One Shots: Tossing virgin gamers into volcanoes

    
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The great volcano god Kenny is angry (again). Kenny’s got a temper like you wouldn’t believe, and he goes off on every perceived insult to the size of his pyroclastic flow and the efficiency of his vent. We’re all about tossing virgins down into the lava to appease his anger, but in lieu of that, we’ll have to settle for relatively innocent MMO characters who make the trip to his inner sanctum, all for the sake of a “screenshot challenge.”

Hikari took the bait on this one, and boy did she pay: “Fire, you say? Well, then I suppose it’s a good thing I got my Tempest build completed last night in Guild Wars 2, eh?”

Mysecretid was a little bit wiser and stayed away from volcanoes, choosing instead to slather fungus all over a character in the name of scientific inquiry.

“Alas, no fire from me this week — just a Star Trek Online screenshot,” Mysecretid said. “Here’s one of my captains (inspired by Anson Mount’s version of Chistopher Pike on Star Trek: Discovery) checking out some fungal spores in the Mycelial realm with a holographic Stamets standing by to say something hilarious, insightful, and snarky at a moment’s notice. What a fungi I am!”

“With WoW Classic, the graphics are quite primitive by modern standards but the advantage to that is that they still look so much better than they should. It’s the way all the bits complement each other,” Hurbster noted.

Even the most ardent World of Warcraft haters have to concede that Blizzard was very smart to use stylized graphics and all sorts of clever lighting tricks to give that MMO a timeless quality.

You know what’s a smart thing to do when a forest is burning down right in front of you? Use that opportunity for a selfie, baby! I’m sure you won’t regret it when your lungs are trying to process superheated air and your eyeballs are boiling!

Here Utakata demonstrates proper fire safety in Blade & Soul. She went from medium rare to well-done in about two minutes.

I… I don’t even know how to start to process this picture from what I think is Final Fantasy XIV. Vincent got dipped into acid and then started watching Predator, apparently. Maybe this is how crazy dogs see.

Inspired by Hurbster’s post, this week’s screenshot challenge will be to pick an older game that’s still got it going on visually — and present proof of that fact!

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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Hirku

I’m super late posting but I just now got the opportunity to capture a nice shot of LOTRO’s Lake Evendim from the top of this big guy’s head.

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mysecretid

Thank you for the feature, Justin! I’ll see if I have anything noteworthy around here for next week.

Cheers,

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blah blazh

What counts as an older game? I do like BnS visually but I hardly count games that came out in 2012 as old.

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Katriana

LotRO regularly makes me stop and stare at how lovely the view is from some vantage points. The textures may be a bit dated when viewed close up in some cases, but it can still do wide vistas that take the breath away better than many games out there. The view below is of the Falathorn Homesteads in Ered Luin viewed from one of the platforms in Duilond.

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rafael12104

Ok. Here is one. BnS. as I mentioned below, released in 2012 and still graphically holds up with the best of them.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t due for an engine update if the game is going to continue. It’s not the “pretty”. It is the performance in large groups that needs improvement. The UE4 engine overhaul is in process and I can’t wait to see it live.

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kofteburger

You called?

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Michael18

With LOTRO’s older zones, you sometimes feel as if you can count polys just by looking at a screen shot. But man can this game tell stories with those handfulls of polys!

#1 view from some forgotten ruin over the Trollshaws.
#2 at the shores of river Anduin after leaving Lothlórien.

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Michael18

And a shot from the game I’m currently playing (Eastshade) …

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Vincent Clark

I love the second shot. Nicely done!

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hurbster

Thanks for the mention. Looking forward to seeing what old games come up. Here’s a shot from DCUO, when the stars are aligned it can look quite pretty.

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JonBuck

Not really part of the challenge, but I wanted to share. Was doing a Praetorium roulette run the other night, and then this happened. It’s an 8-person dungeon, and half our group…

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Michael18

Haha! Reminds me when in WoW I first got the balloon from this quest in Stormwind. When equipped, you drag around this balloon on a rope and it follows you flying above your head. In the Druid’s bear form, however, the rope is attached around your neck (very nice detail, Blizz devs!!).

After getting that balloon I spent weeks tanking instances in bear form with a balloon hovering above me on a rope around my neck, hehe. Sadly I never took a screenshot of that.

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Utakata

Trust me, this game is old…

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Utakata

…this one ain’t no spring chicken either. o.O

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rafael12104

Original launch for BnS is 2012, and for a game that old not using an Unreal Engine, it holds up very well.

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Utakata

PS: And oh, before I forget…thanks for the pigtailed plug again, Mr. Justin! /bows