One Shots: Selfie school

I certainly did not have to twist readers’ arms to get them to bring out a mountain of MMORPG character selfies set against interesting backdrops. Of course, everyone had their own definition of what that should mean…

“When it comes to character selfies the backdrop becomes less important if there is an important lore character in your picture,” said Ryuen. “Case in point: My humble Monk managed to snare Firiona Vie herself in EverQuest II for a quick pic before she had to attend to more pressing matters.”

She had more box art modeling to do. It’s exhausting, being one of the last of the Midriff Elves in the game.

And if you can fly, the entire world can be your backdrop! Just make sure to keep the planet from spinning too fast underneath you.

“The city of Metropolis in the morning is a good selfie backdrop, I think,” submitted Mysecretid. “It also helps when your character is a protege of Superman in DC Universe Online, so you can get Jimmy Olsen to take the picture while you pose.”

Jimmy Olsen better not have a fear of heights. Or falling. Or strange men in spandex.

Rafael took us to Selfie School with this Blade and Soul pic: “Selfies? Hmm. There are three types, IMO. The ‘look where I am’ type. Then there is the ‘look who I’m with!’ And finally the ‘it’s all about be.’ selfie. And of course, the backdrops have everything to do with the types. See if you can guess which type this is.”

Looking for the advanced class? It’s taught by Professor Hikari down the hall.

Here’s a preview: “If you’re going to do a true selfie, then it needs to look like a selfie taken by a handheld device. This works pretty well in modern games like Secret World Legends. Then you just need a good shot of your character with some dramatic, funny or unlikely background.”

One graduate of this school is Vincent, whose doctoral thesis was this Final Fantasy XIV picture. Simply masterful!

“Sunny sky and a beach — a perfect combination,” he says.

Inspired by our headlining picture today, this week’s screenshot challenge will be to take a picture of a “famous” NPC or character in your MMO. Tell us a little about when you first saw them in game — did you geek out at all?

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 justin@massivelyop.com 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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My screen shots for the weekly challenge come from Warframe. In the Second Dream quest, I was pretty psyched to meet the Lotus in person (kinda/sorta/still not sure). I also got to meet & save myself (not an NPC, but still neat to learn that my character is actually a Tenno kid with space magic who controls the warframes). I also met the Stalker during this quest, not for the first time, but definitely more closely than any previous encounter.

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Tried to re-order the pics…and that still doesn’t seem to work. Oh well.

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Forgot to thank Justin for the feature — thanks, Justin!

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Victor Didra

Players and developers are the famous characters in Shroud of the Avatar.

That’s Darkstarr (executive producer) blowing fire while he DJ’s.

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I know we’re supposed to be excited about Tom Bomba-bam-a-lam-whoa-ding-dill-a-dillo in LotRO, but when I started playing ten years back, I was more surprised and excited to meet Goldberry.

The novels have just a handful of important women. Goldberry, a nature spirit, shows up near the beginning of the game. You don’t run into Arwen until around level 40 at Rivendell, and Galadriel and Eowyn didn’t show up until the Moria and Rohan expansions, respectively.

I met Goldberry again last week with my new Guardian. I’m glad she actually shows up at the house sometimes now, when you’re doing the Bingo Boffin quests. Used to be you’d only find her alone at a spring surrounded by rabid bears.

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Guess I deleted all the good ones, but here is a sunrise in commonlands, everquest.

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And at the harbor of my private island in Landmark (rip).

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And uhm gw2 something..

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Well there is no way I can possibly outdo a screenshot with Firiona Vie (and I checked, nothing comes close ((although here I regret the loss of my old screenshot folder since I know I had one with Darth Vader in SWG))

So I’ll just show the sliding screenshot I redid after a few weeks in Warframe.
Compared to the old screen we have wider FOV, no DOF and most importantly no default colors on my warframe and weapons anymore. Instead you get a tasteful black/gold-ish color palette complimented by a flaming cape thing.

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Professor Hikari, I like the sound of that. ;)

In Star Trek, I’ve always been a fan of Janice Rand. An often underestimated member of the crew (and cast) she’s one of the things that really stood out for me through the series and movies. There are lots of reasons to be a fan of the actress and character that I would encourage people to find on their own.

When Star Trek Online’s Agents of Yesterday was released, Grace Lee Whitney had only just passed a year prior. It was lovely to see her with the rest of the crew, where she always belonged.

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Let’s try that without the 2.0 lighting as well. I love the grainy ‘vintage’ look that 2.0 gives the TOS universe, but… this is the classic look.

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Would I choose Raz ? Or maybe Naryu ? Perhaps Narsis Dren (shortly before pushing him down a well) ?

But then I thought of the perfect person, loved and respected by all. I give you Rigurt the Brash (yes I did allow myself a bit of hero worship there).

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Nate Woodard

Is that Lord of the Rings Online?

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Elder Scrolls Online.

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Nate Woodard

Hah. For a brief moment, I thought it was LoTRO.

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Remember that talking head?

Well, I was very glad to meet him again and seeing, that he clearly moved on with his life!

Away from “lounging around on a cushy chair and waiting for some Dudley Do Right to wander his way and agree to do his [actual guarding] job for him”, on to having a personal carrier now and cashing in on consulting jobs for the Priory’s Dwarven archeological department, since he is the last “third” of 1⅓ Dwarves still known to live on Tyria! ;P

Hopefully someday I’ll meet him again carried on a litter by Quaggans! XD

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“…’famous’ NPC or character in your MMO.”

I was initially concerned about the pre-release notes regarding the PC performance issues for Monster Hunter World, but even though some players are still complaining, it has been nothing but a stable and lovely experience for me throughout so far. To be clear, I’m just having a go in 1080p with medium to high settings and limited the game to 60 fps. It is not quite an MMO, I know. But I’ve played with friends and in a few PUG’s, even. Gladly, I’ve not yet had to send up an SOS flare for help. ;)

As a member of the late-arriving Fifth Fleet to Astera, my new hunter for the Research Commision has already been sent along on a few successful hunts by her handler. This time, she’s sent out to secure a new camp, accompanied by (well, he may not be “famous”, but he is the Field Team Leader). Things never seem to go quite as planned, however, as her expression here seems to suggest she’s thinking…

“So, to make this new camp safe, you’re telling me I’ve to kill…what the hell is a Kulu-Ya-Ku again?”

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Apologies…the screen shot didn’t attach the first time. :(

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