Reader Chris has nothing but praise for the art style of Lord of the Rings Online
: "I have literally thousands of screenshots from this game, most of them taken in appreciation of the landscape. Turbine's
environmental art remains peerless; despite the number of graphically sumptuous rivals to jump up in recent years, for my money they still do the best fantasy landscapes in MMOs. This is a shot of the road into the cyclopean fortress of Orthanc, paved with dark metal plates of Saruman's design. I love the grumpy-looking guard standing at the base of White Hand marker."
I always thought that this big hand was remarkably tacky, but in a way that told me the Orcs probably thought it was the height of exterior decor. I bet they think that going to T.G.I. Friday's is fancy dining, too.
Meanwhile in Star Wars: The Old Republic
, a daring adventurer named Frank is making a new best friend. If 80s movies taught me anything, it's that large, chunky robots make the absolute best buddies.
"On the last night of The Relics of the Gree event, I took a moment to reflect with my newfound companions. Who knows when and where the Gree will show up next," Frank pontificates.
You're deep, man. Deep.
This next screenshot is a bit of a mess, but the mess has a mess of nostalgia attached. Reader Brian decided to show off his history of grinding out gangs of mobs in a certain MMO far, far away...
"This one is from about six to nine months before the combat upgrade hit in Star Wars Galaxies
," Brian writes. "Nothing fancy here, just a nostalgic screenshot of grinding out packs of Huurtons in Pre-CU SWG
. Many of the older players will be familiar with this scene of a giant pack of mobs being taken down while grinding out a new skill box. This was my first real computer game and played on a computer with terrible internet and 64 megs of on-board video! Ah, how times have changed!"
That's just what the innocent Huurtons needed: for you to upgrade your combat potential. No wonder every mob from this game is permanently extinct.
The Elven Warrior of Mystery, Desiree, sat in a funk. The dashing Rogue Carth had swiped the Ultimate One Shot while she was putting together a new outfit. "That's so not fair," she muttered to herself. "I was in a completely different interface screen! He should honor the sacred pact of the /AFK!"
Well, there was nothing to be done by sulking, she thought. She stood up, stretched, and made a vow that day to repay Carth a hundred times over the misery that he brought upon her. She would not only get back the Ultimate One Shot but make that thief /beg like the little coward she knew him to be. A thin smile crossed her face at the thought...
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