One Shots: Memories of those long lost

Sometimes we start silly, and sometimes we start weird, but today we're going to start somber and reflective. Reader Becca made a discovery that touched upon the passing of real-life players, which I'll let her explain.

"I recently joined a new guild in EverQuest II and was checking out its wonderfully decorated hall," she sent in. "I came across a cemetery -- which is fairly common in guild halls -- except when I clicked on the player written book, I found it was actually an area dedicated to some of their members who had passed. It was incredibly touching as I also lost a gaming friend last year and a 'feelsful' reminder of the wonderful communities we have in MMOs."

Enjoy your brief trip to a western MMO because from here on out it's going to be all eastern titles, all the time. Well, at least for this week.

Oftentimes a player will send me a selection of screenshots and stories from which to choose, and so I have to do a gut check to determine which is the most visually arresting and/or interesting. While reader Lindsay had a lot of great pics, I would be remiss to not share her as a playable penguin.

Lindsay wrote in, "This is from Aion, the first MMO I ever played, and it got me started on some really amazing adventures! My hubby and I recently went back and started new characters and have been enjoying it. Inquin Form for the win!"

Like or hate its business practices, ArcheAge still inspires many player screenshots. I think it's because everyone and everything in this game is so expressive that it connects on a personal level.

"Here is my Firran snugling with her adorable new Sandmane Snowlion," submitted reader David.

Everyone seems to love showing off pets, both in the real world and in MMOs. Look at it! Admire it! Adore it! Envy it! Endure it as it sniffs your private regions! Well, enough is enough, I say.

Naw, just kidding. Here's a key-ute moment between a boy-thing and his sheep-thing in Final Fantasy XIV. "In honor of the Chinese New Year, here is Tobey, a level 40 Conjurer who just acquired his Lamb (ram) helm and pet," said reader John D. "Yes, it's so fluffy."

Speaking of Final Fantasy XIV, my pick from the comments section this week is one of the most disturbing pictures I've ever seen. I think that understanding the context would be even worse, so I'm not going to investigate.

"Nothing beats Hildi trying to put his spell on you!" reader Krieglich posted.

Why, Krieglich. Why. Why.

Now that our collective faith in humanity has been shaken to the core, I'll issue my screenshot challenge of the week. This week... ugh, that picture... this week, I want to see something that grossed you out in a game. Bugs? Blood? Elves? It's your call!

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject "One Shots." Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
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naritha
naritha

Some screens from a recent Dark Cult of Massasi event at SWGEmu:



ausj3w3l
ausj3w3l

this weird pic of a funny skill glitch made me reminisce about the gw2 beta ... so much excite at that time.

krazy_wabbit
krazy_wabbit

Screenshots of my happy return to ESO for my Redguard Nightblade Jorshan and some more Elite: Dangerous pics including my current favorite of a solar eclipse.



JonBuck
JonBuck

Firran females look so weird.

Vexia
Vexia

@JonBuck That's what I was thinking. They used to look much more feral during the Korean testing phase. I found an image that shows the evolution of both female and male firran design. My favorites were the earliest iterations. Even now, it would be nice if you could make their faces look more cat-like and less human-y. I think I could live with it that way.

JonBuck
JonBuck

@Vexia  The Firran, aside from their legs, are midway between the Miqo'te and ESO Kajiit. The Miqo'te are the "Little Bit Beastly" trope, since it's just tail and ears. The Kajiit are full-on anthro. Somehow the Firran just don't really work for me, no matter the iteration. About the only thing I like are the legs and their running gait.

Vexia
Vexia

@JonBuck @Vexia I understand; it's a hard balance to get right. Especially in the current Firran models, it winds up being pretty uncanny IMIO. I prefer for my animal-like races to tend toward full-beast like Khajit and Charr although I don't mind stuff like Miqo'te where they primarily just have ears and tail and a few slight facial features. I just like to try and gravitate away from the human-like experience a lot of times, whether I'm a cat-person, tree-person, or whatever, since I already rolled a human IRL. :P

Twitticle
Twitticle

@Vexia @JonBuck  I really like the courage they showed with the original Firran.

I suppose there must have been complaints from somewhere, but I like the original. Was it because the feedback was negative or did they get scared? Maybe the technology solutions for armor and different body type hurt performance? I might go back to AA if they ever develop the Fairy race that was announced early on. Although, at this point I wouldn't expect much more than a (slightly) smaller human with wings.

Creating something complex creates challenges, of course. But they should have followed through on the original Firran design. It feels like they chose to shortcut. Human model with furry ears and tail taped on.

Vexia
Vexia

@Twitticle @Vexia @JonBuck Hm, good question. I've got no idea whether there was any negative feedback or not. Maybe from a pop-cultural standpoint, they saw the success/popularity of cute animal-like races in the games TERA and Blade & Soul and wanted to appeal to that demographic? It has been said (not without plenty of sexism) that Korean MMORPGs tend to try to always have something cute to "attract female players to the game" like the Lyn-only summoner class with its customizable pet cats in BnS. I honestly don't know enough about Korean popular culture to say if that's true or if that's what's going on here, but it could be. As for the males' redesign, I do know that there was not really a "buff guy" archetypical character design, and maybe they wanted Firran males to fit that mold? Either way, it's weird because they started out with rather similar appearances and then wound up on essentially opposite poles in terms of gender stereotypes.

Are they still going to develop the planned Fairy race? I would be all over that! I'm always looking for games that have a nice fae-like character to play as, and it's hard to find one. I also hope they don't cheap out on the design. A wide variety of looks from "trickster" to "good fairy" would be nice with things like bat wings, butterfly wings, maybe some little fangs, different colored sparkles, etc. would be so cool. I think my expectations/wants are so high that no game could ever make what I feel would be the perfect Fairy playable race. :P

Koshelkin
Koshelkin

@Vexia @JonBuck oh sad, the first and second iteration are much better. Especially CBT 4 is really nice. 

JonBuck
JonBuck

@Koshelkin I definitely prefer 4. The current version looks like a human mask.

Twitticle
Twitticle

@Vexia @Twitticle @JonBuck 


I read awhile back that Korea was working on adding Fairy to AA there. No idea where that stands today. Fairy potential isn't explored that much in online games. There is so much opportunity with Fae races to create something interesting.

EQII fae races were great to have but not unique enough - basically a bit smaller elves with wings and bug eyes. I would like to see a race that becomes powerful (class development) in spite of their tiny size. Meaning, I would not expect nor hope that a fairy race uses Greatswords or physical prowess on their own. They would not be in the loot running for sword, shield and greatswords, axes, bows etc... They would be master tamers, master mages/summoners or subterfuge experts. Depending on nature and wonder to accomplish tasks. Maybe a powerful fairy could wield a sword with their mind or like a pet, as Enchanters do?

Vexia
Vexia

@Twitticle @Vexia @JonBuck Pet swords would be a draw-in for me, not even gonna lie. :P Although I do know that fairy warriors have a place in Welsh mythology, wherein they rode corgi dogs as mounts, so maybe someone could draw upon that source for game design (both the fae warriors and the corgi mounts).

Beacon
Beacon

Why is that last picture "one of the most disturbing pictures I’ve ever seen"? Without more context, it seems like you're saying that it's disturbing because it's someone expressing a non-traditional gender identity (i.e. a man in a dress). If that was a buxom anime girl leaning in for the kiss, I can't imagine you calling it disturbing, even if she was wearing a tux.

Syppi
Syppi moderator

@Beacon It's disturbing because of the bizarre kissy face that he's making and the weird heart that's floating in the air. I am equally disturbed by anime girls, but more in a general sense.

skoryy
skoryy

This week its Skoryy's Adventures With The New FOV Settings, including a screencap of the late guild mascot who passed away last night from an acute case of plot trauma. :(

SaloMaya
SaloMaya

@skoryy That thing on the last screenie looks like it wants a smooch.

Xephyr
Xephyr

I completely forgot I took some screenshots of my new warrior after the camera updates as well:

-''Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior Mordremoth?''

Ghostmourn
Ghostmourn

@Xephyr That is an amazing shot, one of the best GW2 pics I have ever seen :)

wolfyseyes
wolfyseyes

In an age where the proliferation of the internet renders anonimity as a given, its nice that there are reminders of the flesh-and-blood people behind the usernames and avatars. I never try to forget that, and that memorial is one of the best ways to aid in that. Kudos to that guild.

Also, in my opinion, the context for that Hildibrand image heightens the experience...even if said context can be boiled down to "Because Hildy".

Another awesome lineup. I wonder if I have anything gross...

Vexia
Vexia

@dirtyklingon What, you mean our back-and-forth in this week's Top 10 didn't inspire you to check out The Endless Forest? :P

Wait, never mind! On second thought, this is my chance to complete the weekly screenshot challenge!

Zulika_Mi_Nam
Zulika_Mi_Nam

I apologize if this not the right place for this, but I tend to think of WRUP and One Shots as our place to talk about gaming related things since they are not game or detailed game-topic specific and we have no forums (which is fine by me).

As a MMO player we spend a lot of time in our chairs and my old trusty starting shedding leather/pleather like a snake.  I have been seeing these cool DX Racer chairs that some of the streamers have, I think Mike has one, and thought that would be my next chair cause all my car seats feel awesome and the wrap around aspect or the sides really makes me feel cozy. The price made me go hummm....I do not mind paying more for good stuff, but man o' man do I hate paying more for things that are just eeeeeaight or crappier than avg (like Beats headphones). 

I ordered the OH/FE08/NB from NewEgg through here on Tuesday night and it showed up yesterday.  I am 5'11'' and 171 lbs and this chair fits me perfectly and while I had my doubts about it supporting my weight at the crazy angles the back can get to, it does it.  I tested it at max and although I was ready to catch my fall it did not happen - maybe my ass weighs more than I thought. So far everything seems good and I am happy with it.

I used my backup chair for the last week and got pain several times in the back of my thighs ie - this stuff is important for what we do as a hobby.  Below are some pics - note I take the arms off of all of my chairs because I have long monkey arms and the chair arms never go low enough to not impair the correct angle of my arm to the desk (which can/has also cause shoulder pain).   These arms went down lower than most, but they still hit the lever under the keyboard part of my desk that allows me to raise/lower it - so they had to go.


DigitalQ
DigitalQ

@dirtyklingon @Zulika_Mi_Nam  you are always such a good read and funny as can be..i always smile when I see your lil pic as I know i'll enjoy w/e is being said..even if I have a different view on something..there is always a bit of 'meat' to chew on..ty for all your imput on massively! =)

Zulika_Mi_Nam
Zulika_Mi_Nam

@dirtyklingon @Zulika_Mi_Nam It's all relative bud.  I feel mini-size cause I work out next to some beastly dudes regularly -your dm may fit that category, but most of these guys are hairless.

Phubarrh
Phubarrh

Inspector Hildibrand loves the attention.

krieglich
krieglich

@Phubarrh Oh man, just the look at this face makes me lol, especially when I recall the soundeffects connected to most of Hildis faces und poses. :D

JudgeDavid101
JudgeDavid101

WoW: "Old" Thousand Needles, long long way ago. 


Before the dark nerf's. 


Before the Cataclysm.

JudgeDavid101
JudgeDavid101

@dirtyklingon lol I miss the old 1k needles, at least teh Horde got a free new swimming pool in their backyard post-cata.

Winterskorn
Winterskorn

My encounter with this in the Rift beta kinda grossed me out

Veldan
Veldan

@Winterskorn My guild used to have a special term for these, it involved "wurm" and a certain female bodypart

Xephyr
Xephyr

I've taken sooo many screenshots in GW2 this week, so I'll just leave a link to my imgur album. I love these camera changes almost too much! (click on the imgur logo for bigger images. :))

http://imgur.com/a/7S3qU

Ekphrasis
Ekphrasis

The story behind the EQ2 screenshot is touching.

It's great that these players have not only the tools to honour the memories of their friends but the desire to do so.

I guess it goes to show you that even though we may never meet the person on the other end of an in game avatar, we can still form very real bonds and have an impact on each other's lives.

I had a friend in City of Heroes who suffered from depression and we'd sometimes spend half an hour farming mobs and several hours just chatting over a play session about life, issues etc. One day he just stopped logging in and the last thing i remember was that he was having a real downer week. I still wonder what might have happened and hope he just decided to give up CoH.

Over share aside, that FFXIV screenshot is stunning.

That game has some beautiful sunrises / sunsets where I've stopped to relax for a moment, soak it in and wait for the stars to come out.

Koshelkin
Koshelkin

@Phubarrh @Ekphrasis So that pic is cute and all. But... what will happen to this cute little thing on honeymoon when a beast thrice as big gonna.... Disturbing,

Phubarrh
Phubarrh

@Ekphrasis  I love the character models in the game too...such a range of facial expressions, even!  My wife and I just celebrated our Ceremony of Eternal Bonding, I just wish our wedding photos could have come out half as nice.


wolfyseyes
wolfyseyes

OMG THAT PIC IS SQUEE-DORABLE!! XD

Zulika_Mi_Nam
Zulika_Mi_Nam

I wish more games gave you the tools to do something similar or even better that Becca's reference in EQ2. When I went back to AC a few months ago I found items inscribed with funny in-game quotes from within our guild, by a guildie that had passed on.  I went through every item I had on 10 mules looking for more.

EBreezy
EBreezy

Yes! I loved that scene from AA. I wanted to screen shot it, but I wasn't thinking quickly enough. I wish a tons of things were different about that game. I would play the crap out of it.

krieglich
krieglich

Hehe, thanks for picking Hildi. You should really investigate, the Hildi-questline is hilarious, you'll laugh your ass off, trust me. :D