One Shots: There’s nothing wrong with being childish

An interesting bit of fallout from last week’s One Shots challenge to submit a picture that captures a “childlike” spirit is that several commenters noticed that there is a fine line between something being innocent and childish and something belonging in a horror movie.

Why not start out with this shot from Zulika Mi-Nam, who brings back Halloween at the tail end of February? “I think everything in Dragon Nest looks childlike, so I found all of it kinda creepy. Just as I had heard though, the combat is 100% awesome — and no child’s play.”

I’ve occasionally heard that Dragon Nest is an underrated title in the same vein. Might have to check it out one of these days.

While the real world may be filled with a lot of mundane sights, one thing that you can usually bank on for MMORPGs is that they pack in the breathtaking vistas around every corner.

Suikoden brings us today the “beautiful Lycandi Foothills in Blade and Soul.” I kind of want to move there now, but my eye size is about 600% too small to meet the requirements of the local population.

A while back, I issued a challenge for action shots, and The Lurker emailed a submission for this category.

“Here is my SWTOR agent being destructive on Makeb,” The Lurker said. “That thing won’t be glowy for much longer! Sometimes it is nice to just let go and smack something down.”

I say that all of the time, but still I get booted from the local pre-teen dodgeball arenas.

“For me, things related to children and childish things in video games often tend to be rather creepy,” Katriana writes. “The nursery in the Estate of Unrest creeps me the heck out any time I go in there for instance. But even it doesn’t have much on The Secret World when it comes to creepy places for kids. From abandoned playgrounds, to derelict amusement parks, they really convey a sense of innocence lost (or destroyed). And of course, what could be a more welcoming sight in front of the local kindergarten than dead bodies draped over the mailboxes and a severed head at the base of one?”

Koshelkin posted several hard-to-pick-just-one shots from a recent expedition in a fantasy MMO: “Finishing my exploration of the titular Black Desert was interesting for sure. Alot of water to be seen but the desert itself doesn’t give much in terms of captivating vistas. Could have taken a few caps of Pila Ku Prison and the Muquinn Outlaw Camp, though.”

So what creeps you out, unnerves you, or otherwise leaves a weird taste in the back of your brain from online RPGs? Face your fears and snap a picture for this week’s screenshot challenge!

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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mysecretid

I played a bunch of games this week, and took a bunch of screenshots — and all of them basically turned out too crappy to post. Looked at some of my old screens — couldn’t find anything good on-theme there either that you folks haven’t already seen.

So, here’s a screenshot of my alt captain’s time-lost C23rd starship in Star Trek Online.

As someone who grew up on the re-reruns of original Trek, I was very impressed with how most of the new TOS-era starships the game devs designed actually look like they could co-exist alongside Kirk’s classic Enterprise in the original show, and not look anachronistic, or otherwise out-of-place.

As a fan, I’ve seem a number of attempts to create authentic-looking retro-Trek starships, and most of them don’t quite work. Some of these, however, are among the best I’ve ever seen.

For the curious, what you’re seeing here is a Tier 6 (endgame) “temporal escort” — its default look resembles an uber-futuristic Christmas ornament, in my opinion — but you can swap in the 23rd-century escort design onto the ship, for that “time-lost” look — which is exactly what I did.

I hope to have more interesting contributions next week! :-)

Be well, all, and thanks for all the interesting pics!

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JonBuck

Yeah. The other variants on those ships are the 26th century style seen on the Enterprise-J.

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Vexia

As of right now, I have 3,784 screenshots taken from FFXIV. Having played since open beta, I take an increased total amount of pictures each year. I searched through my 1,744 between now and February of 2016 to find the perfect shot of something that is creepy and, coincidentally, child-like.

For some reason, the Sharlayans thought these were just the thing to guard their abandoned magical stuff. In true Square-Enix boss fashion, this is not even the final form. I spared you from having to look at that because it somehow gets even creepier.

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Utakata

You have the best screen shots sometimes. <3

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Rees Racer

Space is…vast. Incomprehensibly so, really. No game I’ve played can properly represent the magnitude, but Elite Dangerous does the best job or portraying at least a galaxy-size portion. Sometimes in the middle of a long journey, it’s hard not to feel the wonder of it all, especially when a succession of systems have no place to dock, or even habitable planets. It can be unnerving, to be sure. Only the security of finally arriving at a nice large orbital station relieves the tension…sometimes.

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zyrusticae

I haven’t been playing much else besides For Honor recently. Game’s been a mixed bag, but I love the setting and aesthetic so much and the beautiful high-level gear really keeps me going. I think it has a lot of potential for growth, but that depends heavily on Ubisoft’s willingness to revamp a lot of the core systems… yeah, it’s one of those games.

If nothing else, it really is incredibly gorgeous. I need to sit down and just take screenshots of everything some time.



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Dajhryne

Something creepy would pretty much be my entire TSW screenshot folder. Here’s a few random ones plus a couple from Age of Conan. I mean… if a pink sunset in AoC isn’t creepy I don’t know what is.

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Utakata

Pink in never creepy though. <3

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Utakata

That would be creepy I guess if you’re having a bad trip on mushrooms. :(

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rafael12104

Ok. So the theme for this week is creepy. Here are a few screenies that have unnerved me… ok, creeped me out. I’m man enough to admit that pixels have shaken me out of my slumber. Some humorous. And others, not so much.

Cap 1: So I’m sitting there in BnS minding my own business waiting on a raid when suddenly this dude zones in on top of me. This is wrong on so many levels, and creepy. Yes, creepy.

Cap 2: The poo stick. Yes, that is what that is. Funny as hell, but a bit unnerving when the quest objective is to smash mobs with stick crowned with pig shit.

Cap 3: And sadly, a bit of a more serious creepy factor. In this scene from the BnS story a child is surrounded by fiends. It may be a bit more scary than creepy, but… yeah, it qualifies.

Cap 4: Let me introduce you to a Grimhorn, a resident in BnS. These little guys live in a wilderness of their own and are supposedly canibals on occasion. Yeah… I can see it. Creepy little dudes size you up right when you enter.

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mysecretid

Yup, those Grimhorns look damn creepy!

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Hirku

I creep myself out every time I turn the camera around while in sneak mode. Gah!

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hugmonster

Fashion Wars 2 this week from me :)

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butterpanda888

I love the guy in the middle. Very nice.

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hugmonster

Thanks. With my other characters I usually mix and match and tweak but I think I nailed the look for the guy in the middle. He has been constant for the longest time :)

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Bullet Teeth

Hey hug, what are the pieces to the first / orange one? Looks like there’s some Tribal in there, but the Skulls on the chest is from another set I cannot remember.

Definitely have the “Witch Doctor” look down to a Tee. Great work!

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hugmonster

The Chest and Leggings are from the Tribal Armor set while the shoulder piece with the skulls is from the Primitive Armor set (the leggings from that set are on the third screenshot.)

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Bullet Teeth

That’s it! Primitive!

Thanks, buddy!

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Boom

Firstly im a little bit broken today after hearing Bill Paxton has died so theres a pic of Hudson thrown in. Secondly I didnt read the blurb so heres a few of my toon in FFXIV which when im getting to play im really enjoying at the mo.

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Hirku

We’re in some real pretty shit now, man!

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Bryan Correll

Bill Paxton died? But he was the only man killed on-screen by a Terminator, a Xenomorph, and a Predator!

/bummed out

Edit: A WoW guildie’s character was named Hudson and he had most of Paxton’s lines from Aliens macro’d to use as appropriate.

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rafael12104

RIP Bill Paxton. He was the brother in Weird Science as well. “I wouldn’t give a bucket of spit for your butt right now.”

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Utakata

In the Horde Azshara start zone area (post Vanilla), you get a Goblin mercenary team I believe is all named after those characters in Aliens that you *escort* in a quest line. I think they show up again in the Twilight Highlands in a another quest chain near Grim Batol. o.O

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zoward

Damn, now I’m gonna have ta go find them. Now look what you did!
(PS: thanks).

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Utakata

Do all the quest chains in Azshara. It should start at the back entrance to Orgrimma. Halfway through, you’ll get a quest that will send you out to cull a Naga infested beach. The 3rd quest into that is the *escort*.

…oh, and make sure you’re Horde first. :)

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zoward

RIP Bill. Thanks for the all fun movie memories (the two that jump immediately to mind are Aliens – “Game Over, Man! Game Over!” – and Twister, ‘cuz I’m an extreme weather freak).

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Witches

What do you mean they cut the power? They’re animals man!