One Shots: Soft and squishy, yet fierce and determined


If MMORPGs, anime, and children’s cartoons have taught me anything — and really, it’s where I get most of my learning these days — it’s that we’re sitting on a veritable arsenal of power with our nation’s middle school kids. Each one is clearly capable of summoning the elements, piloting mechs, and using chi to slice through skyscrapers. Why aren’t we deploying them into combat zones?

At the vanguard of our attack we could put Utakata, who demonstrates this awesome potential in Blade and Soul: “From the pigtail’d archives is something small, pink and made of cloth. You get the picture!”

Next up is this breathtaking shot from Katriana in Guild Wars 2, who says, “Here’s a dark and quiet little chapel tucked away in the upper reaches of Arborstone.”

You know, versus the yodeling echoey chapels they have one county over. Those things’ll give you a migraine.

And then there’s Minimalistway freaking us all out with the following picture from FFXIV. WARNING: If you have sensitive children, please remove them from the room before scrolling down any further. You don’t need to handle the bedwetting that will follow.

“I fear no man, but that thing… it scares me!”

“Playing Invader Zim in the Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl 2 roguelike campaign mode and got this, so had to screen cap it,” said IronSalamander8.

But where’s Gir? It’s not a party without Gir!

And I’ll wrap things up with a look into World of Warcraft’s newest zone, the Emerald Dream. I gotta say, this place would be a nightmare to weed.

And this week’s list of One Shot Achievement Points:

  • Commenter [5 OSP] — Comment on someone’s submission.
  • Artist [10 OSP] — Post a screenshot and story of your recent MMO adventures.
  • I Can See My House From Here! [15 OSP] — Post a screenshot from at least 300 feet above the ground looking out over the landscape.
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 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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