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One Shots: Winning is half the battle


If knowledge is half the battle, what's the other half? Winning, duh. It's certainly not flaky pastries or erotic roleplaying. You got to win the game's face off, and when you're done, you should pose for a commemorative photo like Reader Ralph here:

"This shot was taken just minutes from the end," he wrote to us. "After several fierce battles, our team of AFS soldiers succeeded in taking over the last Bane encampment! The Earth was ours again! WE WON! And then our universe winked out of existence, and Tabula Rasa was no more."

You won and you lost? Ralph, you officially broke the universe with that. Read on for more exciting player screenshots in today's edition of One Shots.

One Shots Winning is half the battle
Getting your travel powers in a superhero game is like getting your license when you turn 16. You've officially arrived and now can travel faster than your maturity. If you're very lucky, you'll survive into adulthood and/or to find a supergroup. If you're unlucky, you're going to be a colorful splat on a windshield somewhere.

Reader Justin submitted the last known photo of two Champions Online heroes right after they got their travel powers. Fire and ice -- that goes well together, eh?

One Shots Winning is half the battle
You know what Arthas, the Lich King, does to supplement his paltry salary? He makes himself available for photo opportunities and kids' birthday parties. It's a few bucks well-spent, believe you me. But -- and this is important -- do not give him the bunny ears. Arthas does not stand for that.

Here is Reader Rajujitzu and his guild before taking on the Lich King in World of Warcraft in a fight to end all fights. Say "frozen cheese!"

One Shots Winning is half the battle
Captain Mark and his ship, the U.S.S. Gallant, has seen better days. Here he is in Star Trek Online, limping away from a battle, bruised but alive. Sure, the insurance company is going to balk at that repair bill, but it's the future and money has no place in Star Trek. Or it does. I'm never quite clear on that front.

In any case, if you can't win a battle, surviving is the second-best option. At least then you have a chance to win another day, as the Gallant and its crew discovered.

One Shots Winning is half the battle
What are you waiting for, a personal invitation to send in your favorite screenshots? Consider this it, then. Yes, I'm talking to you personally. Get a move on!

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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