Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn contest winners announced

Congratulations to the five—yes, five!—who won.

Hello everyone! Zero here. I know many of you have been waiting for the results of our Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn contest. But before I get to announcing the winners. I wanted to discuss the process I went through picking them. I hope you’ll all take the time to read this!

(If you really just don’t have the time to read, just scroll down to the bottom and you will find the prize information and winners.)

First thing’s first: picking the winners for this contest was incredibly difficult. I read all of the comments over and over again. Some of them made me smile, others made me laugh, some even made me want to cry. One way or another, I was able to connect with just about every single comment posted. I haven’t slept much the last few days. I spent most my usual sleep time reading over the comments again, or listening to my brain think about the contest while I’m trying to sleep. It was grueling. In other words… picking the winners was hard! I still feel bad that so many of you had great comments and I didn’t have enough rewards. I just want all of you to know that even if you didn’t win, your comment is still important to me!

Some of you posted about real life struggles, hardships that you or a loved one are going through, or just made it through. Reading about them, regardless of detail or magnitude, made me sad. I’ve experienced really tough times, I’ve helped a loved one get through them. I’ve been there! I know that words only mean so much here, but I want to say this anyway. You are not alone! I know some days are tougher than others, life is really awful sometimes, but things get better, I promise! Never forget that! If you just need someone to talk to, feel free to e-mail me if you want! Add me on Twitter! I’ll gladly listen and try to help in any way I can! I certainly hope life starts to improve for you all very soon. Maybe it already has? Just remember, I’m on your side, and I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

I was surprised to read that many of you have never played an MMORPG before. I hope that regardless of this contest, you’ll give one a chance. MMORPGs allow you to create memories that other games simply can’t. These memories stick with you forever, and you will always treasure them.

Okay, I think I can finally move on to announcing the winners. I hope that you took time to read the above. It played a big role in me deciding to change up the prizes. Yes, that’s right. I decided—no I was forced—to change the prizes. Now, before you start raging you might want to read on.

I tried to slowly eliminate comments until I narrowed them down to three. That proved to be impossible for me. There were just too many great comments. I couldn’t do it. I really wish everyone could have won something. I couldn’t do that, but I had to do something! I decided I had to bump up the winners from three to five. That means that five of you will win a prize! How does this change the grand prize? Or second and third place?

The first place prize is now a copy of Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PC or PS3—your choice—with a one-year subscription and all of the digital Collector’s Edition bonuses. That includes the pre-order bonuses, as well. (That means you get: Final Fantasy XIV, a one-year subscription, early access, and the following in game items: Cait Sith Doll Minion, Mog Cap, Helm of Light, Coeurl Mount, Behemoth Barding Chocobo Armour, and the Baby Behemoth Minion.)

Second place is now a copy of Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PC or PS3 with the pre-order bonuses and a four-month subscription!

Third place is now a copy of Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PC or PS3 with the pre-order bonuses and a two-month subscription.

(Don’t worry! The subscription prizes don’t begin until the first billing. I’m not going to start counting until after the 30 day trial is up.)

New prizes! Fourth and fifth place win a copy of Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PC or PS3 with the pre-order bonuses.

Again, to clarify, pre-order bonuses include early access, Cait Sith Doll Minion, and the Mog Cap.

I also have a buddy pass that I would love to give away. When I find out for certain that my old buddy pass works in A Realm Reborn. I will be getting in contact with some of you.

I’ve made you wait long enough. I wish everyone could have won the grand prize. Thanks so much for taking the time to read all of this!

Without further ado, the winners are…

  1. Takane Shijou
  2. Ron Vo
  3. Astrid Huang
  4. Kageneko
  5. Kitsune Miku

If you are a winner, I will be contacting you via the email connected to your Disqus account. My email will come from zero [at] gematsu [dot] com. I will also be contacting some of you who just missed the winners cut. I really hope you take the time to read my email and respond! Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

To all the winners, Congratulations! To everyone who entered the contest, thank you! This is just the first of our upcoming Gematsu contests. I plan to try and have a big epic contest like this every few months, with smaller contests in between. Please, feel free to stick around and join our community. If you need a place to introduce yourself, check out our weekly Open Forum. You can discuss anything there, and we are always looking for new users to join in on the discussions!

I plan to share my Final Fantasy XIV character name and the server I’ll be playing on in the comments below. Regardless of if you won or not, I hope you will do the same. Also, feel free to provide any feedback about this contest or my long contest post in the comments. I will read all of them! I promise that my future front page posts will have far less text.

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