On February 6 a catastrophic earthquake rocked Türkiye and Syria, leaving over 50,000 useless and much more injured or unaccounted for. In an try to boost funds to help reduction efforts, a few of Closing Fantasy XIV’s greatest bands and bards have come collectively in a Stay Help-inspired FFXIV live performance occasion for the MMORPG, aptly entitled Eorzea Rescue.
“Hearing about it first hand from someone who was actively experiencing it, rather than from a third-party like a news source, made it really hit home for me,” U’Whalon Sthah, the brainchild behind Eorzea Rescue tells PCGamesN. They have been enjoying FFXIV with their good friend Rese when the earthquake struck. “When Rese first mentioned an earthquake, our initial thoughts were fearful, but neither of us believed it would be as serious as it turned out to be.”
As assist pours into affected areas, Closing Fantasy XIV developer Sq. Enix has suspended in-game housing demolition for inactive FFXIV gamers – a system that usually pushes gamers to log wherein, given the circumstances, is not possible for lots of Turkish and Syrian gamers. Firms like Humble Bundle have additionally collaborated with builders to create a charity bundle price over $1,000, with all proceeds going to earthquake reduction charities.
But it surely’s not at all times about grand financial gestures; as a substitute, it’s about on a regular basis kindness. That’s what the Eorzea Rescue live performance is; a show of pure, unadulterated empathy. “I started wondering whether or not there was anything that I could do,” U’Whalon says. “My thoughts turned to real life events; bands doing charity songs or even concerts to raise money, and it made me think, ‘why can’t we do that?’”
Their eyes turned to Stay Help, the 1985 fundraising live performance spearheaded by The Boomtown Rats’ Bob Geldof and Ultravox’s Midge Ure. “When we’re organising in-game events we always try to find ideas from the real world,” fellow organiser Ori tells me. “The 1985 Live Aid concert was truly inspirational, and as a global community we have members across the Atlantic, so naturally we want as many members to be involved for a common humanitarian goal.”
“I’ve always loved the idea of bands and singers coming together for a good cause, so this was my intention when I came up with the idea,” echoes U’Whalon. “I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out and how many bands have jumped on board!”
So what’s the occasion, precisely? Effectively, The Eorzea Rescue kicks off on Friday, March 3 at 6pm GMT / 7pm CEST, and concludes on Saturday March 4 with Bard Bash fest. 34 bands and solo artists will take to the stage in Limsa Lominsa to carry out on Saturday in a spherical robin format, spanning the Chaos, Gentle, and Primal knowledge centres (Louisoix on Chaos, Zodiark on Gentle, and Exodus on Primal).
Server mod and organiser extraordinaire Kiwi tells me that there was no choice course of for the occasion, as a substitute “we are basically trying to fit everyone we could so they can participate in this charity event! We just want to give the public a good moment with good vibes to spread the love.”
However that’s not all. Impressed by a current live performance collection that noticed gamers take to the streets of FFXIV’s capital cities carrying the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag (see the picture above), Kiwi devised the same thought to assist the occasion stand out from the 1000’s milling round in Limsa.
“I suggested that we find a similar concept to make us easily stand out and make people talk about us, so with the help of our official B&B photographer Rey Ornitier, I edited this outfit that can be easily replicated.” The outfit, proven beneath, is impressed by medical scrub gear, and pays homage to the work of Medical doctors Past Borders – the charity that can obtain all the donations to Eorzea Rescue. It’s simply glamoured, doesn’t require you to pour your entire Gil down the drain, and is a loving nod to the rescue staff on the entrance strains.
It’s initiatives like this that heat my coronary heart. In a world fraught with stress, instability, and anguish, tiny acts of kindness go an extended, lengthy manner. In case you’re an FFXIV participant I encourage you to take a wander alongside to the festivities and toss a coin to your Eorzean Witcher – the smallest stones make the most important ripples, in spite of everything.
You possibly can be part of the FFXIV Bards and Bands Discord to maintain updated with the Eorzea Rescue, future festivities, and even create your individual musical menagerie. You can too donate instantly utilizing the occasion’s Tiltify.
Pictures courtesy of Rey Ornitier.