I have to give it to City of Heroes fans. They’re dedicated.
When I first heard that the CoH fan-base had a petition going and were going to do in game protests I really didn’t think much of it. After all, it’s not unusual to see members of a particular fandom become upset with a game, show, or other IP being shut down or cancelled and firing up the old petition and letter machines.
But, I think I may have underestimated the dedication of CoH fans a bit. Not only are the in-game displays of solidarity still going, but the people behind them have taken it upon themselves to do something for the staff at Paragon Studios who have been hit pretty hard by all of this.
In an effort to do something nice for the devs, TonyV — the same guy who started the movement to save the game — started a fundraiser to buy the staff a meal at a restaurant that the team frequents. In three hours the CoH community had raised $1000.
That’s a pretty impressive chunk of change and a pretty good meal at the right place.
I’m still have my doubts about the outcome of all of this, as the decision to shut the game down was a business one. But, I always support the nice guys. And this is pretty nice.