucky few of you who will actually see this and listen to my venom, I thank you.
Lets get into this.
I was surfing around the web as I often do, and I was catching up on Star Trek Online. STO was a game I was excited to play originally because I am a fan of Cryptic Studios and have been since their time with City of Heroes and later Champions. STO wasn't the greatest MMO I had ever played but I found it enjoyable, in part because it was such a familiar concept to me. As I
I have a confession to make.
I went against all of my promises to myself and my loved ones and went back to the World of Warcraft. It's been a year and a half since I stepped foot into Azeroth, and after having my guild bank looted for like the fifth time by hackers I told myself I was done forever. At the time I had quite a bit to look forward to and didn't feel like I needed Blizzard's cocaine anymore. Like a starry eyed child my mind was filled with dreams of Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World, and the decaying city of Stormwind no longer seemed very appealing.
Well I'll be damned if I wasn't only slightly disappointed with TSW and more so with GW2. They were solid games and well worth the money, but I didn't feel the same connection I did with WoW. So, I took that walk of shame
Let me start this one off by reminding you guys of how I came into this wacky industry we lovingly abbreviate as MMORPGs.
I was never much of an RPG player growing up. The first game I can remember playing was at a friends house, on a pre-NES Sega system that I can't for the life of me remember the name of right now. I begged my mother to get me one, but instead she went out and got me the brand spanking new Nintendo Entertainment System.
It wasn't what I asked for, but I forgave her. Quickly. Also, yeah, I'm feeling pretty old right now.
My gaming tastes ran the spectrum from Mario to TMNT to Contra and even one of those point and click detective games that, again, I can't remember right now - possibly because I am so old. However, I never played the RPG staples of the times. I never touched Final Fantasy or Dragon Warrior, and to be honest I can't think of a single RPG I played during my much younger days. It wasn't until the SNES came along that I dipped into the Final Fan...
I decided to take some time off from the new WWE 13 game to relax and read a bit. I hadn't caught up on the news in a couple of days and for someone like me that is rare. Last I checked Megastorm Sandy was wreaking havoc on the East coast, Democrats and Republicans were still going at each others throats "for the good of the nation," and the Kardashians hadn't been burnt at a stake for Halloween.
Good for them.
Randomly surfing the web I came across an article that, as an MMO fanatic, made my stomach turn a bit. I was reminded that City of Heroes, the very first super hero persistent world and one of the longest running big time MMO's, was very much near its final days. I believe we're around one month away from City of X closing its doors and leaving many superheroes with nowhere else to go, save for two other similar yet radically different titles.
City of Heroes is one of those games that you just get nostalgic for. I remember reading all about the game ba...