At 12am PST this morning, the server switch for City of Heroes was shut off, and an era came to an end. Now I haven't logged onto CoH for years, but even now I know that Radd Hazard is stuck in digital limbo, never to save the citizens of Paragon City from the dregs of society ever again.
This got me thinking about WoW...I always said I'd be around until they shut the servers down - and I will be, God willing - but you know, the amount of time we spend in this game for as long as we have can make it seem just as much a part of our lives as the waking world, and the thought of losing those social ties really made me reflect on the eight years I've spent in this game. I mean, an MMO shutting down puts the player in the unusual situation of attending his own funeral; you play the role of the deceased and the survivor, and it's a sort of double-whammy when you know both what you've lost and what can never be revisited again.
I guess the long and short of it is that when and if that time comes here in Azeroth, know that I'd miss each and every one of you. To me you're just as real as the people next door, only here you can do amazing things and be what you truly aspire to be, even if just for a little awhile each day.
Okay, enough of that. Now go and be amazing.