Inspired by this post in one of the FFXIV threads, I thought it’d be fun if we shared these kinds of small, fleeting but special stories that you can only experience in a MMO.
I’m not as deep into MMOs as I was back in high school in '08. These days there are too many games that I want to play to dedicate my game time to a single game, and due to their repetitiveness I can’t remain interested in one for more than three months at a time, unless there’s a new patch/expansion.
Even so, during my last months with FFXIV I was lucky enough to be part of one of those stories.
It was past midnight, which meant there was a small number of active players. As I was doing my tasks in Limsa Lominsa (one of the three starting cities), I saw a player using the city chat to announce a certain “Yellow Party” in Gridania (another of the starting cities). The player also asked for people to come to them first for outfitting. I was busy with my tasks at the time, and thus didn’t pay much attention to it.
Many minutes later, the player broadcasted their party again; apparently it was still going. Since I was about to quit and go to bed, I traveled to Gridania to see what was going on.
Right at the entrance I was met with sounds of cheers, laughter, and celebration (players can use emotes to trigger those sound effects). Following them, I found ~15 characters in a circle, all dressed in yellow and dancing together.
That broadcaster suddenly came to me, traded me yellow dyes, and said nothing else. Instinctively, I changed the color of all my equipment to yellow thanks to those dyes, and joined the circle to have some fun.
Every passerby would stop there, look at us puzzled and dance for a while. It was so weird because no one was talking, there was no need for words; you just knew that this was an event, and you could totally be part of it if you wanted so by getting close.
After 15 or so minutes it started to get really late, and one by one people said goodbye (the only word exchange) and left. I didn’t record their names, nor did I meet them again. And I would have missed this weird thing if I had gone to bed early that day.
(I’m the black dude with the fro)
Whether it was in an old MMO a decade ago or a new one, if you were socially engaging you were bound to see a story like that happening in front of you. What are yours?