The MMO Graveyard - Page 6

Posted Wed, Oct 30, 2013 by Sardu

Black Prophecy

Once it became clear that Jumpgate Evolution wouldn't become a reality, Black Prophecy became the next great hope for space combat nerds, myself included. All things considered, it wasn't a bad game. It did have one fatal flaw though, in that it exemplified exactly what's wrong with the Tortage Syndrome. In other words, never create a super slick, engaging entry into an MMO that you can't continue to deliver on as you progress further into the game. And you especially don't want to pull a bait-and-switch by giving people a decent PvE intro only to have the game suddenly turn into a PvP gankfest.

City of Heroes

Chances are, we'll never know the real reason why City of Heroes was shut down. Given the timing, I suspect that it helped NCsoft afford to move into the slick new building where ArenaNet relocated prior to the launch of Guild Wars 2. Either way, the CoH saga is a rarity not so much due to the closure, but more so due to the fact that gamers didn't simply nerd rage about the server shutdown (although they most certainly did), they ultimately became the first group to take action to the point of working on the creation of a spiritual successor to the CoH legacy.

It's still far too early to tell how City of Titans will turn out, but the project has exceeded its funding goals on Kickstarter by a fair amount. I certainly tip my hat to the folks behind Phoenix Project, and can't wait to see if they can keep the dream alive for thousands of exiled superheroes and villains. They could have simply cobbled together emulated servers for CoH like fans have done for so many other games on this list, so it just goes to show that CoH did indeed have a pretty kick-ass community.

Ehm ...SWG..???

You're absolutely right; SWG was intended to be on the list, but for some reason I managed to skip a page prior to publishing. Working on getting it added back in now!

WHO? Or is it "too soon?"

One publisher, NCsoft, represents fully one third of this list. As a former City of Heroes fan and player who spent a lot of time and money on that game, I won't be wasting any more money on their games. On the one hand, it's nice to reminisce about games from years past. On the other, it's really shameful when a company shuts down a game in a genre that, unlike most games, demands (or at least induces) repeated investment in the game to keep playing, and whose customers' hard work and investment are destroyed with the flip of a switch.

And for one publisher in the industry to so disproportionately represent the mantle of MMO Killer... well, it just seems like pretty bad business decisions to me to keep shutting down games and kicking communities to the curb.

I can't wait for City of Titans to get underway. I'm really hoping that it will change how the industry views its customers and how games are made.

I think Motor City Online should be on here. While not a MMORPG it was still a MMO. Always wanted to play it, but since MMOs at that time were still a fairly new concept, my father was afraid of hackers stealing his credit card info so he wouldn't let me play it(I was a kid when it came out).

I did not play most of these games, but I did play and love CoH from 2004 until it closed. I am not one of those screaming cheerleader fanbois though; it is apparent why CoH closed to me and many others who have moved on from CoH. Do I miss CoH - Absolutely!! I do however understand that fiscally speaking it was time for CoH to close down. Sure the closing could have been handled much better, but truth be told even if it had a "proper" sun-setting...there would still be those rabid anti-NCSoft people out there. Most people who played CoH are not boycotting NCSoft; all of my SG and most people from the global channels I knew moved on to GW2. As for the future...and City of Titans...I held off on the KS for that one...I'll believe it when I see it.

Perhaps all of your friends moved to GW2 with you, but not one person in the two SGs I was in, is anywhere near an NCSoft game. Nor are any of my CoX casual acquaintances in any NCSoft game. Perhaps that makes me a "rabid anti-NCSoft person" or maybe it just means "once bitten, a million times shy." Or maybe it means I don't like having almost seven years worth of work and financial expenditure obliterated on someone else's whim. If you are comfortable trusting NCSoft to handle your gaming future with care and respect, well... that's your right. I don't kid myself as to their true motivations, which have nothing to do with serving their loyal customers and everything to do with showing you who's really the boss. Hint, it aint you.

Caveat emptor! Meanwhile I actually did donate to the City of Titans kickstarter. I like to give money to a less bloodthirsty overlord, that's just me. Meanwhile you and your pals enjoy shank's-mare all over GW2. I prefer to wait until I can fly again.

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