One Shots: Making a good thing look even better

    
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We all like to look our very best, especially when we’re taking screenshots of our favorite MMOs for public consumption. So why not use all of the tools at your disposal to make a good thing look even better?

That’s what Toy Clown did: “I added ReShade and did some .cig file changes to improve the graphics of SWG Legends. I was rather proud of these test shots even if I’m unable to center a shot on a character as of yet. Here is my character puttering around on Dantooine.”

Josh is willing to sacrifice safety for a good selfie in Final Fantasy XIV — but aren’t we all? Hey, when you look this good and have access to the top of a skyscraper, you embrace your inner model and go for it!

Zero_1_Zerum is a mess of contradictions: “My Villagers and Heroes character, who is an evil dark lord bent on saving the world from the big bad because he wants to be an even bigger bad, and someone else already ruling or destroying the world would make that difficult. That’s his pet spider, Fearfang. In real life I hate Spiders, because I’ve been bitten by them a few times and it bloody hurts. I enjoy killing giant spiders in games. So, my character having a spider mount is weird, but whatever, I got it for free.”

“In Orgrimmar we stopped asking who is the Warchief today!” said Minimalistway. I guess that’s because I just became President of World of Warcraft and have united the Alliance and Horde in eternal peace under the threat of catapulting into deep space. I’ve had enough of their bickering.

Hurbster has become a skeleton in Elder Scrolls Online — or, more specifically, a skeleton with a wicked frosty beard. I think that a heavy metal tour should be in this character’s future. You can’t see me, but I’m headbanging here.

Need a screenshot challenge to make your life complete? Let’s see a picture of something in an MMO that evoked a strong emotion from you. What was it?

Of course, you can always post whatever you want instead (as long as it comes with a good story)!

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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Josh

Emotion huh, all I’ll say (in order to not spoil anything) is this entire sequence all I could possibly feel is pure hype.

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JonBuck

Just completed the Machinist’s Anima weapon in FFXIV!

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mysecretid

Congratulations on the new magic boom-stick, Jon! :-)

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Utakata

Orange…

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Utakata

Edit: It’s best I put the accompanying track down here. o.O

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mysecretid

… is The New Pink? :-)

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Utakata

Nah, the zone I took that in is very orange. Here’s a better example of that. O.o

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mysecretid

Ah, yes! Orange is the new sky, as it were. Thanks, Uta! :-)

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mysecretid

My main game, Star Trek Online, just dropped new story content and launched its 10th anniversary celebration. Have I got screenshots for you? Oh, you know I do! :-)

The biggest difficulty in deciding which screens to submit here lay in my desire not to spoiler any of the plot twists in the new story content. I think I’ve managed to keep secret anything not already revealed in the promo materials for the new stuff.

Somewhere below, you will find:

– The Yorktown-class Science Star Cruiser USS Hanno. I named her for Earth’s earliest-known expeditionary explorer, Hanno of Carthage, Hanno’s expedition journal gave us the word “gorilla” by the way, after the explorers encountered the creatures in question. The explorers mistakenly believed that gorillas were a previously-unseen primitive form of human when they first made contact. This led to some … dangerous difficulties … as you might expect! :-)

– My captain, his XO T’Mir, and the most-recent version of Seven of Nine all seem skeptical of what this planet has to offer. T’Mir’s even doing the whole “Spock eyebrow” thing.

– He’s baaaaack! Yarnek of Excalbia. Last seen in the original Star Trek third-season episode “The Savage Curtain”.

Star Trek: Discovery‘s Michael Burnam and the Star Trek: Picard era Seven of Nine wonder just what they’ve gotten themselves into here …

– Elf Butts? Elf butts? Pfft! We don’t need no elf butts! We’ve got Trek butts!!! Not only does my character’s MACO armor keep him safe on high-risk away missions, it makes his butt look good! Hee hee hee! :-)

Cheers!

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Vincent Clark

Great shots! I don’t play the game anymore, but my friend said the new episodes are amazing. Side note: I’m also enjoying the hell out of Star Trek Picard :)

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mysecretid

Thank you, Vincent! Given the quality of pics you post here, I am flattered, sir.

And yes, Star Trek: Picard is even better than I expected. There’s subtlety and nuance around the edges of the plot action. Thoughts about where we are in the real world right now, and opinions on that. I’m impressed with it — and dang, that Patrick Stewart can act, huh? If I can do anything that well when I’m his age, I’ll count myself fortunate. :-)

Cheers, my friend,

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JonBuck

I loved those missions.

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mysecretid

Me too, Jon. Like the pic I posted, I was a bit skeptical at first with the “ethics” setup, because — as I’m sure you know — in a lot of games, that translates as “guess what the writer/developer thinks are the right answers”, but Cryptic went a different way with it, and genuinely surprised me at points. It’s definitely a memorable two-part episode.

I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoiler anything for those who haven’t played through yet — but I agree with you, Cryptic did a very good job all-around here.

Be well, my friend!

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Vincent Clark

So I was turning in some collectibles for scrips in Idyllshire and got invited over to a table for a card game…2 hours and several drinks later…

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JonBuck

Of course the Palico is on the table.

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mysecretid

Heh. Indeed, good Jon!

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Hikari Kenzaki

First, let me say, what was done with SWG in that shot is amazing. No slight to that work or anyone else.

However, since Justin opened a can of worms here, this is something that was brought up on my twitter feed when I got a bunch of attention on some of my GW2 shots. People asking me about Reshade and such.

For the record, I do not use Reshade or any other enhancement that would render the game in a non-native manner. When I take shots, I’m taking shots of the game as it presents itself to me. (The exception being when the game lighting is just horrible, but I usually only post those for live-tweeting events. )

That’s not to say using these tools is bad, but this is my personal preference and part of my style/art. Some out-of-game photographers have certain lenses, filters, etc they like to use as part of their style as well.

It’s the same reason you’ll rarely see me post a shot from a cutscene. I didn’t make that scene happen. I didn’t frame it and set the lighting until it was just right. Someone else did.

The shot in question, which also evoked enough of an emotional response to get put on my desktop. :) I just love this shot.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Some other fun shots. Warning, there is an Icebrood Saga spoiler or two in these.

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Minimalistway

The warchief situation is silly, a new player can see sometimes 3 warchiefs at the same time, 2 are dead! this will be fixed in next expansion.

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I dunno which emotion this evokes but it is definitely a positive one and the one that makes me want to return to this game’s wonderful, wacky, friendly community of people:comment image

I could share more truly emotional images from cutscenes of this game but there are just too many. For those who played it, will understand the very emotional parts from these screenshots and what happens in those scenes:
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IronSalamander8 .

I’m behind in FF14 but the scenes around Lord Haurchefant’s death hit pretty hard. I was glad my character looked appropriately solemn here:

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