In what must be a first for Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming, players in Final Fantasy XVI have held an LGBTI Pixel Pride March.
Members of the LGBTI inclusive Rough Trade Gaming Community dressed their characters in the colors of the gay pride flag and marched in color formations through the virtual world of Eorzea on 19 July.
The event was held to celebrate the June announcement that players will be able to have same-sex relationships and marry characters of the same-sex in the reboot of the game Final Fantasy XVI: A Realm Reborn.
The event was also held to commemorate the life of Canadian Rough Trade Gaming Community member Lawrence Hong who died in April following a mass stabbing incident in Calgary.
He had been on the verge of graduating from the University of Calgary in a degree in Urban Studies.