One Shots: Gaming in the Before Times

    
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The beginning of 2020 seems so, so very long ago now, doesn’t it? It’s strange to think back to a time when we could walk maskless into a 7-11, press our oily faces right against the hot dog roller display, and touch all the things. Last week’s screenshot challenge asked MOP readers to comb back through their folders to share what they were playing in January and February.

Lucky Jinx kicks us off with this impressive World of Warcraft achievement: “In January-February 2020, I was grinding Firelands raid to obtain the legendary Pureblood Fire Hawk. It took me 10 months altogether before I got it. The feeling of achievement was quite unreal when it finally dropped.”

Hikari thanked Twitter for making this challenge easy to accomplish. I went with this Star Wars: The Old Republic picture that shows a whole lot of healthy electricity and pent-up static discharge.

“What does one do when snow is likely to keep you stuck inside for the bulk of the week?” she asked back then. “Roll up a Not-So-Dark Lord of the Sith.”

Katriana discovered a failed project: “Apparently I created my Guardian in Black Desert mid-January. Still haven’t played her a whole lot.”

That character will now stand at the foot of your bed late at night, pointing at you with wide eyes and a noiseless screaming mouth until you rectify this. It’s just how it goes.

Utakata was, predictably, playing Blade and Soul and “going up in smoke,” whatever that means. Probably it indicates that this being was ascending to a higher plane of power and now can rend the universe in twain with a quick 1-2 skill rotation.

“I’d started a new character in Neverwinter,” shared Sixuality, “and so was revisiting some favourite questlines from the early game, like this encounter with a wererat vendor who would rather not be killed by a passing adventurer when he can sell her some healing potions instead. it’s a very funny scene. Thinking about it this screenshot is just full of unintentional foreshadowing. The story arc is called The Plague Tower… and my Rogue is wearing a face mask.”

What’s going to get you through another week? Why, a screenshot challenge’ll do the trick, won’t it? For this week’s challenge, share a picture of either the highest or lowest place you’ve ever been in an MMO. I’ll let you interpret that as you see fit.

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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Neurotic

Kudos for the Neverwinter shot! I love this little guy, and the way he’s kind of tucked away in a little space near the ceiling. Visiting him with a new character is my equivalent of a Hogger trip in WoW. :D

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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JonBuck

For the challenge, here’s an olllld CoH screenshot after I got full Flight in Atlas Park. For others, my new Jedi Knight in SWTOR for going through the story again, and motoring through the Qitana Ravel in Explorer Mode in FFXIV.

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Vincent Clark

I’m loving the explorer mode, especially the chance to fire off some LB3s!

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Ryuen

Hmm, highest would have been 2.8K LY above the galactic plane in Elite but as I can’t find a screen shot for that I guess we’ll go with lowest, and for that the depths of Moria would surely count.

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Vincent Clark

It’s been a whirlwind week so I hope you will forgive me for going off-mission this week…

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JonBuck

The payoff from the Eden raids is spectacular.

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Bryan Correll

It’s strange to think back to a time when we could walk maskless into a 7-11

Hell, in the before times if you walked into a 7-11 with a mask on it meant you were there to rob the place. I have to think the early days of masking were very unnerving for convenience store employees.

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Motherball

Yeah I remember hearing a police officer talking about how hard it has been to identify criminals, even with all the new tech and cameras everywhere. Wearing a mask in public used to be considered a terrorist act before Covid.

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Utakata

Up, up and away, my beautiful…

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Hikari Kenzaki

Well, considering I play a bunch of space MMOs, I can get pretty high. And every game has caves and pits, so let’s go with the most delta.

The Cutlass in white wasn’t complete until I could make all the guns match as it takes us out to the black.

You can’t take the sky from me unless you impound my ship and shove me in the darkest mines of not-Rura Penthe.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I also laugh a little inside that you picked that picture of Assassin Hikari. The post it was attached to was me lamenting about being stuck in the house for 4 days because of snow. Oh, such simple times.

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BalsBigBrother

A couple from my online racing adventures in GT Sport.

Final corner dive that I just about manage without killing either of us, was a bit sketchy though

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Hurbster

I know there are people here that can really do some good work with Cyberpunk’s photo mode. Uuntil then you’ll have to put up with my attempts.

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