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One Shots: To the rescue!


There's nothing quite like the feeling of coming to the rescue of a friend, virtual or not. I've tried rescuing people in real life, but I've found that not every granny wants to be given a piggy-back ride across streets and not every depressed teen is waiting for a well-choreographed dance routine to turn his or her life around. I guess I'll take a cue from reader Mary, who found her inner hero in Spiral Knights.

"In McVillain to the Rescue, my buddy Astro has been hemmed in by baddies by our friend's freezy bomb during a particularly rough arena," Mary explained. "Toward the top right corner, I'm coming to save him, weapon charged and at the ready."

What other thrilling rescues lie ahead in this column? If nothing else, it'll be a rescue from boredom, so let us give you that emotional piggy-back ride you desperately need!

Play that funky music, superboy! I like this screenshot from reader Trevor, who reminds us that just because you have immense powers doesn't mean you can't live a fun life: "Here's Champions Online, where even DJs can be heroes and heroes can be DJs."

I just want to know what kind of music a caped crusader would spin up. You could get away with pretty much anything because who's going to complain when you can melt faces with eye beams?

MMOs have a tender side to them that isn't often seen amidst all of the mindless slaughter. Reader Derrick submitted this to remind us that the bonds that we forge in mucking about can last for all eternity.

"Mabinogi is running an event called Doki Doki Island in which you can pick a 'soulmate' to earn Romance Points with by doing events and sticking around together. Turns out I have a bromance going on, and here is a screenshot showing off the ability to fly together once we earned enough points."

I know what you're thinking, and the answer is "no." No, I can't get enough of Guild Wars 2's Super Adventure Box, at least in a voyeuristic sense. Part of me can't believe that this ever got greenlit. Part of me feels as though my life is vindicated because it did.

Reader Siphaed sets the table: "This is me, an Asura Elementalist, with my trusty Pointy Stick looking all tough at a picnic that I having with a princess inside the Super Adventure Box. It's just after she was kidnapped by a big black knight with flaming swords."

Our screenshot challenge for the week is to get right up in a bad guy's face and take a picture or two of his ugly mug. Let's see what our enemies look like up close and very personal!

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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