One Shots: A back warmer for cramps

    
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When you’re rocking some bad back pain or a spite of cramps, it certainly helps to have something warm to rest against. Loosens up the muscles, you know. I mean, you could go with an electric heating pad or a hot water bottle, but if you’ve got a friendly dragon-griffon at the ready, nothing is better.

Bereman99 is having some fun in a new MMO this week: “In-game camera mode with filters? Add SOLO to the list that has that as an option. A neat little additional feature that they offer is the ability to use filters that adjust depth of field, color (hue, saturation, etc), glare, and vignette amount – the way programs like Reshade or G-Shade do – but all within the game itself, no external programs needed. Useful for not only screenshots, but if you want the overall look of the game to be different, SOLO has you covered.”

They say that you should never break out purple before Halloween, but Sleepy doesn’t listen to trendsetters. Sleepy is a trendsetter.

DDO does not screenshot well; however, I’ve just achieved peak purple and wanted to share. Sparkly purple shadowblades, sparkly purply armour and a sparkly purple cat, who doesn’t pose for photos. I’ve now achieved such an intense level of purpleness (purplosity?) that purple crystals randomly burst out of the ground wherever I go.”

Hikari is also exploring the lands of Swords of Legends Online: “Each class has its own themed area. For Hikari, a Spearmaster, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.”

For example, ships started flying and birds started sailing and dogs and cats started living together.

Skoryy shared a quiet moment in Final Fantasy XIV. As an avid reader myself, I can say that a perfect spot to devour a book is always to be envied. I guess you can’t beat a picturesque waterfall!

Screenshots are always great for current events, but given enough time, they can turn into a capsule to preserve past memories. Ardra Diva posted this EverQuest II picture of a party from 16 years ago. We were so young then — and our polygons had nary a wrinkle!

School’s out, kiddos — and recess has begun! Run out into the comments and post your favorite MMO pictures from this past week with a description or two. Are you playing in a sandbox or at a (theme)park?

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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Hikari Kenzaki

New World is pretty enough. The camera controls leave something to be desired, but it’s a survival game so that’s not always something that is considered.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Made another character in Swords of Legends because of course I did.

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SmiteDoctor

Downloaded GW2 again, story is weak sauce but the game is pretty, Open World is fun, and it’s easy to play when you’re drunk which is exactly what I plan on being with my next 2 nights off with my wife at work.

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SmiteDoctor

At the advice of some one in the comments last week I’ve abandoned my themed approach because less is more.

Another helpful individual suggested that they did post production work on their screen shots, kind of like what people do with their pictures on Facebook I guess so I decided to do some post production of my own.

I present to you Poor Stablehand Shoveling Crap post processed using an AI filter in the Synesthesia Art Style of Cassandra Miller.

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I present to you The Lone Rider in Cold Harbor post processed using an AI filter using the Post-Impressionistic Art Style of Vincent van Gogh.

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Femme Fatales Bathing in Orsinium post processed using an AI filter using the Cubist style of Pablo Picasso.

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SmiteDoctor

Got a few likes this week, guess I did something right.

Although people think I’m still unfurling some elaborate long term troll, maybe people worry these are troublesome pictures, or they’re controversial perhaps. Maybe there isn’t much love for the art styles of Impressionism or Cubism.

More likely its because my name is attached to it lol.

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Sleepy

“Ooh, that picture looks nice! I shall demonstrate my appreciation by clicking this thumbs up icon!”

That’s about as complicated as it gets, tbh. I’m particularly taken by what I choose to call “Woman shovelling M&Ms to needy children”.

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SmiteDoctor

Lol, I just went with the most cheery looking option I could find, you see that NPC is known to be one of the most dejected depressing looking Stable NPCs in ESO so I figured it would be about as jarring as putting a laughing track from a sitcom to a David Lynch movie.

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Hurbster

Environmental storytelling. And a bonus.

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Bereman99

Definitely a themepark MMO – SOLO is quintessential themepark design. You’ve got the combat rides, the dungeon rides, the pvp rides, the side activity rides.

Though the housing systems feels like it is almost an actual sandbox, in the original sense, for your house – or however else you want to use the approximately 1500 housing items that can be currently obtained/crafted.

The best feature of the housing, in a system that is already well designed and affords you a serious amount of control over placing items (along with plenty of space to work with and a very generous item limit)? The ability to place previews of items you don’t have yet, allowing you to plan out just about everything you want to make before you start making it.

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Those other floating islands in the distance, by the way, are other plots where other players can build their own houses. It’s got a “neighborhood in the sky” feel, which is really neat. There’s also a lot of the housing areas. There are 10 “Realms” and each has Areas numbered from 101 to 1000. So 900 areas per realm, for 9,000 total areas.

Then each area has 20 islands. Works out to 180,000 individual plots per server, and they are account-wide rather than per character. Availability of housing is not an issue.

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Hikari Kenzaki

After re-reading your post, I’m sad to know you can’t keep the pure white walls. Still, that is a very cool feature.

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Bereman99

Strictly speaking you can if you just leave it as a preview and never place the actual item, since it has collision the same way a fully placed item does.

I’ve seen a few clever builds in videos showcasing housing plots from the Chinese or Taiwanese servers that used the preview function in some pretty unique ways.

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Vincent Clark

o/

Too hot and exhausted to write a description…

:)

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Minimalistway

First thing i thought was “Zorro?!” because he looks a little like a Zorro.

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Sleepy

Pfft. Purple is so last week. Get with the program, Justin.

I’ve sucked into LOTRO again this week but since that’s been screenshotted to death, here’s a pic of a game that would be an MMO in any just universe. Except that EA would ruin it if they tried.

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IronSalamander8 .

While the vast majority of the PvZ shooter community prefer the 2 GW games, one has to admit that for its faults, BfN can be beautiful. July is the ‘summer nights’ event so Giddy Park, the main hub has a lovely night effect, fireworks, and all kinds of cook out references:

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Fisty

I tried BfN this week and it was fun, but lacked something. Which of the PvZ is considered the best/most played?

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IronSalamander8 .

Garden Warfare 2 is considered the best by the largest share of the community. The original Garden Warfare isn’t quite as good in my opinion although it has a lot of adherents, I’d go with GW2 as it still seems to have the largest playerbase, especially on console even though I play on PC.

GW2 has the ability to play against bots, the backyard battleground, PvE stuff to do, most classes and variants, ability to play Ops (co-op or solo against hordes of AI), as both sides (only plants have ops in GW1), and most active community. It’s also my jam and have over 2700 hours logged.

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IronSalamander8 .

If you play on PC, there is one caveat. NA and I hear EU regions are solid for population, but the Australia/Pacific server is pretty empty I hear. Hackers are a problem in multiplayer matches. They were on the decline but I hear they’re rising again. On consoles, it’s much less of an issue.