Feeling like part of the party

As someone who lives half a planet away from where every big video game event happens, I sometimes get a little bit sadder than I should be* knowing that I can’t attend them. They are just another reality, another world.

* Technically, I shouldn’t be sad at all.

E3, Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show, Blizzcon and the latest one: the FFXIV FanFest. They’re all fantasies themselves. Perhaps they’re not what I expect them to be. But still… who hasn’t dreamed of being at E3 during the reveal of a fantastic game, getting some game-themed mementos, or being surrounded by people that enjoy love what you love?

It’s with this in mind that I’m quite surprised (and glad) with what the team behind Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is doing with this conventions. You see, at this events, they have “Primal Challenges” which involve attendees trying their hand at a Primal battle (Titan, Leviathan, Ramuh, etc). If successful they are rewarded with loot like a fancy T-shirt or other memorabilia.

I wish I could be there and try this…

But here’s the deal: Every time a group defeats a Primal, a random server in the game will see all of its players receive a small in-game item (in this case, earrings).

Dodo Earrings

If you “speak XIVish” you’ll notice that the item is, esentially, useless. No stats or bonuses, not convertible to Materia, untradable. It can only be used as a Glamour (have an item take on the appearance of another).

But none of this matters. It’s a way to keep players interested. Make people like me who cannot attend feel like we are somehow participating in it all! Even if it is in an incredibly tiny, silly (and even rigged) way.

This TGS will not be the first time SquareEnix has done this. It’s a smart idea, and just one of the many things they’re doing to make XIV special. Kudos!

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