I’ve recently gotten really into City of Heroes. I really like the game’s approach to character management. There’s not many items to worry about, so the focus is on building skills and shaping your character’s combat and travel abilities. Paragon City, the city in the game, is very, very large and has a number of subdivisions, including Galaxy City, Atlas City, Peres Park, Skyway City, and The Hollows.
The graphics in the game are fantastic. The character models aren’t a sweet as World of Warcraft or as detailed as Lord of the Rings: Online, but the character combinations are ENDLESS. I’ve taken nearly 100 screenshots of neat character designs. The game really does allow a player to construct an awesome superhero.
My hero’s name is Summermute. He’s a bit of a parody of Wintermute from William Gibson’s Neuromancer. His story is that he gained enough power and knowledge within the Internet to construct a being based on electricity alone. From there, he turned to good and devoted himself to smiting all things that threaten the Internet. He also donned a red fedora as a symbol to those who would recognize his mission.
The last time I really got into an MMORPG was Ultima Online, and that was back in 2000-2003. I think the reason I’m getting into City of Heroes so much is the camaraderie that I’ve experienced. Fortunately, there’s a bunch of Phi Taus that play it, so I can find people to play with pretty often. The community is very accepting, too. Doug, who plays as Douglas McKiln, met up with a higher-level raiding party and one of the players was incredibly impressed with Doug’s ability for being so new to the game. He gave Doug 100,000 influence, the currency in the game. I also really like the combat system. There’s not a lot of abilities to manage, so things are fairly straightfoward. The whole point of the game is to use your superpowers, so regular attacks are very rare, unlike some games where mana or magic points are limited and don’t recharge very fast.
So, to the real purpose of the post. As of July 1, 2007, it is impossible to play City of Heroes using Wine on Linux. Do not waste your time like I did trying to get it to work. PJ and I installed Ubuntu on his laptop last night and we messed around for nearly three hours trying to get it to work. We even tried copying real Windows DLLs into Wine’s system32 folder—it actually made it worse. A fresh installation of Wine can launch CohUpdater.exe and begin to launch the game, but it stops there and exits. The only way to run City of Heroes on Linux is with Cedega.
Sign up for, download, and install Cedega. When you get to the download page, you can just use the “Open With” option in a fresh Ubuntu Feisty install to install the package with GDEB. Then, download CohUpdater.exe to your home directory and execute it using Cedega:
Now, the program will download. However, if you already have the files, you can copy them to the place where CohUpdater.exe will look for them:
mkdir ~/Transgaming_drive/Program\ Files/City\ of\ Heroes
cp -R /path/to/files/perhaps/on/a/dvd ~/Transgaming_drive/Program\ Files/City\ of\ Heroes
Make sure that you remove the CohUpdater.exe file from there before you try to run it within your home directory again. Once the files are copied or downloaded, you should be able to run Cedega like this:
cedega "City of Heroes"
and it will run. After that, open Cedega through the applications menu and launch City of Heroes from there.
If you know of someone that has gotten it to run within Wine, please please please tell me about it and give me their contact information.