Do you ever stop to realize just how much weirdness we see and dismiss every day as MMO gamers? If a fraction of the sights we witness in-game happened in real life, we’d be YouTubing and tweeting that crap in hopes to get it viral.
Take our first player screenshot this week as an example. Here’s a confluence of bizarre sights that nobody’s going to even pause to gawk at in EverQuest II. Reader Becca puts together a string of ridiculous words to describe what we’re seeing: “Here is Dark Elf leprechaun and Brewday fan Riaak tipping his hat while his raptor looks a bit embarrassed to be caught with such a weird passenger. You can’t see it, but he also has a giant spoon on his back.”
Because spoon, that’s why. Don’t worry about the rest of this column; there’s nothing to see here, so move along! Trust me.
Nothing like a good bit of lens flare to make your character appear 55% more heroic and photogenic, eh? That’s a good photography tip from reader K05h3lk1n, who sent in this Age of Wulin screenie.
“Here is a screen capture of my friend enjoying the scenery in Jiming Posthouse,” he writes. “I can’t explain it, but this game captured me from its first moments. Even though it can be very time-consuming and expensive, I still consider it as one of the most original MMOs and the best sandbox on the market. I’m there for the long run. We got another influx of American players, too, as Snail Games is seemingly unable to adjust its business culture to the western market.”
I’m glad reader Matt sent in this particular Guild Wars 2 picture because I know full well the house he’s describing. I screenshotted the heck out of it when I found it way back when, too. Matt had a really good thought that went with this particular tableau.
“I found this house near a renown heart in Gendarran Fields,” he said. “As I was cleaning up dirt downstairs (yes, I get experience for cleaning up a ‘missed spot’), I thought to myself how great it would be if there was player housing in GW2. This downstairs room is a perfect example of what it could look like. I think it’d be awesome and a ton of fun (if implemented right).”
One of the joys of doing this column is hearing you all gush about your favorite MMOs as you show them off. There’s so much negativity sometimes that it’s refreshing to have a space where liking a game is welcome.
So here’s Ghostmourn’s RIFT testimony: “I’ve always loved Bard/Rogue classes and RIFT is such a great game. I thought a musical skill was cool and a little different, so here is my Bard playing a truly dashing melody and casting Virtuoso. This skill is described as ‘a moment of musical brilliance.’ Monsters far and wide across Telara fear nothing more than the sight of my hooded rogue wielding a.. well, a clarinet apparently.”
A couple of weeks ago I asked readers to submit their most interesting death pics from in-game. This “/afk check” by eLdritchMD from Dark Age of Camelot amused me greatly. So, presenting this week’s It Came from the Comments Section! pick:Before I take my leave of you, I must issue the weekly screenshot challenge. This week, I want to see pictures of your favorite… maps! Yeah, maps can be really cool pieces of in-game art, so why not immortalize them in this column?