Games that have a long and storied history online, like Final Fantasy XIV, develop communities that nobody would have ever expected. Recently, one of those communities decided that they wanted to get together and perform the song All-Star—as made famous by the Shrek movies.
Launched in 2013, Final Fantasy XIV is similar to games like Knights of the Old Republic or World of Warcraft. Players have an open world to explore and there are updates to the universe that continually bring players back into the game. You get to choose who you are in this game, what skills you will use, and your overall place in the story. Part of the charm of these kinds of games is that there is so much player interaction—and such a rich community—that the distinction between reality and the game gets blurred quite frequently.
That’s where Twitter user @Rubberninja comes in. The user—somehow—ran across footage of a group of Final Fantasy players who had gotten together for a concert. Using in-game instruments, they coordinated their playing to emulate the sound of Smash Mouth’s hit All-Star.
It’s hard to tell how many people were involved in this project, but we count seven different avatars playing instruments. There are four playing a sort of mini harp, one trumpeter, and two drummers. We have to admit, it’s extremely impressive to see this kind of coordination. Maybe it sounds clunky or “not-quite-right” in parts, but you have to remember, these players can be half a world away and trumpets can’t play proper chords.
We haven’t experienced live concerts in a while, and while this is still virtual, it’s an actual band. A band that was playing in the virtual streets that you could have visited and listened to. Normal, everyday people made this happen, purely for the sake of making it happen. It’s a truly incredible feat and shows exactly why games like Final Fantasy XIV have shelf-lives that reach or exceed 10 years in length. It’s the communities that power them that make them popular. We hope this band schedules more gigs. We’d love to see what else they can do.
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