One Shots: Dance like the moon is watching

    
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As we digest all of those Christmas hams and cookies while replacing our bloodstream with eggnog, it’s a good time of the year to give credit to others for their selfless and bold screenshot taking in MMOs. Last week I asked readers to nominate the best pics that others took this year, and we saw the return of some classics.

Hirku kicked us off with this one: “It was brutal trying to narrow all of my favorite shots down to one… dozen. And even worse picking one out of that, but in the end I’m going with Toy Clown’s Black Desert shot.”

If you’re going to dance, dance like nobody’s watching. Except the moon totally is. It’s watching and waiting and planning.

A repeated refrain from this group was that it was nearly impossible to give all of the great screenshots their due. At least a few valiant souls tried their best!

“I liked this shot of an Ewok by — whoops! That’s a squirrel in RIFT, isn’t it?” asked Toy Clown. “It’s colorful and really pretty! That one’s by Lucky Jinx. There’s many more I loved, but didn’t want to make a post with 30 pics.”

“I really liked this shot of flying in the Blasted Lands taken by Hirku,” submitted Hurbster. “I’m looking forward to stepping back into WoW Classic next summer.”

I have a strong feeling that One Shots is about to be flooded with scads of chunky-looking 2004-era graphics come July. Just a hunch.

We’ll round things out with a couple of Final Fantasy XIV pics, including this… bizarre entry.

“I found one that had me perplexed,” Raphael said. “Skoryy posted this gem. It has been a while since I played FFXIV, so I’m not sure, but this is from the Manderville story line Anyway, great timing on the cap, Skoryy. Or is this one of those MMO clipping issues? Heh.”

Vincent gets the last word this year: “This FFXIV shot from Kawaii Five-O is my pick. In a word, flawless.”

FLAWLESS SCREENSHOT VICTORY.

For this week’s screenshot challenge, show off some new toy or present you got this holiday season. Maybe you were gifted a game, got some new hardware to boost your graphics, or was the recipient of some goofy in-game trinket.

Or you could just post whatever because that’s what One Shots people do best!

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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Kenji Takeda

Going back to RuneScape :)

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rafael12104

Heh. One more.

Blade and Soul goes Bullet Hell.

#WTF2018

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This looks like something out of Nier: Automata

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rafael12104

Lol. Yup! I thought of Nier immediately.

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rafael12104

Here is a new one I like. My Warden, Salliee, tells Jinsoyun to quit being such a drama queen.

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And oh yes. The Manderville storyline. I managed to catch a few screenshots before the suplex headplant. I really should play FFXIV again one of these days.

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rafael12104

Heh! That is awesome. And so that is how he gets planted? Lol!

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Rees Racer

I recently went through a Guild Wars 2 binge, levelling a Necromancer. Good fun, although pet classes are not usually my bag, baby.

I will never maintain lobby shooters are true MMO’s. But when I play War Thunder and 80k people are online ready to have a go…that’s good enough for a post here. In my opinion, this game has eclipsed Wargaming’s offerings (e.g. WoT etc).

I’m no expert pilot, but I fare well most of the time, and there are always some great visuals to be had. A shame the sounds can’t be translated as well. Here, I’m escorting some Lancaster bombers in a Spitfire Mk II instead of a more contemporary Mk V.

It didn’t matter. ;)

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I haven’t played WarThunder in a long time… Did they increase the amount of players per map/scenario? What’s the max amount now?

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Rees Racer

The game modes used most commonly are the Arcade Battles (AB), which have been 16 v 16 for as long as I can remember. There are perhaps fewer than that when using the entry-level vehicles starting out. I believe even the Realistic Battles (RB) employ the same number. Squadron Battles are 8 v 8.

In the PvE single missions, Dynamic and Historical Campaign(s), it is much different, of course…and those are more along the lines of co-op (or even solo) play, generally, with bots filling out the field.

This is likely all the same as when you last played. The differences arise when you are able to alternatively pilot (specific) aircraft during portions of ground force or naval battles, which certainly adds a bit of diversity.

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Arc Cavalier

Humoring myself for the Holidays worked with Glamours and gpose on FFXIV doing a parody of Twelve Days of Christmas.

Releasing them daily in the FC discord.

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Arc Cavalier

Here’s today’s

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These are great!

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Katriana

In the “anything” category: The Grumpwood in Frostbluff can be a busy place with several players all trying to collect unwilling firewood at once. So busy in fact there can sometimes be pileups on the slope there as people wait their turn.

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rafael12104

Anything? Ok. Here is one that illustrates that sometimes context is everything.

The game is BnS. The boss isn’t important. The raid name doesn’t matter. And it isn’t a great cap. The special effects drown out everything. My gunner is in there doing her part but you can’t even see her.

What matters though is that this pic captures a critical moment. We either had to come together as a group or die. And there was no time left. We had seconds to live.

Discord got loud. Some players yelling optimistically others urgently cursing. Death meant failure. It was doubtful that we would continue.

And yet, all I could think about was the remarkable lyrics from another game. Heh. And so, I yelled out the words. The refrain of what has quickly become my fave MMO song of all time.

“And we all lift! And we’re all adrift together! Together! Through the cold mist! Til we’re lifeless together! Together!”

And with that, with death but a split second away, the boss went down. There was a slight moment of silence followed by laughter. “WTF? Did we just zone into Warframe?” I was teased for quite a while after that. But everyone appreciated it and when we arrived at the final boss, others started the song in full.

I’m a nerd. LOL! But I play the game for those moments. Those moments when we all lift together. And this cap represents exactly that.

Happy New Year!!

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Utakata

…when the raid encounter looks like a Christmas tree. O.o

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rafael12104

Heh. It does. I hadn’t noticed it before. So, I guess it is seasonal as well. Nice!

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Just a couple screenshots of the Winter Event ship in Star Trek Online in Sector Space. This is actually a small ship, but a bug currently makes it look incredibly huge.

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Utakata

No, but…California dreamin’ (California dreamin’), on such a winter’s day…

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