City of Heroes was and is known for having one of the most dedicated and often highly esteemed MMO communities in the history of the genre. The game has been gone for almost 7 years and still there are communities of players in different games and people keeping in touch online to this day. There are also various projects like City of Titans, Ship of Heroes, the Paragon Chat and the SEGS programs, etc, trying to continue on. So, imagine everyone's surprise when the long heard rumors that there was a secret CoH server out there running were found out to be true. There's a lot of controversy over how the server started, in what manner it's been run over the years, and how and why it was exposed. There were and are a lot of confused and hurt fans out there with this revelation. To me the important takeaway from this is not that the code exists for the game or that even some of the data to restore character and what not is out there. It's not even that some people have been playing the game in secret for about half a decade. I know I've had a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to ride in dealing with some of this. No, the important, and great, thing to take away from this is the community. Since this has come to light, in a matter of days, many people have gotten past whatever internal conflicts they've had and started finding solutions. The code is both being taken care of and dispersed. People are talking. Plans are being made and support is being given. All with the goal of not having to sneak around behind NCSoft's back and getting the game back out there for the fans. CoH is an old game, older than EQ2. It's clunky and weird by many player standards. It's an a-typical MMO experience. But, it's one a lot of people have loved. A game that has been at the core of one of he best online community experiences a lot of people have ever had. Hopefully some months from now people will be able to play it again without any secrets or hiding in the dark. And, with this whole experience largely about the community more than the game itself, the CoH experience will continue to be a standard I measure the rest of the genre by.