This weekend, the 7-year-old MMORPG City of Heroes closed up shop and while I hadn't played in a long, long time - hadn't even set it up on my latest computer - it still remained close to my heart. I just don't have the time to play MMORPGs and never could manage to keep a group (or in WoW, a guild) happy with my schedule. So long as I could do solo missions or get reasonable pick-up groups, I was fine, but the bigger missions and higher levels were always beyond my grasp. So I'll remember Paragon City as the place THESE characters lived, all of them based on real people in my life. There was Team LISA:
Full list here. That's what was so fun about City of Heroes. Not the game play which was fine, though it could get repetitive, but the character creation. Sure, a lot of people tried to make their own SppppppiddderMan69 or Wolverzine, but most took real care in creating cool costumes and concepts, and many never bothered to kick them up to higher levels. I know many of mine, whether based on real people (Bauble), old designs from when I was a kid (Missile Man), or Frank Black songs (Speedy Marie), never made it past the beginner's phase. It wasn't important. It was about creating a cool hero, taking a few pictures, maybe even participating in one of a series of endless pageants and costume contents in the public square.
And now it's gone. I wish its character creation software was still available. No need to play, let's just draw up some cool heroes and villains!
BONUS! I just found a pic of Zen Girl in her Silver Age uniform, a gift I got at level 20!