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Friends and players honor deceased FFXIV player with in-game memorial

PSU writes:

"Osa Talo, an Elezen female in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the Cerberus server, has passed away in real life. Friends, guildmates, and fellow players gathered in-game for a memorial in honor and remembrance of Osa.

Redditors came together today to share memories of Osa and the service, which took place on the front steps of the Sanctum of the Twelve in the East Shroud." (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, PC, PS3, PS4)

GribbleGrunger  +   569d ago | Well said
There's something really beautiful and poignant about this. People who play games like this are often seen as geeky or social outcasts but this demonstrates something I find remarkable in an age of growing virtual space. Whilst family and friends can gather around and attend the real life funeral or gather around the grave to lay down their flowers, those who are distanced by geography can come together as one and grieve too.

They may only appear to be polygonal representations of real people, but this shows how emotions can transcend earthly limitations and bring out the very thing that makes us human. Perhaps lobbyists who rail against video games as a force of evil should consider moments like this when gamers show solidarity in the face of great sadness.

I don't believe in God, I never have and I never will, but I do believe in people, and it's moments like this that cement that notion and remind me to never forget.

"I hit a low as a tank and was ready to hang up my sword and shield, Osa pushed me and gave me the strength I needed to continue, for both the game and life in general."

"Osa will surely be missed. She was a wonderful player and person who was willing to do everything she could to help everyone. RIP Osa you will be forever in our hearts"

This should be a reminder to everyone that we are not just text on a forum or a character in a game, we are real people communicating in the only way we can.
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GribbleGrunger  +   569d ago
I hope people approve this article. It just feels disrespectful not to.
Roccetarius  +   569d ago
Take a look at what happens with a Funeral gone wrong.

This was done on a PvP server, so they were obviously more vulnerable.
DragonKnight  +   569d ago
Roccetarius: Was there a point to your comment, because I can't find any, especially any that relates to the message GribbleGrunger was trying to convey.

There always has to be someone. *sigh*
vishmarx  +   569d ago
FOX news begs to differ.according to them gamers are a**hole criminals who shoot anything that moves and are a bigger than to humanity than terrorists and nuclear weapons.wish theyd report stuff like this too

beautiful post btw.
nope111  +   569d ago
You gotta love the respect these gamers have for each other.
SoulSercher620  +   569d ago
This is what I like to see in gaming. People coming together to honor a fallen comrade/friend.
fullmetal156  +   569d ago
Im a grown ass man and this made me almost cry haha damm the invisible onions.
ArbitorChief  +   569d ago
This reminds of me of the time when two people got married on Halo 3.
elda  +   569d ago
FogLight  +   569d ago
That is just beautiful. A community like this deserves huge recognition as they care about each other as it is evidenced in this article.

Rest in peace Osa Talo...
Bladesfist  +   569d ago
I love the sense of community there is in these types of games on PC. You never get this with competitive games.
BoriboyShoGUN  +   569d ago
I know what you mean, I love the Guild Wars community people helping strangers, joining forces etc. You just don't have games on consoles that create that same atmosphere, but with more MMO's on consoles now maybe that can change.
Bladesfist  +   569d ago
Exactly the community I was thinking about. I have never seen such a friendly community in my many years of console gaming.
DragonKnight  +   569d ago
"You just don't have games on consoles that create that same atmosphere."

Umm, what? You clearly haven't played very many console games.
Baka-akaB  +   569d ago
Except it's not even really true. Whenever some known figures died in a few fighting games community , they had respect and showed support among other examples .

Its displayed in stuff involving both consoles and a competitive aspect .

It's not always about yelling at each other and being mad you lost . And if anything , let's not even pretend those aspect arent as present in mmos , especially when those DO feature competitive aspects and rankings . There is a big difference in mmo communities and attitude circa EQ and Post WoW to boot , even if it varies from games to games .

The biggest jerks i've seen online were back in my days of Counterstrike , pre-source Days of Defeat , and Lineage 2 ...Idiots are everywhere
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dcj0524  +   569d ago
You must not play console games lol
DCfan  +   569d ago
lol, have to be that guy, huh?
Well, i guess you never played MGO, or PSO.
While MGO on its last months seemed like a cesspool, it had some awesome people who played it till the end and are trying to revive the whole thing.
djplonker  +   569d ago

Ff14 is on ps3 & ps4 aswell...
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Gohadouken  +   569d ago
Not to mention that FFXI and XIV while thriving on pc , were obviously created with consoles in mind .

And let's not even forget stuff like Phantasy Star Online , Monster Hunter that got no issues having and building communities . Or the simple wealth of couch co-op games and 4-8 players palooza
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MasterCornholio  +   569d ago
I remember attending a wedding in EQ once and I thought the couple didnt really get married in real life but they did.

It was so awkward for me at the time.
kevinsheeks  +   569d ago
There is beauty in this online world people who thought love wasn't for them are finding it is just it was so far a distance but now it's possible

virtual reality can be touch us inside and have meaning if we want it too
g4n  +   569d ago
Much of my reaction could depend on the cause of death. If it's one of those poop sock kid dying of starvation playing MMOs then, well, nm...
DragonKnight  +   569d ago
So your reaction to people who thought of this person as being wonderful enough to have an online, in-game memorial depends on how she died? What kind of logic is that.

She died of illness, not that it should be important for this kind of thing but clearly some people need to know that information to have at least a semblance of decency.
iceman06  +   569d ago
Don't even BEGIN to understand this line of thought! As if death, in any form, is not a sad moment for those that shared time with the deceased!?!
dcj0524  +   568d ago
Come on: if she died from a police shoot out or a suicide bombing I wouldn't be as sad.
Jubez187  +   569d ago
Damn that's a tight knit server for sure. RIP to the player, it's great that all of her friends that couldn't attend her real funeral did that for her. Games bringing people together, who knew that was possible nowadays!
Dustinf11  +   568d ago
Imagine this happening in a COD group... all I've ever heard during my 2 shorts sessions was shit talking and disrespectful kids. I dont know, maybe mmorpg brings people closer, but COD doesn't.

That seems kind of redundant and obvious actually...

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