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To make is easier to track what themes have been suggested, this will be a central location for proposing themes for future Screenshot of the Week contests.

Please limit answers to one theme per answer to allow for voting on individual themes. For submission, please have a short summary like "Glitches and bugs", followed by a small summary.

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    Will answers be removed once the theme has been done? Apr 20, 2020 at 22:53
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    @FabianRöling no, we will reuse themes in the future
    – Dragonrage Mod
    Apr 20, 2020 at 22:54

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frightening Allies.

Show the ally that makes you scared; even you know she/he is on your side.

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  • Similar idea to this theme, "Strange Company" where the allies can be just wacky, odd, or otherwise out of place.
    – Booga Roo
    Nov 6, 2022 at 16:15
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Theme idea: Food

What delicious morsels exist in your game? Is it a mountain of meat? A world made of cake? Would you eat that meal if it was on your plate?

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Theme idea: Out of bounds

Anything cool or interesting that's placed outside the bonds of a map, or anything that requires you to go out of the bounds to see close or in better detail.

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    If only I still had my Xbox360 & Halo 3 :( Dec 20, 2022 at 1:41
  • If you have the Halo DVD, you may be able to emulate it pretty decently. There's lots of out of bounds stuff in that game, and everything I've seen (so far) was interesting. (And no, I've never played it.) Dec 20, 2022 at 2:11
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Theme Idea Weapon Customization

Do trick out your sword to burn your foes with blue flames on a hit, or have you somehow managed to fit five different scopes on your gun, or perhaps you've decided to use a tool that isn't really supposed to be a weapon in the first place.

This'll be the week to share it


Theme Featured in:

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    Tarkov be like: "Yo Dawg, I heard you like sniper scopes, so we put a sniper scope in your sniper scope, so you can snipe while you snipe"
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Jul 14, 2022 at 16:39
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Theme idea: A still more glorious dawn awaits

Show your coolest sunrise/dawn screenshots.

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Minigames

Screenshots from a minigame in a game you like and play.
Like, for example, Sphere Break in

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Theme idea: Colored Squares

Submissions must come from pixel-graphic games (8-bit and 16-bit).

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Theme idea: Exclusive

Share your favorite Mario, Halo, Ratchet & Clank, or any number of console-exclusive characters with some that may not know them!

Games must be exclusive to a single company's consoles, for example only on Sony PS3 and PS4. Also acceptable are titles getting a later PC release, such as The Master Chief Collection.

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  • I think this theme is along the same lines as series-specific themes (last discussion regarding this was in SotW 12). Restricting it to a specific console would limit who has the ability post a submission Sep 10, 2020 at 16:28
  • @Wondercricket The exception here is that it's not restricted to one console, but rather any console that has a game unplayable to users without that console (plus PC versions of those games). So anyone can contribute to this theme, regardless of their hardware.
    – Batophobia
    Sep 10, 2020 at 16:34
  • @BoogaRoo It's not that the characters are restricted, but rather the specific game. For example, Cloud Strife can be seen outside PS hardware, but FF7 was exclusive to the first PlayStation and Smash Bros is exclusive to Nintendo, so those games all would work.
    – Batophobia
    Sep 29, 2020 at 16:47
  • @BoogaRoo PC releases do not count against exclusivity for the purposes of this criteria.
    – Batophobia
    Sep 29, 2020 at 17:35
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Theme: "Wait, that's illegal"

Show us moments or things that feel illegal (in the context and scope of the game), but are completely legal

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Theme idea: The Great Outdoors

Submit a screenshot of an outdoor scene - anything that isn't indoors!
From the TimmyJimtionary: "outdoors, adverb: anything that isn't indoors" (credit)


Theme featured in:

  1. Screenshot of the Week #64 - The Great Outdoors
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Theme idea: Relaxing

Any location, scene or environment you felt was quiet, relaxing or enjoyable for your senses.

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Theme idea: Is this for ants?

Anything that's way smaller than necessary, clearly made for Mr Chang.

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Theme idea: Machines of War

Show us your weaponized vehicles made to smash, burn, and otherwise destroy your opponents' stuff.

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Theme idea: Aerials

Screenshots taken from midair or from flying vehicles.

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Theme Idea: Preinstalled Games

You've just bought a new gaming device, or fresh installed your operating system. What games or demos were preinstalled? Which ones do you remember fondly (or not so fondly?)

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Exploits

Show us your favourite exploit in the form of a screenshot!

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Theme: Cute and Cuddly

Any animal/creature really cute that made you say "Awww!"

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Theme: Gaming Tatoos, or How do you rep gaming IRL?

Show us how gaming shows up when you are not in front of the screen!

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  • This is an interesting theme. I've been wanting to get a gaming tattoo for a good while now, but never did it. The idea would be getting a Pokeball for each of my kids Sep 8, 2021 at 16:36
  • lol the idea came to me that I have my avatar (the sombrero guy) tatooed on my arm. But yeah I love the idea of a pokeball for each of your kids. The tatoo artist that made mine had as a personal objective to tatoo each of the OG 151 pokemon lol.
    – Fredy31 Mod
    Sep 8, 2021 at 18:02
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    I always identified with sombrero guy since I saw it in Paper Mario because I am shy, but I don't mind when I need to put my party on.
    – Fredy31 Mod
    Sep 8, 2021 at 18:03
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    Hope to see this in the future, I have one too!
    – pinckerman
    Sep 23, 2021 at 22:37
  • Wait, can I screenshot my tattoos? lol Mar 3, 2022 at 20:42
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Show us your hero's determination.

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  • How would one illustrate this? I'm just wondering what one could submit for this theme.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Jan 31, 2022 at 1:08
  • Like this ibb.co/WDqp120
    – nobody
    Jan 31, 2022 at 14:26
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Castles

From the stone edifices of yore to neo-Gothic follies*, from magnificent pinnacles of architectural skill and ingenuity to the also magnificent battered ruins of time forgotten.

* Not particularly abundant in video games.


I realize I already proffered Residence, but castles are so cool they deserve a dedicated theme.

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