One Shots: How to lose a staring contest


I suppose we all need to accept the new reality, which is that we’re only starting to see the tsunami of Final Fantasy XIV screenshots in this column thanks to the Bringers of Shadow expansion. Hug your favorite moogle tight, because this promises to be a long road indeed.

At least we can stare at some pretty pictures in the meanwhile. And I do mean stare, because Scott has a great way to lose a blink-off in any situation. “Here’s a tribute to bored, disinterested youth in the statues from FFXIV’s last leveling dungeon,” he said. “You can just HEAR these ladies complaining about how boring Battle for Azeroth has become.”

That’s your interpretation. Mine is that they dared to look at the MMORPG reddit and instantly became petrified by the horrors they saw.

Yeah, so I wasn’t kidding, we had a FFXIV bonanza last week in the comments. And look at that, a new challenger appears on the scene with the mighty powers of nature’s most fearsome beast: a humanoid lagomorph. Of which there are only females because reasons.

“If you’re looking for an example of big vs. small, how about a Bunny vs. a Dragon?” asked Ecrulis.

Star Trek Online gets a good amount of representation here in One Shots because this game still looks way better than it has any right to be. Has to be all of them “pretty spaceships,” as Natalyia puts it.

Um, by the way, is that starbase over there in the process of being eaten by a galactic cookie monster? Or should we just look at your ship some more? We’ll look at your ship.

“Romulans are by no means a short people, but Star Trek Online’s playable Gorn can absolutely break rendered cutscenes,” posted Daniel. “My eyes are UP HERE, buddy.”

This is the most amazing thing I’ve seen all week, and I’ve seen a bunny try to gnaw on a dragon’s leg.

Speaking of dragons, here’s Hikari: “Guild Wars 2 does pretty good with scale. Big vs. small requires a few spoilery images out of context, but it’s been two months. You had time to play!”

Is it really a spoiler at this point in time to say that Guild Wars 2 has dragons? Like, if you took the dragons out of that game, I think it would fall apart because of all of the plot holes.

And reader Josh is going to close us out this week with his brand-new Viera. So why not turn this into a screenshot challenge and ask you to post a picture of your favorite MMORPG race of all time?

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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