One Shots: MMOs are serious business

As we all well know, MMORPGs are a Serious Business indeed. We must treat them reverently and with our utmost due diligence as we perform tasks vital to saving the world. No frivolity and mirth-making is allowed within these virtual worlds; we toil, we strive, we forge the future in sharp lines of progress.

Oh what am I kidding: We’re totally goofballs. If you can’t cut loose in an MMO and have fun with your friends, what’s the point? I feel that Kenji Takeda has it right with this week’s headlining picture from Final Fantasy XIV, as you can sense the high spirits and laughter that were driving this moment.

Next week, we’ll get totally serious again. Probably. Maybe. Possibly. Well, there’s an outside chance, you never know.

It seems that you all weren’t done with the “lonely” screenshot challenge, as evidenced by Melissa’s shot of the late, lamented Landmark.

“The New Norrath was beautiful. I miss it,” she posted.

I don’t know if I was ever that taken with the world visuals, but the characters and animations were downright engrossing. Man, I wish EQN would have happened. Le sigh.

The challenge to provide before-and-after pictures did bring out quite the response as well, although the dual picture format made it more difficult to post them in a column. Here’s an example from Miol, who showed Lion’s Arch in Guild Wars 2 following Season 1 and then after the reconstruction.

Remember Warhammer Online? Talk about a game slathered in grand promises and ideas, one of which was to provide players with the opportunity to participate in massive city invasions. The idea of a city changing as an invasion progressed (or was repelled) was an interesting one, although the tech never quite panned out when put into practice.

Zulika Mi-Nam has a shot of Altdorf smashed and under attack in 2009. Was that really eight years ago? Time flies, my friends.

Sometimes you simply want an overdose of eye candy, which is what Oleg provides here from Age of Wushu. I wish I had more commentary than “SCREEN PRETTY OOO” but that’s what I’m left with today. I hope you’ll understand.

Rebel against the attitude that MMOs are by and for serious players only by posting or emailing in your favorite silly shots from these games! The sillier the better, let no banana peel be unflung or duck hat be doffed!

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

Who wants a hug?! :-D

This is the funniest screenshot I’ve taken this week.

I’ve been trying to do a low-fatality, high stealth run through Dishonored 2 on my PS4, and this means that one spends a lot of time rendering enemies unconscious with sneak-attacks, and then dumping their snoozing carcasses somewhere where their evil friends won’t find them.

Hilariously (to me, anyway), the nasty, nasty wolfhound attack dogs seem to default to this position whenever one dumps them anywhere.

Maybe they just need someone to ask them, “Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good, good boy?” :-)

Cheers all,

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Robert Mann

Because sometimes you end up sticking your bear into a building face first. No, seriously, bear faces can penetrate solid material without damaging either the bear or the material! For proof see this bear stuck quite firmly into a porticulum in Rift!

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rocketskates69

IDK why i really like this one

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Kenji Takeda

hell one of my nicest screenshot are in :)

i dont remember if i posted this one but it was after we beat alexander Sav

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Rees Racer

Getting fairly excited for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk…to be seen in an IMAX cinema next month. In War Thunder, I tried to recreate what might have been a scene during Operation Dynamo as my Spitfire Mk II (along with support from the Royal Navy) covers the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force during morning hours in late May/early June 1940.

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butterpanda888

Some pics of my Yayo Mage in the beautiful world of ASTA Online.

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borghive

Ark Survival, it is more than an MMO than you think, it isn’t the murder sim that everyone makes it out to be. :)

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miol

How about a literal talking head? Silly enough? ;P

part of an older season 3 Living Story episode
This poor fellow, named Rhoban Orestriker, is one of the last Deldrimor dwarves, who turned themselves into living stone centuries ago, according to a prophecy by their own god the Great Dwarf to be able to fight one last time against their nemesis the Great Destroyer, a champion of the Elder Dragon Primordus, and its minions!

Only few survived to tell their tale of victory. Four of them found themselves on these volcanic islands that together make up the Ring of Fire. They placed machines to hold back Primordus and the volcano from erupting, potentially destroying half of Tyria.

Time wasn’t kind to Rhoban and his body made of stone, though. His remains were then later recovered by the magpie like Skritt and since then worshipped on this makeshift altar full of incense sticks and other shiny offerings. When meeting him, he asks of you to take his thumb from those carefully placed cute little pillows, to be able to reactivate his machines and help him to continue his centuries old guarding duty.

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deekay_plus


q’est que ce?

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miol

edit: had to reload to see there is a video! :)

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deekay_plus

still have to reload for somethings sadly. QQ

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miol

Dragon’s Stand deeply scared and furrowed landscape still feels refreshing, compared to typical somehow flat ones!

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Little Bugbear

Image One: You know your playing a silly game when you find yourself saying “These monkeys will rue the day.” After said monkeys have hurled you from the jungle canopy.

Image Two: Sylvanas being photobombed by a bear cub.

Image Three: I was trying to take a serious shot but, my boyfriend had other plans.

Image Four: Just a lovely shot of Nagrand.

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Koshelkin

Are shot 3+4 from WoW as well?

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Little Bugbear

Shot 1 and 3 are GW2. Shot 2 and 4 are WoW.

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Minimalistway

Still playing GW2, still walking around Divinity’s Reach exploring, now this is exploring done right, vistas, point of interests, and XP from just walking around, most of my time spent listening to the NPCs, talking with them and looking for what vendors sell.

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Melissa McDonald

my shots are from Second Life. No better game if you love avatars, and the freedom to do virtually anything in an MMO!

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rafael12104

*blink* *blink*

So…. is it getting hot in here? It’s a little warm. Someone open a window!

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deekay_plus

the middle one especially looks like you!

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agemyth 😩

What do sincere Second Life players do in game that isn’t dress up, sex stuff, or use it as a avatar based 3D chat client? Is it mostly like “look at what I made” or how you use things other people make?

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Melissa McDonald

Simply put, you decide. You can do almost anything.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Ya probably want to stay out of that bar on the right…unless you’re lowbrow like me.

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mysecretid

I really have to get my arse back to that game. Great screenshot!

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Koshelkin

Ach, Altdorf…

Nice place but way too small if you’re into the lore. And the streets should have been narrower and filthier.

I wish we could get a reimagination of WAR. Same game in principle but with reworked PvE and graphics. I would have loved a more grittier, bloodier and darker world.

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mysecretid

To be fair, though, the “How grimdark and blood-soaked should “true” Warhammer fantasy games be?” debate has been going around and around pretty much since the tabletop games originally found popularity.

I don’t think the debate will resolve itself any time soon — everybody who plays has their own preferences, it seems, and even the source material varies in tone.

Warhammer Online was certainly far more Warcraft-like in its visual design than I initially expected to see,but I had such a good time in that game anyway, I can’t really fault it in any serious way.

My opinions, anyway. Yours may vary, and that’s cool,

Be well,

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Koshelkin

Valencia.

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deekay_plus

esoteric coyote got this cow on a ledge outside the windows of my house this past week somehow. in addition to logging into a house full of chickens one morning!

jose’s thermal electric power generator room is super high tech and future af. yes that is water cooled lava power generation! :O

out of the skins so far unlocked for nova i lik the windowmaker the best. tho i wish she had a voice change to go with it. i also wish i had the basic widowmaker skin in purple.

i took some night time shots for sundial’s latest EP cover. i might remix them with some abstract painting via black ink at some point before too long.

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Little Bugbear

Giving Nova a Windowmaker voice would be a great idea. Maybe even an announcer?

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deekay_plus

hey now don’t want to ask too much here! :D

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Little Bugbear

Hey Blizz has the money. Ask away. = )

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deekay_plus

but don’t you see? this would require they do it for alllllll the alt char skins for allllll the heroes and gamers are entitled millenial brats yadayadayda. XD

but yeah, i’m not braving the official forums for this, more like pipedreaming outloud :D

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Little Bugbear

lol, us millennials are the favored scapegoat, and I hear you on the official forums. That said a sharp tongued French women announcer would be pretty cool (and it would sell).

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Koshelkin

Ugh, no more Landmark pics please. EQ Next was bound to look awesome, so sad it got thrashed. Please No More Landmark shots.

Thanks.

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MesaSage

I enjoy seeing the pics, but I understand how you feel. For me it’s nostalgic because it ran like still frame on my pc.

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agemyth 😩

But its so pretty :(

I never got to play it on my newer beefier PC build with a modern processor. I may have been able to gaze upon it with a more stable framerate now.

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silverlock

Was I the only person bothered by the fact it had the worst LOD of any game ever?

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agemyth 😩

Maybe the level of detail they were attempting to reach with their voxel tech was just overly ambitious for consumer PCs and their own memory/bandwidth limitations for constantly checking the state of all the voxels, generating and regenerating numerous LOD models, and sending that out to players.

They may have”launched” Landmark (and shut down), but the tech never really reached a state worthy of a shippable product. I was forgiving of it because I only ever played in alpha and beta stages perhaps. “It will get better… Right?”

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deekay_plus

i was forgiving in alpha and early beta. as time dragged on and only really “negative” progress being made in the development, i got alot less forgiving. >>

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agemyth 😩

I don’t fault you for that. I loved SOE, so I was hoping everything would turn out fine as Daybreak. We now know how that went.

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