One Shots: The rat race
At times, I feel like I must be the responsible adult in the MMORPG genre and sit down some of these artists and tell them that while I appreciate their ambition and imagination, not everything can be turned into a mount. Not everything should be turned into a mount. We need to have some sort of standard, some line that must not be crossed.
I feel like RIFT crossed that line with this mouse mount. It’s a little too on the nose with the whole notion of leveling in games being a rat race, eh?
“Here is my new Sinister Cappie mount telling a fishing story (it was this big!),” said Ironweakness. Frankly, I want to hear the story where someone captured a giant mouse and then trained it to provide transportation to battle-happy adventurers.
Last week’s screenshot challenge was “weird tech” in MMOs, and a few readers provided interesting examples, such as Rafael’s foray into Blade and Soul.
“I’ll stick with Blade and Soul because there is all sorts of weirdness there,” he said. “In a world where martial arts dominates, technology is a destroyer. Take for example this screen cap of Xanos as an automaton. I’ll save the lore, but essentially this insane demigod is a mixture of metallurgy, electricity, mechanical parts, and dark chi. It’s a warning to technocrats out there. Don’t let your tech become your god, please!”
Rees Racer provides an example from Elder Scrolls Online, instead.
“WIth barely a mention in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Tribunal member Sotha Sil’s previously hidden Clockwork City finally makes a grand appearance in ESO. Nevertheless, I tried to make myself feel at home in all the brass, glass and technolgy on a new Kogouti Fabricant mount and Scintillant Dovah-Fly pet. Alas, I’ve really just begun the explore it, as I’ve still plenty of other quests in the rest of Tamriel to complete first, so the Daedric War story arc will have to wait a bit longer…”
Or you could just hang out with the Gnomes in World of Warcraft, like Hirku here. He said that he was hitching a ride on a flying robot chicken, but reading into that expression, I really think that this is a very unique kidnapping in progress and that the authorities should be alerted and given welfare epics.
Since we were light on entries this past week, I’m going to have to subject you to one of my own pictures. Deal with it.
Secret World Legends players are pretty used to seeing Filth monsters freaking out and attacking them, but during one memorable Ricky Pagan quest in Tokyo, we get to see a Filth-infested guy rock his Elvis moves to a blasting boombox. Felt bad killing him, I’ll admit.
Pretty much any time that I try out a new MMORPG (well, new to me, at least), I end up taking dozens of screenshots in the opening areas as a matter of course. I bet some of you do as well, which is why this week’s screenshot challenge is to share pictures from the opening hour of your adventures in an MMO.