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City of Heroes Players Honor Christopher Reeve

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  • by stoutstreet (95533) on Tuesday October 12, 2004 @07:01PM (#10508616) Homepage
    REEVE
  • Sometimes... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cephyn (461066) on Tuesday October 12, 2004 @07:09PM (#10508673) Homepage
    ...things like this feel "too little too late" -- I mean sure, its great to memorialize him now. But wouldn't it have been better to do this while he was alive? As a tribute to the work he has done for spinal cord injury patients? So many people are remembered and properly honored after they are dead. A tragedy.

    Does he get to see this? no. Does anyone in his family? I hope so, but I have no idea if they'd understand it.

    It's a great gesture. A great idea. Just misguided if you ask me. We all would be better served if players donated one month of the CoH subscription fee to his charity.
    • Re:Sometimes... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by jeffehobbs (419930) on Tuesday October 12, 2004 @07:25PM (#10508794) Homepage
      ...things like this feel "too little too late" -- I mean sure, its great to memorialize him now. But wouldn't it have been better to do this while he was alive?

      I look forward to your upcoming Abe Vigoda tribute [abevigoda.com].

      A tribute is a tribute. There's plenty of things in this world to second-guess, but not stuff like this. If it makes people feel better about the loss of someone that meant something to them, let it be.

      ~jeff
      • Re:Sometimes... (Score:3, Insightful)

        by cephyn (461066)
        feeling better is great. but doing something and making the world better is greater. but you're right -- it's your choice. To me, an empty gesture or weak gesture when an obviously better one is right in front of you is worse than no gesture. Do it right, or not at all. If I did some half-assed war memorial, don't you think some vets would be pissed? Do something to try and better the world (donate) instead of just feeling better -- that's the greatest gesture of all.
    • It's a great gesture. A great idea. Just misguided if you ask me. We all would be better served if players donated one month of the CoH subscription fee to his charity.

      I was thinking something similar: "Gee, that's nice, but it would've been nicer if the tribute was outside a friggin' game". Don't get me wrong; like you, i found it a great gesture. It just feels... dunno... lazy.
    • Re:Sometimes... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Babbster (107076) <aaronbabb@gmail.cLISPom minus language> on Tuesday October 12, 2004 @07:44PM (#10508966) Homepage
      I think it's great that you offered tributes to Christopher Reeve while he was still alive and I'm sure that both he and his family appreciated them. I'm sure that they also appreciated all the money you gave to, and raised for, his cause. Now, why don't you just take quiet pride in your great benevolence and not take pot shots at other people who, for whatever reason, and in whatever fashion, were paying tribute to a guy now taking a dirt nap?
    • Re:Sometimes... (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      ...things like this feel "too little too late" -- I mean sure, its great to memorialize him now. But wouldn't it have been better to do this while he was alive?

      Caring too little too late. That sounds like the story of his life: he didn't care about spinal injuries until AFTER he had one himself. He certainly wasn't the first person with one, so why did he suddenly care so much only after he himself got one? So many people only care about something after it becomes their problem too; this is not somethin
      • and he reached out to people without spinal injuries to make them aware. so help now, before you have a spinal cord injury -- don't wait. That was his message, and it's respectful to his legacy to listen. now.
      • This was the same argument that Maddox [xmission.net] exposed in his site. I love Maddox; most of the time he is insigthful and bitter, but he's wrong this time.

        You didn't knew the man before the accident. You didn't knew how he was after the accident. This isn't a sympathy call; you simply don't know what happened through his mind. But the fact that he cared to open a foundation to help people with his problem is something to be very respectful of. Personally, i don't think he thought his foundation would be of any
    • "But wouldn't it have been better to do this while he was alive?"

      When he was alive he was working towards a goal, and such a tribute would therefore have been premature. In short, he simply wasn't done yet and I doubt he'd be able to accept such a tribute because of it.
    • Re:Sometimes... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by SandSpider (60727) on Tuesday October 12, 2004 @11:52PM (#10510656) Homepage Journal
      What, you think that the people who played COH didn't, in some way or another, worship him while he was alive? You don't think that millions of movie goers and comic book readers, when asked to imagine superman in real life, didn't think of Christopher Reeve?

      Christopher Reeve was a living legend, and many, many people extended sympathy and support when he had his accident. I've read in several places, including here, that the reason people are hit by Reeve's death more than, say, Rodney Dangerfield was not because of a difference in, er, respect for the two men, but because people were really expecting him to walk again, and it's sad that now we'll never be able to see that.

      I have no doubt that the Christopher Reeve Spinal Injury Foundation [christopherreeve.org] has been able to raise tremendous amounts of money both before and after his death in the aid of finding a cure.

      I'm not a religious man, but what if there is an afterlife, and what if he does get to see the respect that people give him, even though he's dead? And do you think that people in his family, if they do find out about this, are in some way going to feel bad or even not feel better to find out that a large group of people want to pay their respects to their recently lost family member? Unless he ended up bitter at having been remembered as Superman, there's no reason why his family shouldn't appreciate this.

      Also, there's no reason why they can't both honor him and donate to his foundation.

      Let the man have his legacy, and let people remember him for both his work to cure spinal cord injuries and for the pleasure he brought them, letting people know that it's okay to be a good guy and a super hero.

      =Brian
    • You're right. He really was a superman. But I guess if your life is hard due to health problems you have to stay out of the spotlights, and then people easily forget you.
    • The world would be a better place if all City of Heroes players - no, all MMO* subscribers - up and cancelled their subscriptions, instead giving their money to the Red Cross / $charity and devoting every waking moment to becoming/being a research scientist dedicated to curing $ailment.

      Continuing this line, is your internet connection necessary for the embetterment of your fellow humans? I think someone is just a little misguided, if you ask me. You could cancel your internet access (are you curing cancer
      • I work for a non-profit organization dedicated to curing something. So yeah, I do my part with my career in IT. Thanks for asking!

        Glad you also donate your time to charity monthly, you are hereby exempt from my comment. My point was that if all you do is salute Reeve in a game, online, you're dishonoring his legacy more than honoring it. He would have, I'd be, preferred a donation than a video game salute.
  • Bummer. I didn't know he'd died.
  • PvP tribute (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lord Dreamshaper (696630) <lord_dreamshaper&yahoo,ca> on Tuesday October 12, 2004 @07:48PM (#10508999)
    This [pvponline.com] is a really nice tribute
  • by antdude (79039) on Tuesday October 12, 2004 @08:20PM (#10509264) Homepage Journal
    See this forum thread [pvpforums.com] for more screen shots.
  • Someone mentioned Rodney Dangerfield..well he still gets no respect in death...as for the 'saluting' of Mr. Reeve in game. It was too insane. Lot's of AFK characters saluting the flag with a somewhat shallow tribute. No one was talking about his accomplishments except for in defense to people who thought it was a lame idea to stand there honoring him, which it was, but only because it dragged out so long and people acted like it was Mother Theresa dying. He was an actor who played Superman, a role many

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