Happy Valentione’s Day 2024!

The Valentione’s Day seasonal event has once again come to Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV from Square Enix. For 2024, participation in the event rewards you with the Love Heart emote showcased in the featured image of this post.

This year’s event features a cameo that made me smile, and we also learn the origin of why the heart is the symbol of Valentione’s Day. What I like about Final Fantasy XIV is how there’s a story and reason for everything. The world is built out in a manner unseen in so many other MMORPGs. This could just be a real-world Valentine’s Day event in a game, but the talent at Square Enix have made it much more than that with the lore and NPC personalities.

Valentione’s Day is one of the earliest events in Final Fantasy XIV I ever attended. My first was in 2014 during the Realm Reborn era, and I’m happy for this 10-year history. As I recall, it occurred concurrently with the return of the Final Fantasy XIII event where Lightning would pop up in the world.

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Valentione Apron Dress Attire from the Valentione’s Day 2014 seasonl event
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I finally unlocked my grand company chocobo during the 2014 event
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Lightning’s hairstyle, also obtained at that time
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Remembering 2014, I took a trip to the original three city-states of Final Fantasy XIV for some costumed screenshots.

The Love Heart emote is easily now one of my favorite emotes, and so I’m spreading the word and also unlocking it on multiple characters. Be sure to get yours before the event ends Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 6:59 a.m. (PST).

Space Invaders in The Sandbox at the Shibuya109 Event

Until March 14, 2024, The Sandbox is running an event called “Space Invaders in Shibuya109 Land.” Naturally, I had to be there. The event is a combination of two experiences, the new “Shibuya Night -SPACE INVADERS-” and a revamped “SHIBUYA109 Fashionable” from last year, now with elements from the classic 1978 game from Taito. Completing the quests inside the department store gets you a Space Invaders backpack. Unfortunately, it’s only a local wearable. Here’s hoping the backpack becomes available as an affordable mint. Seriously, though, I ran around with it equipped on my previously-purchased Shibuya109 avatar for a good half hour. It would be great, too, to have mints of the iconic octopus, squid, and crab aliens. I’d love to have them populating my own plot of land in The Sandbox. Both Shibuya109 experiences are an absolute joy and not to be missed.