One Shots: Winter is… here!

    
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As I’m prepping this column, we’re in the middle of a nice early November snowstorm. I’m sort of wondering where fall went and why I’m getting cheated out of wearing yoga pants while sipping pumpkin spice lattes. Oh well, guess it’s time for the shovel and salt!

But winter isn’t all bad, especially when you get those pristine “just snowed” views. Utakata shared us this picture from what I presume to be Blade and Soul, and I thought that it was magnificent. Almost made me forget about the sun setting before I even have dinner.

Ned Stark, I blame you for all this.

Reader Yrys went sight-seeing in Lord of the Rings Online’s Dale region and found much that was pleasing to the eye: “Erebor has a lot of scenic areas. Here I am looking at the no longer quite as new, rebuilt Lake-town.”

Waterfront property… everywhere! Heating bills would be a tad extreme, I would think.

Level-up shots was last week’s screenshot challenge, and we got a few rather nostalgic entries. Our first one of these was from JohnD, whose entry is especially relevant in this upcoming era of classic servers.

“Here is my first character in World of Warcraft, Johanis, who dinged level 60 back in 2006,” he said. “Back in those days it really took a lot of work to level that high.”

Or if you want to go back even further, how about the Diablo series? Hey, I hear you can get it on your phone these days!

“Back in my day, we didn’t have no fancy schmancy Broadway show when we leveled up. Naw, we just got a little button to click on and spend our points. And maybe we just ignored that button until we were good and gosh-darned ready to click on it …and we liked it that way!”

“Getting to level 100 in LOTRO was a big deal to me,” submitted Amorey. “I was in Dol Amroth in Gondor. To find this screenshot I went back in my old folders where I still keep hundreds of images for what I do consider my best years in the game. So many memories came flooding back. Those golden days of LOTRO are no more, the game is very different today. I look back to those times with nostalgia, a bit of sadness, and, this must be said, gratitude I was allowed to live in Middle-earth for so long.”

Speaking of looking back with NostalgiaVision, do you have any pictures of MMO zones, features, or things that simply are no more (or aren’t the same) in your game? This week’s particular screenshot challenge is to share those and let us know what was intriguing about them!

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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Rolan Storm

Could not pass that without making screenshot.

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Rees Racer

Not necessarily a zone that is “no more”, but certainly “not the same”…a shot of the Aurora Borealis during a sortie in the North Atlantic piloting a BF 109B in World of Warplanes. It was striking enough to be noteworthy.

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bereman99

I didn’t take as many screenshots at the time (for a while they would be in a different file that I’d have to convert to be able to see, so that’s probably why), but I do have a few left from my early days in WoW, and one of the systems that has gets the nostalgia feeling going again is the old PvP ranks, where I eventually made it to the rank of Knight. I’d hoped for Knight-Captain, but I played on a computer so bad that a potato would have been an upgrade, so crashing out of PvP matches was a pretty common occurrence.

Also, visual bugs on abilities was always amusing, hence the mile long Drain Soul going on here.

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Katriana

It’s not much because I never was much of a screenshot taker, but I did find this pic that shows a bit of the original Freeport in Everquest (the original game). UI elements cropped out and guildies’ names blurred just because.

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Utakata

That’s TERA, Mr. Justin. This is Blade & Soul instead! <3

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Utakata

PS: …I know, both games have playable humanoid species with animal parts. But there is a difference! o.O

But either way, thank you for plugging my contribution again! /bows

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Vexia

Congrats on the header feature! I must say… I wish I had some tall Lisa Frank color pallette socks to keep me warm this winter. :P

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Hikari Kenzaki

Large, open-world zones in The Secret World that no longer exist in Secret World Legends.

Without them, all the social and community events are confined to a handful of zones and it’s difficult to select a venue that suits the event.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Related to this is the removal of the TSW Faction Training rooms. They’re still there, but (as with many TSW/SWL zones) you see them once and never again.

Faction training rooms used to be great additional areas to gather in and without them, I couldn’t have gotten this shot for The Secret Buzz. (Being a photographer is dangerous business).

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Utakata

Now here’s an argument for a legacy server. And one I would play. Since Funcom is bringing in the mula with it’s current versions, maybe time to invest in one for philanthropy sakes.

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Katriana

Well, technically they are still there because the old game is still online. You can still log into it and play it like you used to, and I take it there are some who still do. But of course it is dead for most intents and purposes since it would be a hard sell most likely to get people to log into the dead game for a party. Especially since there are probably new folks that only started playing after the switch that don’t have access to the old game since you have to have already had it installed, or at least have the install files.

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Hikari Kenzaki

What Kat said. The old TSW server is still there and they have no intention of taking it down for the foreseeable future. There is just no one on it. Most of us have taken the good with the bad and moved on.

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Utakata

If they still have it running, they should utilize it.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Unpopular opinion, but overall, SWL is a better game. The combat and mission flow is better. The dungeons and events scale better and higher. There are a boatload of new cosmetics that we’ve asked about for ages.

If TSW was that much better, it would be like GW1 or EQ or Lineage or any of the other games that have been replaced but still have thriving populations. But it doesn’t. It’s dead.

But this wasn’t a screenshot call for which is better. It was for what is gone (likely forever).

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rafael12104

Things or zones that are no more? That is the theme?

Ok. Here is one that tugs at my heartstrings.

This is a screenie of the main courtyard for our guild HQ on Yavin IV in SWTOR circa two years ago. *sniff*.

I’d give you a tour but this is all I can manage without breaking down and sobbing. Epic was the name of the guild and we were about 250 guildies strong back then. I was the GM, and it seemed like the fun would never end.

Sadly, the game changed, people lost interest and I finally took my leave as well. The last of the Mohicans, I turned out the lights. This guild HQ is gone forever… *sniff* *sniff*

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Toy Clown

Part of why I fell in love with GW2 was due to the feel of the original Lion’s Arch. It felt like a breathing, pirate city. I found it the most unique settlement of all the MMOs I have played. It was inspiring enough that I created a pirate character and guild. It was so sad when it was rebuilt to look like a … tourist town. The first couple of shots are of the old Lion’s Arch and the 3rd is after Scarlet destroyed most of it and it was being rebuilt, and the permanent scarring my character took on being a veteran of that. Good times!

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Amorey

As much as I like looking back with NostalgiaVision, I am also looking forward to what is yet to come. So this week I will do that Justin, because if I keep looking at the past I may get a bit too sad (<3'I will always love you LOTRO and Landmark').

The future for me will start on Reclamation Day in Fallout 76. I was unable to take part in B.E.T.A. due to time zone difference, but I did manage to try out character creation and exit Vault 76 :)

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rafael12104

Despite my whining about the bugs, I’m looking forward to 76. :)

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Rees Racer

I sincerely hope you are right, my friend. I’m usually an optimist (realist at worst), but I fear for this title, deeply.

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Hirku

Heh, thanks for including the Diablo shot.

For this week, here are a few memorable moments from my Wandering Isle adventure in World of Warcraft. I guess these shots kind-of qualify for the challenge in that–as far as I know–there’s no way for me to go back to this place. The Alliance/Horde “cultural exchange” is a mashup of two screens because the characters just wouldn’t perform their emotes at the same time.

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