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One Shots: Slumbering death


Reader John's going to get me to actually say something nice about TERA. Are you ready for it? Because this doesn't happen often. Here's my compliment: It's a beautiful-looking game. Really. I can't deny that there's a special level of polish and eye when it comes to its visuals.

Anyway, John sent us in this captivating picture of a place that might look pretty in the daylight, but you probably don't want to be loitering after nightfall. "I just started playing TERA upon hearing about the F2P conversion. This is my Amani Berserker traveling through the low-level Valley of Titans and stopping behind a pair of rock giants. These rock giants are all over the place here -- I wonder what will happen if they ever wake up?"

Dance party? That's my guess. See John's full-color photo in all its glory after the break in addition to other terrifying vistas.

One Shots Slumbering death
Glitch lives on as long as we remember it, especially for its quirky humor and bizarre visuals. This entry by reader D has both, having been taken in the last days of the game.

"Word came down that something interesting would happen on Tii Street in Groddle Forest," D explains, "so we popped over during the last feat of the game and were reminded that the end is neigh. Preposterous."

When games end, everyone just horses around. I'm saddled with these pictures. I wish you'd all hoof pity on me and send me serious screenshots.

One Shots Slumbering death
Reader Siphaed sent us in this deliciously spooky picture from last Halloween. Has it seriously been a few months since then?

"This was my first steps into the labyrinth in the Mad Realm," he wrote. "The whole area is a twisted mess with plastic spiders, glow-in-the-dark skeletons, and candy corn monsters. Halloween in Guild Wars 2 is spectacular! I've never wanted to farm much until it was farming candy corn, and then I just cannot stop!"

As an aside, candy corn is my absolute favorite Halloween treat. I used to eat them by nibbling each color off, imagining that each color somehow tasted different than the others. Alas, candy corn does not mesh well with a low-carb diet.

One Shots Slumbering death
If you set a sentient tree on fire, does it scream? I would bet so, but the following picture shows a treant glumly resolved to its fate. Reader Brian sent us in this picture of his World of Warcraft Druid getting a little too close to a campfire in the middle of a street (?).

"Despite how uncomfortable being swathed in fire is, my Druid just cannot stop staring at this ballet of dancing flames!" Brian said. He then added, "No Druids were hurt in the making of this screenshot."

I call "liar, liar, pants on fire" on that one, Brian.

One Shots Slumbering death
Trees, halloween, horses, and rock giants. I think we've got a royal flush! Hand over the pot; I'm going to the dollar store to buy the best off-brand pantyhose a man can buy!

Want to be featured in a future edition of One Shots? Send your favorite MMO screenshots to, 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!

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