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Submission + - City of Heros Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

KingSkippus writes: At midnight Pacific on Saturday, December 1, NCsoft shut down the City of Heroes servers for the final time. Since announcing the closure, a group of players has been working hard to revive the game by getting attention from the gaming press, recognition from celebrities such as Sean Astin, Neil Gaiman, and Felicia Day, and assistance from fantasy author Mercedes Lackey. Meanwhile, NCsoft has been drawing negative publicity, including a scathing article about the shutdown from local news site The Korea Times noting that the game was earning $2.76 million per quarter and that "it is hard to comprehend what NCsoft means when they say they closed it for strategic reasons." NCsoft's stock price has fallen over 43% since the announcement in August, almost 30% below it's previous 52-week low, right when investors were counting on the success of the recently launched Guild Wars 2 to help boost the company.

Submission + - City of Heroes Players Create Charity Drive (

KingSkippus writes: Players of the City of Heroes superhero-themed MMORPG are collaborating to collect donations for three real world charities this holiday season in the Real World Hero donation drive that is running through the end of the year. The charitable drive caught the attention of the game developers and community reps, who are supporting the efforts through in-game perks, news posts on the official site, and forum posts. So far, the drive has collected over $2,500 for charities Child's Play, Donate Games, and Operation Gratitude.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.