One Shots: Your moment of zen


When life — and even gaming — gets too hectic, where do you retreat to in order to find some peace and quiet? We posed this question to our One Shots community last week, and readers responded with plenty of tranquil moments from MMOs.

Tranquil moments like reaching out and touching an incorporeal spirit and its tree, apparently. This one is from Natalyia, who says, “Turns out most of my MMO screenshots tend more towards ‘fierce’ than ‘tranquil.’ I do have some nice ones from Black Desert though.”

You want ghosts to infest your house? This is how you get ghosts.

And if you want to de-stress, a tried-and-proven method is to stare at the moon over a glassy sea. The sea forgets all. The sea forgives all. And fish pee in it.

“Here is one of my favorite places to relax in Guild Wars 2,” Redbook said. “It’s a quiet area, away from the busier parts of Amnoon.”

You can count on Hirku to make a case for the Pandaren areas: “The Wandering Isle in World of Warcraft is one of the most tranquil zones I’ve ever quested in. Great story, memorable characters, beautiful music, and of course the landscapes. Bonus points for all of it existing on the back of a giant turtle. Here are two of my favorites from the many, many screenshots I captured of this region. Waiting for that dragon to appear and get in position was anything but tranquil, though.”

And if you find the color pink relaxing, then prepare to slip out of your skin with this one!

“One of my shots from Distant Worlds 2 in Elite: Dangerous,” posted Ryuen. “A pink asteroid belt. In fact, about everything in that system was illuminated pink. It’s all pink in there, even the sun.”

But… does it have pigtails? I’m asking for a friend.

“I’m sneaking in at the 11th hour with a screenshot from this weekend,” said Vexia. “Up to three times a day on my FFXIV server, players show up in droves to hunt elite marks. As we fly from enemy to enemy, everyone’s always showing off their favorite mounts, allowing me to grab a screenshot of our interesting sky parade.”

Well, vacation’s over, people! It’s time to get back to work with another screenshot challenge, and this week I task you with bringing me the heads of my enemies! Or at least a picture of a vanquished foe that seems noteworthy in some regard.

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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