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One Shots: Shields up!


Reader Mary is in a tight spot. It all rests on her shoulders now, and if she dies, she will be responsible for letting down her entire team. The fate of this day -- nay, of the future, rests upon her quick thinking and reflexes.

"I'm shielding!" she cries triumphantly. "I juuuust managed to get my shield up in time to deflect a dying Spookat's final attack. Meanwhile, Astro is distracted by the emerging Black Kat in the upper left corner, seeing as it was the first time we found one during Spiral Knight's now infamous Black Kat event."

Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Black Kat bar! Folks, it doesn't get any less punny from here, so hold your nose and jump into the rest of this week's player screenshots.

One Shots Shields up!
"This one made me giggle when it happened," reader JC recalled. "I wanted to see how far I would fall in Neverwinter when jumping off the side of the pirate ship in the Pirate's Skyhold zone. In any other MMO I've been in where you fall to your death in a zone with no floor, it just kinda fades out and you respawn, but here... glass floor. The surprise of it was what I found funny, I suppose."

Your death does amuse your Massively overlords, JC. We smile grimly, looking forward to a day when all readers will gladly jump to their demise on our whims. When and if that happens, we'll try to make everyone spell something cool with their corpses.

One Shots Shields up!
Reader Karintanu is in love. No, not with a human being or one of those Japanese body pillows, but with Guild Wars 2. The dates are dynamic as the world comes alive around the two of them. Are there wedding bells and one of those human interest stories for Channel 8 Action News close behind?

"While playing my human Ranger the other day, I encountered an odd sight I can't really explain," Karintanu writes. "I ported to Heart of the Mists and found these two fellas hanging out beside the Asura Gate, just dancing their hearts out. In the midst of all the PvP players in their 80 gear, they're not afraid to get down to their skivvies and... get down, I guess."

One Shots Shields up!
Reader Mark sent us in another batch of glorious Star Trek Online screenshots. I chose this one from the bunch because I love how the light is coming off of the planet. Space: the visual frontier. These are the voyages of the U.S.S. You've Already Skipped Ahead To Look At The Picture. Its five-year mission: to get into pointless arguments about whether the movie remakes are better or worse than the classic films.

One Shots Shields up!
So are you ready for your screenshot challenge of the week? It's a photo safari! Take pictures of the most adorable, most interesting, or most noteworthy fauna in the game world and wing it our way.

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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