One Shots: R.I.P. Firefall

Do not go gentle into that good night forever,
Old MMOs should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the server.

Now that I’ve well and truly butchered a classic poem, I’ll turn the funeral proceedings over to Ralph the Wonder Llama, who has these kind words to say about the recently deceased: “Well, at least it’s finally official. Rest in peace, Firefall. You will be missed. Ares 35, signing off.”

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting Tabula Rasa flashbacks?

Y’all didn’t need much encouragement to try to creep each other out with pictures of oversized insects from MMOs. Then again, that’s like 27% of what we battle on a daily basis. Nobody feels bad about squashing a three-story flea.

“You can always rely on TERA to make things a bit (or a lot) larger than normal,” Rees Racer said. “These Ovoliths are spider-like BAMs near the Sinestral Manor. My Valkyrie seems unimpressed, however, and the fate of this beastie (and several others in the surrounding area) is assured.”

“So after almost four years of playing in The Secret World, I finally got around to creating some alts to see how the other two-thirds live,” Hirku shared. “It was a real trip to just stroll into the ‘enemy’ HQs and see characters and scenery I haven’t seen before. I’ve got them parked there with their tutorials all done, ready to be activated when I need some variety and *cough* daily marks *cough*.”

Try to pick up your jaw from the floor and stop staring at this Final Fantasy XIV pic from Kawaii Five-O.

“Here I am taking in the sights of Stormblood while playing with /gpose. I took a ton of screenshots atop the inn roof, since it took me a while to successfully get up there. I’ve yet to attempt hopping up Kugane Tower, as I’ve heard it’s much more difficult, and I had a hard enough time just getting on top of the inn. However, the scenery and private baths were certainly worth the effort!”

Star Trek Online certainly has the full range of ship scales, from the very small to the ludicrously massive. Captain Jon Sleeper showed us both in this one picture: “Well, this ship sure makes me feel like a bug. That’s the Universe-class, about 3km long, next to my new T6 Connie, the USS Journey.”

As an odd Star Trek aside, the other day I was watching an episode of The Next Generation and was struck by just how 1980’s looking that ship’s design is. That’s not bad or anything, but it’s a little amusing that a futuristic ship is so emblematic of a past iconic decade. The Universe design is just silliness.

This week’s screenshot challenge is to share a picture of your favorite MMO biome and explain why you prefer that over the others!

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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JonBuck

And just because I’m on a tear today…

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JonBuck

Fishing in Limsa.

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Rees Racer

I can’t really call anyplace to actually land in Elite Dangerous a biome, as presently we are limited to rocky and/or icy worlds (planets with flora and fauna are forthcoming, though).

However, some of the vistas are breathtaking to behold. This is Alpha Tucanae A1, the planet in the system nearest to a K-type orange giant star. Although this world is 50% further away than Earth is from our own sun, this star is 30x larger, and looms menacingly in the background. With no atmosphere and a surface temperature of more than 500°C (almost 1000°F), I’m content to remain in the car (SRV).

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JonBuck

The uploader is choking on multiple pics, so here’s another.

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JonBuck

Ul’Dah, my favorite region in FFXIV.

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rafael12104

Been a bit busy. Got a new motorcycle so… yeah, I’m trying to get back in moto shape and I’m starting to realize, I’m old.

Biomes? Ah well BnS has many in different locations. Here is one in front of Ongong’s dungeon. Yeah, there is a dungeon down there and… a crap load of killer monkeys. Lol. BnS is just so odd like that sometimes.

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Ryuen

So what’s the new ride then?

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mysecretid

In my opinion, the Enterprise-J (it’s supposed to be a possible future Enterprise, from the game’s “Temporal” story arc, for those who don’t know) is probably the fugliest starship design in Star Trek Online that I’ve ever seen (and the game has a few hideous designs, although you rarely see people flying them). It makes my eyes ache just to look upon it. :-)

As for the Next Generation Enterprise looking very much 1980s — I used to refer to their bridge set as “the California hotel lobby”, because that’s exactly what its design reminded me of … :-)

On to the pics!

A mish-mash of pics this week. I don’t know what order they’ll appear in, but we have:

1) My 79-year-old Pops and I playing Firefall a while back

I can now reveal that he was the Firefall hardcore in my family. He loved that game, and he was waaaay better at it than I would ever be. He’s the character on the right, in yellow,

Now, that Firefall is gone, I may have to hook him up with Anthem when that finally drops. A bored “Grey Gamer” is not something you want to contend with, folks!

2) a couple of pics from my recent return to DC Universe Online.

The game sets up this idea that the players can be proteges of existing DC heroes and villains. Although many players ignore this possibility, I decided to make my character a clear Superman fan — as I am.

I realize that Superman is often terribly written, but when someone “gets” the character, he’s golden.

Check out the “Superman: American Alien” trade paperback by Max Landis on Amazon, if you want to see what I consider a recent example of Superman and his mythos written well.

Anyway, I re-created my main from the PC on my PS4, and I’ve been having a lot of fun, despite the game’s flaws.

Although, I knew this time to turn off dueling requests, because when you wear the Superman colors so obviously, every bored (physical or mental) eight-year-old with a chip on their shoulder seems to want to take a shot at you. Absurd, really.

Anyway, that’s me for this week. Up, up and away! :-)

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rafael12104

Very cool that you are playing games with your Pops. Sounds great.

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mysecretid

Thanks. He can actually get pretty “bossy” because he tends to get very intense about games he likes — but I just mock him for this, and we laugh, and it’s cool.

Cheers,

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JonBuck

Roddenberry had this idea that the Galaxy class was basically a City in Space with missions going on twenty years, which was why crew had their families aboard. I think the Universe-class was designed in three days, and it shows. The Romulan and Klingon variants of these ships look much better.

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John Mynard

The Rom one is gorgeous. Never been crazy about Klink ship design to be honest.

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JonBuck

Here’s a closer look at the ROM one I just saw. Looks like the Reman ship skin.

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Hirku

Hey, thanks for featuring one of my shots.

I don’t know if “slimy disgusting giant insect nest” qualifies as a biome (and it certainly isn’t among my favorites), but my first visit to the Black Goat Woods region was memorable not only for the creepy sights and sounds, but in the “original recipe” TSW it was the first time the training wheels came off and you discovered just how brutal the game could be. Man, f*ck them ak’ab!

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Ryuen

That area was pure hell in the beginning, still makes me shudder when I think of my first time through there.

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mysecretid

I have an abiding loathing of the ak’ab as well, Hirku — you are not alone! :-)

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camren_rooke

I don’t like them either but they were so much worse.

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mysecretid

They were. If swear words were stains, the ak’ab in the old days might have forced me to buy a new monitor. :-)

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BalsBigBrother

I had a bit of spare time and a sacrificial goat that wasn’t needed for anything else so I decided to visit the hell dimension in Secret World Legends, you know a normal Saturday night really :-)

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mysecretid

Geez, B3, you’ve really gone to hell this summer, you know! :-)

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JonBuck

I honestly have no idea why my screenshots end up here so much. But thank you, Justin.

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BalsBigBrother

Always look forward to seeing your shots you have a good eye when it comes to taking them :-)