By Kei Beneza (Dividelife), OnRPG Journalist
In this fiendish night of screams, they laugh until it haunts your dreams. Flying like ghouls in the darkness of the night, filling your room with dreaded fright. LOL! I’m no good at this. Hey guys and ghouls, it’s time to celebrate Halloween along with your favorite MMOGs. Yes ghouls and goblins (and I’m not talking about the World of Warcraft ones), the spirit of Halloween is truly in the air. Pumpkin monsters, Headless Horsemen, everything is set to prepare us for all Hallow’s eve. It has been a while since MMOs started to join the whole Jack ‘o Lantern scene, which is why we at Onrpg.com have decided to make the first ever “MMO Jack o’ Lantern contest”.
The Aion Cut
Looks like Aion managed to start the fight well with its traditional Jack o’ Lantern cut. Crooked witch-like teeth, the wide smile, triangular eyes, yep! It’s definitely the classic traditional Jack o’ Lantern. This design is probably the easiest face to cut. If it’s that easy for us human beings, those sword-wielding characters must’ve carved that face in less than a minute. It’s actually quite funny that a new MMO like Aion Online would resort to such old tactics.
The Cabal Action-packed Cut
Hmm, it would seem that Cabal Online have worked hard on this one! As you can see, the pumpkin’s shape is well emphasized on this one. As you may have noticed, the game used the traditional Jack o’ lantern and bloated it up to amazing proportions. The smile looks terrific and the lighting inside the pumpkin head is captivating. Awesome Jack o’ lantern right there folks.
The Perfect world smiley cut
This isn’t a jack o’ lantern, this is Mr. Perfect carved unto a pumpkin head. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever seen such a Jack o’ lantern… The perfect teeth, the happy eyes, this should be a Jack o’ lantern benchmark (LOL). Looks like it’s focused on the fun side of Halloween; then again, it looks much scarier than the original Jack o’ lanterns. Sheesh!
The PREPARED World of Warcraft cut
Hold your headless horses! It’s not over yet! It would seem that World of Warcraft had something up their sleeve. Hmmm, that grin is pretty scary. First of all, the detail on this polygonal pumpkin is just way awesome. Azeroth’s pumpkin has fangs instead of the square-ish teeth. There’s no doubt that the citizens of Azeroth came well prepared. Oh wait… that’s me O__O!
The 2d Ragnarok Cut
2D is not dead yet folks! Ragnarok has entered the competition as well. There are 2 pumpkin heads in Ragnarok online, one from a monster and one worn by players. What’s good about the 2d pumpkin is the way it delivers its details. As you can see, shadow effects are a lot more effective and a lot more visible in 2d than in 3d. It’s a masterpiece, possibly something you would want to wear, but does it have the influence to actually beat the other pumpkin masters of the MMO World?
The Gigantic Maple Story cut
And yet another 2d pumpkin cut. Now instead of being an interactive pumpkin, this one is fully there for aesthetic purposes, giving players a good view of the gigantic pumpkin. This is perhaps the biggest pumpkin (comparing character scales from each game of course) that entered the competition. Awesome detail, the features were nicely cut, and on top of all that (literally) a nice finishing touch with the witch’s hat. Nothing can probably scream Halloween like this big sucker.
The Final Fantasy Hat o’ lantern
Speaking of hats, Final Fantasy XI has come up with their own version where instead of cutting pumpkins, they button patches into it in order to define its features. The detail isn’t that bad as well. With its patched up eyes and diamond grin (or is it a frown), this pumpkin is a formidable entry.
The Guild Wars cut
Yeah, it’s pretty hard to judge the pumpkin when your eyes are locked onto its awesome body (LOL). Introducing the Guild Wars entry! Much like WoW’s pumpkin, this head reeks of evil. The glow detail is quite exquisite, giving the head a much frightening look. Guild wars also made this entry rather dark, making the lantern glow a bit more threatening. I can’t say for sure if Guild Wars has this competition nailed, but it looks like their Jack o’ lantern is going to be one of the top competitors.
The Cut for fun Flyff Cut
And again we have another happy jack! This one is a bit more threatening for a happy non-fanged jack o’ lantern, and unlike other lanterns, this one has its mouth slightly closed. It’s more like an evil smirk than a smile really. Its eyes are positioned in an upper-triangular angle, allowing that grin to send its “I will kill you and rip you apart with a smile on my face” look.
Shin Megami Tensei’s Pyro Jack cut
And for our last entry, we have Pyro Jack from Shin Megami Tensei. Nothing takes Jack o’ lantern more seriously than this fellow right here. Here we have a creature with named Jack with a pumpkin for a head and to top it all off, he’s carrying a lantern! This Jack o’ lantern doesn’t glow much like the ones from other games, instead the glow is exclusively locked unto its eyes, giving it a more horrendous look. It also carries the witch hat along with a cloak that seems to match the whole setup.
It seems that all of our competitors have done a splendid job at carving their respective lanterns, and although we would like to declare em’ all as winners, only one lantern can emerge victorious. So without further adieu, the winner of the Onrpg MMO Jack o’ lantern contest is…
Yes I’m stalling…
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Come on! Drop pressing down and hit the mouse wheel already!
MAPLE STORY’s very own GIGANTIC CUT
Yes folks, the detail of this baby really matches the whole idea of Halloween, it provides the horror, fun, and spirit of all hallows eve. The other MMOs did a pretty good job, but this one managed to stand out regardless of its tough competition. Anyway, that concludes this bout of hooks and spooks! See ya next year.