Here's a game that we don't see too much of these days: Pirates of the Burning Sea
. It's kind of a shame that this title didn't take off in a bigger way, although there is a small but dedicated community of scallywags who do love the setting and mechanics.
The Big D sent us in this picture of his ship approaching Skull Rock. We don't know what happened after that moment, but I think it's safe to assume that the rock came to life, lurched out of the sea on a giant skeleton body, devoured the pirate vessels, and then began a six-thousand-mile-long march to world domination. Or he just sailed by it.
Reader Colton sent in a handful of screenshots with the following explanation that I see a lot of in the One Shots inbox: "I'm not sure how you normally do this, and it was so hard to narrow down my massive screenshot folder to just one, so I'm sending you three images! There are so many different things to do in Lord of the Rings Online
, and I've been having a blast since signing up for VIP earlier this month. From fighting epic battles to gathering chickens and everything in between, Middle-earth has got it all!"
If you're curious, I chose Colton's picture of a hearty defense of Weathertop. Pose for the camera, folks, and then go back to slaughtering spirits!
Part of me can't wait until Firefall comes out just so that we can get even more screenshots of this gorgeous-looking game. Reader Ryan, all decked out in the latest cyber-wear from Adidas, created his new Facebook profile pic from a rooftop view.
"Here's a really nice shot of my character looking out over Sunken Harbor," he said. "Still wondering how much the hot dogs are in that stadium!"
How much? It's all the money, Ryan. All the money.
Sorry to say, it's time to repair this temporary tear in the fabric of reality and send you back to your mundane existence. See you all next week, and don't forget to send us in the most exciting virtual postcards that you can take! I wish you were here! 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!