I can’t help myself. I’m sorry, but I can’t. I have folders stuffed with screenshots that attest to my habit of always stopping to photo-document my journey. And, on occasion, to take a picture that proves that The Secret World contains a restaurant called Pam the Clam.
I know I’m not alone; I’ve met many gamers, including some who work here at Massively Overpowered, who jam on that screenshot key as if it delivered donuts and dollars to their front door. It’s a good thing that such players exist, because they keep One Shots in business.
Are you a fellow obsessive screenshotter? If so, what’s your reason for doing it?
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!
Everyone needs those epic action moments in MMOs from time to time when everything comes together to deliver a pulse-pounding experience. From the looks of our first picture this week, reader Wonder Llama found exactly that in Firefall.
“So you know that scene in the action movies where the hero is running like hell to stay ahead of the shock-wave of some huge explosion, and it looks really really cool?” he asked. “Yeah… been there, done that! On a side note, I discovered Firefall has this really nice feature that I wish other MMO companies would shamelessly copy: It lets you record the events that took place in the game and then play them back inside the game engine. It’s like recording a video, but a thousand times better because you can pause it, pan around, rotate, and zoom the camera to get some fantastic screen shots!”
Trust me, this picture looks even better in full color!
We don’t see a lot of Champions Online pics come through here, probably because of the game’s small population. That’s a shame because if nothing else, Champions has a vibrant art style and is almost never lacking in interesting sights.
One such sight is the image of a teddy whaling on bad guys. We have reader Michelle to thank for this one: “Here is my toon fighting thugs while transmogrified into a teddy bear during the Christmas event in Champions Online 2012. I had so much fun with these temp powers during this event and have so many screenshots of my toon doing things as a teddy bear.”
It’s been a long tradition (from before my tenure) to use a black-and-white version of the first picture of the week for the header here at One Shots. It’s interesting to me to see how much a screenshot changes when the color is stripped from it; sometimes it becomes more interesting and sometimes you lose the lustre that color imbues.
This is my roundabout way of saying that today’s EverQuest II picture goes from being so-so to vibrant when you transition into the colorized version. Reader The Lurker says that he took this on during a sunrise ride: “Here I am heading to Qeynos early in the morning and taking a shortcut over the fields. Hopefully no angry farmer will see it and give chase — it’s a gamble!”
So what does it look like when our Massively OP interns get finished coloring inside of the lines? Let’s find out!
When I’m perusing my One Shots mail folder seeking that special picture that will make the headlines, I’m not looking for anything in particular. I just know it when I see it. It’ll make me drool with eye candy envy, it’ll tell an interesting story, or (in this case) it makes me laugh.
Reader Siphaed spent his time well in ArcheAge, apparently: “Before my self-exile from the game, I had become a majorly wanted criminal for… applying true justice (killing same-faction bots and uprooting illegal farms found in the hillsides of the world). Apparently my actions were not favored by the local player jury, and they claimed my actions to be criminal. So after busting out of jail I decided to hold a protest in the city center water fountain. Keep rowing on!”
For a means of transportation, it’s certainly not the worst I’ve ever seen. So what else do our fair readers have to show us this week?
Have you ever gotten married? In game, I mean. Well, if you haven’t screenshotted it, it didn’t happen. Fortunately this Final Fantasy XIV couple saw fit to capture the moment of wedded bliss between a bear-man and a child-woman.
“With Final Fantasy XIV now offering weddings, here’s a shot of my wife and me celebrating our in-game nuptials,” reader Phubarrh said. “We particularly love the range of expressions and emotes offered by the game.”
From soaring heights to creepy revelations, we’ve got a great selection of MMO player screenshots for you in One Shots this week!
Sometimes we start silly, and sometimes we start weird, but today we’re going to start somber and reflective. Reader Becca made a discovery that touched upon the passing of real-life players, which I’ll let her explain.
“I recently joined a new guild in EverQuest II and was checking out its wonderfully decorated hall,” she sent in. “I came across a cemetery — which is fairly common in guild halls — except when I clicked on the player written book, I found it was actually an area dedicated to some of their members who had passed. It was incredibly touching as I also lost a gaming friend last year and a ‘feelsful’ reminder of the wonderful communities we have in MMOs.”
Enjoy your brief trip to a western MMO because from here on out it’s going to be all eastern titles, all the time. Well, at least for this week.
Sometimes simple can be beautiful. I don’t know what it is, exactly, that attracts me to this week’s title pic, but I think its simplicity is a huge draw. If you’ll pardon the expression, it is what it is, and even though I don’t much care for dragons, I like the setup of this shot.
This comes to us courtesy of Evan, who took it while airborn in World of Warcraft. “During the end of an expansion lull, I usually wind up flying through old zones reminiscing with about three pairs of rose-colored glasses layered on top of one another,” he said. “Caught this at one such moment.”
Well it’s clear flying through our weekly screenshot commute, although someone may have spilled a truckload of reptiles on the expressway. Be warned!
What would you do if you went up against a giant face intent on bringing forth your personal doom? I don’t know about you, but I would finally use a wizard’s staff for its clear purpose as an oversized Q-Tip and make sure that the boss’ nasal passages were cleared out. Then we would become the best of friends and would never speak of the incident again.
Reader Wolfyseyes may have gone a different way with this confrontation from Final Fantasy XIV. “During the madness of fighting the Cloud of Darkness, I managed to snag a main tank position as well as this screenshot from the fight,” he said.” Not the cleanest shot I’ve ever snagged, but certainly one of the more thematic.”
We’ve got giant heads, great pictures, and a new surprise for you after the break!
Superhero MMOs really make for some spectacular screenshots, you have to agree. And if you don’t agree, you might be on the receiving end of Massively OP reader Russell’s verdant vengeance.
“This is my Green Lantern, Pinball, from DCUO,” Russell submitted. “He’s taking to the skies in the blackest of night where no evil shall escape his sight, and those who worship evil’s might are about to get their asses kicked by his Green Lantern’s Light!”
I got goosebumps. Seriously. Now let’s see what the community has for us in this full-color edition of One Shots!
I’ve given dragons a lot of flack over the years for being overused, underwhelming stock MMO bosses when bears deserve top billing. But what about player dragon heroes? Where do they stand in my estimation?
I guess I’ll give them the scaly benefit of the doubt that they can do actual good in the world and be self-sacrificing for those in need, although it wouldn’t surprise me if most of them turned out to be raid villains in the making.
Our first One Shot for the day is from dragon-loving Jake: “This is Kahdesh’Hadhi, an Argonian Dragon Knight from Elder Scrolls Online. I think this game is beautiful, and I’ve taken more screenshots here in the past week than I have in any other game. It helps that the UI is so minimal that I’m much more immersed in the environment and aware of my surroundings on a regular basis.”
Welcome back to One Shots, Massively OP’s weekly salute to excellent and interesting player screenshots! It feels good to be in our new home and able to post larger pics.
When we sounded the evacuation alarm from Massively, I forgot to rescue the remainder player screenshots from our One Shots email account. Fortunately, our EIC Bree was of a much more sound mind and grabbed them for me so that we could bring them over to the new site with the continuation of this column.
Our very first screenshot here is from longtime reader Dirty Klingon, who snapped this pic in Final Fantasy XIV: “My bro is a 1337 pro top d4wg, and when I play he runs me through dungeons. During one such dungeon run, I caught a duo-selfie with him, which he absolutely hates.”