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One Shots: Off the Grid


As a former Anarchy Online player, I was always curious what the Grid looked like for the Fixer class, but I never was so curious that I rolled one up. Fortunately, reader Azzura was able to satisfy my curiosity this week with this awesome-looking structure.

"This is one of my favorite screenies I have, inside the Grid," he submitted. "You would click a machine and get digitized in to this area filled with exits to all over the game. Funcom seems to like this method of travel as you can tell by popping into Agartha in The Secret World.

We have sights and wonders the likes of which will make your ocular cavities gush forward in unabashed emotion after the break. Frankly, I wouldn't risk it; your eyes might not be able to take the strain.

By popular demand, Ralph the Wonder Llama is back, and he's brought a little friend with him:

"So my Asura Engineer was running around the Northern Shiverpeaks mountain range in Guild Wars 2, presumably to help hunt down a yeti. For reasons not entirely clear, it seems the best way to hunt a yeti is to go pester a jackalope first. And while the yeti turned out to just be some big smelly jotun, the jackalope was the real deal! I had a devil of a time getting a good screenshot of the little guy because he kept hopping off-screen before I could take his picture, but in the end my perseverance paid off. Now I finally have proof that the mythical jackalope really exists!"

Screenshots because it did happen. This is why we keep insisting, people!

I love this shot from reader Carolina, who wanted to capture that cool special effects shot at just the right moment.

She set the scene: "Vindictus makes the challenge of taking great combat screenshots easier with its automatic screencaps at the end of a battle, right as you land the final killing blow. This is a lower-level encounter taken back when the game had just launched."

I am a big believer in the Highlander approach when it comes to first names, so when reader Justin showed up, I informed him that "there could only be one" and that a sword fight in a mall parking lot needed to happen to resolve this. Instead, he just showed me a really cool picture and skeedaddled off. Next time, Justin! Next time!

"This pic comes from City of Heroes and was taken during the winter event," he said. "In it, Active Matrix and Anestia decided to shed their superhero attire for some warmer winter clothing and enjoy a break from fighting crime."

So why did those outdoor caves have electric EXIT signs above them again?

Our screenshot challenge of the week is to put together your best cosmetic ensemble and send it in! How spiffy can you look when you have a full wardrobe at your disposal? I'd like to see that!

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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