I’m going to throw another element into the mix – landscape screencaps.
(I swear I will get back to the fictional elements of this blog. I’m just having a hard time focusing creative energy because my brain’s too busy screaming in rage at my government. So… pretty pictures! Yay!)
Aesthetics are super important to me; I love eye candy. It guides my choices of character clothing and appearance, but I also spend hours at a time wandering through Tamriel just to look at it. MMOs are always a little bit limited in terms of the highest-end graphic capabilities, because the game has to be run on a large number of devices, not all of which can handle all the bells and whistles. But wow, did the devs do a gorgeous job rendering ESO. I screencap constantly as I play and use the shots as my screensaver at work. How pretty is this?
I’m starting with this one because it was a bit of an emotional moment for me. I’m pretty sure it’s Auridon, because I hadn’t been playing long, and it was the first time I’d run into Ayleid ruins in ESO. Up to that point I had known I was in Tamriel, the TES world, but when I walked up to this brazier of welkynd stones, the sense of nostalgia for Oblivion hit me really hard – I was looking at something in the landscape that I recognized. Not those particular ruins or stones, obviously, (Oblivion was in Cyrodil) but still: Ayleid ruins and welkynd stones… I felt like I was home. 🙂
I had been heading somewhere for a quest, but instead immediately ran to the ruin you can see in the distance. Esp. funny for me because I had gotten so sick of the homogenous nature of those ruins when playing Oblivion, but there I was, racing across the field, going, “ermahgawd, Ayleid ruins!” like a total dweeb.
Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend, and don’t let the bastards get you down.