Posts Tagged ‘Screenshots’

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Screenshot Of The Day: Pleasure Yacht

July 24, 2013

I’m no fan of grinding daily quests, not even when it involves zipping around on a tropical island with a jet pack for Star Trek Online’s Risa event. But hey, a starship reward in exchange for a mere 3 minutes of my evening, for 25 days? I thought it was totally worth it. Behold my new Risian Corvette and its custom paint job!

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Okay, look, it’s a pleasure yacht. If I can’t deck it in the most gaudy of color combinations and make it the biggest eyesore in the galaxy, then what’s the point? You can never go wrong with psychedelic neon pink and green, and if you look straight deep into its forward nacelles you might even imagine to see the clear and shimmering azure skies of a tropical paradise.

And like a tweep of mine pointed out, if anyone dares make fun of my new corvette, I can just tell them it’s painted lovingly with the blood of my Klingon enemies from Star Trek VI.

Anyway, following the age-old the tradition of naming all my ships on my main character after earth’s biomes, I’ve dubbed this newest monstrosity in my hangar “Reef”. It only feels appropriate.

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TSW: The Knights of Mercy Shaken, Not Stirred

July 18, 2013

Okay. The Secret World team has seriously outdone themselves this time with the latest update Issue 7: A Dream to Kill. I know you’re all probably sick and tired by now of hearing me lament the fact that not more people are playing this gem of a game, but after experiencing this new update, I just gotta say it once again: Seriously! Why the hell aren’t more people playing this game?!?!?

Anywho, by now it’s clear that each update comes with a theme. For example, last issue was Last Train to Cairo, exuding major Indiana Jones vibes. And well, if Issue 6 was all “Indy”, then Issue 7 was all “Bond, James Bond”. It was just so awesome, I feel like I have to share.

Caveat: Here be spoilers! If you haven’t played Issue 7 yet and are planning to soon, you might want to skip this.

On Monday night, two groups of brave guildies from The Knights of Mercy gathered in Transylvania to start the mission chain. They say “Strength in numbers”, but I also say “Oh thank God I don’t have to go through this alone because this quest is creeping me the hell out!”

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This? No, that’s not creepy at all!

And did I mention that I hate dolls? I never grew up with any, because they scared me. Those dolls with their glassy staring eyes, especially those that open and close them when you pick them up? GAH. Needless to say, there were some tough places for me in this issue. Dolls, dolls, dolls, everywhere. And when I see one sitting in the middle of a dark room surrounded by a haunting light and demonic looking circle, of course I just have to run up to check it out.

Pretty sure this is how a lot of horror movies start out.

It’s heartening to see that the TSW updates are still of such high quality, even in this tough economy when staff and resources might be more limited. Every issue has been solid so far, in terms of writing, voice work, cinematics, the whole shebang. There’s quite a while to wait between each release, but can you blame them? I’m just happy to know each issue is so well thought out and lovingly crafted; they really don’t skimp on the details, and that’s all a player can ask for.

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Dude, relax, I just wanted to hug your bear. All you had to say was “no”.

The addition of snowmobiles for a section of this quest chain inevitably led my guildies and I into a discussion of the possibility of mounts or vehicles in TSW’s future. There were some ideas thrown around, like maybe we’ll one day be able to ride horses or scooters in game instead of sprinting everywhere at inhuman speeds. I personally liked the idea of Segways that someone suggested. I mean, how cool would that be?

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Group shot with said snowmobiles.

This next pic confused me. It begs the question, why bother with a parachute when there isn’t even fall damage in this game? Granted, I suppose it would make for a much less dramatic leap from the exploding bridge.

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Bond, Laeyn Bond.

Oh dear. The scariest sight yet. Pid dancing!

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A break from the action, back to the horror.

OH, WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?!

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I am in hell.

Bravo, Funcom, bravo. I am amazed and impressed (and I’ve wet my pants). Best issue yet!

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The Companion Pet Haul

July 10, 2013

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Gamer Chick household, and you can always tell that’s the case when I’ve been light on gaming, and my blog posts when I get around to writing ‘em also tend to be heavy on the pictures! Thankfully, all the things I’ve planned to do in my MMOs have been pretty accessible. This year feels like the summer of special events, events, events.

For one, I’m so glad that Funcom extended their anniversary celebration for The Secret World for a week, allowing me more time to hit all the world bosses and maybe try my luck at some of the event-exclusive loot. With my luck, I have a feeling it’s going to take a while if I want to go all completionist and collect all the companion pets and special eyepieces that drop from them. Truth is, I could care less about the gear — as you know, my obsession is with mini-pets.

Anyway, out of more than 10 boss kills so far in TSW, I’ve only gotten two. Ugh, I freaking hate this “random drops” crap. This Shem pet that looks like a pile of poop was the first I got. He’s so ugly, but I don’t care — he broke my long streak of picking up nothing but “celebration flares” and signet bags, so I love him!

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Star Trek Online is also currently running their Risa summer event, and so far I’ve been a good girl doing my “Flying High” daily every day working towards earning my Risian Corvette. Once in a while and only if the hunt is up, I’ll collect a Horga’hn or two for the hell of it — which is why I was shocked when I actually picked up an egg.

Yeah, I hatched that sucker into a Risian tropical bird pet like there was no tomorrow. I ended up with the Seaspray chick, and honestly, one is enough for me.

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I know I’m always lamenting about my poor luck when it comes to drops, but sometimes fortune does smile upon me, and often it’s when I least expect it. I run World of Warcraft LFRs on my Monk healer once in a while, hoping to pick up some gear upgrades in Throne of Thunder. The last run I did yielded none…but the Horridon kill did leave me with a Pygmy Direhorn, which actually made me happier than any piece of purple armor could.

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A Year Of TSW…Captured In Polaris

July 5, 2013

I’m still in a celebration mood for the 1-Year Anniversary of The Secret World. For the hell of it, here’s a gallery of some of the awesome folk (plus their outfits, of course) with whom I’ve had the pleasure of running Polaris. I like to think of it as like those damn cameras they place on roller coasters to take pictures of the most perfect and precious moments in life.

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One of my favorite screenshots of any game ever.

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Rocket Man and the Cowboy Bumpkin.

Aren't you...chilly?

Aren’t you…chilly?

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The couple that slays together stays together.

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Ma’am, that wasn’t very lady-like.

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I know who you are from the color of your murderous eyes.

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Someone clearly has not read Chapter 4 of the Templar handbook on the dangers of a flailing hammer on an airborne chopper.

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I get pissed off every time I see this shot, due to being cruelly reminded of the fact female characters are unable to purchase “Brain Beanies”.

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The Lone Ranger and the Prima Donna

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How YOU doin’?

And our star:

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BOO!

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Screenshots Of The Day: Parasailing is For Chumps, Jet Packs Are The Way To Go!

July 1, 2013

Star Trek Online’s Lohlunat Festival summer event has been running since late last week, opening up a new resort island on Risa, its pristine beaches bringing all manner of spacefarers to this tropical tourist planet. I could barely find parking for my spaceship and had to sleep behind the damn dumpsters because it’s peak season and all the rooms are booked up.

But man, the view is totally worth it:

Pool Boy

Helloooooo, Mr. Beefcake! Er, wait, sorry. You were thinking more of a panoramic seascape kinda view? Well, I’ve got some of those too:

Flying High

There are lots of new activities to do and even more rewards to earn, but the one thing I want to focus on for this event is obtaining the Risian Corvette starship. That means doing the “Flying High” daily for at least 25 days before August 2nd, which rewards 40 Lohlunat pearls a pop for a total of 1000 by the end of the grind.

Normally, I abhor these kinds of daily farms for anything, but Risa’s so beautiful I almost don’t mind at all.

Floater

The quest requires the player to rent or buy a “floater” (from here on out referred to as a JET PACK! because it just sounds so much cooler) and go around the island flying in whatever wonky patterns the game wishes you to do. Hey, you’re the boss, STO. I’ll do whatever you ask, as long as you give me my damn starship.

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Whoa. Seriously, though. Can you imagine if STO had launched with worlds like this?

Sunset

You can literally watch the sun go down. That’s what I was doing in the screenshot above, taking five precious minutes out of my Horga’hn Hunt to enjoy sunset and see the last rays of light disappear below the horizon.

Pretty unfortunate place to park a cruise ship right in the middle of the view though, I have to say.

Moons

And at night, the twin moons rising. Okay, when I’m done this silly little treasure hunt, I seriously gotta get my First Officer down here for some nookie.

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TSW: Tonight We Dine In Hell

June 18, 2013

The Secret World Monday Night crew has been been raring to run some of the elite dungeons in Transylvania for a while now; we were just waiting for the right time. And apparently, this was the week.

Out of the choices available we figured that The Facility was too “filthy”, and since you would have be out of your mind to want to get your feet wet in a place called The Slaughterhouse, in the end we decided on the not-that-much-less-innocuous-sounding Hell Eternal. Talk about settling on the lesser of three evils.

Anyway, here are some screenies from the night. Hopefully y’all are ready for a bunch of pictures featuring my red-hot-pants-clad backside:

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First boss. I’m so glad I packed an outfit that complements this place and its denizens. Our hosts in hell have been extremely hospitable and gracious; I would hate to have put them in an awkward position by making an embarrassment of myself.

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Love this shot I got of a two-headed hell monster. Would love it even more if I weren’t dead.

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“Hah, is that all you’ve got? I feel like I’m getting more of a challenge from this crud I’m finding under my fingernails…”

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…says the foolish little girl right before she was utterly crushed by the cruel wrath of a fallen angel.

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After a few painful tries, success! The reward for completing all the Hell series dungeons is Theodore Wicker’s “Dandy Hellraiser” outfit. Here we are in our new threads, with the boys showing off their impressive chest scars and me in the middle, showing off my…well, you know.

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Screenshot Of The Day: The Unicorn Whisperer

May 28, 2013

What I wore for The Secret World Monday:

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I don’t remember exactly who it was, but a couple weeks ago during one of our regular hangouts on Teamspeak, a guildie mentioned I should totally buy the unicorn mask and take a screenshot with my husband in the horse mask.

Uh, hey, whatever rocks your socks! Ask and you shall receive!

Now ain’t that a frightening sight. *SHUDDER*

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