One Shots: Toy chests

Really, when you think about it, MMOs are our grown-up toy chests. They have all of these attractive and fun toys to keep us occupied and happy as we pretend that we are heroes on great adventures while making a pit stop to play Barbie’s dream house. And that’s OK — we need to blow off steam and relax somehow, and this beats HALO jumping in the safety department.

This week, the Massively OP readership was all-too-eager to show off the toys within their toy chests, starting with Hirku’s trip to an amusement park. In a theme park MMO. There are layers upon layers of meta in today’s column, folks!

World of Warcraft’s Darkmoon Faire is my favorite toy, and this week I get to play!” Hirku posted. “Wheeee!”

Yeoman JonBuck thinks that the best toy in the galaxy… is himself!

“Here is one from Star Trek Online (of course). This is from the Shard of Possibilities device. When you’re in battle, you get help from two alternate versions of yourself. If you’re not in battle, they dance.”

When will we get a Star Trek series that is only about dancing? Dancing through space to win hearts? That seems better than what we’re getting these days.

Hurbster didn’t need much prompting to break out his favorite little trinkets and knick knaks in Elder Scrolls Online. I’m kind of worried that, by the look of it, they are turning her evil. Maybe she should have read the fine print on the packaging?

Zulika Mi-Nam has an “old man rant” for you today. Settle in, kiddos.

“I have not found anything useless worth keeping in modern games. Back in the Asheron’s Call days, though, you could make a little note on any item you wanted. Sometimes a patron would inscribe an item with either a phrase that was either funny or had RP relevance before passing it on to an vassal. As you can see below, we would also copy paste quotes of things people said in chat to remember and show others.

“Just another instance of players creating their own content. A process of coding knowledge known only to the ancients was needed for this, which has now been lost though the passage of time.”

“Probably one of the most favorite “useless” toys I have across most of my games is the holocom emote in Star Wars: The Old Republic,” said Toy Clown. “As a roleplayer, I use the excuse of a comm coming through in-character when I need to go AFK, and I park the character on the outskirts of the RP action, and no one bothers her because she’s on a comm. It has absolutely no value in a gameplay sense!”

For this week’s screenshot, I would love to see any caps that you have of where the game’s landscape meets the sky. The contrast of the two can often be really provoking, especially when there is little in the way to block it. Good hunting!

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

How about a pic where planetscape meets starry sky?

I had nothing for this week’s challenge until I saw this view before me in Star Trek Online.

For the curious and/or sharp-eyed, yes, that’s a Walker-class light exploration cruiser, just like the Shenzhou in Star Trek: Discovery.

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Ryuen

No gaming for me this week as I’m on ski trip, so here’s a shot of the lovely French alps.

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mysecretid

A great view!

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Dobie Gillis

I do so miss you, Landmark…

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Katriana

A couple views from LOTRO, one from the top of Weathertop looking out across the Lone Lands, the other of a rainbow in the Shire.

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Caelium

Still some of the better landscape views to date, in my opinion :)

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Rees Racer

I’ve posted a couple of these, rather thematically, over the last few months…but I really do appreciate the scene from World of warplanes.

Here, my Il-2 Sturmovik approaches the gap between the Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu) on the right, and the slightly smaller Pyramid of Khafre on the left. Built as perhaps burial tombs, each side lines up almost exactly with the cardinal points of the compass, and may have served not only as tombs, but perhaps also astronomical observatories (among other things). The tallest man-made structure for almost four millennia, Khufu reaches up toward the setting sun in summer…where the landscape reaches for the sky.

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hurbster

Bleakrock Isle – Companions Point

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rafael12104

Hmm. A bit tricky, this weeks challenge is. Yes, young Padawans.

What if the sky slowly descends on you? Where does the Horizon begin and end then? Such are the things you encounter in BnS. Well, that, and interesting outfits that Uta would describe as being “a little breezy”.

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Utakata

I’m being “diplomatic” when I am saying that. But feel free to interpret it as, “I won’t be caught dead in that,” for something more succinct. >.<

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François Verret

It’s really too bad, because I like what cloth there is.

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Utakata

I am not stopping you from wearing that if that floats your boat. :)

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rafael12104

It is a nice cloth. Very tribal. It’s just missing one side, that’s all.

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JonBuck

Uh, phrasing? :)

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Caelium

I managed to get a shot of my character going to warp speed, fairly happy with the way it turned out! Second shot is of a scene at the Skygate in Blade & Soul

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rafael12104

Nice! You have to be ready on your screen cap for that second one. Perfect timing.

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CapnLan

As Warframe makes the transition from being a hallway shooter into open worlds, the environments have certainly gotten better. Although the Plains of Eidolon offer some impressive scenery, the view from the mountain top at the end of The War Within remains my all time favorite.

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Caelium

Stunning, that could pass as a still shot of a movie or something.