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One Shots: That warm pink glow


Dragons are many things in MMOs: fierce, ultimate, overplayed, gold-loving, air travel, and full of hot air. But reader Kim saw something else, something almost tender when she went up against this big fella in Guild Wars 2.

"This is my favorite game because I can battle dragons," Kim writes. "Of all the dragons, the Shatterer is my favorite. Who could resist that warm pink glow? Besides, it looks like he only has eyes for me!"

Imminent death is A-OK as long as it has a comforting, flirtacious glow about it. I learn something new every week from One Shots. What other lessons will I add to my brain-unit from the rest of these pictures? There's only one way to find out!

One Shots That warm pink glow
I'm an avid pet collector, which is why I took an instant shine to RIFT when it first came out. My personal favorite is Bernie, the pipe-smoking, wheezing, pint-sized geezer who huffs and puffs alongside of you. But what about Becca? Everyone keeps asking, "What does Becca like? Tell us!" Well, here's the answer to your question.

"Here is my mage taking a little break in Cape Jule with her carnival companion wind-up pony," reader Becca writes in. "He's pretty adorable and kind of stole the screenshot away from my character."

Your character is in that screenshot? I... can't tear my gaze away from the equestrian glory on display here!

One Shots That warm pink glow
Reader Joe has a picture with great personal meaning from Tabula Rasa:

"There were so many great things about this game, but two of the best that went great together were the player community and the developers. As part of the game's siren song, the developers released weapons named after several of the members of the player community. Here is when I first picked up a shotgun and discovered that I was included in this tribute from the developers."

That's pretty darn cool, man! How'd that shotgun fire?

One Shots That warm pink glow
Speaking of pets, reader Shawn wanted to share a moment of elation when he finally was able to get the kitty cat that he always wanted in World of Warcraft.

"This shot was taken just after I had tamed Loque'nahak. I was the first alliance on my server to get her and was quite proud of myself after having spent the entire day hunting her down. So afterwards we decided to bust out some moves. I'm in the back there, with my arms in the air... like I just don't care?"

One Shots That warm pink glow
Your screenshot challenge this week is to send me in a picture of a pop culture reference in an MMO. The more groan-inducing the better, people! And as a pro-tip, I want to remind you that the bigger the picture, the better. This past week I got a great screenshot that I couldn't use because it was 225 pixels wide and required a magnifying glass to view.

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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