100% with you -- I was there from the beginning as well, turned to the dark side with the release of City of Villains, and played through the bitter end when the servers were without tech support as the sun set on Paragon City. For nearly a decade this was my go-to game, and I'm looking forward to some hardcore nostalgia this weekend.
I had always preferred when the CoH servers were quieter and the town square wasn't filled with people aimlessly leaping around, yelling (all caps, of course) "LET'S HAVE A FASHION SHOW!" and/or griefing fellow players. I think that Victory is going to recapture my favorite parts of the experience, and I thank Michiyo and admins for providing it. I embrace the opportunity to once again have zombies puke green bile upon me in the sewers. ?