One Shots: The party at the end of all things
Do not be alarmed.
Your brain is now under our control, but that is a good thing. You no longer have to worry about the mundane tasks of life; all you need to do now is party. Party hard, party with a purpose, party until you collapse and feed all of your life’s energy to our party vampire!
You know who loves to party? Skoryy loves to party: “Here, have last night’s Extra Life 2017 party in Secret World Legends’ Agartha, complete with dancing CMs and giant Dreaming One mascots!”
With Blizzard on everyone’s mind, our call for screenshots from the studio’s games brought dozens of responses. Mysecretid snapped this pic from World of Warcraft.
“Usually, when you get a ‘find the lost child’ quest, you’re usually looking for a kid in the eight-years-old range because, well, the game has character models for that. Imagine my surprise when my character was asked to find and retrieve a Tauren’s lost child, and what I found was a Tauren infant (calf?) in a basket. It made me laugh as my semi-brooding Blood Elf mage had to strap the baby-basket onto his back, and cart the little gaffer home.
“What you can’t see in the still pic, unfortunately, is that Blizzard had animated the baby’s face so that its eyes blinked in that wide, sort of stare-y way that babies look at things. Very clever. Very amusing.”
That too recent for you? Borghive takes us back to the earliest era of WoW, back when mounts were of the non-flying variety and apparently offered lifts to ungulates.
“This picture isn’t from a private server,” Borghive said, “it is legit from my vanilla days. That is my wife polymorphed on her mount, kind of weird bug that existed back then.”
“I don’t play any Blizzard games, but here’s a shot of an actual blizzard I got caught in over in No Man’s Sky,” sent in CapnLan. “Complete with weird alien flying fish things that mercifully didn’t try to eat me. I mean, it’s technically a ‘blizzard’ game screenshot… right?”
Judges ruling on this one? Judges said that they’ll let it pass with a prohibition on puns for two weeks following the posting of this article.
“Good screenshots are notoriously difficult for a game that can be so lovely to look at in places,” submitted Rees Racer. “There is no dedicated key for a shot in Destiny 2. Anyway, my Warlock finally has all legendary and exotic gear, and I’m deep into the grind to increase my power level. I’m not certain why I’ve not grown tired of it all, but precision gunplay means one-shotting with some weapons, and the game is just so gratifying on a visceral level. I’ve even had some decent games in the PvP Crucible, which is quite a shock. I think this helmet is a bit much, but I love my purple long coat and legendary hand cannon named ‘The Old Fashioned.'”
Welcome to the screenshot challenge! This week it’s do-or-die, so show us a picture of one of the most harrowing encounters or boss battles in your MMORPG career!