If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then MMO players are the biggest flatterers in the world. When we’re not making avatars to reflect a heightened version of ourselves, we’re off making carbon copies of our fictional heroes.
Mysecretid seems to have this sort of thing well in hand: “I enjoyed the character of Visas Marr so much from my recent time playing the patched and restored version of Knights of The Old Republic II on Steam, that I was inspired to create her ‘descendant’ as a character in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Here, the visually-impaired (but Force-sighted) Miralukan Jedi poses — but her companion, HK-55, hardly seems impressed.”
Takes a whole lot of mass murder to impress that guy, let me tell you.
And if you can’t imitate someone in an MMORPG, you can sure as heck pay homage to them through the theatrical arts.
“The year was 2014,” said Amorey. “The occasion was a musical play me and my kin wrote and performed just outside Bag End to celebrate Bilbo’s Birthday in Lord of the Rings Online. The play was called There And Back Again. Awesome memories — not much of love but of friendship.”
And while the rest of us are goofing off, Utakata is staging poignant moments in Blade and Soul that will win the MMORPG Oscars (when they are invented).
“Sometime it’s about those quiet moments where all the world seems to have gone wrong, while you still have something precious and hopeful to sit or stand by and protect,” said Utakata.
When you’re done admiring others, you can always pass the time striking up a dramatic pose and admiring yourself. Vincent makes glamour (and fashion and fame) look amazing in Final Fantasy XIV.
“A moment of peace and reflection before the chaos of patch 5.2 hits,” Vincent said.
Yes, that’s how others find me when I’m reflecting, although I’m probably holding a cheese danish instead of a fancy staff.
Why do superheroes come up with such fantastic costumes, if not to be admired and imitated by all? Hikari is definitely not infringing on any copyrights in City of Heroes: “Her hero name is Spectra-Lass and her powers are Green Lantern/Rainbow Girl inspired.”
Now our tale is about done, but yours is only beginning. For this week’s screenshot challenge, see if you can’t make Massively OP’s mascot, Mo, in an MMO character creator! Here’s a good reference to help you get started. Or, of course, you can post any picture and story from an MMO that you want!