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Full fledged City of Heroes "secret" server finally confirmed after 6+ years

OhhPaigeyOhhPaigey Member RarePosts: 1,509
edited April 18 in The Pub at MMORPG.COM
UPDATE: There's a possible update to this whole story, the person with the code is/has had discussions as of yesterday about releasing the code for the public to use.
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There's been rumors since the game shut down that there's a secret server around people are playing, that is exactly like the original game, with our old accounts and everything.

Well due to recent leaks this has been confirmed by one of the representatives of the server.

If you'd like to read more check out the article here: https://massivelyop.com/2019/04/15/score-city-of-heroes-emulator-leak/?fbclid=IwAR2Mo1TEAUXcXOfqMeMdBNZe1l4Y0vJ2Xawe8fbCZL4hkyoLHBvH_WBbYtY

Wondering what everybody's thoughts are on this? Being a long time CoH player, and it being one of my first real MMOs it does bother me that people have been playing a full fledged server that was kept secret for 6 years. At the same time I understand that if it was open publicly there's a very good chance it gets shut down by NCSoft's legal team.  :(
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  • TillerTiller Member EpicPosts: 7,740
    edited April 16
    Naw don't care anymore. Like with SWG it's dead and gone for me anyways. I do hope someone makes a new CoH/CoV, or better yet new SWG, but that will never happen.
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  • SandmanjwSandmanjw Member UncommonPosts: 187
    edited April 16
    OhhPaigey said:
    There's been rumors since the game shut down that there's a secret server around people are playing, that is exactly like the original game, with our old accounts and everything.

    Well due to recent leaks this has been confirmed by one of the representatives of the server.

    If you'd like to read more check out the article here: https://massivelyop.com/2019/04/15/score-city-of-heroes-emulator-leak/?fbclid=IwAR2Mo1TEAUXcXOfqMeMdBNZe1l4Y0vJ2Xawe8fbCZL4hkyoLHBvH_WBbYtY

    Wondering what everybody's thoughts are on this? Being a long time CoH player, and it being one of my first real MMOs it does bother me that people have been playing a full fledged server that was kept secret for 6 years. At the same time I understand that if it was open publicly there's a very good chance it gets shut down by NCSoft's legal team.  :(
    Kinda shows exactly why it was kept secret...people like this idjit that acts like he was doing something for others by spilling the beans.

    Now they have to close and move everything around, so he screws over everyone that was being given a chance to play. Surprised it took this long to be outed really...lot of trolls on-line take great pleasure in messing with others and acting all high and mighty, when they are really the lowest form of life there is.
  • ArglebargleArglebargle Member RarePosts: 2,565
    Security by obscurity only works for so long.  All it takes is one blowhard asshat to spill all the beans.   

    Personally it made me smile that there were at least some folks enjoying the game after NCSoft's BS.  They've never gotten a single penny from me since then.  
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  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 5,241
    It's the Fight Club of MMOs!

    "You will not talk about Fight Club..."

    The article hit the nail on the head relaying some Facebook posts about "the CoH community" NOT being as tight as many thought.

    The whistle blowing YouTuber also was right in that playing the game and NOT talking about it was "not fun", which I would agree with.

    I'm glad I missed this whole thing. I guess the general playerbase was not what I thought it was, though my circle of in-game friends still have me smiling :)
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  • OhhPaigeyOhhPaigey Member RarePosts: 1,509
    edited April 16
    AlBQuirky said:
    It's the Fight Club of MMOs!

    "You will not talk about Fight Club..."

    The article hit the nail on the head relaying some Facebook posts about "the CoH community" NOT being as tight as many thought.

    The whistle blowing YouTuber also was right in that playing the game and NOT talking about it was "not fun", which I would agree with.

    I'm glad I missed this whole thing. I guess the general playerbase was not what I thought it was, though my circle of in-game friends still have me smiling :)
    I can see both sides. At the same time as much as I would have wanted to play, closer to when it shut down. Clearly most of us have moved on, even if it was open publicly I don't think I'd be logging in, I'm too busy with RL and bored of games.

    Wouldn't it be something to go completely undiscovered publicly for however many years and the day the server shuts down we find out about it, instead of, well.. this lol.
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  • WarWitchWarWitch Member UncommonPosts: 253
    umm, there are a few SWG server about still running but u will need to load the game from your old cdes to play then patch.
    Phry
  • KnightFalzKnightFalz Member RarePosts: 792
    I'm quite pleased the deceit and denial many were subjected to so a select few could enjoy their private playground will perhaps cease now that this exposure finally compelled the server out of the shadows if only for a moment.

    Several that have claimed the existence of this server were subjected to ridicule, insults, character assassination and more in for years in an effort to maintain this haven of exclusion have now been vindicated by the admission this leak led to.

    In my view that was benefit enough, as I expect nothing from those that run this privileged access server for years other than to slink into hiding under another rock with the hope they can still retain their selfish enjoyment.
    GdemamiManWithNoTan
  • TillerTiller Member EpicPosts: 7,740
    WarWitch said:
    umm, there are a few SWG server about still running but u will need to load the game from your old cdes to play then patch.
    Yeah we all know about the emus, but those are as fun as a trip to a neat museum, and maybe only once. Calling it a suitable replacement to what once existed is like saying "bro I got a pinball machine in my garage, it's like having a full on arcade"


  • RhoklawRhoklaw Member EpicPosts: 6,428
    Tiller said:
    WarWitch said:
    umm, there are a few SWG server about still running but u will need to load the game from your old cdes to play then patch.
    Yeah we all know about the emus, but those are as fun as a trip to a neat museum, and maybe only once. Calling it a suitable replacement to what once existed is like saying "bro I got a pinball machine in my garage, it's like having a full on arcade"
    I still play P99 and SWG. Nothing wrong with either one of them. I guess when outdated games are more fun and engaging then the new F2P cash cows we've been getting, to each their own.
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  • TillerTiller Member EpicPosts: 7,740
    Rhoklaw said:
    Tiller said:
    WarWitch said:
    umm, there are a few SWG server about still running but u will need to load the game from your old cdes to play then patch.
    Yeah we all know about the emus, but those are as fun as a trip to a neat museum, and maybe only once. Calling it a suitable replacement to what once existed is like saying "bro I got a pinball machine in my garage, it's like having a full on arcade"
    I still play P99 and SWG. Nothing wrong with either one of them. I guess when outdated games are more fun and engaging then the new F2P cash cows we've been getting, to each their own.
    Nothing wrong with old games, I play many myself.  I'm just not into non-officially supported MMO games due to how some folks decide to run their servers. Personal choice.
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  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 16,212
    only problem i have  with  private is abuse or trying to profit from copyright work.
    If simply giving players who bought the game a choice,then all is good.
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  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 9,965
    it almost feels like that guy wanted some instant gratification or something by exposing the server. Now only a matter of time NC will close it down. All because of one dude trying to get internet fame.
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  • VengeSunsoarVengeSunsoar Member RarePosts: 6,541
    They didn't give an address ☹️
    Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it is bad.
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  • BaalzharonBaalzharon Member RarePosts: 403
    NCsoft is gonna go

    "WTF????!?!?!? City of Heroes is the recreation of the devil from hell! WE MUST SHUT IT DOWN! No one may ever play city of heroes! This IP must die forever in our hands! HAHAHAHAHA NO ONE WILL EVER ENJOY CITY OF HEROES!!!! HAHAHAHAHA"


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  • MisterZebubMisterZebub Member LegendaryPosts: 3,572
    it almost feels like that guy wanted some instant gratification or something by exposing the server. Now only a matter of time NC will close it down. All because of one dude trying to get internet fame.
    Yep the little prick is nothing but a dirty filthy grass. He got a chance to play on this clandestine server and in return he stabbed the entire community in the back. The minute they buried the Kray twins I knew all this would start.

    "l heard joke once: Man goes to doctor, says he's depressed. Life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.''
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  • DMKanoDMKano Member LegendaryPosts: 20,645
    edited April 16
    For me personally - grey shards are never the answer, because a server is not what makes these old games special.

    It was the players - and you never get that back.

    Also anything that involves more than 2 people likely won't stay secret for long - a MMO server.... hehehehe no chance in hell 
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  • ArglebargleArglebargle Member RarePosts: 2,565
    For all we know, this may be the only working copy of CoH left.  NCSoft doesn't inspire me with confidence that they archived this stuff that they didn't understand on so many levels.  

    And if we'd all been able to play it openly, NCSoft would have shut it down.  Not a lot of viable choices there.   

    Maybe they should package it up now, and let it loose on the web.  Create a whack a mole issue for the corporate lawyers.
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  • KnightFalzKnightFalz Member RarePosts: 792
    it almost feels like that guy wanted some instant gratification or something by exposing the server. Now only a matter of time NC will close it down. All because of one dude trying to get internet fame.
    Yep the little prick is nothing but a dirty filthy grass. He got a chance to play on this clandestine server and in return he stabbed the entire community in the back. The minute they buried the Kray twins I knew all this would start.
    Well, he stabbed the privileged few that got to swim in that pool in the back. The vast majority of the unwashed masses already had a knife in place from when those in the know continued to say it was impossible while all the time swimming laps.
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  • cheyanecheyane Member EpicPosts: 6,321
    The Tabula Rasa one they went after them with a C&D so it's understandable they would want to keep this a secret but DAMNIT I want to play it.
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,512
    All this shows to me is that a server could have been kept open, run by fans but that would set a precedent that Gaming companies do not want to allow.
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  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 10,764
    DMKano said:
    For me personally - grey shards are never the answer, because a server is not what makes these old games special.

    It was the players - and you never get that back.

    Also anything that involves more than 2 people likely won't stay secret for long - a MMO server.... hehehehe no chance in hell 
    Sadly agree, there was another game that was shut down too early and imo for not enough of a good reason, called Earth and Beyond, it was eventually running again as a private server, while it was fun to play again, it had lost the 'magic' that existed when it had more of a gaming community, nostalgia sadly only goes so far. I still think shutting down COH/COV was perhaps one of the worst mistakes they could have made, the profits may have been low, but the good will that they would have retained even if the game was just running in maintenance mode would have been useful.  :/
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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 33,282
    it almost feels like that guy wanted some instant gratification or something by exposing the server. Now only a matter of time NC will close it down. All because of one dude trying to get internet fame.
    Judas thought he was doing the right thing too, but things didn't go quite as he expected.

    ;)
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  • lahnmirlahnmir Member EpicPosts: 2,684
    Kyleran said:
    it almost feels like that guy wanted some instant gratification or something by exposing the server. Now only a matter of time NC will close it down. All because of one dude trying to get internet fame.
    Judas thought he was doing the right thing too, but things didn't go quite as he expected.

    ;)
    In all fairness, that amazing CoX community turned out to be an inclusive circle jerk, ridiculing those who mentioned them and removing those who didn’t fit in. I would be upset, but not at the guy outing them..

    /Cheers,
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  • cheyanecheyane Member EpicPosts: 6,321
    Security by obscurity only works for so long.  All it takes is one blowhard asshat to spill all the beans.   

    Personally it made me smile that there were at least some folks enjoying the game after NCSoft's BS.  They've never gotten a single penny from me since then.  
    Really I would go back to NCSoft run COH/COV servers the instant they open them again. Many of us would after claiming we won't. Funcom proved it and Daybreak too.
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