Reader Stacy helps clear things up: "That's mah frog. This was around April Fool's last year (those question marks are fireworks from that in-game event and are amazing in motion). This was my first house; I got it for free from the EverQuest in-game card game, so I did not have much decoration. I bought a bunch of pets from a man down the street and set them loose, then set off all my fireworks and partied the night away with frog and friends."
See, if we did most of these activities in real life, we'd be in jail. Aren't MMOs grand?
"Here is a shot of my old crew from Neocron circa 2003? Maybe?" reader Travis writes. "Anyway the game has recently been resurrected by former devs and is now 100% free-to-play."
Isn't it amazing how the memories can flood back from seeing a screenshot like this?
Discussion question for the comments: Should MMOs come with "taste-o-matic" cards, and if they did, would you lick them?
"Here is a way back pic from Star Wars Galaxies, before the NGE," Justin said. "I was running a quest chain that led me to bother Vader and the Emperor. Unfortunately, the Emperor screenshot had the HUD, else I would have included it also. Before this point in the game, I felt fierce and powerful. Standing next to this man, I felt small and feeble. A humbling experience indeed."
I liked Vader more when he was just straight-up murdering diplomats, not children. Just saying.
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