One Shots: The 3:15 giant flea is on time

When it comes to public transportation, I can think of no better way to get from point A to point B than by climbing up seven stories and latching myself onto the back of a giant flea who may or may not have my best intentions at heart. Oh wait. I can totally think of a zillion better ways.

But that’s just how it is in Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind. Zulika Mi-Nam revisited his old stomping grounds and had this to share: “I spent a lot of time in it about 15 years ago, so the whole place is full of memories. Balmora here is where I spent the most time. I think this is a good interpretation so far — and the best part is the cliff racers aren’t as big of a PITA.”

Last week’s screenshot challenge was on the subject of love and romance, and out of the pictures that our legal department would allow us to show you without tripping over obscenity laws was this pic from Star Trek Online.

“I’ve always joked that my main and his Vulcan XO are secretly in love with one another,” Mysecretid said, “but he’s so honorable and duty-conscious, and she’s so Vulcan, that they’re as useless at expressing this to one another as pre-teens at a school dance. Everybody else on the command crew knows that they adore one another… maybe one day they’ll figure it out for themselves. Maybe in a future episode? Stay tuned!”

Keep us in the loop!

But who said that love has to be the squishy, lip-locking kind? One reader has a great example of a particular type of infatuation from World of Warcraft.

“Romancing the Rogue,” Utakata said, “A Goblin’s love affair is never made of flesh.”

Reminds me of when I was a youngster and used to break into Scrooge McDuck’s vault to frolic with my dates.

“I’m back with a vengeance. Back to Blade and Soul, that is,” wrote Rafael. “You shall not pass!”

Hey, if you want to roleplay a crossing guard in a fantasy setting, who am I to cast judgment? You wear that reflective vest and hold up that stop sign with all of the power in your inventory!

Miol takes us the long way home through Guild Wars 2: “I’m already missing the cold embrace of winter. Time for a chilly stroll through Lornar’s Pass.”

Frostbite is fun! Who needs toes when you’ve got a camera and a death wish, am I right?

Death. Decay. Graveyards. Tombs. Skulls.

No, I’m not just freestyling rap for my latest goth record, but instead I wanted to give you your next screenshot assignment. Let’s see some pics of the more morbid and macabre sides of MMOs!

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 confess, I’m surprised that my ultra-tame Star Trek pic got the romance nod from last week when we had things like Brandon’s “Jedi’s Last Kiss” and Melissa’s “Bathtub WooHoo” on offer.

Hmm. I’m going to blame it all on Russian meddling in the voting process; they seem to like that sort of thing. :-)

Cheers,

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Koshelkin

Had to post this…

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mysecretid

Love this! So very odd, in the best of ways!

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Koshelkin

The best thing was how realistic his facial expressions and gestures were. Sadly, that can’t be captured in a screencap.

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Tobasco da Gama

It’s vaguely disappointing that the silt-striders stride rather than jump, isn’t it? I guess “silt-jumper” doesn’t have that same satisfying sibilance.

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Melissa McDonald

old shot from EQ2. I seen things, man. And stuff, too.

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mysecretid

Kinda like the fantasy equivalent of what soldiers in Viet Nam dubbed “The Thousand-Yard Stare” … interesting pic.

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rafael12104

Thanks for featuring one of mine last week! Although, it must be said, all I do is press printscreen.

Decay, graveyards, tombs, skulls? Meet a few of the citizens the Necropolis in BnS.

You see, this is what happens when you don’t believe in climate change.

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Toy Clown

I’ve never played BnS. From everything I’ve seen about it, I’m surprised to see a scene like this! In a good way.

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mysecretid

I’m also surprised to see this sort of content in an asian-MMO. Cool pic, Rafael!

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Balen Arenas

There are quite a few dark areas and stories in BnS. It’s one of the few “Asian” mmos where I’ve been able to tolerate and even like the story.

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Koshelkin

Nice cap. A rather atmospheric area in BnS.

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Utakata

It’s oddly goth for something that’s a martial arts MMO at times. o.O

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Koshelkin

Asians have ghost stories, too.

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Utakata

Yep, pretty much every culture does as far as I am aware, as well as a keen fascination for undeath and the afterlife. But that wasn’t I was talking about. O.o

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Koshelkin

1) Striker Showcase
2) Cruisin’.

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rafael12104

Really cool. I’ll have to go back to BDO and check it out. I assume that is BDO. It has been awhile.

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Koshelkin

It is.

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Toy Clown

A few shots I’ve grabbed in ESO. The first is in the claws of /the/ big baddie! Second is in a pool of floaters! Third is, well… being a floater.

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Utakata

“…being a floater.”

/eww :(

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rafael12104

Man, that first one is a tribute to dental hygiene isn’t?

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Toy Clown

When the cutscene was playing out, that was oddly in my head, wondering how my character was surviving a blast of demonic breath! haha

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Rees Racer

Right…I’m stretching the “morbid and macabre” request…just a bit. ;)
I like the combat in TERA. I like the stories/lore, even.
I know the game takes criticism because of the sexualised female models, and especially the array of extraordinarily skimpy and ridiculously inappropriate outfits.
But you know what I like?…Choice.
TERA has lots (LOTS) of customisation options.
When the “Practical Armour” (yes, that’s what it’s actually called) was offered during the recent 5th anniversary, I snapped up a set for my warrior. I find it much better than the “morbid and macabre” desire to have her clad in a summer bikini.

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mysecretid

I’ve posted this before, but it seems appropriate to the discussion. I too prefer to leave bikinis for the beach when it comes to female characters, Rees. :-)

Cheers,

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rafael12104

Panoramic! That’s working the system.

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Utakata

The background is Pora Elinu.

“I don’t think many where looking at the background, Uta.”

Oh… :(

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Little Bugbear

Image One: It’s summer, and I really miss fall so hear are some fall colors in GW2.

Image Two: Pretty much nothing is as death and decay as Lordaeron.

Image Three: Speaking of death, lots of people have died in Wintergrasp.

Image Four: Been playing a lot of Overwatch. It is amazing how beautiful that game is.

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Koshelkin

Somehow I thought the screens are from Lotro first.

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rafael12104

Nice caps. I miss the fall a well.

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miol

If you enjoy spelunking (i. e. caving), this one is worth a look! With all its nooks and cranies, it’s finally something for explorers again! At long last it has given Anet’s awesome map artists a new chance to utilize GW2’s abilities of verticality!

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rafael12104

Nice!

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miol

Btw: If only I had known of today’s challenge, I would have waited a little longer before posting my favorite screenshots of morbid Orr two weeks ago. ;P

http://massivelyop.com/2017/05/21/one-shots-head-of-the-class/#comment-422861

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Minimalistway

Getting flying in WoW is like breathing, but then what? the first thing i did is flying above Thunder bluff to take a photo for that large … thing! good job whoever made that .. thing!

In Suramar, a desperate refugee apparently scared of a magical broom, i need one of those, why science is busy with exploring the universe when there is no magic broom yet?!

Also in Suramar, a beautiful city which makes me wish Landmark or some other game can provide Minecraft-like game, building and surviving but offer better tools to build, i want to build a house like the ones i see in Suramar, but Landmark is dead and Minecraft is … boxy.

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Doubleplusgood

Here’s my Sunday nit pick. Even though I’m playing fantasy games with things like cat people, females tanking in bikini plate, and magical elf butts, unrealistic mounts bother me. Like tigers, lions, bears and wolves would never let anyone mount them plus physically they don’t have the proper back for it. It drives me crazy when I see players with those mounts.
Then you have the giant flea in ESO which bugs me. Fleas jump! And they jump far! Can you imagine how crazy and uncontrollable it would be to ride a flea? I read the driver directly manipulates the Silt Striders exposed organs. Eww. Even then I don’t see how a flea could be a mount and is over the top ridiculous. But I’m sure someone has screenshots of even more silly mounts to irritate me! :)

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rafael12104

For me, it is the Bantha mounts in SWTOR. They are big enough and strong enough, but how the hell can a Bantha keep up with a speeder. Lol

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Doubleplusgood

Yes, it bothers me when I see Banthas and Tauntauns running around fleet! Not just the speed, but they would never allow creatures like that to run wild pooping all over a spaceport! especially the Imperials.

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Estranged

Fiction is fiction.

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Koshelkin

SWTOR is not really a Star Wars game anymore. Imo.

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deekay_plus

in a way neither was swg in a lot of ways. >< but swtor definitely has hit me as worse for a longer time.

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Koshelkin

Can’t comment on SWG but all that has been going on in SWTOR by now veered so far away from the core of the setting it hurts to watch. The class stories, sadly, are still the climax in SWTOR’s storytelling.

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Doubleplusgood

And the day the continue the class stories is the day that I resub! but of course, we are told that this will never ever happen. So as long as they continue with biowares one story single player expacs I will continue to play other games.

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deekay_plus

all i can say is 2~ years ago after tfa swtor’s new at the time story failed to satisfy me desire for a jedi gameplay experience and i felt like i wasted my money.

no fault to those that enjoy it, but i see why some friends want a proper kotor3 after that in particular.

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Estranged

SWTOR didn’t kill SWG. SWTOR didn’t kill KOTOR3. :-)

Funny part is the whole Revan story is tied up in this last expansion.

Also, honestly, SWTOR having a vastly superior inventory and appearance system versus KOTOR makes it a better game. Bioware cheese story is Bioware cheese.

qqqqqq :)

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Koshelkin

Swtor did kill Swg. The license wasn’t renewed because Bioware/EA offered more. It also shut down just a couple of months before Swtor’s release.

“”It was time to turn it off. We have a contractual relationship that’s ending in 2012, The Old Republic launching, a bunch of other business things with LucasArts,” – Smedley, 2011, The Escapist

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Estranged

Kosh, they killed SWG with bad design decisions and ran off the players. If SWG was making great bank, SWTOR wouldn’t have happened.

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deekay_plus

this guy.

come in mumble for hots nexus daily. :P

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Koshelkin

I don’t want to Kotor 3 until Bioware takes a deep breath, thinks about how they lost their way and goes back to the drawing board and tries to improve the quality of their future titles.

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deekay_plus

i want kotor 3 to be done by obsidian with a full budget and support they never get from their contractees.

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Koshelkin

Sadly this won’t happen. I’d have Obsidian rather on a WoD game, though, or a different tabletop rpg IP which hasn’t been picked up for pc gaming yet.

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deekay_plus

obsidian seems to be going their own way mostly now which is not bad. their games still bog down in parts but what i’ve played since this change has been refreshing af.

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rafael12104

It is a mystery to me. Both fleets are littered with animal mounts of all types and yet, not even the residue of dung can be seen. Lol

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miol

;P

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rafael12104

LOL

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Utakata

I would just said it was magic. :(

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Doubleplusgood

You know those astromech droids wandering around fleet? My guess was that one of those droids was called P00P3R-SC00P3R

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Utakata

“You looking at me?”

…where morbid fascination becomes a stare down. o.O

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rafael12104

Well, that stone menace does a pinkish hue. So, it seems logical given your pinkish disposition.

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Utakata

Oddly that’s an unattended effect of glowing blue hued enchant on the weapons my toon is carrying and the reddish ambient lighting in the foreground. o.O

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Utakata

PS:

“Reminds me of when I was a youngster and used to break into Scrooge McDuck’s vault to frolic with my dates.”

It’s the idea my late brother having the life long ambition of acquiring a bank vault full of money where he could roll naked in. I am pretty sure as “romantic” as that vision was, no offspring or wedding ceremony could ever be procured from such a concept. But thusly, that is the way of my Rogue pictured in question. <3

Thanks for the plug, Mr. Justin. :)

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Zulika Mi-Nam

My Tale of Toast
1) Log into a game to do some play testing.
2) “Hey, look at these cutsie graphics and those childlike animations! ”
3) Kill some level 1 and level 2 bunnies rabbits and some loot drops right on the ground from time to time.
4) Find a treasure chest with a level 5 baddie guarding it.
5) Make that baddie chase me around a tree and out run him back to that chest and loot it and get away – “Haha this is easy and I got a badass level 5 sword…gonna save that for later. ”
6) Go to town sell my trash loot and head back out.
7) Take on a level 3 mushroom – “Pfft no problem.”
8) Gonna go for this level 4 bat….”Woah this could go either way….depends on who lands the next hit….yah ! loot sound ! Wait he is bouncing away….I’m dead…..then what was that loot?”
9) *respawns* looks at inventory – “That…that was the sword I was saving…and it is just laying out there on the ground now..”
10) Do the walk of shame to retrieve my sword and turn to shake my childlike fist at that bat. “I’ll be back…you…you…fooled me with your cutsieness”

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mysecretid

I’ve had gaming days like this — and I couldn’t even blame it on deceptively cute foes! :-)

Cheers,

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deekay_plus

i was rather impressed by more than one aspect of arma3’s “tutorial” this past week, including during a helicopter ride when you are given the opporunity to enjoy teh wide openness of the map at dawn or dusk. this became apparent again while heading to our DM set objective the last play session as well. while graphically not as impressive or varied as ghost recon wildlands, it definitely lives up to the meme of “you can go to that hill you see in the far distance”.

this loot chest gave not just one but two legendary rolls. includign a sking for dva which i am maining lately. i also picked up the brightwing announced pack which has me giggling regularly when playing.

and the reason i play dva? is she’s not only fun af to play she’s also OP as heck! XD

and one left over from last week in which shane nelson and i show off our sweet rides at the airport while drag racing in gtao.

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Koshelkin

Arma 3 is still the number 1 military sandbox. The campaign is really glorious and shows how open play is done. The campaign is divided into missions but it let me feel more free than many open-world games manage to do.

Also best gun-handling in any fps(subjective, of course).

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deekay_plus

jury is still out on the gunplay. it definitely has a learning curve. we’ve mostly been dicking around half drunk every third day for the past week and being equally annoyed and having fun with it.

we really like the DMing thing tho. like i said more games need this. but we’re pretty likely to hit up farcry 5 for a few weeks soon enough. as we seem to like ubisoft the game so far as we played them starting with div despite their flaws.

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Koshelkin

Arma 3 guns take alot of practice. Try hitting a moving target with a rocket-launcher, especially airborne targets, especially with an unguided rocket-launcher. The sniper rifles are actually easier than the assault rifles. You also approach combat differently than in arcade games. Your stamina affects your aim heavily and if you don’t scout your target properly and approach it carefully, you’re done for.

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deekay_plus

pretty much nail on the head. we are still learning and it’s no grw.

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rafael12104

Arma3 looks good. Hmm. Btw, nothing wrong with being OP. Lol

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