Summer School Class of XIV
Buenos dias, everyone!
Spring break might be long past, but the FFXIV team has headed to Mexico to party! Okay, maybe not that kind of party, but they are down in lovely Guadalajara to attend a large-scale event known as Campus Party. Foxclon has been snapping photos and reporting in from the venue, so let's take a look at what this event entails.
From the outside, the entrance looks like your standard game show or convention, but it's actually quite unique. The roots of this event come from holding a LAN party, and multiple wide-spanning areas were organized to accommodate this.
These areas are filled to the brim with gamers who bring their own PCs to play games, watch videos, and do other fun activities together. With the blazing heat in Mexico during the summer, this makes for a perfect retreat as the air conditioner is constantly pumping out cold wind to create a comfortable gaming environment.
The selling of merchandise is also permitted, and various items can be found for sale at tables. Among all the game demos and the booths selling PC parts, there were some rather interesting sights...
School is in session! There were a good amount of these kind of booths where it seemed lectures were being given about various topics. Definitely something you don't see at all of the other game shows.
I guess that's the "campus" aspect of this LAN party!
No event would be complete without a huge truck in the middle of the venue!
And in the midst of all this, we have our FFXIV booth.
There was a section that introduced the game to streamers.
The booth was also handing out special "survival kits" to attendees!
These kits included a tooth brush set, hand sanitizer, and other helpful items. If you're not familiar with this event, I'm sure you are asking, "Why would anyone need any of this?" The answer has to do with another unique aspect of Campus Party!
Let's take a look at "The Village" located on the top floor of the venue!
The rows of tents go on forever!
If you want to game all night with other attendees, you can purchase space (a tent) for a small fee and even bring it home with you after the event is over. There's even AC and a shower area that can be used as well!
Looking at the overall picture of all these tents lined up is reminiscent of the Matrix or some kind of sci-fi movie that shows off alien pods, making for a very interesting looking space!
Additionally, there were various stage spaces for panels and other content.
Foxclon saw this kind of stage and assumed Yoshida would be giving his keynote at a similar sized area.
Well, they showed him where he was actually going to give his keynote...
I suppose it is a bit bigger than expected! I wonder how Yoshida reacted when he found out...
There will be more from Campus Party, so stay tuned!