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Watch ‘Final Fantasy’ gamers hold virtual Pride parade

By Will Stroude

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gamers have held a virtual Pride parade to celebrate the game’s recent inclusion of same-sex relationships and marriage.

Members of the multiplayer online role-playing game marched through the fictional world of Eorzea last Friday (July 18) and captured the results of the so-called ‘Pixel Pride’ on video.

The event was organised by online LGBT group The Rough Trade Gaming Community to celebrate Final Fantasy‘s recent decision to include same-sex marriage and relationships in its latest update.

Speaking about the company’s decision at the time, game producer Naoki Yoshida said: “Why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other? And so we decided to go this way.”

The Rough Trade Gaming Community also explained that the event was held to commemorate the life of Lawrence Hong, a society member who was tragically murdered in Canada earlier this year.

You can watch the heart-warming Pixel Pride march – which appears to end with a celebratory spell-casting by the sea – in the video below:

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