It's been about a year since Star Wars Galaxies
was shut down, and for a lot of people that wound is still fresh. For a sadly vocal minority, that wound is so fresh as to provoke a lot of groundless vitriol toward any available target -- but that's not the point. The point is that what happened to that game is happening again, to City of Heroes
, and the players are just as powerless to stop it.
Except that it's not the same thing, not really. There are different reasons behind the closure of City of Heroes
, different protests, and different player organizing taking place. The result is a scenario that's both a clear parallel to an earlier tragedy and its own unique blend of awful circumstances at the same time.
When we first heard the announcement, fellow City of Heroes
player and former Star Wars Galaxies
player Brianna Royce
asked me if I felt the same way about CoH
as I had about SWG
. As we talked about it, though, it became clear that there were certain parallels being drawn that just didn't work. So I'm going to talk about what happened to both games, starting with the very significant difference between the two games shutting down.