One Shots: Lonely hearts

Are gamers really lonely? Do we flock to MMORPGs as a response to that? I’m pondering these thoughts today following the response of a call for screenshots that captured the emotional state of loneliness. There were several entries, which makes me think that being alone, even together, is something that’s often on our mind.

In this vein, Rees Racer has an example from — of all games — Winning Putt Online. Seriously.

“Despite several different modes of team play in Winning Putt Online, sometimes it’s just you and your putter left to walk off the 18th green after a round, wondering how it all went so terribly wrong,” Rees writes. Mental note: “Rees Writes” would be an interesting PBS kids-type show.

“I’ve been poking Trove this morning and I guess it is a palate cleanser type of game,” BalsBigBrother. “You run in, shoot some stuff for no good reason, collect stuff because it’s there, and then leave feeling a bit lighter in mood without really knowing why that is. Anyhow I picked a Dino Tamer to play because dino pets and an on-call dino you can ride. I mean, what is not to like unless you don’t like dinos — but then you would just be weird.”

I am not weird.

MySecretID sets this shot up for us: “In Star Trek Online, there are effectively two versions of Star Trek’s vacation planet of Risa. You choose which one you want to beam into when your ship arrives in orbit. A few winters ago, I was pretty ill, and feeling kind of unhappy about that. It was all sort of getting me down. I wanted to play STO, but I typically didn’t have the health or the focus to actually play.

“Instead, I used to log into the original Risa map and go sit on the seaside cliff you see in these pics, next to the NPC Vulcan woman. Being Vulcan (and an NPC!), she wasn’t much for conversation, but I used to sit there and watch the fake ocean in the fake sunlight, and listen to the fake breeze and the fake birdsong — and somehow, it made me feel a little bit better about being very sick in the very dead of winter. A lonely place? Yes. But not the bad kind. My own personal low-cost holodeck vacation, I guess!”

All hail Agemyth for representing Massively OP in the most unlikely of places!

“Here is a screenshot of my amateur attempt at making a Mo hero for the recent City of Heroes get-together,” Agemyth said. “The one I made for the event was rushed and not very accurate at all, so I had to go back after and at least put a little more time into it.”

I am still kicking myself that I didn’t think of doing this first.

Lets go down for our last picture, down underground with Line and the grues.

“Here I am in the subterranean lake in Tangled Depths of Guild Wars 2,” Line said. “There’s a whopping single event in the place that nobody does, and it’s always empty of players (how many times have I seen people not even finding the entrance… not that complicated, but certainly spiral-y). I like massive underground caves, especially when it’s all overgrown and full of swamp water.”

Yes, who doesn’t enjoy a big room full of swamp water, really?

What, you’re still here? Go home! Go!

Oh wait, you want the new screenshot challenge. Hm. This week, let’s see if you can cobble together something along the theme of “before and after.” Maybe it’s a location that has changed over time, or the development of your character’s gear, or something to do with weather and time of day.

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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Ailsa Nordstrom

I can’t supply it myself, but can someone please show a before and after the Cataclysm of Thousand Needles in WoW?

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mysecretid

Distracted this weekend by things here, so I haven’t been commenting or contributing as I would like, BUT I just wanted to share the following, for those who have not seen it.

I like to joke that I have an allergy to cuteness, but when it comes from a sincere place, I feel it. Kid, you are my little Star Wars: Rogue One … :-D

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Utakata

I remember seeing that picture featured in io9 a few weeks or so back. o.O

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Minimalistway

Thank you, this is the first thing i see in the morning and it is so cute ^_^

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rafael12104

Lol. Awesome. Thanks for this. Star Wars is a phenomenon, and she is cute.

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Melissa McDonald

Doesn’t get any lonelier than Landmark.
The New Norrath was beautiful. I miss it.

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Little Bugbear

Image One: The mountains in Super Adventure Box are serene, even in 8-bit.

Image Two: Just my group rollin’ down the river.

Image Three: Before, Leoric was the Skeleton King, now he is the Jolly Green Sea Giant!

Image Four: Questing in FF14 enjoying the views.

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thickenergy

Somehow, all alone in Conan Exiles, I still feel like I’m being watched…

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rafael12104

That rock in the center does look like it could pounce. Lol

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thickenergy

That’s not a rock. It’s a hunting blind.

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Utakata

Also, as per last weeks theme…

…Secret spots of ElinStar part 2: A Lonely Winter.

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miol

This week’s challenge just screamed for some before and after of Lion’s Arch! :D

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miol

Of course the image-scrambler™ has to put the patched up one, first… :D

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Rees Racer

“…before and after…time of day.”

I do believe Justin elected to have a bit of fun at my expense this week! I may be the only regular contributor who plays Winning Putt Online, but it qualifies as an MMO as much as many other games featured here: a common shared space, enchanted clubs, wacky outfits, and even an auction house.

In the spirit of this week’s challenge…a day/night side-by-side shot of the 1st hole on the Breezy Hill course. You can set up a round either during the day, morning, or evening…under the lights. Randomly (about 5-10% chance maybe), it will rain a hole or two…seriously affecting the run of the ball.

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Neurotic

MySecretID’s STO screenie and story really touched me. Good one m8!

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mysecretid

Thank you for your kind words. They speak volumes about your empathetic good nature, and I definitely appreciate them!

Thanks also to Justin for the feature; it was nice to get something entertaining out of a fairly crappy time in my life. :-D

Best to you both. Be well!

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Utakata

…to which the character model “upgrade” made me age significantly and not very gracefully. :(

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Neurotic

All my Gnome alts (I love them) somehow lost their innocence when that happened. Sad day. :D

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BalsBigBrother

Cheer up grumpy hehe :p

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Utakata

ZOMG!! Face App Thingy does really work with Gnomes!! O.O

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BalsBigBrother

Thank you for supplying a good picture and glad you like it :-)

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Utakata

/pigtails bows

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Bryan Correll

Age or mutate?

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Utakata

Is there a difference? :(

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Koshelkin

BDO

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Just started playing GW2 (For Real This Time™), after watching WoodenPotatoes leveling series i understood how the game works, before that i could not keep playing it, so here is a picture of a dam:

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Zulika Mi-Nam

OK here is a weird take, a shot from today in RoR that is before a potential capital city takeover and one from WAR in 2009 is during.

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zyrusticae

Before and after works better if the image order is static.

At any rate, here’s some “before” shots with the “after” being some years of change.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Age of Wushu

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Koshelkin

On that occassion: Fare thee well Age of Wulin.

Even though I stopped playing at least a year ago it still holds a special place in my heart. I wish a better company than Snail would be responisble for it.

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deekay_plus

i started downloading wge of wulin thinking the servers should be better than age of wushu’s. and then i checked out the forums and complaints about the servers at the top, with a company rep saying they are aware of the issues and communicted them to snail but they themselves have no control or access to them. so i deleted the game at that point XD

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Koshelkin

I can’t say I had much problems. The servers are pretty close to me, though.

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deekay_plus

when we played snail usa version even the guys in california had badass server lag.

i remember one time i tried to gank a guy and got no response from my skills for over 30s while he beat on me. LOL that’s pretty much when i quit playing back when we played. XD

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Koshelkin

Yeah, stuff like that is why I don’t trust Snail as company anymore. Shit support, horrendous monetization. They are positively hostile towards their customers, imo. Webzen was miles better for a period of time but their updates from Snail dried up and the focus on the cs became too big. I think, though, Snail let the European version rot on purpose. Either to let it die or take it over, like they are doing now.

It’s sad because they have some very talented gameplay designers and great artists, at least when you dig real wuxia, down-to-earth martial arts fantasy.

Age of Wushu would have been the best pvp-sandbox of the last decade if it weren’t for Snails involvement.

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Minimalistway

This game is so beautiful, i only want to walk around and take screenshots.

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finyar

Frosty greetings from Timberline Falls:

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Here is the before and after of my Tome of Knowledge after my first week? Not sure that fits, but man it tracks and gives you context for everything. It is like my medieval tricorder.

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oops! pre-coffee

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Koshelkin

A much better version of the Book of Deeds from Lotro.

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deekay_plus

we set out into the end yday to take on the mighty ender dragon for fat loots. but before we went most of us got together for this group selfie. say cheese!

mr orange was showing me his house which included this messy and cluttered room. he vows to clean it up soon!

my house is coming along nicely. most of the interior walls and cieling are finished with some nice clear glass paned rooms to enjoy the view.

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Kenji Takeda

Random FFXIV picture :)

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Utakata

(Off-topic)

…your avatar, the yellow vampire girl with flight goggles ‘n hat…where is she from? I seem a to have acquired a bunch of walls where in it. o.O

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Kawaii Five-O

Shinobu from Bakemonogatari and its various spinoffs.

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Utakata

It’s one that didn’t make it manga print beyond the light novels I see…thus I was mostly unaware of it. It also has that weird Staples school girl in it I’ve seen a lot of as well. Thanks for explaining this. :)

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Koshelkin

I love the last one. Seems like proper random fun.

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