One Shots: Alien sunset

I will admit that I’ve been craving a good space exploration sim lately — the burn to “explore strange new worlds” is rising inside of me. Should Elite Dangerous be my course? Reader Andrew makes a compelling case with this week’s headliner.

“I recently took an exploration adventure in Elite Dangerous to the ghost ship Zurara on the edge of the galaxy in the Formadine Rift and put together an album of screenshots that I took along the way,” he sent in. “Here I am enjoying the sunset before I leave the Bubble Nebula and head out to the next and final stop on my journey.”

If you haven’t played this, don’t judge Ryuen for faltering in the face of terror. You haven’t been there, man! You don’t know what it’s like!

“This mission in Secret World Legends really made me think some Funcom devs wanted to one-up F.E.A.R in the scary little girl department. And while I knew what was coming from my time is TSW, I still managed to get spooked enough to momentarily get flustered and die, which annoyed me.”

Last week I asked players to share pictures of their greatest MMO pet peeves, and Rees Racer was more than up to the task.

“This is NOT a bloody jumping ‘puzzle’ as much as an infuriating and sadistic exercise in senselessness,” he said. “I honestly believe I might have quit playing Guild Wars 2 shortly after launch because of this singular exercise in futility located in The Grove. I’ve since been able to do it (using the action camera helps), but it has not made it any easier for multiple characters to accomplish.”

Or what about bad armor? That can be a pretty big pet peeve for many of us.

“Look, I know my FFXIV character was just a few weeks old — and I know there aren’t any bathrooms in this game — but diapers?” writes Camelotcrusade.

Battle diapers. There’s a difference.

Michael18 has been to the brink and beyond: “There are a few annoying things about LOTRO: Mordor, mostly related to a couple bugs here and there, but I don’t have any screen shots of those and it’s nothing game breaking. On the other hand, SSG took some excellent design decisions with this expansion and I’m enjoying it a lot.

“We all thought it will be interesting to see how SSG is using the freedom after finishing the main plot line of the Lord of the Rings books. But it seems the most liberating aspect was to leave the civilized, relatively peaceful lands of Rohan and Gondor that we traveled for the past years. They really went crazy with some of the locations and adversaries they throw at us. And with some of the quest givers!”

Can’t believe we are already at the end of another One Shots column! Now that my job is done, yours is just beginning: Root through your screenshot folders to find (and share) a picture of something inexplicable in an MMO. Maybe it’s a location, or a detail, or a person that makes no sense and is never fully explained to you. Maybe we can help you figure it out!

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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Ket Viliano

Boy, they really start you out as a noob in FFXIV, don’t they?

Level up, and get your Big Boy Battle pants on!

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Malcolm Swoboda

I just did that SWL mission (twice). :S. Only thing left is the achievement for it. Annoying.

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miol

@challenge:

From a Sylvari’s standpoint, are these ones here drinking, taking a shower, doing their laundry or are Sylvari such practical thinkers and they actually like doing all those three things at once just to save time? o.O

Some stressed out parent would love that idea! ;P

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borghive

The fallen tower of Barad Dur

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Mattaui

Had a peculiar visitor to the beach for the Moonfire Faire this year…

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hjaish

I recently took an exploration adventure in Elite Dangerous to the ghost ship Zurara

Is that what Frontier calls Elite Dangerous’s zero-gameplay non-interactive static eye-candy space objects now? Ghost ships? :-)

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Melissa McDonald

We came from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow
Hammer of the gods
We drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde, sing and cry,
Valhalla, I am coming!
On we sweep with threshing oar,
Our only goal will be the western shore

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Utakata

Something inexplicable? Yeah, it’s called the Roche limit. Shouldn’t this be a thing here? o.O

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Tried to check all the boxes with this one…

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Hirku

Disco!

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Melissa McDonald

Who doesn’t want to be silky smooth?

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Michael18

Yay, thanks for the feature, Justin! :)

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I tried to take some shots this week, but they all turned out phooey.

So I shall leave you a view of an over-leveled pooch. Tag armor OP?

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blah blazh

“This is my life now…”

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Melissa McDonald

Scenes like this are why the Good Lord invented Chain Lightning. :)

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Utakata

More DoT’s! More DoT’s!

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Boom

Just used Neverwinters demo tool to grab some snaps of my Dragonborn in action.

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William Sobek

Whilst playing Ark, I came across a… puzzling sight. Of a Megalodon, head down, booty up, as it were. When approached, it seemed content with whatever the hell it was doing, and in true ARK fashion, I murdered it and ate it…. But now I feel compelled to faceplant the seabed as well.

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Melissa McDonald

Bugs can sometimes be the most amusing part of a game. It makes me sad when people rage about them as a quality issue. I think it’s hilarious to see strange behaviour out of mobs ;)

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William Sobek

Couldn’t agree more!

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camelotcrusade

Yes! Battle diapers for FTW, thanks for the feature. ^-^

Moving on to unexplained phenomena. Can you really project black light (i.e., darkness)? And how would you make a black laser? If a laser is light, how can you make something which somehow negates the presence of light? A machine can’t output nothing. So what is it outputting?

Wow, did I go down a rabbit hole trying to answer my own questions on the Internet before I posted this. I just spent an hour reading about passive darkness, shades of black color (including the influence of material and shine), the annihilation of light (or “active darkness”) and black holes. The answer, by the way is absolutely not, probably not, yes*, and no, depending on exactly what you’re asking.

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Hirku

Here’s my favorite shot from the Whispering Tide finale in SWL. Nothing inexplicable, but I like all the craziness going on while I look cool in my spy tux.

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BalsBigBrother

I know you are a spy and are supposed to spy on things but give a custodian a little privacy while he uses a portal potty ;-)

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Hirku

At least I’m not running into the line of fire like that one fellow, but what more can you expect from a Lumie?

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deekay_plus

albion continues to not be very photogenic for the sake of this column so instead have soem screen caps of the nasa stream of the eclipse this past week as well as a selfie i took when the light was weird at around the peak of it in my area (i don’t even think it got half covered where i am)

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Melissa McDonald

Tennessee was in the path of “totality” and I got to see it at its zenith with the naked eye… amazing stuff. Once in a lifetime.

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deekay_plus

i guess i’ll thow yall a bone with why i’m not sharing albion shots XD

here’s some unexpected sweet loot that i got from a bossin our pug raid group farming. i have been getting rather lucky on loot rolls the past couple weeks which annoys jose to no end XD

and here’s a random screen of said group in action. which i think we had just begun to engage the mobs when i went to take this screen but by the time i took it most of them were already melted. LOL

anyways this is why i don’t take screens of albion to share here. but with destiny 2 beta coming up i should have some nice pretty stuff to share before too long again :P

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Hirku

Two weeks of clear sunny weather in my area.

Day of eclipse: overcast until after eclipse.

Thanks a lot, universe.

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Roger Melly

Same thing happened to us in Cornwall in the UK eclipse of 1999 . I was lucky enough for the clouds to clear just enough to catch a glimpse of it through the haze though .

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Utakata

:(

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deekay_plus

if it makes you feel better, sundial drove from beautiful weather here right into hurricane harvey in his hometown of houston. LOL

i guess at least he got good weather for the eclipse tho XD which he intentionally timed his drive back to be at the optimal viewing area for it on his route home.

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Skoryy

What’s inexplicable is that Sarge’s been running on magic legs every time I run by the encampment. “Charlie took my pelvis at Bong Sa. I had to beat three of ’em to death with it. Wasn’t pretty.”

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Hirku

Normally bugs annoy me, but this one was a hoot during cutscenes. Sarge chewing out the recruit about magic wands and voodoo while he’s just a floating torso.

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Skoryy

And now a series I call, Random MMO Funny Faces. (Old spoilers warning!)

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BalsBigBrother

The first one of this trio made me snort hot coffee so thanks for that ;-)

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Still trying to figure out how to get a good screenshot in Path of Exile. I really wish they would just let us hide the UI it would make a huge difference but well they don’t so here are a few cropped efforts from some recent game play.

Pic 1: Can we get a clean up in aisle five, clean up in aisle five.
Pic 2: Also need a clean up in aisle seven clean up in aisle seven.

:-)

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BalsBigBrother

Hmm didn’t seem to want to show three pictures in the same post so I guess I will stick the third one here.

Well damn I am going to be washing that out of my hair for weeks /sigh

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Hirku

Rated E for Everyone (Dead)

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