One Shots: Masks and shadows

    
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Around this time of year, if you’re not wearing a mask and skulking about in the darker places of online games, well then, you’re playing it wrong. Or right. I’m not your dad, you can do whatever you want. Unless I am your dad and you’re reading this website when you should be getting your homework done. I’m right behind you, son. Get moving.

Anyway, Rafael has all homework completed and is enjoying a romp among the stars: “Sometimes all you need to relax is a nice view and a break from the action. I don’t mind taking a knee and surveying my surroundings in a zen state while playing Destiny 2.”

Ready for some trick-or-treating? Miol is, even if it takes place in a world that’s been handing out candy for so long that it’s gone stale and clumped together in a sugary mass only occasionally separated by wax paper.

“The nostalgia of doing festival activities has always been a reliable source of relaxing exercises,” said Miol. “The older the festival activity the better!”

Hello, Guild Wars’ scary moon!

Hikari’s been finding beauty in Fallout 76’s apocalypse: “Well, MMOs are generally relaxing. I’d say it’s out of the norm when it puts me into something frustrating that I can’t just stop doing. The occasional badly designed mission or jumping puzzle. I guess, exploring and just enjoying the scenery qualifies, but then… this is what I do.”

“Like Rafael, I have been hanging out in Destiny 2 since the relaunch,” said Zulika. “I have been playing since orig launch, so I am mostly hanging out on the moon. I do not like many shooter games, but Destiny 2 just feels really good. I heard they made the new player experience much worse though. Hopefully they get that ironed out.”

What do you do to relax in MMOs? For Vincent, it’s all about looking 100% awesomesauce: “A relaxing exercise for me is doing the normal/easy version of the Eden raids in Final Fantasy XIV. I was also bored… content lull.”

When you’re bored, you make your own fun, right?

Now that Halloween — and Halloween MMO events — are upon us, post your pictures of spooky costumes, creepy places, and eerie activities for this week’s screenshot challenge!

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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miol

On a lighter GW2 note:

Nothing beats some tastefully arranged bouquets of centaur skeletons on your front yard to make your competitive neighbours envious! ;P

But the entrance to Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle has also a certain je ne sais quoi! ^^ (3rd pic)

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miol

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rafael12104

My Halloween will be spent on ESO. The game has changed quite a bit since I logged on last so, I’m starting a fresh toon. And my reward for coming back? Check out this costume. I’m wearing it for All Hallows Eve and beyond.

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miol

Sorry to ask, but is this the proper ratio? Seems streched to me, except for the crosshairs. /bow

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rafael12104

I thought the same thing but I didn’t stretch it It is the default and probably should be set to wide screen.

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Minimalistway

I find this simple decoration so beautiful, from All Saints’ Wake event, FFXIV.

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mysecretid

I’ve been playing ridiculous amounts of Destiny 2 and enjoying it mightily.

I loved the first Destiny game as well, and the storylines surrounding the tragic hero NPC, Eris Morn, were my favorites.

Well, Eris Morn is back in the Shadowkeep expansion, and continuing her war of vengeance against the inimical, sorcerous Hive (kinda-sorta like Aliens if they were created by H.P. Lovecraft — or by an evil version of the English poet William Blake).

Here’s a pic of my Gunlinger (left) meeting Eris Morn (right).

And no, that’s not just a mask she’s wearing. After the Hive murdered her Guardian team, and left her for dead, she adapted their dark sorcery to save her own life — but those strange energies changed her physically. Hence. the Hive-like eyes.

Me? I’ll shoot all the Hive Eris needs me to shoot. Those vile monsters have it coming! :-)

See you in-game!

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Hirku

And no, that’s not just a mask she’s wearing.

Uh-oh, Sam’s jelly.

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mysecretid

I think Sam’s always jelly of someone or something, Hirku. Would explain why he’s so damn grumpy all the time — and why he kills people as a career :-)

Cheers, my friend!

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Utakata

House and horrors…

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miol

I really don’t know what Anet was thinking, when they greenlit these lines to even get voiceover for this drunk female Norn, but it’s certainly the creepiest thing I’ve ever encountered in GW2! /shudder

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mysecretid

Glad I’m not the only one who thought that dialogue was kinda … off. :-)

Cheers,

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I grabbed this during a cut scene in Destiny 2 today. Out of context I think it can be interpreted many ways – most of which are varying levels of evil.

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mysecretid

That looks like Mara Sov and her brother Uldren.Watch out for those two, Zulika. Not the sanest of families. :-)

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Vincent Clark

I’m going to go against “assignment”, bear with with me…

When he’s just not that into you…

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Vincent Clark

Showing him what he missed out on…

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Vincent Clark

Back to doing the good work…

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Vincent Clark

When the eye catches someone new…

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Utakata

What game is that? o.O

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Zulika Mi-Nam

FFXIV

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Utakata

Oh right…I see the obvious blue glowy waypoint thingy in the background of the first pic. My bad. Pigtails now sit embarrassingly corrected. >.<

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mysecretid

A mini-narrative! Thanks, Vince!

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Vincent Clark

You’re welcome :)

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Vincent Clark

Thanks for the shout out, Justin!

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Hirku

Look at all the happy people in their silly costumes, collecting candy and pretending monsters are just make-believe. How adorable.

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Minimalistway

I miss this game, this is truly a creepy game and i love it for that.

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mysecretid

You know, Hirku — I love(d) The Secret World too.

Sometimes, I find myself thinking, “Okay, they’re not doing TSW any more,” amd then the thought immediately leaps to my mind, “Okay, then, exactly WTF are they doing, then?”

The “make your own fun” Conan Exiles sandbox? The upcoming stand-alone game Moons of Madness? These projects are really taking up all of their development time and energy?

They’ve got something no one else has in The Secret World, and sometimes it feels like they’re just letting it rot …

Sure, Secret World Legends exists, but that game is really just The Secret World Lite, and they haven’t been doing much with that version of the franchise either …

Sorry if I sound rant-y, it’s just frustrating. It’s like they don’t realize what they have.

Cheers,