One Shots: The one where we mention Michael Bay

Warning: This column will contain GRAPHIC and EXPLICIT references to film auteur Michael Bay. You may find yourself cutting away in excitement every two seconds and subject to unnecessary explosions and pixelated cleavage. Try to remain calm.

Siphaed had “super fun” in Citadel: Forged With Fire lately and wanted to share a vista from his new house. But what’s the best part? “Explosions!” he wrote. “Michael Bay would be jealous of the graphical fidelity of Citadel. And yet still aesthetically pleasing to the eye.”

Now that we’ve gotten our gratuitous Michael Bay reference out of the way, let us push forward and try to forget the man who single-handedly ruined two 1980s franchises. We are not bitter.

Some of our screenshot posters enjoy tweaking their pictures with various filters before submitting, which is totally OK in my book as long as I’m the only one using the cheap “black and white” option for shots.

One such poster is Koshelkin, who shared this touched-up picture from Lord of the Rings Online. “The amount of detail in this hall amazed me,” she said. And we stand with you, amazed as well.

Last week I put out a call for zombie pictures and unwittingly triggered the apocalypse. My bad. We’re going to have to plow through the thick of them before we emerge into the clearing, so let’s start with this Age of Conan pic.

“Zombies and undead in general aren’t always the enemy,” Ryuen said. “My Necromancer never goes anywhere without her band of deceased minions.”

Zombies don’t merely have to be created from human stock! Miol took us back to the land of Orr in Guild Wars 2 for quite possibly the most terrifying farming experience of our lives.

“There is indeed even a whole farm of undead chicken in Orr, near Karst Plains. So while a giant undead mother hen was very determined to take care of another player passing too closely, I took the opportunity to get closer to one of the coops, during which, of course, still having Orr’s serene architecture as silent witnesses!”

Last on our MOP Zombie Tour ’17 is Secret World Legends, which may have one or two undead in it. In the same way that YouTube may have one or two negative comments in its comments section.

I particularly liked this picture from Hirku, who captured a “Condition Seventeen” in a very unsettling and inhuman pose.

Pardon my repeat here, but every so often I love to ask readers to share pictures of their own houses in-game. Seeing the exterior and interior decoration masters at work is inspiring, so let’s make that this week’s challenge!

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Pedge Jameson
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Melissa McDonald

This is me getting ready to play some MMOs. Seriously, it’s me, yeah, nudge nudge, wink wink. :P

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Utakata

It’s called troll deflection. :)

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Koshelkin

I was playing Lotro with a Reshade profile so that was what my game was looking like when I played it. No photoshop retouch per se.

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Kawaii Five-O

Was helping a friend finish their quest to 70 and snapped this rather dynamic pic during a break.

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Utakata

Can I /upvote this twice? :)

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Rees Racer

Picked up Citadel: Forged with Fire over the weekend. I’m not very fond of Early Access games, but I did some due diligence prior to purchase and do not regret it for a moment. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time (for a lvl 10) building a home by the water. Presently, it’s a simple two-story loft with a lovely view.

For some reason I keep hearing this bit running through my mind, however…
“…combining classical neo-Georgian features with the efficiency of modern techniques. The tenants arrive here and are carried along the corridor on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort, past murals depicting Mediterranean scenes, towards the rotating knives. The last twenty feet of the corridor are heavily soundproofed. The blood pours down these chutes and the mangled flesh slurps into these…you see I mainly design slaughter houses. Mind you, this is a real beaut. None of your blood caked on the walls and flesh flying out of the windows incommoding the passers-by with this one. My life has been leading up to this.”

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Siphaed
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Siphaed

I’m almost level 20, which might spend my saved Knowledge points into stone, but here’s my ridiculous mansion keep…

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silverlock

Nice, both my houses all look like barn’s with windows which is still better then most others which look like boxes with stuff in them.

Stairs need to be much steeper, I made a stairway going from my house down a cliff to a mana pool. I thought it would be a simple little thing but it turned into a monstrosity. Hopefully my neighbors don’t hate me.

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Kenji Takeda

posing

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Estranged

What are these NPCs doing? Flip the pic if necessary. lol

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Estranged

Some mountain in upside down Eastern Nevada.

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Utakata

Those oddly remind me of the middle part of Pink Floyd’s Echoes.

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Utakata

Be careful what you wish for…

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Utakata

…oh right, he wanted an exterior as well. <3

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Hirku

Thanks Justin, and thanks Orochi Stealth Hoverboard!

1. See ya on the other side, Coop.
2. Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s home to Io I go!
3. Surely you can’t be Sirius?

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Siphaed
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Siphaed

Thanks for the feature, though slightly out of context. The Michael Bay quote was about the staff cast fireball screenie. At least it wasn’t the one I sent of the ‘graphic glitch’…

So here’s some more from Citadel. The game is very beautiful, if very scary at times. Completely hate the wraith enemies in the 3rd shot because of their vampiric health transfer magic that makes fighting them take a lot of mana and HP potions. Didn’t even risk attempting this shrine camp because -if visible- there’s 3 of them surrounding it.

The Balrog looking demon is some level 50 monstrosity that spawned across the canyon near my keep. Kept away because of the crazy HP it has and was sure that it could 1-shot me.

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Siphaed
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Siphaed

Issue posting, cut off 2 of the screenies

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miol
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miol

Thank you, Justin! /bow

I don’t want to spoil much about the latest GW2 episode, so here is just a shot from inside of Divinity’s Reach palace temple, where it begins!

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