One of the things that I love the very most about superhero MMOs is that they give players a great platform to show off their creative designs. Yeah, they can be eyesores too, but I find that that's also a blessing in disguise because it's an easy visual indicator of lazy players whom I probably want to avoid.
I wouldn't want to avoid reader Carla, however, because she's bringing her crazy-A game to DC Universe Online today. "Here is a photo of my supervillain, Certifiably Insane, posing before the city she's conquered," she wrote.
So my question is, what do you do with a city once you conquer it? Get mired in administrative red tape? Does Certifiably Insane have to preside over council meetings and sewage labor union debates now? How does a supervillain deal with zoning issues, anyway?
The answers to that and so very much more are all after the break in this week's One Shots.
I'm always happy as a tick (hey, ticks get happy too, usually when they're burrowing under your skin) to see any housing screenshots thrown my way. Here's one from Final Fantasy XI (yes, XI -- it still exists, believe it or not) that actually strives to tell a story.
"This is a reenactment of the memorable battle of the Ark Angels versus Shadow Lord using statues in my Moghouse," reader Zengarzombolt said. "Sad to say that it doesn't look good for Shadow Lord."
Sometimes you just need to mount up and take a screenshot of you while you're looking awesome. Let us not begrudge reader John this moment; let's admire his tenacity and stoic nature while his steed drops a few horse apples right off-camera.
John uses an economy of words to set the scene: "Here's Frani, my level 13 Paladin. She's busy exploring EverQuest II. Wish her luck!"
"A lot of games are having their anniversaries, and over here at Lord of the Rings Online, it's no different," sent in reader Mike. "The guys at Turbine had lined up several events to celebrate our 6th anniversary with fights, races and fireworks. Without question, the favorite event among players is the firework event, and it's easy to see why. My Elf Lore-master, Mirkrond, is somewhere within the crowd on the hill-top of Bree shooting fireworks in the air."
This week's screenshot challenge is to go toe-to-toe with a boss and take a good picture of you as you're trying valiantly not to die! I mean, you probably will, but at least you'll get a good picture out of it, right? Let's see it!
Want to be featured in a future edition of One Shots? Send your favorite MMO screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.org, and don't forget to include your name, the name of the game, and a description of the scene. Large, colorful, UI-free shots that tell a story and really show off the game make for the best images. Look ma, we brought back One Shots!