one shots

One Shots is a Massively Overpowered feature in which we highlight cool MMORPG screenshots from readers. You can send your screenshots into us at justin@massivelyop.com. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

One Shots: Welcome to the party, pal!

“You have to love randomly running across a band when you enter a building in Bree,” reader Yrys said in conjunction with this picture from Lord of the Rings Online.

I have to agree. Players congregating to perform music, put on plays, referee games, or otherwise doing mass social activities that aren’t revolving around murdering giant beasts always brings me to a screeching halt in MMOs, for these are almost always worth checking out.

It’s a virtual party today in One Shots! Grab some of those delectable colors, take a tall drink of perspective, and party like it’s 1999 and there are only three MMOs on the market!

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One Shots: Purple haze

Blocky and stylized though it may be, World of Warcraft’s visuals represent impressive work by artists who pull every trick out of their bags to get the most from that game engine. Reader Captainzor sent in this shot of his feral Druid in a purple-soaked environment to remind me of how much I enjoyed traversing some of that MMO’s zones.

“This is so old I can’t honestly even remember which zone it was taken in, much less what I was doing,” he wrote in. “It just felt very dreamy and I loved how the purple theme just happened.”

Interesting environments is one of the themes of today’s collection of player-submitted screenshots, so let’s get to it!

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One Shots: Blown away by a kiss

First of all, thank you to everyone who heeded the call for more screenshot submissions! I know you all love sharing those in the comments (which is more than fine!) but any sent in via email are deeply appreciated and useful for future columns.

Today’s headlining pic is from reader Whiteberry, who sends in this picture of her Landmark toon blowing us an enthusiastic kiss. “Crashing with a colony ship in the desert on this island apparent, it was a relief to find breathable air, edible vegetation, materials to build with, and a beautiful scenery, and this shows my happiness in the moonlight,” she writes. “I wonder what day will bring!”

Personally, I wonder what the rest of today’s entries will bring!

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One Shots: Pin-up calendar

Here’s an interesting idea: using screenshots to make a calendar! Reader Elana was part of a team that did just that in The Secret World: “Earlier this year, Radio Free Gaia DJ Psywarrior proposed the idea of creating a ‘pin-up calendar’ on the RFG forums, from which I ended up covering 10 months of players out of the 12 months as their screenshotographer.

“Each player signed up for a Miss or Mister January/February/etc. slot, from which they would have to DM me to generate ideas of where they could have their images taken, and schedule what could run up to an hour at a time posing and going through all sorts of emotes and weapon abilities together.”

DJ Psywarrior added that the project took “long, long hours” and that she is already hard at work preparing for the 2016 calendar, the proceeds of which will go to charity. It was incredibly hard to pick just one of the pin-ups for today’s headliner, but I really liked the rich gold hue in this one.

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One Shots: Quiet grace

When I take pictures of people in real life, I almost never ask them to pose. That feels so artificial to me; I’d rather have shots of them laughing, scowling, being weird, and being themselves instead. Also, I’m a creeper. It’s why I can appreciate this picture by reader Eamil from Final Fantasy XIV.

“This is my friend Rhadra Nelhah immediately after healing us through a dragonskin treasure map fight, wearing the Thavnairian bustier she just had crafted, holding a staff that shoots rainbows, and with the beautiful environment of the Sea of Clouds as a backdrop,” Eamil said. “I turned to look at her as the fight wound down and loot was being given out, and I couldn’t resist taking a screenshot.”

These moments of quiet grace should be photographed. And then photobombed.

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One Shots: They’ll swallow your soul

Sometimes you can’t help but take a screenshot of what is otherwise nightmare fuel, because perhaps in freezing a scene in its tracks, you eventually rob it of its fear factor. Or you just take the picture so you can freak others out.

Reader Erin is trying to exorcise her own demons with this Final Fantasy XIV submission: “In my aimless travels around Eorzea I decided to start taking profile shots of random critters and enemies. The most memorable though is the creepy undead creature (that I forget the name of name). It might have been the moment, the lighting… or maybe it’s the visual of it’s eyes lighting up when you got too close that haunted me for a while afterwards.”

Have fun sleeping tonight! Let’s see how it looks in full color, shall we?

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One Shots: First steps into a greater world

Do you miss Vanguard? It’s been a while now since that particular fantasy world closed its doors to players, but warm memories of the game continue to persist among former fans. Reader PJ sent in several screenshots of Vanguard, although he says that he unfortunately lost most of his pictures.

I like this one because of the perspective. It’s not only pretty, but when you see the tiny character on the right, you develop a whole new appreciation of the scope of this area.

We’ve got a great tour of the sights of MMOs for you today, so let’s get this party started!

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One Shots: Abstract art

Every once in a while I receive a One Shots email that makes one of my eyebrows climb super-high while the other one dives down my forehead. Then I have to go lie down for a while and call a loved one to talk through the confusing image that I saw. This is one such screenshot.

“One of the features in Trove I was really excited to discover was a slash command for time-lapsed screenshots,” reader James explains. “However, in practice I’ve found that the end result isn’t always the action shots during boss fights or shadow arenas that I was looking for. Instead, I often get these abstract images of particle affects. Most of them aren’t worth saving but every now and again I get a screenshot like this one, which I think is quite beautiful.”

Pretty lights. Swirly colors. You like? Be nice. Read on!

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One Shots: Aerodynamically impossible

Back in the late ’70s, the first Superman flick had the tagline, “You will believe a man can fly.” Well, I look at the following picture from Final Fantasy XIV and I think, “I do not believe a bird can fly.” And yet it does.

“Look at this glorious, pudgy, yellow butterfly, soaring through the skies using only the power of want for cake, and tell me it doesn’t put a smile on your face,” grins reader Wolfyseyes.

There’s even more after the cut! Pictures, not cake. Can you think of something other than your stomach for two minutes?

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One Shots: Holding a torch for City of Heroes

No, you’re not seeing yet another ancient screenshot from the late, great City of Heroes. No, this is something far more recent and special. I’ll let reader Ben introduce it!

“Here we are standing around the new Ascendant memorial in Paragon Chat (the City of Heroes chat client) the first night it was released,” Ben reported. “Ascendant is the NPC talking on the phone near the center, in blue white and gold. Everyone was happy to see the game with people in it again.”

I bet! It brings a sniffle to my nose to see CoH continue in some form, even though it’s a mere shadow of what it once was. Keep on going to see the new chat client in its full-color glory!

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One Shots: Blinded with science

Skyforge is becoming a hot property for bored summer gamers looking for something new to explore. Reader Tyler reports in from the recent closed beta, saying that the game is “incredibly gorgeous” to behold.

“I’ve mainly been playing the Alchemist, which is very fun and unusual,” he sent in. “Basically a lot of using the mobs as guinea pigs in various chemical experiments that usually end with things exploding and/or melting. I can’t stop singing ‘She blinded me with science!’ the whole time I’m playing it.”

I’m all for irresponsible science in video games and any dinosaur-related sectors of the private industry. Speaking of which, we’ve got Cretaceous visitors, demon girls, and more for you in this week’s round-up of player-submitted screenshots!
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One Shots: Impossible architecture

When you construct your buildings out of pixels and polygons, you don’t necessarily have to worry about what’s physically possible and what isn’t, just what looks interesting and believable. I always check out the structures that developers come up with because there are always artistic architectural details that often go unnoticed.

Reader Zepheera saw something special in this Dungeons and Dragons Online view: “I’ve always loved the way the enchanted pylons float under the harbor inn. It’s subtle magic; there’s practicality, though it’s more for effect and might escape someone’s notice the first time. It makes me think if I could really be a wizard, I might go into city planning.”

Wizard city planners. That’d be awesome.

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One Shots: Gazing at potential

Major props to reader John, who somehow managed to finagle screenshots from his PlayStation 4 to bring us this stunning Destiny vista. Back when I was a kid, we had a foolproof method to capture console screenshots. It was called “stand in front of the TV with a Polaroid camera.” That’s how I got my Activision badges.

“Here’s my character standing in The Reef, the area that is involved in the second DLC, House of Wolves,” John said. “I enjoy Destiny for what it is. For me, what is most disappointing is that there is so much potential in the IP/lore that is just going to waste.”

At least the visuals aren’t going to pot! Speaking of, we’ve got an array of arresting aspects for you to assess after the aperture.

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