One Shots: MMOs are serious business


As we all well know, MMORPGs are a Serious Business indeed. We must treat them reverently and with our utmost due diligence as we perform tasks vital to saving the world. No frivolity and mirth-making is allowed within these virtual worlds; we toil, we strive, we forge the future in sharp lines of progress.

Oh what am I kidding: We’re totally goofballs. If you can’t cut loose in an MMO and have fun with your friends, what’s the point? I feel that Kenji Takeda has it right with this week’s headlining picture from Final Fantasy XIV, as you can sense the high spirits and laughter that were driving this moment.

Next week, we’ll get totally serious again. Probably. Maybe. Possibly. Well, there’s an outside chance, you never know.

It seems that you all weren’t done with the “lonely” screenshot challenge, as evidenced by Melissa’s shot of the late, lamented Landmark.

“The New Norrath was beautiful. I miss it,” she posted.

I don’t know if I was ever that taken with the world visuals, but the characters and animations were downright engrossing. Man, I wish EQN would have happened. Le sigh.

The challenge to provide before-and-after pictures did bring out quite the response as well, although the dual picture format made it more difficult to post them in a column. Here’s an example from Miol, who showed Lion’s Arch in Guild Wars 2 following Season 1 and then after the reconstruction.

Remember Warhammer Online? Talk about a game slathered in grand promises and ideas, one of which was to provide players with the opportunity to participate in massive city invasions. The idea of a city changing as an invasion progressed (or was repelled) was an interesting one, although the tech never quite panned out when put into practice.

Zulika Mi-Nam has a shot of Altdorf smashed and under attack in 2009. Was that really eight years ago? Time flies, my friends.

Sometimes you simply want an overdose of eye candy, which is what Oleg provides here from Age of Wushu. I wish I had more commentary than “SCREEN PRETTY OOO” but that’s what I’m left with today. I hope you’ll understand.

Rebel against the attitude that MMOs are by and for serious players only by posting or emailing in your favorite silly shots from these games! The sillier the better, let no banana peel be unflung or duck hat be doffed!

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 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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